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Which Airline Has The Best Miles Program? [2 Answers Found]

Frequent flyer programs are used by many airlines to foster a sense of loyalty among passengers, who can earn points or miles that are redeemable for free flights, upgrades, hotel stays, car rentals or shopping. Everybody should participate in these programs as they can save you money by traveling (almost for) free as well as offer you many other perks (signing up is free of charge and a no-brainer) 🔥 Unfortunately, the last couple of years, frequent flyer programs in the had USA taken a turn for the worse, with the three largest programs going revenue based, meaning that miles are awarded based on the members’ spend rather than according to the number of miles traveled 🔥 The rest of the world quickly followed with several European and Asian loyalty programs becoming revenue based as well. [1]
A: Almost every airline has its own program and it’s impossible to name the best. Though, the biggest or most well-known might have some special perks with it. Usually, it’s better to choose your national carrier as it usually has some international partners but there are some exceptions. For example, the Australian national carrier Qantas has one of the worst programs and we recommend Aussie residents to go with the American Airlines program instead. In the end, you’re free to choose any program in the world as long as it partners with the airlines you fly the most. (last revised 23 days ago by Ryder Amaya from Kolhapur, India) [2]
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Thepointsguy.com goes on to describe that why it’s the best airline card for welcome bonus: There’s tons of award travel possibilities with the new Amex Platinum welcome offer. Whether you prefer to fly on Delta Air Lines or want to transfer your points over to Air Canada Aeroplan or Cathay Pacific Asia Miles (and beyond), there are so many options with what your points can really do. While Amex has recently increased the annual fee to $695 (see rates and fees), the Amex Platinum is still the king of luxury travel benefits with a mile-long list of annual statement credits. You’ll get up to $200 in annual hotel statement credits for Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with Amex Travel (a minimum two night stay is required), up to $200 in annual airline fee statement credits, on select prepaid hotel bookings with Amex Travel, up to $189 in statement credits each year on your CLEAR® membership, up to $300 in annual Equinox credits ($25 statement credit each month at Equinox), up to $200 in Uber Cash for U.S. Services ($15 in Uber cash each month), up to $240 in annual digital entertainment statement credits (up to $20 back each month when you pay one or more of Peacock, The New York Times, Audible, SiriusXM, Disney+, Hulu or ESPN+), up to $100 in statement credits at Saks Fifth Avenue, up to $100 statement credit for your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee once every four years and more. Enjoy thousands of airport lounges worldwide, automatic Gold status with Hilton and Marriott, and elite status with car rental programs like Avis Preferred, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and National Car Rental Emerald Club Executive. Enrollment is required for select benefits. (emended by Argiro Oleary on September 9, 2021) [3]
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Shakira Dickinson from nationalgeographic.co.uk, explains how for dedicated frequent flyer geeks, the fun is in the arbitrage — getting as much value for the points as possible. For example, flights to Cape Town are usually more expensive than flights to Johannesburg, but cost the same amount of British Airways ‘Avios’ points, so Cape Town’s better value. Similarly, you have to pay taxes and fees on flight bookings using points, and they make up a far higher percentage of an economy fare than they do in the higher classes. Generally, points are more effectively used getting business-class seats for less rather than reducing economy-class prices.Finally, using points for shopping or to book nights in hotels is best avoided, since it’s done at a pretty poor exchange rate. (we appreciate Joelouis Williams from Dongtai, China for their revisions). [4]
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In the past, airline loyalty schemes have typically rewarded customers based on the number of miles they’re flying. More recently airlines are starting to reward customers that give them the most revenue and so are adapting their schemes to combine miles flown and fare type. The balance of short-haul/long haul, business class/economy, flexible/non-flexible travel that you do will influence which program is right for you. This article by Travel and Leisure offers a great summary you can use to make this decision (it is a US-based website but halfway down the page there is international airline loyalty schemes). (modified by Meeghan Aldridge on March 11, 2021) [5]

Article References

  1. https://theluxurytravelexpert.com/2021/02/15/top-10-best-frequent-flyer-programs/
  2. https://www.flystein.com/biggest-mistake-frequent-flyers-make/
  3. https://thepointsguy.com/credit-cards/airline/
  4. https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2018/11/uncovered-best-frequent-flyer-programs
  5. https://meonvalleytravel.com/holidays/best-airline-loyalty-scheme-travel/
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