Qantas’ top frequent flyer has 20 million frequent flyer miles — apparently mostly earned with butt-in-seat flying rather than by running up high credit card bills.
The article has a few inaccuracies, for example
- domestic US carriers don’t have a business class, much in the way fast-food franchises don’t carry “small” drinks and burgers
United does sell business class seats domestically on all of its 3-class aircraft.
American certainly sells business class on 3-class planes from New York, Boston, and Washington DC to Los Angeles
- You can’t buy tier points by spending money on your credit card. Carriers don’t give them away in promotions.
Actually, you can earn tier points by spending $25,000 on a Delta Skymiles American Express.
America West is currently offering a deal where by flying and using its partners you can earn 5000 bonus tier points.
I know that United and Continental have done it, just to name a few..
Nevertheless, the article is a good read. 🙂