DO THE MILES PUZZLE YOU?

FIVE FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAMMES TO HELP YOU UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY AND REAP MAXIMUM REWARDS FROM THE MILES YOU ACCUMULATE

Frequent flyer programs date back to 1981, when American Airlines launched AAdvantage. Since then, the programs have proliferated like rabbits. More than 80 million people participate, making frequent flyer programs the most pervasive and successful marketing programs ever developed. And in the process, the frequent flyer mile has attained the status of a universal currency.

Dos of frequent flyer programs

Don’ts of frequent flyer programs

Checkmark Make full use of the partners of the airline company you use, frequently inquiring about your rights xmark Don’t just aim for free flights. A seat upgrade may represent even greater value or suit you better than a reward ticket for a specific number of miles.
Checkmark Get yourself organized in advance, because some airlines apply an expiry date that ranges from 12 to 36 months. xmark Don’t focus just on weekends. Midweek is usually the best time to redeem miles
Checkmark Add another city to your route, the onward connection adds no extra charge xmark Don’t redeem miles needlessly. Keep them for trans-Atlantic trips, expensive flights and difficult times.
Checkmark Try to get your timing right. Book a seat very early or at the last minute to take advantage of the best offers. xmark Don’t be one of the crowd. The secret is to avoid travelling in busy periods and at peak times

 

SkyMiles

Delta

REWARDS RATE

€0.70 per 1-2 miles (on average)

FLIGHT AWARDS

Earning from 500 miles on each flight, from 1/3/13 SkyMiles members receive a double bonus in First/Business F and J classes.

UPGRADE AWARDS

Free upgrade from 5,000 miles for the US and 20,000 for other countries. Economy Comfort comes free for Diamond and Platinum members, while others are entitled to a 50% discount with Delta Air Lines and all members get a 50% reduction when flying with partners.

HOTEL DEALS

Earn 500 miles for each stay at world-class hotel chains and 1-3 miles for each dollar you spend at many US hotels (1-2 miles for each euro spent at participating European hotels). Accommodation packages available when you redeem 3,000-80,000 miles.

CAR RENTALS

Earn 2,000 miles for 5-day rentals and from 100-200 miles per day when you book a car for 1-4 days. Save between 15-40% on your next car rental.

MAJOR PERKS

Collect 1-6 miles for each dollar you spend at SkyMiles partners, over 30 varieties of gift cards, while the SkyBonus service allows you to accumulate 85,000 points by travelling in the US and earn from 3 miles for each dollar you spend during flights.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS

With the Mileage Booster scheme, those travelling to the US, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands receive an added bonus of up to 3,000 miles, while members of the SkyMiles Medallion enjoy the Sky Priority suite of privileges for faster check-in, boarding priority and expedited baggage service.


 

Executive Club

BritishAirways

REWARDS RATE

€1 per two 2.5 miles (on average)

FLIGHT AWARDS

Free tickets with 9,000 Αvios points in your account. Earn from 500 Avios by flying with BA’s oneworld partners.

UPGRADE AWARDS

The amount of Αvios needed for cabin class upgrades is based on the Avios price for a flight in the cabin you wish to upgrade from and ranges from x0.5 to x2.

HOTEL DEALS

Earn 500 Αvios for each overnight stay at leading hotels and 1-3 Αvios for each dollar you spend at participating hotels chains. Especially for this year, you earn double Αvios when you stay at one of the Preferred Hotel Group members.

CAR RENTALS

You earn a minimum of 500 Avios on every car rental with Avis and collect 3 Avios with every £1 spent. Free additional driver with every rental.

MAJOR PERKS

You can state your seat and meal preference, enjoy priority check-in, choose your seat seven days before departure (Bronze membership) or at the time of booking (Silver membership), and transfer up to 24,000 Αvios points to some other Executive Club member. Silver and Gold card holders have access to 170 lounges all over the world.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS

All members now enjoy better benefits and more Αvios with the new Reward Flight Saver scheme for short-haul flights with British Airways and Iberia in Zones 1-3. All that is required is for you to have collected at least 1 Αvios in 12 months. Gold members are entitled to exclusive Elemis spa treatments at Heathrow and JFK airports.


