APH Compares Frequent Flyer Schemes Across Major Airlines

APH Compares Frequent Fly Schemes Across Major

With recent reports questioning the value of air miles and some airlines introducing changes to their policies, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH.com) has compiled a comprehensive guide comparing frequent flyer schemes across all major airlines.

AIRLINE

NAME OF SCHEME / S

HOW TO EARN POINTS

EXPIRY DATES

BENEFITS & REWARDS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Aer Lingus Gold CircleTiers:

  • Gold Circle Club
  • Gold Circle Prestige
  • Gold Circle Elite
Points Required:Gold Circle Club:

  • 2,400 Gold Circle points required in order to qualify for scheme

Gold Circle Prestige

  • 4,800 Gold Circle points required in order to qualify for scheme

Gold Circle Elite:

  • 8,400 Gold Circle points required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • Gold Circle Credit Card
Points:

  • 12 months

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Gold Circle Club:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Meal preference on transatlantic flights
  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business Class on transatlantic flights
  • Access to Aer Lingus Gold Circle Club Lounges at all departure points when travelling on Aer Lingus scheduled flights

Gold Circle Prestige:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Meal preference recorded on transatlantic flights
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business Class transatlantic flights
  • Access to the Aer Lingus Gold Circle Club lounges at all departure points when travelling on Aer Lingus scheduled flights
  • Access to the British Airways lounge in London Heathrow

Gold Circle Elite:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Rewards flights
  • Meal preference recorded on transatlantic flights
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business Class transatlantic flights
  • Lounge access at all departure points when travelling on Aer Lingus scheduled flights
  • Access to the British Airways lounge in London Heathrow
  • Four one-way complimentary upgrades
  • One reward ticket for spouse or partner when flying with you
  • Ability to reserve a seat on a fully booked Aer Lingus flight
  • Gold Circle points have no cash value and are not transferable or combinable with another member’s points
  • Aer Lingus is not liable for any unclaimed benefits under the Gold Circle Club’s Partner agreements in excess of one month after the agreement ceases
Air France Flying BlueTiers:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
Miles Required:Silver:

  • 25,000 level miles and 15 one-way flights required in order to qualify for scheme

Gold:

  • 40,000 level miles and 30 one-way flights required

Platinum:

  • 70,000 level miles and 60 one-way flights required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • Flying Blue Card
Miles:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Silver:

  • Meal preference
  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business Class transatlantic flights
  • Extra weight baggage allowance
  • 50% Elite bonus as a standard
  • Air France seat plus

Gold:

  • Meal preference
  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business Class transatlantic flights
  • Extra weight baggage allowance
  • 75% Elite bonus as a standard
  • Air France seat plus
  • Sky priority

Platinum:

  • Meal preference
  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business Class transatlantic flights
  • Extra weight baggage allowance
  • 100% Elite bonus as a standard
  • Air France seat plus
  • Sky priority
  • Level and award miles will not be awarded on unused, forfeited, fraudulent, lost, out-of-date or refunded tickets or transactions
American Airlines AAdvantage Tiers:

Points Required:AAdvantage Gold:

  • 100,000 points required in order to qualify for scheme

AAdvantage Platinum:

  • 50,000 points required in order to qualify for scheme

AAdvantage Executive Platinum:

  • 25,000 points required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • Citi / AAdvantage Card
Points:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • N/A
AAdvantage Gold:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business Class transatlantic flights
  • Extra weight baggage allowance
  • 25% elite mileage bonus
  • Discounted Admirals Club membership
  • Special Admirals Club Membership

AAdvantage Executive Platinum:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business class transatlantic flights
  • Extra weight baggage allowance
  • 100% elite mileage bonus
  • Discounted Admirals Club membership
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards

Executive Platinum:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery for Business Class transatlantic flights
  • Extra weight baggage allowance
  • 100% Elite mileage bonus
  • Discounted Admirals Club membership
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards
  • Flagship check-in at London Heathrow
  • AAdvantage members must have mileage earning or redeeming activity once every 18 months in order to retain their miles. If your account has no qualifying activity in any 18-month period, all miles in the account will expire
British Airways Executive ClubTiers:

  • Executive Club Bronze
  • Executive Club Silver
  • Executive Club Gold
Points Required:Executive Club Bronze:

  • 300 tier points required in order to qualify for scheme

Executive Club Silver:

  • 600 tier points required in order to qualify for scheme

Executive Club Gold:

  • 1500 tier points required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • British Airways American Express Card
Points:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Executive Club Bronze:

  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage

Executive Club Silver:

  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage
  • British Airways lounges worldwide

Executive Club Gold:

  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage
  • Access to the British Airways First lounges worldwide
  • Free access to Elemis Travel Spa
  • Membership is limited to individuals who are 18 years of age
  • Tier points including lifetime tier points must be earned by the Member and are not transferable
Cathay Pacific Marco Polo ClubTiers:

