Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

Airline Frequent Flyer Programs


Everyone is well aware of the frequent flyer programs of the airlines which, as the name suggests, aims to reward loyal passengers through class upgrade, freebies, concierge services et al. However, there is no loyalty program that is ideal for everyone. An individual needs to choose a loyalty program very carefully as certain parameters needs to be taken into account such as flight options, flight prices & the procedure of earning a free flight. If you always prefer to fly first class then you must choose a program that will look to reward you on the basis of dollars spent than on the miles flown. To help you weigh your options we have collated data from all major and minor airlines in the world that have loyalty programs for their customers.

Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways

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Cathay Pacific is a part of the reputed Oneworld alliance which has close to 50 international airlines under its wings. Cathay Pacific is the national carrier of Hong Kong. It has 2 loyalty programs – the Marco Polo Club & the Asia Miles which is a travel reward program. These are basically two faces of the same coin. One may have Asia Miles without Marco Polo but all Marco Polo members are automatically enrolled for Asia Miles. When you are enrolled for Marco Polo, you will earn Club Miles which are actually Asia Miles or ‘points’ that you earn by flying Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air or any other OneWorld Airline.

When you fly 30,000 miles within a year you will become eligible for the Marco Polo Silver status. This will entitle you to certain privileges like business check-in, access to business lounge, allowance for extra baggage and a priority tag on the baggage. The next stages are for 60,000 miles (Gold status) and 120,000 miles (Diamond status). To start with, you will get a green colored card that will not give you any privileges except access to Marco Polo Check-in Desk where it exists.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways, a member of the Oneworld alliance, is the flag carrier of Qatar and it links more than 125 destinations across all continents. The Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty program has reciprocal agreements with the loyalty programs of other major airlines like Asiana, Middle East Airlines, ANA & US Airways.

The Privilege Club membership promises loads of benefits and privileges that aim to reward for each time you travel with Qatar Airways. It has four tiers – Burgundy, Silver, Gold & Platinum. Moving up from one tier to another is pretty easy as you just need to accumulate enough Qpoints within a 12-month period. You can earn Qpoints even when you fly with any other Oneworld member airline. Each new member starts with Burgundy and needs 150 Qpoints to move up to Silver level. Some of the benefits associated with the membership program include Priority Check-in, Excess Baggage Allowance, Lounge Access, Priority Boarding et al. Burgundy members will only get a personalized membership card and a few benefits only.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

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Kris Flyer is the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airlines. This program gives you an opportunity to earn KrisFlyer miles whenever you fly with Singapore Airlines, Silk Air or any of the STAR ALLIANCE airlines. As soon as you enroll for this program you will get the KrisFlyer Membership Number. The membership guide and the permanent card will be mailed to you as soon as you make your first qualifying transaction. There are 3 levels of membership for this program – KrisFlyer, KrisFlyer Elite Silver & KrisFlyer Elite Gold.

One can become a KrisFlyer Elite Silver Member as soon as you achieve 25,000 miles. You can achieve the required miles by flying in any class of service on Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Silk Air or any STAR ALLIANCE airline within a period of 12 months. The Elite Silver member will enjoy benefits like Priority Airport Standby, Priority Reservation Waitlist and bonus miles for flying on SIA, Silk Air or Virgin Atlantic.

Emirates

Emirates

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Emirates Skywards is a frequent flyer program operated by one of the most awarded airlines in the world, Emirates. It is a 4 tier program that is used by more than 8.4 million customers. Blue is the entry level tier while Silver requires 25,000 miles for entry and Gold requires 50,000 miles. If you can accrue as much as 150,000 miles then you can get entry to their 4th tier which is Platinum. There is also another type of membership which has been designated as ‘IO’ meaning Invitation Only. Some of the benefits extended to Emirates Skywards Silver member include buying instant upgrades with ‘miles’, lounge access in Dubai, excess baggage allowance, check-in and boarding on priority basis, e-gate service in Dubai etc.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

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Miles & Smiles, the frequent flyer program of Turkish Airlines, is a relatively new concept as it was introduced only in 2000. The miles that you earn by flying on Turkish Airlines can be used on its flights as well as on Lufthansa and the entire network of Star Alliance. Apart from flights one can also earn miles by staying in program partner hotels and using the services of program partner car rental companies.

