Australian Members of Parliament and their Miles

Australian members of parliament are not allowed to use frequent flyer miles earned on business for personal travel. Instead, they’re supposed to use their miles to save money on official trips. But almost none do.

The policy is said to have saved all of AU$4096.34 during the first half of 2003. The article cites difficulty in redeeming awards and lack of flexibility on award tickets.

Just as likely, there’s little incentive to save money. Booking award tickets takes extra effort when paying with someone else’s money is easier. And if a member of parliament retires, they’ll still have miles which can then be used personally.

And yet the article doesn’t mention anyone considering dropping the requirement, as was done in the United States.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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