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I don’t understand why there should be a devaluation when miles are earnt on the basis of distance flown (which will be a constant even where fares rise). I have more understanding with some hotel programmes where points are earnt on basis of the dollar spend – it then seems entirely reasonable to raise the points requirement to match increasing rack rates.

What I really fail to comprehend, however, is why airline status is tied to mileage, with uplifts according to travel class which bear virtually no relation to the increased cost. Why on earth don’t airlines give elite status according to dollar spend, which is surely what they are trying to increase and encourage?