There are four types of membership namely Classic, Classic Plus, Elite & Elite Plus. The Classic Card members can check-in at the self service kiosks at the airports, get priority on reservation waitlist and can also get last minute upgrade to Business Class. Once you accrue 25,000 miles within a 12 month period, you can get upgraded to Classic Plus membership. Such members can use Business class counters on the domestic flights of Turkish Airlines, get access to CIP Lounges and get additional baggage allowance.

ANA All Nippon Airways

ANA All Nippon Airways

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The ANA Mileage Club is an exciting frequent flyer program of All Nippon Airways wherein you get to accrue miles for flying and shopping and then use these miles to redeem a wide range of awards. The best part of this program is that you can start redeeming as soon as you have earned 7500 miles. One can travel anywhere within Japan by utilizing these miles. For international travel a minimum of 12,000 miles is required for redemption.

Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia

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The Garuda Frequent Flyer or GFF was launched in 2005 with a great new look, services and benefits. The GFF is also known as Garuda Miles. Travelers can earn miles on all domestic and international flights and there are 4 tiers of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold & Platinum. Industry experts say that GFF is the most professional frequent flyer program in the world. However, a traveler will not earn any points for buying tickets on the special economy promo fare which basically means that you need to take a lot of domestic flights or fly internationally with Garuda to earn miles.

Upon enrollment in the program, a traveler will get the GarudaMiles Blue membership. To retain this status you need to show at least 1 activity within 3 years. When you earn 10,000 Tier Miles you will get upgraded to GarudaMiles Silver which gives you benefits like dedicated check-in counter at the Jakarta Airport, excess baggage of 5 kg and priority waitlist on reservation. A Platinum member is entitled to additional benefits like baggage handling priority, excess baggage of 20 kg, executive class check-in counter, access to Garuda Indonesia Executive Lounge and a premium check-in counter at the Soekamo-Hatta Airport.

Asiana Airlines

Asiana Airlines

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Asiana Club is the frequent flyer program of Asiana Airlines. It has 5 tiers of membership – Silver, Gold, Diamond, Diamond Plus & Platinum. The members are required to earn certain miles to remain in that membership tier. For example, a Gold card member must accrue 20,000 miles in 2 calendar years from the reference date. The miles can be earned by flying with Asiana Airlines or any partner airlines such as Qatar Airlines. There benefits associated with each card type. The Gold card member (accumulation of 20,000 miles), for instance, receives benefits like dedicated check-in counter, priority baggage processing, additional baggage allowance and priority in the reservation waiting list.

An individual who manages to accumulate 500,000 miles receive the Diamond Plus status and those who earn 1,000,000 miles get the Asiana Club Platinum status.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

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Etihad Guest is the frequent flyer program of Etihad Airways. It was launched in August, 2006. When you become a member of Etihad Guest, you will earn miles every time you fly with Etihad Airways, one of the airline partners and/or visit the online shop. You can also earn miles when you fly with one of the preferred airline partners such as Air Serbia, Air Seychelles & Etihad Regional. You may also earn guest miles when you fly with one of the partner airlines, stay at a partner hotel or rent a car from the preferred rental car company.

The Etihad Guest Miles that you earn can be exchanged for a reward, to book a dream vacation or you can even donate the miles to less privileged. The Etihad Guest membership is classified into Etihad Guest, Etihad Guest Silver, Etihad Guest Gold & Etihad Guest Platinum. When you accumulate 25,000 miles or travel 20 segments within a 12 month period, you get promoted to Etihad Guest Silver tier. The key benefits include 25% extra guest miles, chauffeur service, excess baggage allowance, lounge access et al.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa

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Miles & More is the frequent flyer program of Lufthansa and is shared among a number of airlines in Europe such as Croatia Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Adria Airways, LOT Polish Airlines and Austrian Airlines. The members of Miles and More program can earn miles by flying on Lufthansa, Star Alliance partner flights or by transacting on Lufthansa credit cards and shopping at Lufthansa shops. The membership levels are:

Miles & More member – no minimum threshold
Frequent Traveler – Silver, 35,000 miles or 30 flights
Senator – Gold, 100,000 miles
HON Circle – Black, 600,000 miles over a 24 months period

The exclusive benefits of HON Circle membership are – no expiry of miles, 25% additional miles, booking guarantee, fly one class higher, preferential check-in, priority in the wait-list, lounge access, free baggage allowance and entitlement of transfer service via Limousine.

Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways

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The Qantas Frequent Flyer Program aims to reward the customers for their royalty. The points are accrued as per the total distance flown and one will get bonuses based on the class of travel. An individual can also earn points by flying on other planes in the Oneworld alliance. The other partners include car rental companies, hotels, credit cards etc. Passengers who live in Australia / New Zealand can simply pay a joining fee and then become a Bronze class member but the travelers of other countries can join without a fee.

The Qantas Frequent Flyer Program has 5 tiers of membership such as Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Platinum One. You need 300 status credits to reach the Silver stage and need 250 status credits to remain at that level. All Silver card members get complimentary seating, complimentary Q bag tags and one complimentary invitation to Qantas Club. All travelers aspire to qualify for the Platinum One membership (3600 status miles) as it entitles them to preferred seating, complimentary Qantas Golf Club membership, access to Qantas Club and dedicated support at all stages.

EVA Air

EVA Air

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The frequent flyer program of EVA Air has been branded as Infinity MileageLands. The travelers get points on the basis of miles traveled and the class of service availed. The accrued points are available for upgrades, free tickets and loads of other benefits. The program is divided into Green, Silver, Gold and Diamond status levels.

The Green Card is offered to a child aged between 2 to 12 years. A senior traveler will get a Silver card in the beginning. One can upgrade to Gold card by accumulating a minimum of 50,000 miles. A Gold Card member will get priority waitlisting, designated counters at the airport, extra baggage allowance and discount at EVA Shop.

Swiss

Swiss

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The loyalty program, Miles & More, is shared with the partner airline Lufthansa. An overview of this frequent flyer program has been discussed already.

THAI Airways

THAI Airways

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Royal Orchid Plus, the frequent flyer program of THAI Airways, enjoys (Star Alliance founder-member) a membership of over 2 million people. There are four tiers in this membership –

Member – Entry level status
Silver – 10,000 qualifying miles in a calendar year
Gold – 50,000 miles in a calendar year
Platinum – 80,000 miles in a calendar year but the miles must be accrued from flying THAI Royal First and/or Royal Silk only.

A Silver card member will get additional baggage allowance and priority baggage handling on all THAI Airways flights. The Gold Class member gets additional privileges like complimentary upgrades and guaranteed seating in economy class. The individual will also get access to THAI Royal Silk lounges across the world. Once you accrue enough miles to become a Platinum member, you will be entitled to Immigration Fast Tract at Suvarnabhumi Airport, dedicated check-in counters and priority boarding as per your convenience.

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia

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In 2005 Virgin Australia launched the frequent flyer program which is known as Velocity Frequent Flyer. The entry level status is always ‘red’ but travelers can attain ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ status and each level has its own merits. The highest level of membership is the ‘Platinum’ level where members can enjoy world class privileges like advance seat selection, priority phone service, priority economy seat purchase, international priority check-in, entry to Sydney Lounge, entry to Virgin Australia Lounge and Brisbane Premium Valet among lots of other benefits.

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand

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The frequent flyer program is called Airpoints. Members actually earn Airpoints dollars which can be redeemed on any Air New Zealand fare. There are 4 tier levels namely Jade, Silver, Gold & Gold Elite. There is a joining fee of NZ$50 which is waived off in case of passengers who have already flown business class on Air New Zealand. An individual can easily accrue Airpoints by flying on any Air New Zealand or Star Alliance flights, shopping at JR Duty Free and by using the services of Taxi partners, Hotel partners and Air NZ Insurance. The ELITE members are entitled to Lounge privileges, Elite threshold gifts, complimentary valet parking, rental car voucher, Hotel voucher, additional baggage allowance etc.

British Airways

British Airways

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Executive Club is the tiered loyalty program of the British Airways. The program has 4 tiers – Blue, Bronze, Silver & Gold. The Blue membership is attained straightaway when you join the frequent flyer club. The much desired Gold membership can be attained by accruing 1500 Tier points. The Gold members can get access to First Class lounges, free selection of seats at the time of booking, first class check-in and boarding etc. The Gold membership also entitles the traveler to partner privileges like room upgrades at Mandarin Oriental, complimentary Avis priority Rental service and complimentary membership to the elite tier at the Langham Hotels. The best part of the Gold membership is that it is valid for lifetime with no expiration of Tier points.

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines

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The frequent flyer program of Malaysia Airlines is known as Enrich. It covers a number of airlines, credit cards, banks, retailers and hotels across the world. This is a relatively new program and was only launched in 2006. Apart from MAS flights, an individual can also accrue miles by flying on Air France, Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Virgin Atlantic and KLM among others. The non-airlines partners include Hertz, Avis, Hilton Hotels and Intercontinental Hotels.

