WASHINGTON - Frequent-flyer miles can get you a seat upgrade or a free flight. But what if the airline just took away all those miles you
Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg never thought he'd be at the Supreme Court over his frequent flier miles.
"They called me out of the blue and
Ginsberg was a Platinum Elite Northwest flier whose educational work had him on as many as 75 flights a year.
Northwest, now owned by Delta, kicked Ginsberg out of the
"I would call the airline and
Bottom line, what this comes down to for customers is do airlines have a right to take away those
Airlines say they do. It's all in the contract you agree to. The Supreme Court will now weigh in.
"I've earned (my frequent-flyer miles). I've sat on some pretty tight planes," one traveler said.
"If the airline gives them to you, they should honor what they give you," Ginsberg said. "I wouldn't be very happy but it's their program, they create the rules."
Channel 2 Action News contacted Delta Airlines for a comment about the issue, but they say they don't comment on pending litigation.
But a decision by the Supreme Court could have a big impact on how frequent-flyer programs are run in the future.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday about the