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Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

With the exception of most discount airlines, airline frequent flyer programs are offered by all international and domestic airlines. They provide a number of benefits for yourself and your family depending on which program you join. You will find that increasingly the discount airlines who are affiliated to mainstream airlines also will offer their respective frequent flyer program benefits at

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With the exception of most discount airlines, airline frequent flyer programs are offered by all international and domestic airlines. They provide a number of benefits for yourself and your family depending on which program you join. You will find that increasingly the discount airlines who are affiliated to mainstream airlines also will offer their respective frequent flyer program benefits at a fee.

Airline Frequent Flyer Programs provide you an opportunity to build a profile. This will allow you to put on their file your meal preferences, seat preferences, contact details to name a few. The airlines use these profiles to ensure the correct meal is on board when you fly, that you get the seat preference you want and that they can contact you in case of delays or cancellations. They also use this profile to email you special promotional offers and prices.

Depending on the airline, they provide you with loyalty points which will allow you to book “free” flights for personal use, upgrade and in some cases purchase goods and other services using points via their online store.

Usually you can use your points to book flights for family members. This usually extends to extended family (like parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and even inlaws). There will be a limitation to who is regarded as “family” which will be outlined on the website. Some airlines have a system of nominees whereby you can nominate up to a certain number of nominees at any given time and book for them only. While the number of people this will extend to will be less than the “family” option on other airlines, it means you can nominate anyone (relative or not).

Some programs also allow you to transfer points to other family members. This means transferring the points to that family member’s account for them to use as they chose. You can also buy top up points and transfer points to other programs (eg hotel loyalty programs).

Some airlines also have “Box Offices” which allow you to buy tickets for shows at various destinations globally. This means for eg, you can book a show in London prior to departing to ensure available tickets and good seating. These will be seats that you pay for (credit card). The airline “box office” will ensure you get a seat which may be otherwise difficult due to availability. The airlines will purchase these seats well in advance so you are likely to get better seats than if you go directly to the theatre box office on arrival. This is also a good way to ensure entertainment while you are away is organized ahead of time.

Some airlines have status credit systems also. These allow you special privileges depending on which level you are. As you accumulate points, you also accumulate status credits which remain in place for 12 months and provide many benefits. They may allow you free entry to airline lounges, priority baggage labeling, “Fast Lane” queues for check in, etc. These are often accumulated for “Lifetime” status for those who are loyal to one airline. When you achieve lifetime status you enjoy the benefits awarded that status level for a lifetime even if you stop travelling so much. Some benefits awarded include bonus points when you fly, priority seating, priority boarding, lounge access, etc.

For Airline websites and to know which Airline belongs to which Airline alliance program, click through to useful websites page.

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The airlines have good websites which you will have detailed access to when you join the frequent flyer program. They keep track of your loyalty points and advance flight reservations. Your profile is in your account and can be changed whenever you need to change it. You have the ability to book flights and holidays, find destination information and more. Take a look at your favourite Airline’s website.

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    Hotel Loyalty Programs

    Hotel loyalty programs work like the airline programs and most hotel chains and hotel alliances have them. They allow you to accumulate points for free stays, for promotional pricing in hotels. Also in some cases to transfer to airline frequent flyer programs to add to your points.
    Hotel loyalty programs provide you an opportunity to put in place a

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    Hotel loyalty programs work like the airline programs and most hotel chains and hotel alliances have them. They allow you to accumulate points for free stays, for promotional pricing in hotels. Also in some cases to transfer to airline frequent flyer programs to add to your points.

    Hotel loyalty programs provide you an opportunity to put in place a profile. This will allow you to secure your bed type preferences, smoking/non-smoking preferences, pillow preference, level of hotel room. The hotel chains use these profiles to ensure the correct room preference is available when you arrive and so they can contact you. They also use this profile to email you special promotional offers and prices.

    Often hotel chains have a similar status system to the airline status reward system. Depending on how often you stay with the group or chain this will entitle you to preferential booking, room upgrades and late check-out.

    As you achieve higher status level, the more benefits you receive starting with bonus points for stays, access to club lounges which provide breakfast or happy hour drinks and food, free internet access, fast internet access, etc

    Take a look at your favourite hotel’s website. See Useful Websites Quick Finder for a list of hotel websites and which hotels belong to which Hotel Alliance program Click through to useful websites page.

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      Credit Card Loyalty Programs

      Credit card loyalty programs (and charge card) are common and work like airline frequent flyer programs. For every dollar you spend you accumulate points to purchase goods, vouchers and services from the credit card loyalty programs’ online store.
      You can also transfer credit card loyalty program points to airline frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programs. In doing this you can

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      Credit card loyalty programs (and charge card) are common and work like airline frequent flyer programs. For every dollar you spend you accumulate points to purchase goods, vouchers and services from the credit card loyalty programs’ online store.

      You can also transfer credit card loyalty program points to airline frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programs. In doing this you can add to your points with the airline or hotel program. Some programs also allow you to use a combination of points and cash to purchase goods from their online store. Some programs provide the opportunity to book flights/hotel rooms directly on the credit card company website. Usually the value of points required to book these flights and hotel rooms relative to the amount of money you need to spend is higher than booking directly on the airline or hotel website. So if you have the option, it is best to transfer the points to your airline frequent flyer program first.

      See Useful Websites for a list of websites

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        Car Rental Reward Programs

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        Generally speaking, car rental companies allow you to accumulate points to redeem for future car hire or to assign your accumulated points to an airline frequent flyer program that you nominate. They also provide preferential booking services and cars ready to go when you arrive (which saves waiting time because you do not have to join the service counter

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        Generally speaking, car rental companies allow you to accumulate points to redeem for future car hire or to assign your accumulated points to an airline frequent flyer program that you nominate. They also provide preferential booking services and cars ready to go when you arrive (which saves waiting time because you do not have to join the service counter line).

        Take a look at your favourite car rental company’s website See Useful websites for a list of rental car companies websites.click through to useful websites page

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          Optimizing your Loyalty Program

          Optimizing your loyalty program requires your to stay with one airline alliance and/or hotel chain. This will deliver the greatest impact. Accumulating points with one hotel chain or airline will mean you increase the benefits you can redeem. It will also improve your likelihood for complimentary upgrade and status rewards, free access to the executive floor in hotels to

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          Optimizing your loyalty program requires your to stay with one airline alliance and/or hotel chain. This will deliver the greatest impact. Accumulating points with one hotel chain or airline will mean you increase the benefits you can redeem. It will also improve your likelihood for complimentary upgrade and status rewards, free access to the executive floor in hotels to use business center. It will entitle your to free happy hour drinks, free breakfasts and more. Take a look at the airline and hotel chain websites click through to useful websites page.

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