  • Green
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Diamond
Miles Required:Green:

  • N/A

Silver:

  • 30,000 club miles required in order to qualify for the scheme

Gold:

  • 60,000 club miles required in order to qualify for the scheme

Diamond:

  • 120,000 club miles required in order to qualify for the scheme

Credit Card:

  • American Express Cathay Pacific
Miles:

  • 12 months

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Green:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Personalised luggage labels
  • Extra-legroom seats redemption
  • 100% elite mileage bonus
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards
  • Flagship check-in at London Heathrow

Silver:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Personalised luggage labels
  • Advanced seat reservation
  • Extra-legroom seats redemption
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards

Gold:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Personalised luggage labels
  • Advanced seat reservation
  • Extra-legroom seats redemption
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards
  • Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges
  • Arrivals lounges
  • Allowed one guest into lounges

Diamond:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Personalised luggage labels
  • Advanced seat reservation
  • Extra-legroom seats redemption
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards
  • Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges
  • Arrivals lounges access
  • Allowed two guests into lounges
  • Membership is limited to individuals who are 18 years of age
  • Membership for individuals who remain inactive or fall below the minimum travel criteria as outlined in the membership guide for a membership period of 12 months will be terminated

 

Delta Airlines SkyMilesTiers:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
Miles Required:Silver:

  • 25,000 medallion qualification miles and $2,500 medallion qualification dollars in order to qualify for scheme

Gold:

  • 50,000 medallion qualification miles and $5,000 medallion qualification dollars required in order to qualify for scheme

Platinum:

  • 75,000 medallion qualification miles and $7,500 medallion qualification dollars required in order to qualify for scheme

Diamond:

  • 12,5000 medallion qualification miles and $12,500 medallion qualification dollars required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Cards:

Miles:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Silver:

  • Complimentary companion upgrades
  • Priority check-in, boarding and waiting list

Gold:

  • Complimentary companion upgrades
  • Priority check-in, boarding, waiting list and baggage check-in
  • Lounge access to SkyTeam

Platinum:

  • Complimentary companion upgrades
  • Priority check-in, boarding, waiting list, baggage check-in and security line access
  • Lounge access to SkyTeam

Diamond:

  • Complimentary companion upgrades
  • Priority check-in, boarding, waiting list, baggage check-in and security line access
  • Tiffany & Co premium luggage labels
  • Lounge access to SkyTeam
  • Membership numbers are non-transferable
  • Corporations and / or entities cannot be enrolled as members
  • Only one person may be enrolled per SkyMiles account
  • Only one person may be enrolled per SkyMiles account
Emirates Emirates SkywardsTiers:

  • Emirates Skywards Silver
  • Emirates Skywards Gold
  • Emirates Skywards Platinum
Miles Required:Emirates Skywards Silver:

  • 25,000 air miles or 25 flights required in order to qualify for scheme

Emirates Skywards Gold:

  • 50,000 tier miles or 50 flights required in order to qualify for scheme

Emirates Skywards Platinum:

  • 150,000 tier miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Points:

  • 12 months

Credit Card:

  • N/A

 

Emirates Skywards Blue:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards
  • E-gate service in Dubai

Emirates Skywards Silver:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards
  • E-gate service in Dubai
  • Lounge access in Dubai
  • Lounge access for guests
  • Guaranteed seats on fully booked flights

Emirates Skywards Gold:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards
  • E-gate service in Dubai
  • Lounge access in Dubai
  • Lounge access for guests
  • Guaranteed seats on fully booked flights

Emirates Skywards Platinum:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Special discounts on hotel and car awards
  • E-gate service in Dubai
  • Lounge access in Dubai
  • Lounge access for guests
  • Guaranteed seats on fully booked flights
  • Gold partner nomination
  • Membership is limited to individuals aged two or above
  • Membership is non- transferable. A member is not permitted to hold more than one account
Etihad Etihad GuestTiers:

  • Etihad Guest Silver
  • Etihad Guest Gold
  • Etihad Guest Gold Elite
Points Required:

  • All scheme types based on number of points earned in the previous 12 months

Etihad Guest Silver:

  • 25,000 guest miles required in order to qualify for the scheme

Etihad Guest Gold:

  • 50,000 guest miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Etihad Guest Gold Elite:

  • 125,000 guest miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • Etihad Guest Credit Card
Miles:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Etihad Guest Silver:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding and waiting list priority
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • Lounge access for guests
  • Guaranteed seats on fully booked flights

Etihad Guest Gold:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Waitlist priority
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • Lounge access for guests
  • Guaranteed seats on fully booked flights
  • Free chauffeur service for those travelling in business class

