However, some Airlines allow you to use frequent flyer miles for travel related expenses including hotel rooms and car rentals.
Recently, I received an email from American Airlines stating that my miles would expire by May if I did not use them. I did not have enough miles to purchase an airline ticket and I thought I would just have to let the miles expire. Then I realize that the miles could also be used for hotel stays as well as car rentals.
Arguably, the use of airline miles for hotel stays is a better bargain and using them for air travel. 6,1000 miles probably doesn't buy much of an airline trip if it buys one at all. Most economy airfare tickets are less than $200, so the value of these miles in terms of airfare is pretty low.
So, I still detest airline miles. But I will use them as as quickly as they give them to me.
UPDATE: Aha! FUCKED BY AIRLINE MILES AGAIN! After following all the procedures and printing out my "voucher" the hotel says they have no reservation in our name. I give them the confirmation number, name, phone number, and nothing, NADA. I call American Airlines and they say, "this is weird, we'll have a supervisor look into this and call you within the next four hours".
We check in to the hotel in the next four hours. Or, they say, we can pay for the room and then they will refund us.
You see how this works - they hope you give up or get angry. They hope you just pay and forget about it. It is a benefit that is NOT A BENEFIT because you can never, ever cash these damn miles in and use them for anything.
Even upgrades to first class or business class are hard to find these days, as planes are booked solid.
AIRLINE MILES ARE WORTHLESS!
UPDATE: American Airlines calls and says they have the reservation - but for the wrong date! I look it up on the Hilton site and surely enough it is for the wrong dates. The only thing American Airlines offers to do is to back out the miles and put them back in my account. This on the day I am scheduled to arrive. They do helpfully offer that I could simply PAY FOR THE STAY (over $500) and go fuck myself. Nice folks, eh?
So now I have the miles back in my account - and still unable to ever, ever, ever, ever use them!
AIRLINE MILES ARE UTTERLY WORTHLESS!!