Jusl Late the value of the miles and divide it by the value of the flight. E.g, You need 50000 British Airways Avios + Taxes for a Round Trip Lo London, The Rujiee value of this flight is say Rs. 50,000 + taxes- Deducting Lhe Lax component from each will give the value of One Avios –
Hotel Partners. Most airlines have affiliation with hotel chains for loyalty programs. e.g. British Airways and Singapore Airlines allow you to earn miles when you stay at hotels like Hilton, Club Carlson properties (Radisson, Park Plaza etc.), Accor and more. Many hotel loyalty programs allow the option of earning hotel loyalty points or air miles in a frequent flyer program. A few hotel programs award both hotel points and frequent flyer miles – this is called double-dipping. e.g. If you are a member of Hilton HHonors, Hiltons loyalty programme, you can Double Dip and earn both say, JPMiles and HHonors points for the same stay. For details you must visit the frequent flyer section / mini-site of the airline and be clear on the options and also ratio of conversion between points / miles. And, of course when you check-in at the hotel, be sure to present your airline membership card if you opted for the miles or if double-dipping. There are now online services which allow you to book hotels and earn air miles. The popular ones are www. pointshound.com and
www.rocketmiles.com . These services simplify earning miles and enable the flexibility to choose where you earn, what you earn, and how you earn although double-dipping is usually not available. There aren’t any online services which allow the other way round i.e. book air tickets and get hotel points, at least not yet.
Car Rental Partners. You of course need a car from airport to your home / hotel (or other way round) and even for other trips. So why not book a cab or self-driven car for transportation, especially when it allows you to earn airline miles? Many airlines in India and abroad have partnership with such car rental or cab companies. e.g. Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege has tie-up with Hertz car rental, EasyCabs etc. So every online booking with EasyCabs will earn you 40 JPMiles. Now, isn’t that neat?
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Dining Partners. This is yet another way to earn miles without flying. You can enjoy at a nice restaurant or coffee lounge which has a partnership with the airline and you earn miles every time you enjoy that Cappuccino. e.g. Restaurant chains like Rajdhani, Barista etc. have affiliation with Jet Airways.
Lifestyle & Shopping Partners. Airlines have affiliations with shopping chains (The Mobile Store, Vero Moda, UCB etc), Publications (BusinessToday, Femina, Outlook etc.), Telecom (Matrix), etc. So you earn miles as you shop or subscribe to magazines and more.
Other Loyalty Cards. In India, the popular Payback (www.payback.in) loyalty program has so many partners that include retail chains to telecom that I recommend you to get the membership through any of its partners. Payback network includes HPCL, Vbdafone, MakeMyTrip.com, Big Bazaar, UniverCell, Food Bazaar, Pantaloons, Central, Ezone, Home Town, Brand Factory, bookmyshow.com and many more. PAYBACK members can earn points during everyday shopping and redeem their points online for miles at JetAirways JPMiles or Miles & More (Lufhansa, Swiss Air, Austrian Airlines etc.).
Reviews & Surveys. If you have subscribed to newsletters or mailing lists of airlines and your credit cards, you may get an email invitation for simply responding to surveys online. These survey results are used by marketing people for their marketing campaigns and other business strategies. So, you inputs are valuable for their business. As an incentive for you to respond to their surveys, these airlines or credit cards will reward you with air miles or points. Yet another way is to write reviews on hotels, restaurants and other places you have visited. Most of us would like to tell people about our experiences during travels. So why not put your reviews on such portals which depend on content from actual users – this concept is called crowdsourcing. e.g. if you write hotel or restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor.com you can earn anything between 250 and 1000 JPMiles. Similarly, there are other sites like www.HolidayCheck.com which incentivize you with air miles for every review you write about hotels. You are not only helping others make an informed decision by writing a review of your stay / dining experience (where you most probably earned some points or miles), but you also earn miles. Now that is a loyalty program you have to be a part of.
Buy Air Miles. Most airline frequent flyer programs allow you to purchase air miles, although there is a limit you can buy in a year. But why should you buy FFP miles?! Say while planning your trip, you realize that you are falling short of miles, you should buy the balance miles and then redeem it. This is much better than paying full fare for the ticket, no? Sometimes, the airline may offer you an option of redeeming using miles and pay the balance using cash while booking which may not require you to buy miles – for example British Airways has this option. However, while doing so, you should do a cost benefit analysis of both options and then decide whether buying more miles is gainful or not. CAUTION: There are many brokers (especially in the US and Europe) both online and offline, who will buy and sell miles or find someone who do so. What they do is essentially hand over the sellers FFP account to you, the buyer or the other way round. While this is not illegal, it is in violation of airline terms and conditions which will most likely lead to your membership being cancelled and the miles forfeited. One can also face the prospect of being banned by the airline from flying with them – i.e. joining the dreaded ‘no fly list’ being maintained by many airlines now (this is no way related to the US TSA’s No Fly List of potential terrorists). It is indeed embarrassing when one reports at the check-in counter and then be told that the ticket is invalid till you pay for the full fare or face a ban.
Receive Gift / Transfer Miles. Your friends or relatives can transfer miles from their accounts to yours. If they buy and transfer the points to you, usually these do not count towards the ceiling imposed by the airline on THEIR limit. So you can ask them to gift miles to you rather than some useless item/s.