How To Stay Aloft If Your Airline Goes Under

As a consulting partner at a Big Six accounting firm in Miami, Frank Recio has jetted to meetings in Australia and Britain within the space of a month. Such globe-trotting has earned him "zillions of miles" in frequent-flier accounts. But when Recio tried to book an award flight to watch his son's rowing team in Augusta, Ga., he discovered that his 250,000 Eastern Air Lines miles wouldn't take him far. "Continental the sister carrier of now-grounded Eastern said they didn't serve the city," he says. Despite his megamiles, Recio was forced to buy a ticket on USAir

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