Etihad Guest Gold Elite:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding and waiting list priority
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • Lounge access for guests
  • Guaranteed business seats if booked 48 hours in advance
  • Free chauffeur service for those travelling in business class
  • Gold discretionary nomination
  • The Etihad guest card may only be used by the person named on that card
Flybe Rewards4all:

  • N/A

 

Points Required:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • Rewards4all Credit Card
Points:

  • Two years

Credit Card:

  • 12 months
Rewards4all

  • UK & European flight redemption
  • Lounge access
  • Membership is limited to individuals aged 18 or above
  • Applications for membership of the Rewards 4all scheme must be applied for online at flybe.com
Iberia

 

Miles Required:Iberia Plus Silver:

  • 1,100 elite miles or 25 routes flown required in order to qualify for scheme

Iberia Plus Gold:

  • 2,500 elite miles or 50 routes flown required in order to qualify for scheme

Iberia Plus Platinum:

  • 12,500 elite miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • Iberia Plus Platinum Card

 

 

Miles:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • 12 months
Iberia Plus Silver:

  • Priority boarding
  • Waitlist priority
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • Travel insurance assistance abroad

Iberia Plus Gold:

  • Priority boarding
  • Waitlist priority
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • Travel insurance assistance abroad
  • Lounge access for guests

Iberia Plus Platinum:

  • Two free flight upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Waitlist priority
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Travel insurance assistance abroad
  • Lounge access
  • Lounge access for guests
  • Free limousine service for those travelling in business class
  • N/A
KLM
  • Flying Blue
  • Tiers:
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
Miles Required:Flying Blue Silver:

  • 25,000 award miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Flying Blue Gold:

  • 40,000 award miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Platinum

  • 70,000 award miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • Flying Blue
  • N/A
Flying Blue Silver:

  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery
  • Increased baggage allowance
  • Lounge access

Flying Blue Gold:

  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery
  • Increased baggage allowance
  • Lounge access

Flying Platinum:

  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery
  • Increased baggage allowance
  • Lounge access with guests
  • Only the member is entitled to apply for an award
Lufthansa
  • Miles & More
  • Tiers:
  • Miles & More Member,
  • Frequent Traveller
  • Senator
  • Hon Circle Member
Miles Required:Miles & More Member:

  • One award status mile required in order to qualify for scheme

Frequent Traveller:

  • 35,000 status miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Sentor:

  • 100,000 status miles in required in order to qualify for scheme

Hon Circle Member:

  • 600,000 HON miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Cards:

  • Miles & More Senator Card
  • HON Circle Member
Miles:

  • 12 months

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Frequent Traveller:

  • Priority check-in
  • Free baggage allowance
  • Business lounge access

Senator:

  • Flight upgrade
  • Priority check-in
  • Free baggage allowance
  • Access to Senator and Star Gold lounges

Hon Circle Member:

  • Flight upgrade
  • Priority check-in
  • Free baggage allowance
  • Access to Lufthansa First Class, SWISS First and Austrian HON Circle lounge
  • Membership is limited to individuals aged two or above who reside in a country in which the Miles & More programme is available
  • Only one account may be opened per person
Monarch Airlines
  • Vantage Club for frequent flyers
  • Tiers:
  • Indigo
  • Silver
  • Gold
Points Required:Vantage Club Indigo:

  • Four points required in order to qualify for scheme

Vantage Club Silver:

  • 10 points required in order to qualify for scheme

Vantage Club Gold:

  • 16 points required in order to qualify for the scheme

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Points:

  • 12 months
Vantage Club Indigo:

  • Discounted travel insurance

Vantage Club Silver:

  • Priority check-in
  • Increased baggage allowance
  • Discounted travel insurance

Vantage Club Gold:

  • Free flight selection
  • Free baggage allowance
  • Discount parking at London Luton
  • Discounted travel insurance
  • Membership is limited to individuals aged two or above
  • Only journeys made on Monarch’s flights are applicable to this scheme
Qatar
  • Privilege Club

 

Tiers:

  • Burgundy
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
Points Required:Burgundy:

  • None required in order to qualify for the scheme

Silver:

  • 150 Qpoints required in order to qualify for the scheme

Gold:

  • 300 Qpoints required in order to qualify for the scheme

Platinum:

  • 600Qpoints required in order to qualify for this scheme

Credit Card:

  • Qatar Airways World Credit Card
Points:

  • 12 months

Credit Card:

  • N/A

 

Burgundy:

  • Priority stand-by

Silver:

  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access

Gold:

  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access

Platinum:

  • Personalised luggage tags
  • Excess baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • Membership is limited to individuals aged 12 or above

 

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

  • Tiers:
  • KrisFlyer Elite Silver
  • KrisFlyer Elite Gold
Miles Required:KrisFlyer Elite Silver:

  • 25,000 elite miles required in order to qualify for this scheme

KrisFlyer Elite Gold:

