Frequent Flyer Programs - Secrets To Maximizing Your Travel Benefits!

Jun 5 19:07 2007 Sam Ness Print This Article

Frequent flyer programs have many traps for the unaware.Find out simple ways to maximizing your membership's benefits!

Do you belong to a frequent flyer program or are you looking to join one,Guest Posting just being promoted on your local radio station? Does your current program convert into worthwhile benefits for you at the end of the day?Have you been able to consolidate all your spending so that it reflects accrued miles for every dollar you spend? These are some of the questions that need to be answered for you to be able to say with certainty that you obtain the best possible results from your participation in your frequent flyer program.

Many people are lured into joining this or that FFP simply by clever marketing techniques that may not necessarily provide them the best outcome for earning reward miles. Take the offer of frequent flyer credit cards for instance. Just to entice you away from your current provider, the banks (usually) will offer you 10,000 to 20,000 bonus award miles. They will even offer miles for transfer of balances. This is where you need to do the maths. Usually these types of cards will attract not only a yearly bank fee, but you will also be charged for belonging to the frequent flyer program. This can easily amount to $100 per year or more. Then there is the question of interest rates. How much does this provider charge? And so on. It really is a case of not everything that glistens is gold, so check into it before you change.

In order to get the most benefit from any frequent flyer program you need to have a pretty good idea as to where you spend your money and what airlines you use. Seems pretty obvious doesn't it, but you would be surprised how many people join up to a FFP and then realise that the participating airline doesn't fly into their home airport, so flights may not accrue points. A large number of people also will join an awards program because of a tempting offer but then realise that they will be able to earn limited points because the spending habits don't match with the program's partners.

Despite all this, the frequent flyer program, when used effectively, is a great way to work towards a bonus when enough accrued miles can be redeemed for either free travel or upgrades, or some other desirable product that will be on offer. Many people don't have to change their spending habits at all, just choose wisely the program that they belong to. Frequent flyer miles are able to be earned for just about anything these days, including home mortgages. These are regular payments that have to be made, so being able to earn reward points for them seems like a great idea to me.

The best advice is always to get to know your frequent flyer program as best as you possibly can. This way you will be able to maximise your points and be able to take advantage of the best that these programs can offer. Whether you are looking for ticket upgrades, or the priority treatment at airports it can't be achieved until a sufficient number of mileage points can be accrued. By getting to know your program you will find that there will be many opportunities for you to earn double and even triple bonus points not only through your travel but through your retail purchases as well.

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Sam Ness owns and operates a website aimed at helping members of frequent flyer programs to maximize their benefits. Frequent Flyer

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