The Best Frequent Flyer Programs

It’s no secret flying can be expensive. It’s why so many people choose to sign up for a frequent flyer program. Below are some of the best programs we could find, so fasten your seat belt and get ready for the best frequent flyer programs out there!

1.    Southwest Airlines has, by far, the best perk we’ve come across. Sign up for their Rapid Rewards program, (there is a sign-up bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier credit card) fly 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 110,000 Qualifying Points in one calendar year and you earn companion pass status. This means each time you fly you get another ticket free (pay nominal taxes and fees). The companion pass status is good for 24 months after you qualify. If you’re worried about the restrictions airlines put on redeeming their miles, Consumer Reports showed Southwest offered the most award tickets of any big airline.

2.    Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan may not come to mind when you think of frequent flyer programs but not only did rank it #1 Best Airline Rewards Program, Consumer Reports said ‘when it comes to first-class travel, Alaska Airlines earned an exceptional overall score.’ The big draw for this program is its partnership with several other airlines and hotels, including Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, Hilton and Marriott.

3.    The American Airlines AAdvantage Program is one of the largest programs. They make it easy to use and make it clear what charges you will pay (nominal taxes and fees). American partners with several airlines and offers travel around the world making this one of the best programs out there.

4.    British Airways uses a distance-based reward system. You can earn “Avios”, which is the club’s currency (instead of miles). Another perk about this program is you can book flights with American and Alaska Airlines through British Airways and still earn rewards. Did I mention you can even spend your Avios on thousands of experiences they offer across the globe? This includes afternoon tea on a cruise down the Thames river (5,500 Avios per person), wartime London tour in a 1930s-period vehicle (4,550 Avios per person) or a day trip to Paris on Eurostar (24,250 per person)? Where do we sign up?

These are just a few options to choose from out of a sea of choices. Here are some additional Tips from a master frequent flyer

- Written by Rana Kory, Worley Erhart-Graves Financial Advisors