The Best Frequent Flyer Programs For The Elite

    Jet-setters, listen up! If you’re still not a part of any frequent flyer program, we need to talk.

    Put those empty, used-up miles to good use by keeping them safe under these superlative programs that will make journeying around the world an absolute delight for you and your family. Gone are the wasted hours spent in long check-in lines and generic airport lounges. By now, expecting only the best service should be automatic, because it is naturally what you deserve.

    These frequent flyer programs share the same sentiments:


    Air France Flying Blue Program (Platinum)

    Alliance program: Skyteam

    Number of airline partners: 40, including the likes of Japan Airlines, Air Europa, Korean Airlines, and WestJet, to name a few.

    Notable Perks:

    Hold reservations for up to two weeks for $20

    Very low change and cancellation fees; $23 for classic awards and free for flex awards

    One-way bookings allowed

    Open jaws allowed

    Mixed cabins allowed

    Stopovers on round-trip tickets

    Much greater availability on Air France and KLM than when booking these airlines though partners

    Miles can pay for extra fees such as extra legroom, checked bags, lounge access and meals

    Flying Blue doesn’t add large fuel surcharges to partner airlines

    100  percent bonus miles

    Free economy comfort seats on Delta and KLM flights and Seat Plus premium economy on Air France flights

    Lounge access to all SkyTeam member airlines

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    Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Elite (MVP Gold 75k)

    Alliance program: None

    Number of airline partners: 18, including the likes of Cathay Pacific, Virgin America, Korean Airlines, Japan Airlines, and British Airways, to name a few.

    Notable Perks:

    Low taxes and fees

    One-way awards allowed

    One stopover or open jaw per international ticket

    One stopover each direction on international trips if all on Alaska Airlines planes

    Cancel free within 24 hours of ticketing

    One free itinerary change within 72 hours of ticketing

    Option to buy miles at a discounted rate anytime you book a ticket

    No close-in booking fee so you can book the day of your flight with no charge

    Expired miles can be reinstated within one year of expiration with a $75 fee

    125 percent bonus miles

    50,000 bonus miles with status

    Unlimited first class upgrades for member and a companion

    Unlimited upgrades on Delta flights

    Priority check-in and boarding on Alaska, American and Delta, express security at select airports Four Alaska Board Room day passes

    Partner lounge access at select airports

    Free same-day flight changes

    Free in-flight entertainment player and premium beverages in main cabin

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    British Airways Executive Club (Gold) 

    Alliance program: Oneworld

    Number of airline partners: 17, including the likes of American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Alaska Airlines, to name a few.

    Notable Perks:

    No last-minute booking fees

    Unlimited stopovers (because of segments booking)

    Priority boarding on American Airlines flights booked with Avios

    Award bookings available 355 days out, earlier than most airlines

    One open-jaw permitted per round-trip award, but you can also easily book each leg separately with distance-based awards

    If your flight continues (uses the same flight number), even though it stops, it doesn’t count as a new distance-based segment

    Pool points together by household, so there’s no need to transfer between family accounts to get enough miles for a flight

    Transfer Avios for free

    First class check-in

    No booking or service fees on awards

    Upgrade voucher for two (at 2,500 tier points)

    Additional upgrade voucher for two (at 3,500 tier points)

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    Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer (Elite Gold)

    Alliance program: Star Alliance

    Number of airline partners: 34, including the likes of Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Singapore Airlines, to name a few.

    Notable Perks:

    Cash plus miles fares available

    15 percent off required miles when booking flights or upgrades online

    Award flights start at 7,500 KrisFlyer miles

    No date change fees on Singapore Airlines flights

    Ability to revive expired miles

    One-way awards permitted on Singapore Airlines and most partner airline bookings

    One stopover allowed per saver round-trip award, two stopovers per standard and full award

    One stopover permitted per standard and full one-way award

    One open jaw on the departure/return location permitted

    Star Alliance gold status

    Priority check-in

    Additional checked bag

    Priority boarding

    Priority baggage handling (Singapore Airlines, Star Alliance partner airlines and Virgin Australia )

    Lounge access

    Words by: Samantha Masigan

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