 

Miles & More

Lifthansa

REWARDS RATE

€1-1.5 per two miles (on average)

FLIGHT AWARDS

Free tickets by redeeming 25,000 miles on Lufthansa and Star Alliance airline partners in domestic flights.

UPGRADE AWARDS

From Economy to Business with 10,000 miles and Business to First Class with 15,000 miles for domestic flights with Star Alliance partners.

HOTEL DEALS

Accumulate 500 miles for each overnight stay and choose from among 80,000 hotels worldwide by redeeming 7,500 miles.

CAR RENTALS

Earn three miles for each euro you spend with Avis, plus at least 500 miles for each car rental as of 1/1/13.

MAJOR PERKS

Earn one mile for every euro you spend at WorldShop, while those with Frequent Traveller , Senator and Hon Circle Member status have lounge access and a 25% Executive Bonus when flying with Star Alliance airline partners.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS

If you are a HON Circle member you are entitled to an extra luggage allowance of 20 kg. and priority baggage handling, First Class check-in, limousine transfer, Senator partner card privileges for spouse and 24-hour special telephone support.


 

Skywards

Emirates

REWARDS RATE

€0.70 per 1-mile (on average)

FLIGHT AWARDS

Start from only 12,500 Miles with Emirates while you earn 1-2 Miles per mile flown with partners and start redeeming at 7,500 Miles.

UPGRADE AWARDS

Collecting from only 7,500 Miles with Emirates you can upgrade on any type of ticket as late as two hours before departure.

HOTEL DEALS

Earn 500 Miles per stay and 1 Mile per dollar spent in international hotel chains. Start redeeming at 5,000 Miles at Le Meridien Dubai, 22,000 at Marriott International and 65,000 at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.

CAR RENTALS

Add 500-1,000 Miles per rental in 5 companies and start redeeming at 5,000 Miles renting from the Budget company.

MAJOR PERKS

Skywards members receive a bonus of up to 150% extra Miles for booking online and can purchase vouchers to spend on products and gifts with participating partners from 5,000 Miles. You can receive a transfer of Miles from friends or family and collect bonus Miles when family members fly with Emirates.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS

Guaranteed seats, even on fully-booked flights, exclusive lounge access throughout the Emirates network and priority check-in and baggage delivery with Gold and Platinum.


 

Miles&Bonus

Agean

REWARDS RATE

€1 per two 2 miles (on average)

FLIGHT AWARDS

Free tickets from 6,250 miles for flights in Greece and from 11,000 miles abroad with Aegean Airlines, while from 25,000 miles you can fly free with the other 27 airline companies of Star Alliance.

UPGRADE AWARDS

Exclusively with Aegean Airlines, with 5,000 miles for domestic flights and 10,000 miles for flights abroad (one way ticket).

HOTEL DEALS

From 10,000 miles you are entitled to free accommodation at YES! Hotels with €15 charge per overnight stay for a second person, while by staying at Amathus or Daios hotels you earn 2 miles for each euro spent.

CAR RENTALS

With 7,000 miles, free car rental with Hertz for one day (100 km.) in Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria, from 12,000 miles 3 days with unlimited mileage.

MAJOR PERKS

You receive 1,000 miles when registering for the Miles & Bonus program. Priority reservation on the waiting list for the flight you want, as well as priority airport stand-by listing if you arrive at the airport without any reservation for a specific flight. Purchases at Duty Free Stores with a discount of €1 for each 200 miles redeemed.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS

Gold Card holders are now entitled to a 20% discount on tickets for performances at Thessaloniki Concert Hall plus free printed programes, access to 1,000 Star Alliance Gold lounges around the world and free upgrade to the next available car category each time you book a car with Hertz.


The Frequent Flyer Programs are presented as they appeared on the airlines’ official websites on 10/4

Author: TMW

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