The list goes on. Then add in hotel and car rental programs, plus the option to earn miles by using your credit cards, and you’ve got a pretty complicated situation to sort out. Fortunately, the internet has great resources to help you navigate through the many, many options available to you.
I recommend “The Beginner’s Guide” on www.thepointsguy.com website. In this article he cites key steps:
As a frequent traveler myself, I ensure I join every frequent user program I can. Even if you have just a few miles, at times you can use those miles to purchase items like a magazine subscription. Or, that carrier you don’t fly as often may merge with a larger carrier, and voila! you have a great balance with the combined programs. Also consider selecting airlines miles instead of credits from a hotel or car rental company you don’t use often. Then you are consolidating the miles with your favorite carrier.
Belonging to a frequent flyer program gives you some additional benefits while traveling once you’ve earned enough status: boarding priority, free baggage, and priority in security lines, plus more. These perks are greatly beneficial when traveling and are almost worth more than the miles to me.
While confusing and sometimes frustrating, earning and tracking miles is worth the benefits you’ll enjoy. What advice and tips do you have to share?