Get yourself on a Frequent Flyer Program (loyalty program offered by all airlines), there are plenty of them out there, but which one to choose? There are many factors to be taken into consideration. The benefits can vary from complementary upgrades, preferred seating and possibly free flights!
As soon as you have joined a program, you are automatically a member of an alliance such as ‘OneWorld’, ‘Star Alliance’ or ‘Sky Team’.
- If you are flying from one set destination to another, it’s a good idea to choose a program from an airline that constantly flies that route on a regular basis
- Take into account the types of tickets you normally book. There is a choice from Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and First Class. For example the British Airways Executive Plan – where you can be upgraded from Economy the First Class if there are free seats available and proof of elite status.
- Think about how regular you will be flying. Some programs will not pay off, if you do not travel often enough. However, if that is the case, there are still programs out there that you can benefit from.
Top Frequent Flyer Programs for business travellers:
Southwest Rapid Rewards
The benefits with this program range from free baggage, a companion pass (allowing one extra person to travel for free, providing there are enough seats) to complementary Wi-Fi
Lufthansa Miles & More
The unique benefits with this program are: access to first class terminals, limousine transfer services and personal assistance
Flying Blue (Air France and KLM)
Climb the Ivory level and win awards such as hotel nights, car rentals or round-trip tickets. Points can also be earned while shopping online
Flying Club (Virgin Atlantic)
With the different status like Red, Silver and Gold, the more you fly, the better are your chances to get access to the official clubhouses, upper class check-in and priority upgrades. Virgin Atlantic operates worldwide!
American Airlines Advantage
This program is very simple. If you are travelling around 100,00 miles annually American Airlines gives you the Executive Platinum status
British Airways Executive Club
This is known as the best program out there and is ideal for trips under 2,500 miles
On this program you can enjoy your own Chauffeur Service. You also have the ability to register for a family membership, where a total of 8 family member can join you
With the Qantas club you can earn points by booking a hotel, renting a car and of course flying. For the Australian based members you can earn points when shopping and eating out just by using your Qantas credit card
The holder of the Iberia Plus card will benefit from the many European vacation destinations
You will be awarded with a range of prizes if you reach 5,000, 8,000 and 10,000 miles such as complementary hotel nights and popular Dubai attractions
Tip: Hilton Worldwide provides a program where you can earn frequent flyer miles per night.