Bottom line – having a frequent flyer number will help you obtain miles/points to accumulate to use towards the payment of flights in the future.
I came across two friends this past weekend who did not have frequent flyer numbers, and they fly often! They could have accumulated thousands of miles already, maybe even gotten one free roundtrip flight. To simplify, let’s use miles interchangeably as you would when referencing points.
I used my miles I accumulated by flying Jetblue to pay for two roundtrip flights to Aruba. I flew for free because my miles i accumulated, covered the cost.
FAQ asked by everyone – Does it cost anything or do I need to sign up for a credit card?
Answer – No and no.
How to Sign Up
All you do is go to the airlines website and sign up in two minutes. Maybe longer if you keep missing blocks to fill in information. It’s free for everyone.
What you’ll need to enter is your name, address, contact info, make a username and password to sign into the account to view your miles, and maybe security questions. That’s about it.
Then you get a number assigned to you. You get an email sent with the number in it. No card or credit card is needed!
If you forget your number, you can sign into your account with your email or username n password to view it. That’s why you make it In the first place. Or, you can email or call the frequent flyer department of the airline and they’ll tell you what it is.
Accumulating and Redeeming
1 mile does not equal 1 dollar. Different airlines have different systems of how many miles you earn per flight. Also, there’s tons you can google on how to get extra points with getting an airline credit card. That’s extra, such as in the picture below but you get a lot of miles as a perk! Most airlines give you extra miles if you book directly through their website and not a third party such as Expedia or Hotwire.
Photo via Flickr
Redeeming is easy, you view the cost of the flight in miles instead of points on the airlines’ website when you’re signes into your account. If you have enough, you buy it. If you don’t have enough, you have to wait to accumulate more and buy the flight in the cash amount it lists for. Second option is buying miles. Sometimes its worth doing that if you’re really close to having the amount of miles needed. Sometimes it’s just as expensive as paying for a flight in cash.
Different airlines have different redemption systems. Jetblue starts at 5, 000 miles and up to buy a flight. American Airlines starts at 17, 500 and up. Of course the least miles is usually a destination not far from your home town. As prices of flights far from you are expensive in cash, they’ll be more expensive in “paying in miles” as well.
Airlines have promos and perks so its worth it to check out. I get extra miles for my birthday and just being with an airline for a certain amount of time.
JetBlue rolled out this new “Badges” thing to gain more miles. I got 250 miles because I tweeted about JetBlue. And 1,000 miles because I completed a survey.
So fly and redeem! I have frequent flyer numbers for 5 different airlines and you can have as many as you want. I know I’ll add more as I fly other airlines to new destinations. Watch out for sales too. I got flights to Aruba on Jetblue for 13,000 points which is super cheap other days, just as prices, the amount of miles goes up and down. It was more than double a week beforehand so I got a steal.