March 4th, 2011

What Airlines Are Hawking

Wall St. Journal

For travelers swimming in a sea of airline miles and hotel points or just frustrated that they can’t redeem them for a desired flight, there’s an alternative: Get a face lift.

Plastic surgery, or hair transplantation, paid for with frequent flier miles? Those are just a few of the bizarre things airlines are offering for purchase with frequent flier miles. Scott McCartney has details.

Plastic surgery, big-screen TVs, iPods, lawn tractors, diamond necklaces, VIP passes to sporting events, casino gaming chips, dinner with the New York Yankees and designer handbags. The catalog of merchandise that can be purchased with miles is growing rapidly and becoming at times oddly creative.

But beware: Airlines charge customers radically different prices, depending on their status and credit card.

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