Let’s Show Some Loyalty – Are you signed up for a frequent flyer program?
This is a #basic post – but highly important, because SADLY one of our editors did not have an airline loyalty program of choice until recently. We’re assuming tons of our readers have booked flights without joining airline loyalty programs as well.
U.S. News & World Report details the Best Airline Rewards Programs, but none of that matters because most base their travel decisions on the cheapest fares, best routes, and maybe which credit card you have. Regardless, you would be surprised how many people we talk to fly frequently, but never receive anything in return. Let’s get started on how to become an airline boss.
1. Create an account – The first step is to simply create an account with the airlines you fly. Here are the links to join your airline’s program:
- Alaska Airlines – Mileage Plan
- American Airlines – AAdvantage
- Delta Air Lines – SkyMiles
- Frontier Airlines – EarlyReturns
- Hawaiian Airlines – HawaiianMiles
- JetBlue Airways – TrueBlue
- Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards
- Spirit Airlines – FREE SPIRIT
- Sun Country Airlines – Ufly Rewards Plus
- United Airlines – MileagePlus
- Virgin America – eleVAte
2. Update your reservations – When booking your flights, be sure to be logged in with your rewards information before booking or enter your frequent flyer number when purchasing.
Already booked? No problem. Simply open your reservation on the airline’s website and add your rewards number or call the airline to update your information. While you’re here, be sure to add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) – more on this here.
3. That’s it, you’re done – Enjoy your free miles and start saving up for that next trip to Sin City. When possible, try to stick with one or two airlines so that you can receive status – free upgrades rock.