How To Be A Successful Frequent Flyer and Reap The Rewards!

Everybody loves a freebie and having certain airline perks makes long haul flights a bit more bearable. The main thing to know about frequent flyer programs and gaining miles is that it is not just how far you travel but also what class you do so that matters.

There are a few things to consider if you want to reap the rewards and gain “elite status”. Questions such as how often do you fly? What ticket type do you buy? How much leeway do you have with who you fly with? What type of traveller are you? A recent poll conducted by Collinson Latitude revealed that 40% of UK citizens have never redeemed their miles despite signing up to a frequent flyer program.

Knowing your options will help you decide which frequent flyer scheme is most beneficial for you! Here’s what we recommend you consider if you want to be a frequent flyer and rack up those miles:

1. Sign up to different frequent flyer schemes

It is usually free to join, so you don’t need to part with your well earned cash and can reap benefits such as lounge access, priority baggage handling, extra baggage allowance, priority check in, priority boarding and other useful perks.

2. Join an alliance

There are three main global airline alliances: SkyTeam, Oneworld and Star Alliance. Consider where you travel to and find the alliance which has partners you regularly fly with. For example American Airlines AAdvantage program is part of the Oneworld alliance and is the only frequent flyer program which lets you earn miles from other partners to reach that all important elite status. Other partners in the Oneworld alliance include British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas.

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It is worth checking out airlines which offer credit card benefits and can contribute to your airmiles. For example if you get a British Airways American Express credit card, you will automatically join their frequent flyer scheme and points can be gained through normal spending.

4. Be aware of deals and promotions

Some frequent flyer programs regularly offer promotions and award options for its members. Air France and KLM (part of FlyingBlue Club and partnered with SkyTeam) have in the past offered the chance to redeem international awards for half the usual miles.

5. Travel well!

Now you can’t get miles if you don’t go anywhere! Remember to bring along your membership card and show it at check in to make sure you get your points tallied up to your account.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to elite status in no time! Have you joined any frequent flyer programs? Let us know what benefits you have gained from joining one.

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