Frequent flyer programs – something for everyone!
Most airlines offer frequent travellers a range of perks, benefits and rewards. Whether it’s a loyalty scheme with a low-cost airline or exclusive membership offering platinum perks, most airlines nowadays are trying to become more attractive to repeat passengers.
Knowing your airline and what they offer their passengers is an important part of airline research that could earn you some brownie points in your interview too!
You might have already heard of Avios points; you can collect these every time you fly with one of the following airlines:
- British Airways
- Air Italy and any affiliate or partnered airlines.
Every time you fly, you’ll be awarded points – and the more miles you travel, the more points you collect.
AerClub by Aer lingus has four membership tiers of green, silver, platinum and concierge with great rewards for the most frequent flyers.
As well as standard travel benefits such as priority check-in and boarding, points increase in earning potential the higher you advance through the tiers.
Iberia Plus by Iberia allows passengers to accrue Avios points, but also Elite Points. These contribute to membership level upgrades and can be used on flights, hotels, car rental, seat selection, waitlist priority and companion seats.
British Airways has its own Executive Club and also offers Tier points as well as Avios points. Benefits include cabin upgrades, car rental and hotels and reward flights, but points can also be pooled with other members of your household. This also applies to children, so your points can add up quickly!
You can find out more about airline alliances here.
It’s not just Avios
Many other airlines offer schemes with collectible air miles.
Virgin’s Flying Club allows you to spend your miles on rewards like upgrades and other flights. As a club member you’ll move through the tiers of Red, Silver and Gold as you earn and spend more miles, unlocking further benefits as your membership progresses.
Perks include discounts on holidays, premium check-in and priority boarding and baggage, and the ability to pool miles.
Emirates also allows passengers to collect both tier and ‘Skywards’ miles – and their club is free to join.
Tier miles can be spent when booking further flights and Skywards miles are redeemable with specific partners across the world. Emirates offers levels of Blue, Silver and Gold with exclusive packages and offers and benefits such as waitlist priority, upgrades, lounge access and seat selection.
Qantas membership levels move from Bronze to Platinum One and passengers can access a similar range of benefits: priority boarding, lounge access and more. It’s not just flights either – points are awarded for hotel and car hire bookings too.
Norwegian enables passengers to earn CashPoints on flights, hotels, car hire, online shopping and partner offers. Points are redeemable on flights, extra baggage, seat reservation, cancellation insurance and changes to bookings.
Join the club
Although typically you don’t earn points with them, budget airlines are also introducing new schemes for frequent travellers.
Purchase a Privilege Pass Membership with Wizz Air and enjoy benefits such as seat selection, priority boarding and extra hand luggage. Prices for individual yearly membership start at 199 euros and are not transferable between family members.
Ryanair also charges a fee of 199 euros for their Ryanair Choice program. Perks include fast-track airport access, priority boarding, free seat selection, access to lowest fares plus a 10kg checked bag.
easyJet offer two options. The easyJet Plus Card provides advantages like speedy boarding and bag drop, allocated seating and fast track security, all for an annual fee.
For their most loyal passengers, easyJet has an invitation-only Flight Club (also known as the ‘Scheme’). The lucky people invited to join will get access to airfare price matching and refunds, unlimited booking changes at no cost plus flight vouchers.