Frequent Flyer Day
Frequent Flyer Day is observed next on Monday, May 1st, 2023 (89 days from today).
May 1st every year is a special day for frequent flyer during a year in order to honor airline.
Frequent flyer points through business trips are a desirable employee benefit that can encourage unnecessary travel within the organization to accumulate them and lead to personal trips.
Business travelers often accumulate valuable points in their own name, rather than the name of the company that paid for the trip. This has raised concerns that the company is providing tax-free benefits (points-based rewards) to employees, or that employees have misappropriated value that belongs to the company or even that rewards act as a type of bribe to encourage travelers to choose a particular airline or to travel unnecessarily. Most companies consider the miles earned by their employees to be a valuable personal privilege that partially compensates for the frequent daily commute, although some government organizations have try to prevent their employees from accumulating miles on official business trips.
While it has long been recognized that FFP rewards earned on employer-sponsored business flights should be taxed on income or fringe benefits, this is not currently the case in the vast majority of countries - however, one notable exception is Germany. The main argument against tax implementation is the lack of a monetary tax base. However, it can be argued that since the cash equivalent of loyalty coins can be reasonably estimated with public data, this value is suitable as a tax base. Barriers to taxing FFP rewards are often less related to technical issues of pricing, more to legal constraints (e.g. "who owns the points"), and often to a lack of political understanding (e.g. "who will lose by taxation"). Australian and German public officials are not allowed to redeem points earned from personal business travel. The Australian example occurred in the 1990s when the now defunct Qantas and Ansett Australia competed for Australian federal government travel contracts. This was introduced as a systematic requirement for companies competing for contracts.
In the United States, the General Services Administration has specified, "frequent traveler benefits [earned by federal employees] in connection with official travel, which only use for official travel, see 41 CFR § 301-1.6(f)." Frequent flyer program contracts are not universal.
ObservedFrequent Flyer Day has been observed annually on May 1st.
Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Sunday, May 1st, 2022
Monday, May 1st, 2023
Wednesday, May 1st, 2024
Thursday, May 1st, 2025