Frequent Flyer Guide

Do a lot of traveling? Want to fly for free? Join a frequent flyer program! Frequent flyer miles are a great way to earn free overseas and domestic flights for personal travel. Our Frequent Flyer Guide will help you get started.

Frequent Flyer Programs

An overview of frequent flyer programs, with a list of the major programs, and a comparison of the expiration policies and bonuses for booking online.

Award Mileage Comparison

Redeeming your miles for reward tickets, and a comparison of minimum mileages among the major frequent flyer programs.

Credit Cards

Using credit cards to earn additional frequent flyer miles.

Airline Alliances

What are airline alliances, and how do they help you get more out of your frequent flyer miles?

Elite Status

How to achieve elite status, and what it gets you.

Purchasing Miles

Thinking about purchasing frequent flyer miles? Here are some tips.

Latest Updates

Site Updates

We’ve made a number of updates to the our Frequent Flyer Guide this week:

  • The Airline Alliances table has been updated to reflect the current member list for each alliance.
  • The Award Mileage Comparison table has been revised to display off-peak and standard awards in a consistent format.
  • The Elite Membership Levels table has been updated to reflect minor changes to the programs.
  • The Purchasing Miles table has been updated to reflect the current rates for buying miles, and we’ve also added United to the list.

Happy flying!

Goodbye Continental OnePass

Continental OnePass has merged into United Mileage Plus. As a result, we’ve removed Continental OnePass from our Frequent Flyer Guide. Happy flying!

Award Mileage Comparison Table Update

We have updated our Frequent Flyer Program Award Mileage Comparison table to reflect updated rewards charts from United Mileage Plus and Continental OnePass. Happy flying!

Award Mileage Comparison Table Update

We have updated our Frequent Flyer Program Award Mileage Comparison table to reflect an updated rewards chart from Delta SkyMiles. Happy flying!

Delta Eliminates Mileage Expiration from SkyMiles Program

Delta SkyMiles members were notified by e-mail today about rules changes that effectively eliminate expiration of miles due to lack of activity. Delta is the first major U.S. airline to implement this type of change. Check out the SkyMiles Rules & Conditions page for details about the new rules.