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FREQUENT-FLIER PROGRAMS COST US FIRMS

Frequent-flier programs raise costs for United States corporations by more than $6 billion a year, a University of Georgia study says.

Of 504 corporate travel managers surveyed, 87 percent of them said choosing one carrier over another to gain frequent-flier mileage often results in air fares 7.9 percent higher than necessary.

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About 67 percent of the respondents said travelers often use more expensive hotel accommodation to gain additional bonus points.

Each year, US companies spend about $80 billion on corporate travel.