Everyone knows that a frequent flyer program will eventually accrue them miles that will help them travel even farther, but there are also a lot of additional benefits to a frequent flyer program that you may not know about. Here are a few travel tips that you might want to keep in mind the next time you’re traveling.
Discounts, Goods and Services
Most frequent flyer programs have a list of items that you can purchase with your miles, should you not be interested in travel. In addition to getting goods in exchange for your miles — which is usually based on a specific exchange between miles to dollars — you can also get discounts on larger items and on services. Some frequent flyer programs even offer static discounts to all members who have an account.
Do you have a long flight coming up that you really want first class seating for? Occasionally, miles can be used for travel upgrades. Ask when you check in if you can upgrade and, if so, if you can pay with miles rather than having to pay the difference on your own. Your frequent flyer program may also let you board earlier than the other flyers.
Airport Lounge Access
Are you bored during your layovers? Ask if you can access the airport lounge. Many frequent flyer programs will let you relax in the airport lounge rather than having to wander around in the airport proper. For those who do a lot of business travel, this alone can be enough to make the program valuable.
Not all frequent flyer programs have the same benefits, so you may want to ask your airline for a brochure regarding the services that your program offers.