An individual will start off with Enrich Blue and can move up to Enrich Silver by accruing 25,000 miles. An Enrich Silver member can enjoy Priority Reservation Waitlist, Telephone Check-in, Business Class facilities at the Golden Lounge, Extra Baggage Allowance and Priority Check-in.

Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines

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Fortune Wings Club allows passengers to collect miles for flying on Hainan Airlines and also on airlines which have code share agreement with Hainan such as Hong Kong Airlines. When a regular member has collected at least 30,000 miles in 12 consecutive months, he will be upgraded to Fortune Wings Club Silver status. Those with 50, 000 miles can enjoy Gold member status. A Gold member can enjoy Elite privileges like processing of check-in baggage at the exclusive counters, additional 50% award miles, entry to First Class Lounge along with an accompanying traveler from the same flight and even enjoy first class service during an irregular flight.

Bangkok Airways

Bangkok Airways

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The FlyerBonus is the frequent flyer program of Bangkok Airways. It has only 2 levels – Premier Members & Priority Members. Individuals become Priority Members as soon as they sign up for the program. The benefits include extra 10 kg baggage allowance and special discounts from Bangkok Airways. One can upgrade to Premier Membership by collecting 250 qualifying points. The Premier Members will get access to Blue Ribbon Club, a dedicated check-in counter, extra 20 kg baggage allowance and priority reservation wait-list.

Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines

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The frequent flyer program, Miles & More, is shared with other airlines like Lufthansa and Swiss. The benefits and tier levels are same.

South African Airways

South African Airways

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Voyager, the frequent flyer program of South African Airways, has a partnership with 32 other airlines and many other businesses. It has five tiers – Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Lifetime Platinum. The Platinum card is award to only those who have accrued 120,000 Tier miles in a calendar year or has enjoyed 5 straight years of Gold membership. The privileges include Chauffeur transfer service in South Africa and selected international destinations, access to lounge, priority boarding, and preferential seating in Economy Class et al.

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines

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JAL Mileage Bank is the rewards program of Japan Airlines. It comprises of Fly On Program for the frequent travelers JAL Global Club for the more experienced travelers. There is no admission fee but if the account remains inactive for a consecutive 36 months then the membership is terminated.

The Fly On Program is divided into 4 status levels – Crystal, Sapphire, JGC Premier & Diamond. The Crystal level is achieved when 30,000 Fly On Points are accrued by the traveler. This type of membership includes airport lounge access for domestic flights, priority check-in @ Executive Class counters, complimentary flight upgrades. The Diamond members, apart from other benefits, also get coupons for complimentary one night Hotel stay at the JAL hotels.

It is to be noted that membership to JAL Global Club is only open to those who have earned at least 50,000 Fly On Points. The benefits include access to JAL or Sakura lounge with one guest, priority baggage, personalized leather baggage tags and gifts of calendar and diary every year.

Air Canada

Air Canada

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Air Canada Altitude is the new frequent flyer program that was unveiled only in 2012. There are as many as five membership levels – Altitude Prestige 25K (25,000 status miles), Altitude Elite 35K (35,000 status miles), Altitude Elite 50K (50,000 status miles), Altitude Elite 75K (75,000 status miles) and Altitude Super Elite (100,000 status miles). Those who are in Altitude Elite 25K and 35K are entitled to Star Alliance Silver Status while individuals belonging to the other three upper tiers are eligible for the STAR ALLIANCE Gold Status.

Air France

Air France

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Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of Air France. The program aims to award members based on the class of travel and the total miles traveled. The program is classified into Ivory, Silver, Gold & Platinum. One can upgrade to Platinum status by accruing a minimum of 70,000 miles. There is another tier called Club 2000 which is given to politicians and celebrities only. Although it offers the same benefits as the Platinum status, this card actually guarantees an upgrade to Business class or La Premiere.

A Platinum member gets access to footbridge at the Amsterdam-Schiphol, extra baggage allowance, free transfers between Paris CDG and Paris-Orly in AIR FRANCE buses only, access to lounge and SkyPriority Services and lots of other benefits.

Korean Air

Korean Air

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SkyPass, the frequent flyer program of Korean Air, is divided into 3 levels of membership – Morning Calm Club, Morning Calm Premium Club & Million Miler Club. Morning Calm Club membership is valid for 2 years but the rest 2 tier levels have a lifetime validity. You need 1 million miles or more to qualify for Million Miler Club. Once you attain this status you will be greeted with a host of privileges like Priority Reservation Waitlist, Exclusive Check-in, KAL Lounge Benefit, Exclusive Hot Line Service and additional baggage allowance (only Korean Air flights).

Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways

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Tabua Club is not a frequent flyer program in the truest sense of the term as you need to pay FJ$499 for individual membership and then you can reap the benefits. Once you pay the fees and become a member, you can enjoy priority reservations over the phone, Premium check-in at the Business Class desk, additional baggage allowance and Priority tagged baggage.

Jetstar Airways

No known FFP.

Oman Air

Oman Air

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In 2007 Oman Air launched its frequent flyer program, Sindbad. It is a three-tier program comprising of Sindbad Blue, Sindbad Silver and Sindbad Gold. A person can get upgraded to Sindbad Gold Tier if he accrues 50,000 Tier miles in a calendar year. The Sindbad Gold member gets priority baggage delivery on arriving at the destination, priority check-in at the Business Class counters, 10% discount on the in-flight duty-free items and access to Business Class Lounge for you and your 1 guest.

Dragon Air

Shares the same FFP with Cathay Pacific Airways (The Marco Polo Club)

Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines

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The Fortune Wings Club is a unique frequent flyer program that has been designed for Hong Kong Airlines and its sister airlines like Hainan Airlines. The tier level benefits have been discussed as above.

Aegean Airlines

The Miles & Bonus is a frequent flyer program of Aegean Airlines. Travelers can earn miles on flights operated by Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, partner hotels, museums, credit cards and car rental companies. It has three tiers – Blue, Gold & Silver. All new members are designated as Blue level members but in order to get upgraded to Gold status you must travel on Aegean or Olympic Air at least twice and accrue 12,000 miles in one calendar year. All Gold members get benefits like personalized baggage tag, a 50% discount on the member ticket and the ticket of his/her companion, seat upgrade and extra award miles.

Air Asia

Air Asia has joined hands with TUNE MONEY to launch the frequent flyer program which is known as ‘BIG’. As per this program the airline issues loyalty points to the customers of Air Asia. These points can be used in future to redeem Air Asia flights.

KLM

Shares the Frequent Flyer Program, Flying Blue, with another major airline Air France (already discussed).

LAN Airlines

The LAN Airlines is very unique as it operates out of Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. It has a frequent flyer program known as LANPASS. At present there are more than 4 million members of this loyalty program. The members earn points each time they fly with LAN which is a Oneworld member. There are four membership categories – Premium, Premium Silver, Comodoro & Comodoro Black. The Comodoro Black is the highest level of membership which can be achieved by accruing 210,000 LANPASS km.

The Comodoro Black membership entitles Cabin Upgrades on LAN Flights, Preferential Seats, Priority Baggage, Access to VIP Lounge, Fast Track in New York and Excess Baggage on all Oneworld Airlines.

Virgin Atlantic

Flying Club is the renowned frequent flyer program of Virgin Atlantic. It is a three tiered program being divided into Red, Silver and Gold. All new members are given the RED status. One can earn points by flying on Virgin Atlantic, through airline partners, shopping partners, car rental partners and hotel partners. To get to GOLD status, one just needs 40 Tier points in a 12 month period. Those on GOLD tier can get exclusive invitation to the Clubhouse of Virgin Atlantic, Voucher Card from Costa Coffee, guaranteed economy seat on a Virgin Atlantic flight, supplementary SILVER membership and Fast Track through Immigration and Security for London Heathrow and/or London Gatwick Airport.

China Southern Airlines

The frequent flyer program of China Southern Airlines is known as Sky Pearl Club. China Southern is a member of SkyTeam alliance which means that members can earn points by flying on other airlines in the network also. The membership program is divided into 2 tiers – SkyPearl Gold Card & SkyPearl Silver Card. The qualifying mileage for SkyPearl Gold is 80,000 km. The benefits include exclusive gifts, first class service on flight delays, extra baggage allowance of 15 kg, access to First Class Lounge with a companion and a dedicated First Class counter for Premium check-in.

Finnair

Finnair Plus is the frequent flyer program of the Finnish national carrier, Finnair. The passengers, on enrollment, get points on the basis of type of flight and class of flight. When a passenger earns enough miles, he is awarded a membership tier – Basic, Silver, Gold or the much coveted, Platinum. There is also a separate Junior tier for the young passengers. The members can earn points by flying on Finnair, its partner airlines, hotel and car rental partners. One can attain Platinum status by accruing more than 150,000 tier points or has taken at least 92 Finnair or Oneworld flights. The Silver, Gold and Platinum members enjoy privileges like priority boarding and premium check-in desks.

