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Bonus miles how to save?


Discounts and promotions, bonuses and loyalty program — almost all companies provide their clients with such suggestions to save money and get more for less money, and airlines are no exception.

Frequent flyers will enjoy rewards from airlines, — bonus miles and points, additional services and special services make air travel more efficient and comfortable. For decades, airline miles have become a massive phenomenon — practically every airline offers its passengers the at least one loyalty program, allowing to save on flights.

Today we will tell you more about bonus miles — on the rules for their calculation, as is better to save and to use your trip was more pleasant and comfortable.

The bonus miles

Bonus airline miles, there are two kinds — the status (qualification) and bonus (non-qualifying).

Award miles usually have a validity period — from 20 to 36 months, the passenger can redeem them for tickets or pay with miles for the upgrade. If these features do not use after expiration date they are redeemed.

As for status miles, they affect the level of service and possible additional services, they can also be exchanged for certain prizes from the airline. Passengers with a large number of tier miles in the bonus account are free to use the VIP lounge area, seats on the business class, to register without waiting for flights and more. These bonuses expire annually on December 31.

Register in the loyalty program of the airline

To get the bonus miles for the flight, you first need to enroll in the loyalty program. This can be done both on the website of the airline and tourist office where you purchase tickets. After filling the questionnaire and registration, the passenger is assigned a membership number that you then need to specify when booking flights.

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How to get the bonus miles?

The most common way to accumulate bonus miles — it is flying. Miles, or as they are sometimes called, points are awarded to the passenger for the distance which he traveled by the aircraft. The number of miles that the passenger receives a flight, depending on flight distance and class of ticket — usually the cheapest airline tickets of economy class give their owners a minimum number of points, and in some cases bonuses for these flights are not charged at all.

Most airlines charges its passengers with bonus miles from 125% to 200% of the distance flights for travel in business class, regardless of fare purchased ticket (Air France, KLM and others). Also some programs have a fixed minimum number of miles, below which the passenger is not charged for flying

But to earn bonus miles as possible and not traveling — depending on the concluded with other companies of the agreements, the carriers often pay bonuses to its passengers for certain purchases in partner stores, banking, car rental, restaurants, hotels and so on. The thus obtained miles passenger can spend on tickets or other services as well as assessed for the flight.

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How to use the bonus miles?

Use the bonus miles are usually more profitable, increasing the level of comfort on long flights. It is important to note that the bonuses you can upgrade not only your ticket but also for all passengers in your booking. In addition, experienced travelers advise to buy to exchange miles for tickets on other airlines in the Alliance, and not the one from which practicable.

Spend miles not only on flights-many airlines offer its passengers a rather large list of services and products that you can purchase for the bonus miles. For example, book a hotel, car hire and even pay for your different products — sports equipment, clothing, gadgets, household appliances and more (detailed information about the available miles for products and services available on the website of each airline offers its passengers a loyalty program).

The three largest airline Alliance and their loyalty programs:

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Date of publication: 19.09.2016

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