4 Frequent Flyer Tips For the Budget Traveler

4 Frequent Flyer Tips For the Budget Traveler

This post shares 4 frequent flyer tips for the budget traveler.

Actually, I’m nowhere near an expert on this. When choosing a flight I generally just pick the cheapest one. Also, I am Australian so the “travel hacking” opportunities from credit card companies don’t apply to me as they do in the US. However, I do have a few tips, so I thought I’d share them.

4 Frequent Flyer Tips For the Budget Traveler

1. Don’t choose a flight based on the frequent flyer points.

Get the best deal first, i.e., the cheapest flight, then if you happen to get frequent flyer points it’s a nice bonus.

2. Sign up to the 3 major alliance programs.

Doing this gives you access to a wide range of airlines that have frequent flyer programs.

When you join an alliance it allows you to claim and redeem points with many different airlines.

Star Alliance.
I joined through Kris Flyer (Singapore Airlines) because I can transfer points from my credit card to it. Another option would be to choose an airline that you frequently use. Also serves Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egypt Air, Ethiopian, Eva Air, LOT Polish Air, Lufthansa, Scandanavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAM, TAP Portugal, Thai Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United, and US Airways.

Skyteam. I joined with Delta. Also serves Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aero Mexico, Air Europa, Airfrance, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, MEA, Saudia, Tarom, Vietnam Airlines, and Xiamen Air.

OneWorld. I joined through Malaysian Airlines. Also serves Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Air, Cathay Pacific, FinnAir, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malaysia Airlines, QANTAS, Royal Jordanian, and S7 Airlines.

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3. Join any other programs you would frequently use.

For example, I also joined AirAsia Bigshots and Velocity, as they are budget airlines that I frequently use which are not partnered with any alliances (at the time of writing this).

4. Get a credit card that allows transferring points into frequent flyer miles.

The last thing item on my list of frequent flyer tips for the budget traveler is to buy stuff on your credit card for the points but pay it back in full each month.

Well that’s it for my list of frequent flyer tips for the budget traveler. I’m sure people out there have loads more so feel free to post them in the comments.

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