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Your Frequent Flyer Number is the key to earning free flights and saving tons of money on your travel. Best part is you don’t really have to be ‘frequent flyer’ to earn free flights. In fact, many of the best ways to earn free flights, don’t involve flying. You can earn them for using your card, shopping etc. But hey, you still need to get a frequent flyer number before you can start collecting those miles and enjoy free flights.

So, how do I get a Frequent Flyer Number?

To get your own Frequent Flyer Number, all you need to do is signup with the airlines you fly the most. Signing up for a frequent flyer program is free. However, there’s a catch. Not all airlines have a frequent flyer program, especially low cost carriers. Here is a list of all Frequent Flyer Programs globally. It is recommended to stick to 1 airline (at max 2) for all your travel to maximize your miles earning.

How do I earn frequent flyer miles?

Good news is that you earn miles even when your ticket is booked by your company or a friend or an agent. So you can search for the cheapest flight on skyscanner and still earn miles. You just need to quote your number at the time of check-in. However, some airlines offer bonus miles for booking directly with them.

Quote your frequent flyer number every time you fly and miles should automatically get credited to your account. Safest way is to login to your frequent flyer account and book your ticket from there. That way your frequent flyer number is automatically added to the booking. If not, remember to add it when you check-in. Apart from flying, you can also earn miles and free flights for shopping, hotel stays, using your credit card etc.

How do I spend frequent flyer miles?

This is pretty simple. Just logon to your account and look for the option to ‘Redeem’ or ‘Use Miles’. There is a quota for miles ticket in every flight. Last minute flights and peak season tickets are generally not available on miles. You need to plan your holiday a little in advance. You can also use your miles to get an upgrade.