Frequent Flier? Here’s How To Maximise Your Air Miles

Frequent Flier? Here’s How To Maximise Your Air Miles

travel is a pricey passion. Luckily, airlines are
getting better at giving back to those who use their services
regularly. Not only are these frequent-flier programmes free to
join, but they’re packed with rewards and benefits that you can
take advantage of as soon as you sign up.

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British Airways

PROGRAMME: Executive Club

BENEFITS: Executive Club operates on a currency
dubbed “avois”, which are earned every time a member flies with
British Airways or a Oneworld alliance partner. They can be used to
unlock rewards like hotel stays and car hire while Tier Points
(also earned by flying) can help members earn benefits such as
priority boarding and access to exclusive lounges. Also good to
know, avios only expire if your balance is inactive for three

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Turkish Airways

PROGRAMME: Miles&Smiles

BENEFITS: Turkish Airways serves 122 countries
worldwide – more than any other carrier in the world – and offers a
straightforward, attractive rewards program. Members of
Miles&Smiles can use their miles in a number of ways – from
ticket upgrades to products like luggage sets and electronics on
the Shop&Miles online store.

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United Airlines

PROGRAMME: MileagePlus

BENEFITS: United Airlines makes it easy to earn
benefits; by connecting to a partner credit card, MileagePlus
members can acquire bonus award miles by making daily purchases
(along with booking flights through United or a Star Alliance
member). Miles can be used to upgrade your flight – think extra
spacious seating, priority check-in and complimentary

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American Airlines


BENEFITS: American Airlines was the second
airline in the world to launch a frequent-flier programme –
nowadays, they also have the most members, with over 100-million
people worldwide signed up with AAdvantage. The airline offers
unique awards like joint flight and hotel packages, allowing
customers to make the most of their spending habits.

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BENEFITS: Emirates works with its sister
airline flydubai to offer Skywards Miles to dedicated customers.
Along with hotel discounts and in-flight upgrades, members can
spend their miles on tickets to sporting and cultural events all
over the world – check out the online miles calculator to see how
valuable your next flight will be before you fly.

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Air France and KLM

PROGRAMME: Flying Blue

BENEFITS: Both Air France and Royal Dutch
Airlines (KLM) use Flying Blue as their frequent-flier programme.
Miles can be used to pay for unique experiences or extra services
on board; they don’t expire (provided you take a flight once every
two years). The programme also releases promo reward tickets on the
first of each month – which may make that dream holiday a little
more attainable.

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Singapore Airlines


BENEFITS: Singapore Airlines is constantly
praised for its state-of-the-art design, phenomenal service and
luxurious on-board features. Of course, this comes along with a
massive price tag – so members-only deals and discounts are a
welcome perk. Along with accommodations and extra in-flight
services, members can spend miles on KrisFlyer Spree, an online
shop with products from over 2,000 brands from all over the

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BENEFITS: German-based airline Lufthansa uses
Miles & More – Europe’s largest travel-loyalty service – as
their frequent-flier programme. If you fly with the airline
frequently, climbing up in membership status comes with some great
benefits – for example, members in the top tier get the highest
priority on flight waiting lists and four free bags when they fly
First Class.

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Virgin Atlantic

PROGRAMME: Flying Club

BENEFITS: Taking a Virgin Atlantic flight may
be the quickest way to earn rewards as a Flying Club member, but
there are a number of other ways to stack up that mileage. With a
VA credit card, you can earn .75 miles for every £1 you spend – and
if there’s a reward that you’re dreaming of but your mileage isn’t
quite there, you can buy miles in increments of 1,000 to top up
your balance on Virgin Atlantic’s website.

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Qatar Airways

PROGRAMME: Privilege Club

BENEFITS: Qatar Airways is almost always at the
top of every “best airlines” list, and the airline’s frequent flier
programme is designed to make a customer’s experience better than
expected. By booking online, members can earn bonus Qmiles, which
can be used towards features like cabin upgrades and complimentary
flights. Qatar Airways’ Family Programme gives families the option
to pool their Qmiles in order to earn rewards quicker.