  • 50,000 elite miles required in order to qualify for this scheme

Credit Cards:

  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Credit Card
Points:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • N/A
KrisFlyer Elite Silver:

  • Priority reservation waitlist
  • Priority airport standby

KrisFlyer Elite Gold:

  • Priority reservation waitlist
  • Priority airport standby
  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • Increased baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • Membership is limited to individuals aged two and above
Swiss Air
  • Miles & More
  • Tiers:
  • Miles & More member
  • Frequent traveller
  • Senator
  • Hon circle member
Miles Required:Miles & More Member:

  • One award mile required in order to qualify for scheme

Frequent Traveller:

  • 35,000 air miles in a given calendar year required in order to qualify for scheme

Sentor:

  • 100,000 air miles in a given calendar year required in order to qualify for scheme

Hon Circle Member:

  • 600,000 HON miles required in order to qualify for scheme

Credit Card:

  • SWISS Miles & More Credit
Points:

  • N/A

Credit Card:

  • One month
Frequent Traveller:

  • Priority check-in
  • Free baggage allowance
  • Business lounge access

Senator:

  • Flight upgrade
  • Priority check-in
  • Free baggage allowance
  • Access to Senator and Star Gold lounges

Hon Circle Member:

  • Flight upgrade
  • Priority check-in
  • Free baggage allowance
  • Access to Lufthansa First Class, SWISS First and Austrian HON Circle Lounge
  • Membership is limited to individuals aged two or above who reside in a country in which the Miles & More programme is available
  • Only one account may be opened per person
Thai Airlines
  • Royal Orchid Plus
  • Tiers:
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
Miles Required:Royal Orchid Plus Silver:

  • 10,000 miles required in order to qualify for the scheme

Royal Orchid Plus Gold:

  • 50,000 miles required in order to qualify for the scheme

Royal Orchid Plus Platinum:

  • 80,000 miles required in order to qualify for the scheme
  • Only for flyers who travel in Royal First Class and Royal Silk Class

Credit Card:

  • Royal Orchid Plus Credit Card
Miles:

  • 12 months
Royal Orchid Plus Silver:

  • Priority reservation and waiting list
  • Increased baggage allowance

Royal Orchid Plus Gold:

  • Priority check-in and reservation
  • Increased baggage allowance
  • Lounge access

Royal Orchid Plus Platinum:

  • Priority check-in and reservation
  • Increased baggage allowance
  • Access to airport lounges with one guest
  • N/A
United Nations
  • MileagePlus Programme

 

Tiers:

  • Premier Silver
  • Premier Gold
  • Premier Platinum
  • Premier 1K
Miles Required:Premier Silver:

  • 25,000 premier qualifying miles and $2,500 required in order to qualify for this scheme

Premier Gold:

  • 50,000 premier qualifying miles and $5,000 in order to qualify for this scheme

Premier Platinum:

  • 75,000 premier qualify miles and $7,500 in order to qualify for this scheme

Premier 1K:

  • 100,000 premier qualifying miles and $10,000 in order to qualify for this scheme

Credit Card:

  • United MileagePlus Credit Card
Points:

  • 12 months

Credit Card:

  • N/A
Premier Silver:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority check-in, waiting list, boarding and baggage delivery
  • Discounted United Club membership club

Premier Gold:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority check-in, waiting list, boarding and baggage delivery
  • Discounted United Club membership club
  • Lounge access when travelling internationally

Premier Platinum:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Priority check-in, waiting list, boarding and baggage delivery
  • Discounted United Club membership club
  • Lounge access when travelling internationally

Premier 1K:

  • Flight upgrades
  • Regional premier upgrades
  • Priority check-in, waiting list, boarding and baggage delivery
  • Discounted United Club membership club
  • Lounge access when travelling internationally
  • N/A
Virgin Atlantic
  • Flying Club
  • Tiers:
  • Red
  • Silver
  • Gold
Points Required:Silver:

  • 15 tier points in a rolling 12-13 months required in order to qualify for scheme

Gold:

  • 40 tier points in a rolling 12-13 months required in order to qualify for the scheme

Credit Cards:

  • White Credit Card Account
  • Black Credit Card Account
Points:

  • 12-13 months

Credit Card:

  • Nine months
Red:

  • 50% discount at Purple Parking at all UK airports
  • Access to airport lounges

Silver:

  • Priority check-in and reservation
  • Increased baggage allowance
  • 50% discount at Purple Parking at all UK airports
  • Access to airport lounges

Gold:

  • Flight upgrade
  • Priority check-in, boarding and security
  • Priority reservation
  • 50% discount at Purple Parking at all UK airports
  • Access to airport lounges
  • All Flying Club membership cards remain the property of VAA at all times and we reserve the right to have Flying Club membership cards returned on demand

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