Best ways to earn frequent flier miles abroad

Being on an airline isn’t always a positive experience. Service is a bit inconsistent, or worse, not offered at all. Almost every airline I’ve flown on offers points that can be quickly converted into…

Best ways to earn frequent flier miles abroad

Being on an airline isn’t always a positive experience. Service is a bit inconsistent, or worse, not offered at all. Almost every airline I’ve flown on offers points that can be quickly converted into cash or merchandise items. However, it’s a lot harder to find frequent flier miles when you travel abroad.

While most of us should take advantage of the various airlines programs, some companies have created programs to help travelers with recent changes to the regular frequent flier and business airline programs.

When air travel was cheap and frequent flier miles were few and far between, few travelers ever needed to worry about converting their air miles into credits to redeem for something, e.g. meals or upgrades to first class. Expanding international locations, increase in over-crowding on planes and overall flight time with the ongoing decline in international travel has forced frequent flier miles to change.

Below, we’ll look at some of the latest changes to the major airlines’ frequent flier programs:

United Airlines began offering distance-based frequent flier points instead of combining points based on miles flown across many business class seats, at the end of 2015.

JetBlue changed up its schedule a little last week, and customers can now earn bonus points in Boston on Tuesdays and Fridays by taking a two-hour bus line to Sky Sox Park.

When Delta’s merger with Virgin America closed in 2017, it became the third domestic airline to have its own frequent flier program. The partnership between Delta and Virgin Atlantic had its very own program, Delta SkyMiles. As of February 19, 2018, it has merged into Delta’s frequent flier program.

Continental is the newest of these new United-style frequent flier programs. It received approval from the Department of Transportation in February.

– United will begin to issue domestic business class elite partner and business class member miles to individuals. Fliers will be able to earn 50 miles per dollar spent and then use this earned number to upgrade and deboard an aircraft.

– Delta is offering its partners a cash back bonus on their earnings. The program is fully compliant with the federal government regulations on “cash rewards paid for miles and travel rewards for partner loyalty programs.”

– United says frequent flier miles earned from business class and frequent flier members will have earnings replacement ability upon closure of their accounts. Business partner and frequent flier members will also be able to transfer their miles to another frequent flier program.

– Delta also rolled out a partnership with the “Brazilian Knights Club” back in March. Currently, it allows members to transfer 20,000 miles per round trip to Brazil. The value of the Brazilian Venezualan official currency is currently 18.91 reals per dollar.

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