Are Frequent Flier Miles Simply a Form of Bribery?

How close is the FFM phenom to bribery?

Please allow us to quote FlyerTalk member peace_meal, who admits to playing “devil’s advocate” on this topic:

“What, do you believe, is the difference between the following two scenarios:

1. An agent of a government’s military has to choose between two equipment providers who are bidding for the same contract from the military. One offers the agent points that could eventually be cashed in for equipment he could use for personal consumption. The other provider does not do this but offers a product that is better and might save on military costs.

The agent nevertheless picks the first as he sees personal gain even though the military loses a better option. Would most people consider this a bribe?

2. A travelling businessman has to choose between two airlines who offer travel between frequent work destinations. The company he works for has to bear the expense. One airline offers the businessman points that could eventually be cashed in for personal travel while the other doesn’t. The other airline however provides a lower cost choice and possibly a faster connection.

The businessman nevertheless picks the first as there is personal gain for him even though it is not the best business decision. Would most people consider this a bribe?”

What are your thoughts? How do other FlyerTalk members opine regarding this issue?

5 thoughts on “Are Frequent Flier Miles Simply a Form of Bribery?”

  1. John says:

    It is a bribe:-)

  2. Mike says:

    And a highly effective one… I slavishly will book United (even though I hate their service, and I have not been able to cash in points for 2 years because of limited inventory), even though Virgin/SouthWest or Virgin are consistently cheaper and/offer more direct flights from Boston.
    Hate, hate, hate myself. Beginning to hate United more.

  3. Mike says:

    Meant I prefer JetBlue not two Virgins above. Although now I mention it….

  4. BostonFlyer says:

    It’s a bribe by the employer to get you to fly for business and get something out of the added time you will not be home.

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