My own father is in the "build my frequent flier status" camp, and it drives me bonkers. I have actually seen him purposely buy a higher bucket seat on Delta in order to build towards a better medallion status for the next year, although I don't understand a bit of it. He told me that some international flights can earn 1.5X medallion points vs 1X or something like that.
He is the type of person that refuses to "leave the home team" even if Airtran or someone other carrier has the best deal.
We have actually done a family vacation where we fly one airline and he flies another because of this stuff.
Still on the Delta topic... not strayed yet.
These "Sale" fares to Aruba still blow me completely away!
Could these competitve rates have anything to do with the American terminal at the AUA airport? Are all of these flights priced as Semi - Domestic, possibly?