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Choosing an Airline Loyalty Program

2 Frugal Dudes February 4, 2020 114

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    Choosing an Airline Loyalty Program
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Episode 153: Learn about the perks of getting status with an airline and some considerations for choosing an airline loyalty program on this episode of the Where Our Money Went series.

Kevin lost his American Airlines status. When this happens, he receives an offer to pay to maintain his status.

It’s well worth the investment for business people who have to travel a lot for client work or conferences for the private phone line alone. It also gives him a shorter line up for checking bags and getting situated.

There are also other value-adds, like first-class upgrades if they’re available at no additional charge.

It’s a couple hundred dollars to make up the difference, but Kevin was also able to redeem some of his loyalty points to fill the gap.

How to Choose an Airline Loyalty Program

  • How often do you fly? If you fly frequently, it’s always worth considering a loyalty program.
  • What do you value? If comfort is important to you, then a loyalty program is worth the potential upgrades.
  • What are the perks? Maybe you can earn free flights or maybe it’s just service-based. You can find what works for you when choosing a frequent flyer program.
  • Which airline do you prefer? Some people prefer certain airlines over others for their customer service and convenience.
  • What is the cost? Crunch some numbers to see if the cost is worth the return on investment.
  • What is the fine print? Some programs (like Kevin’s) will charge you a maintenance fee if you don’t meet the annual travel threshold.

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Disclaimer: Kevin and Sean are not professional financial advisors. Do not take any advice they give without first speaking with a professional and performing your own due diligence. This post may include affiliate links.

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