- Nov 16, 2004
MPs' duty-free flights | Herald Sun
MPs' duty-free flights
December 09, 2006 12:00am
SITTING and retired federal MPs are hoarding millions of dollars worth of frequent-flyer points earned at taxpayers' expense.
Just three MPs and two ex-politicians -- the holders of coveted Gold Cards -- have used their frequent-flyer points in the past six months.
They paid for flights worth just $4810. ...
... Frequent-flyer scheme expert Clifford Reichlin said that the $4.6 million worth of domestic flights taken in six months would generate about 2.4 million points.
This would be enough for about 150 return trips to Sydney, or 12 first-class return trips to London.
Mr Reichlin, who founded the website frequent-flyer.com.au, said redeeming frequent-flyer points was not difficult.
"All it takes is a phone call to an airline," he said.
"You can go online and do it. You can get a travel agent to do it.
"Depending on where you want to go, there can be a bit of messing around, but it's not difficult for domestic travel.
"If there are any problems it is usually for international flights."