Ultimate frequent-flyer guide Consumer Reports reveals what the airlines won’t tell you so you can get the flight you want If you are interested in reading the Consumer Reports take on airline frequent flyer programs, you can get it in the latest month's issue (June 2015) of Consumer Reports, available on newstands now, or download a copy at www.consumerreports.org It's a thorough analysis on frequent flyer programs in the US, a different take on what you'd find written on many travel blogs, and well worth reading. Many types of analyses were conducted, including: - The top 25 routes flown in the US, by AA, DL, B6, WN and UA, the average cost and value of frequent flyer miles used for each route, and whether it is worth redeeming miles for that travel. - The rationale Consumer Reports used to decide how to choose your destination, choosing an airline program, and avoiding the "gotchas" in each program is explained in this article. The eye-opening takeways include advice to pile up miles faster by switching programs, trading credit cards, and to "never buy points". Here's a tip for those who have membership in their community's library: check to see if your library subscribes to Consumer Reports. If they don't, ask them to do so - since a community library subscription gives library members access to all articles in this magazine (and others subscribed to). Finally, note that this article and the "Top 25 Routes" article are 2 separate downloads from the Consumer Reports website.