Norwegian Air Shuttle

The Norwegian Reward is the frequent flyer program of Norwegian Air Shuttle. The members of this program earn Cash Points which are calculated on the basis of the net ticket price. The accumulated Cash Points can be used to buy flight tickets, seat reservations and to carry additional check-in luggage.

SilkAir

KrisFlyer of Singapore Airlines.

Air Astana

The Nomad Club is the frequent flyer program of Air Astana which has three levels namely Gold, Silver and Standard. It has a reciprocal agreement with Miles & More program of Lufthansa. You will become a Standard or Blue Member as soon as you enroll but you can move up to Gold status if you accrue 50,000 flight points. A Gold member gets priority at the time of check-in, is allowed to carry additional 10 kg check-in baggage and also gets personalized luggage tags.

TAM Airlines

TAM Loyalty is the frequent flyer program of this airline. The accrued points can be exchanged for tickets on TAM or any other airline of the Oneworld alliance. The membership level is divided into White, Blue, Red, Red Plus & Black. One needs at least 150,000 points in one calendar year to get the highest membership status on TAM – Black.

Indigo Airlines

No loyalty program

WestJet

WestJet Rewards is the loyalty program of WestJet that is divided into Teal, Silver & Gold status. The qualification to different tiers is not dependant on miles accrued but on money spent. If you spend $6000 or more in one calendar year by flying on WestJet then you can qualify for the Gold status. A Gold Member gets Airport Lounge Vouchers, Advance Seat Selection Vouchers, Priority Security Screening, Advance Boarding and lots of other benefits.

Virgin America

Elevate is the frequent flyer program of Virgin America. It is a tiered loyalty program that is divided into Elevate Red, Elevate Silver & Elevate Gold. Every new member is enrolled as an Elevate Red member but he can become an Elevate Gold member after accumulation of 50,000 status points. Elevate Gold passengers are offered complimentary express seat selection, free upgrade to Main Cabin Select, Priority check-in, Priority Security, complimentary passes to Virgin America Loft at Los Angeles Airport and complementary checked baggage (max 50 lbs).

Avianca

The LifeMiles frequent-flyer program was launched very recently in 2011. The main levels are Silver, Gold & Diamond. One needs to have 75,000 miles to qualify for the prestigious Diamond status. A Diamond member gets access to Avianca VIP Lounge, extra checked baggage, extra hand baggage, Priority Boarding, Priority Airport Check-in and entry to STAR ALLIANCE Airport Lounge.

Brussels Airlines

Miles & More is the frequent flyer program.

Delta Airlines

The Delta Airlines frequent flyer program, SkyMiles, is geared towards passengers who are based in Atlanta, Cincinnati & Detroit. One can earn points by flying on Delta Airlines and by using credit cards and staying in hotels. The accrued points can be used on cabin upgrades and booking flights. The membership levels are – Basic Membership, Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion, Platinum Medallion & Diamond Medallion. One needs to have 125,000 qualifying miles to become a Diamond Member which has benefits like expedited security, lounge access, priority boarding and seating, free cabin upgrades and free checked bags.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

The Aeroflot Bonus has three levels – Regular, Silver and Gold. One needs to have 50,000 miles to qualify for Gold status. A Gold member can enjoy benefits like Priority Baggage Handling, Boarding with 1st and business class passengers, High Priority Waitlisting, Preferred Seating, Access to Lounge and Priority Check-in.

SAS Scandinavian

The frequent flyer program is called EuroBonus. It is a 4 tier program comprising of Member, Silver, Gold and Diamond. On enrollment one will get the Member status but he or she can upgrade to Diamond status after accumulating 90,000 basic points. The Diamond benefits include free WiFi on board, Business check-in, SAS Fast Track, SAS Lounges, 24-hour hotline, Advance seat selection, guaranteed seat even when booking just 24 hours before departure etc.

United Airlines

MileagePlus is the loyalty program of United Airlines. The levels of membership are Premier Silver, Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, Premier 1K and Premier Associate. Premium 1K membership is the most prestigious one and is open to those who have accrued 100,000 qualifying miles. The members get a lot of benefits which are at par with what other airlines offer but the most striking feature of Premier 1K membership is that a member can get access to even a sold-out flight!

Date posted: 11th April, 2015

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