Program Guide

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Selected Redemptions

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Selected Programs

AAdvantage

  • American Airlines
• oneworld • 19 airline partners

Our perennial favorite, AAdvantage's earning and redeeming policies make it the best of the Big Three US frequent flyer programs. While a devaluation is in store for 2016, it remains one of the better options for US travelers.

  • Earn miles based on miles flown
  • Some of the best partner business and first-class awards in the business
  • Generous elite upgrade benefits
  • Tickets booked within 21 days incur fee
  • Fewer transfer partner options
  • Switching to revenue-based system in late 2016

Rapid Rewards

  • Southwest Airlines
• 1 airline partners

Ever reliable, Southwest's Rapid Rewards program has long been among the top loyalty programs. For those mainly flying within North America, Rapid Rewards is a must-consider.

  • Companion Pass may the most lucrative benefit in the industry
  • Various credit card partnerships can help members earn frequent flyer benefits without flying like one
  • Customer-friendly change/cancellation policies
  • Route network limited to USA/Central America
  • No partner awards options

MileagePlus

  • United Airlines
• Star Alliance • 28 airline partners

Fresh off a recent switch to a revenue-based redeemable-miles earning system, MileagePlus is not nearly as generous of a program as it once was. Reasonable economy and business-class saver fares (kind of) make up for it.

  • No fuel surcharges
  • Discounted short-haul awards (for US flights <700 miles)
  • Good website makes it easy to find award flights
  • Extremely limited saver-level inventory
  • Hard to earn miles in revenue-based mileage-earning system
  • Hard to earn elite status with new dollar-spent component

SkyMiles

  • Delta
• SkyTeam • 20 airline partners

Called SkyPesos for a reason, SkyMiles doesn't make it easy to get good value from your points, plus its revenue-based mile-earning system makes it all but impossible for casual flyers to accrue useful a useful for the program.

  • Miles don't expire
  • Many partner airlines to choose from—if you're willing to pay up
  • Crossover Rewards can make Starwood hotel stays much more lucrative
  • Extremely limited saver-level inventory
  • Hard to earn miles in revenue-based redeemable-miles earning system
  • Moving towards to link award redemption amounts to cost of paid fare