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Last week, I flew United GlobalFirst from Los Angeles to Melbourne, and in my review of the flight I noted that every time I fly an award ticket, I always go to the kiosk to change my frequent flyer number on the reservation.
TPG reader Ritz read that and emailed me to ask, “Why would you do that?”
I don’t push it – for instance, I would never send in boarding passes after an award flight and claim to deserve compensation with a partner airline. But if airlines want to give me free miles (as has happened from time to time), I won’t decline them!
Situations where this is worth a shot include if an airline cancels your original flight and rebooks you into a new revenue class – the chances of getting miles awarded on that new ticket have just increased.
It’s also always a good idea to request a change to the frequent flyer number of the partner airline of the one you are flying with which you have the highest elite status, as this might earn you priority boarding or a free checked bag benefit.
This practice is by no means a sure thing, but it’s one of those quirky things I always do when traveling – and it has paid off in the past.