A Surprise 'Gift' Of Frequent Flyer Miles, Clearing The Air About A Trip To China | George Hobica

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Q: For obvious reasons, I am not going to tell you the name of the airline -- and probably shouldn't even be asking this question in a public form -- but here goes: last December, I cashed in some miles to obtain a frequent flyer award ticket. Lo and behold, on my January frequent flyer statement I was awarded full frequent flyer miles on the free flight (about 6,000 miles). As anyone can figure out, this was some kind of computer glitch. My question: if I "spend" those miles on a future trip, will the airline discover their error and co