Anyone travelling internationally should consider joining a frequent flyer program. Almost every airline has them and they are free to join. Points are usually accumulated according to distance travelled which can be redeemed not only for free travel in the future, but they also allow miles to be earned for other travel and non-travel related products including hotel stays, car rentals, credit card purchases and shopping at certain stores. Each program has various rules about earning and redeeming points and your Flight Centre airfare specialist is available to help you decipher these and ensure you always get the points you are entitled to.
One of the most important things you can do to maximize your mileage earning potential is to choose one frequent flyer program and try to use it exclusively, especially when you are first getting started. As with most of the programs available, the benefits continue to increase the more you travel with them. In addition to earning points, regular travellers can attain a higher status of membership which comes with benefits such as lounge access, preferred seat selection, higher checked baggage allowance and in some cases the opportunity to upgrade to Business Class.
There are several things to consider when deciding which frequent flyer program to join. If you truly are a frequent flyer, choose the program that makes the most sense for you in terms of convenience as well as the one providing the most flights to the places you primarily visit.
If you don't fly very often, review the different programs and choose the one that allows you the greatest opportunities to earn miles or points for all your non-flight activities. Consider the airline's partners and decide whether that particular frequent flyer program is for you.