Understanding travel opportunities does not only entail knowledge of airline miles and points, but the partnerships the airlines have with other airlines, banks, restaurants…etc.
Using these partnerships to your utmost advantage grants so many more benefits previously unknown to even the frequent flyers. Alliances and partnerships are the building blocks of award travel, so it is essential to understand how these two work.
Most big name airlines are affiliated with others through alliances and partnership agreements. Using ‘Star Alliance’ the largest airline alliance, would entail that whenever you fly with Air Canada for example, you can earn miles and points on a different airline in the alliance like Lufthansa. And you can use these miles when you fly with Austrian airlines–that’s partnership.
There are many alliances out there and this matters because you may be oblivious to how many uses you can truly put to redeeming your miles and accruing them as well. You may redeem from the various partners, but be keen of the rules of the programs you have miles with. The miles you have edict the awards chart you follow and the particular rules to follow as well. So if you use Turkish Airlines, you follow the rules and conditions of that program no matter what. Other alliances include oneworld, SkyTeam as well as others. Many of the airlines involved in this share a frequent flyer program, miles and more but that’s another story.
Understanding business credit cards is essential in bolstering mileage balances. Ensure you meet minimum spending records–for the credit card is meant to help you not harm you, use it correctly and it’ll be to your advantage.
Sign up for different rewards and loyalty programs, get more than one point for every dollar spent and stay vigilant of new and expiring promos and bonuses. Use shopping portals and dining programs that can pair with your cards and are effectively registered to save money on every last bit of joy we can buy.