Are airline loyalty programmes as good as they seem on paper?

Many airlines including easyJet, Virgin, and British Airways have all placed their names on various types of credit cards that with continual use can allow flyers to earn free trips to different destinations located all over the world. However, the question on most consumers’ minds is if these reward programmes actually will add up and work for an average flyer.

Most airline credit cars work similarly to a cash back credit card, but the major difference of course is that instead of earning a small fraction of cash every time you spend, you earn points or miles that you can later convert into air miles and use for free flights.

There are various reward schemes with these types of cards, but you can usually expect to have to spend around £6000 before you earn a free flight to Paris. Most companies will let you use cash to top up your miles if you do not have enough free miles in order to get to your final destination.

Of course, not every flight is free and you will have to pay various charges and taxes for every reward flight so do not forget to read over the small print when thinking about booking your free flight.

In addition, many reward flights come with their own restrictions and limited availability on dates so you are only going to be able to get the most out of the credit that you earn via your credit card if you can be flexible when you travel. Keep in mind also that there is usually a limited period of time that you can use the points you earn so make sure to travel before then.