The best use of your frequent flyer points

Frequent flyer programs vary in benefits and complexity. Some travellers ignore them completely for exactly these reasons. However, if you travel a lot there are some clear advantages to collecting points, here are 4 of them: programs vary in benefits and complexity. Some travellers ignore them completely for exactly these reasons. However, if you travel a lot there are some clear advantages to collecting points, here are 4 of them:

 

  1. Booking flights for kids is the absolute best value we’ve seen for those hard-earned miles. On most airlines kids will get a max 10% discount, however, when booking with points, they get up to an impressive 50% discount. We recently booked a trip for a family where the child’s ticket cost €230 but only 20,000 (SkyAlliance) points, coming in at just over 1 €cent per mile. Makes spontaneous getaways an affordable option, even after the little scallywags come along.

Quick tip: Remember to register your kids for frequent flyer programs, they will undoubtedly be grateful for the head start, and you can also pool any points they earn into a household account.

 

  1. One-way last minute tickets. If there are still point seats available, this is another way to get great bang on the buck. Tickets are generally a great deal more expensive purchased one-way at the last minute, although the one-way vs return prices seems to be normalizing on many connections. As points prices are relatively predictable, and you pay only a slight premium on the one-way option, you can find tickets where points will give you around 1 €cent on the mile.

 

  1. Fast-track it. For most frequent travellers the real benefit to earning points is getting status, i.e., no more queuing up with the mob at security, then gliding swiftly past the proletariat to lounges where you can grab a free drink in a quiet place, charge your gadgets, and recharge your soul. Newly initiated frequent travellers should note that the points you earn on your credit card purchases, and through affiliates, don’t count towards status, those you have to earn in the air. While slightly annoying – when you finally have fast-track lounge-god status, you’ll be happy that they’re not exactly throwing those things around.

 

  1. It’s all about the upgrades. Status and ticket class will decide whether you can upgrade and how much it will cost (sometimes if you’re really nice to the check-in staff, and look dashing, you may get bumped up for free). If you are on a long haul, there are few adult joys in this world that compare to pushing that little button until your seat magically becomes a bed and you wake up hours later, fully rested and grinning halfway across the world.

 

In nomad world, earning points can mean equal measures of bliss and sanity, they are also tricky little things that take time and energy to manage. Ahoy helps our clients keep track of their points, makes sure they’re properly registered, (especially after flying with a codeshare where they are not always registered automatically) and helps you book flights and upgrades with them, should you choose. More about how we can help you here.

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