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A Beginner’s guide to flight reward programs

Travelling to new destinations can be thrilling. Exploring the world is an awesome concept and often features on everybody’s bucket list. The one thing that gets you to your destination is flights. Be it domestic or international; flying is one of the fastest ways to reach your dream destination. With flight reward points, you can now fly with benefits.

What are flight reward points?

Loyalty and constant support to the airline have its perks. People are rewarded with better airfare rates, special offers, and discounts. If you’ve had a good experience with an airline i.e. its in-flight services, pre- and post-boarding experience, the comfort while flying, cabin crew politeness etc., you’d want to fly with them again. The airline basically rewards you with points based on the number of miles you’ve flown.

There is one thing that remains constant no matter where you are travelling and that is your home airport. Airports also offer loyalty reward points on purchases from the stores. With loyalty points, you can get free wifi till you board your flight, avail discounts at stores if you’re in for some last moment shopping or maybe even get discount on when you feel like grabbing a quick bite before you board.

The main targets of many airlines, when it comes to frequent flyer programs, are businessmen who travel abroad for business. They know that the company is willing to pay more for tickets in order to stay flexible. A businessman like it when they get a complimentary drink on the flight or wifi access etc. this is just part of the loyalty rewards.   But many a time it so happens that families tend to spend more on tickets if the airline offers them benefits and comforts. Each time a person flies the same airline, the rewards keep increasing.

The general idea behind flight reward programs is to keep customers loyal and in return reward the customers with benefits. Some of them are:

  1. Easy upgrades: Imagine travelling in luxury at almost the same price as an economy class ticket. Reward points make that possible. You can now upgrade from economy to business class by using reward points.
  2. Low cancellation fees: If some work comes in the way of your booking dates and you are unable to take your trip, you can cancel your tickets at a low deduction price.
  3. Lounge access: Access to the premium lounge has its own benefits. In case you’ve reached the airport early, and there’s still time to board your flight, then with your accumulated reward points, you can get access and enjoy some time in the premium lounge before the flight.
  4. Baggage allowance: Packed a little too much in your suitcase? No problem! If you are a member of the reward program, you can carry a few kilos of luggage without having to pay extra money by the kilo.

This was just a peek into the world that flight reward points make possible.

 

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