Someone has sued United Airlines for having an algorithm in its frequent flier system that causes more points to be charged to those who have more points when redeeming frequent flier points for hotels.
United Airlines says this suit is without merit.
Curiously, I have often noticed that American Airlines own system often will offer me a “low” price in points for a flight that if I do not take it, minutes later “disappears” and is replaced with a higher price. And keeps incrementing as long as I stay on the site.
Mind you, this is an anecdotal observation and I really have no idea of what strategy is employed by airlines with their points based system. But such strategies have an “airline smell” about them.
And that’s why I think frequent flier points are useless and not be sought when choosing travel.