Reasons you shouldn’t stay loyal to one airline
I want to book my flights. The flights that suit me are rarely available and, when you want to upgrade, you find that this option is not available or the ticket you booked doesn’t make you eligible for the upgrade.”
Also, some airlines are now only giving you points based on the amount you spend rather than the distance you fly, and are even introducing revenue-based mileage earning, making it more difficult to earn points.
YOU CAN GET DISCOUNTS THROUGH OTHER REWARD SCHEMES
You don’t have to rely on your frequent-flyer programme to get discounts on flights because there are other companies that have stepped in to offer travel discounts. With Discovery Vitality, you can get up to 35% off local flights offered by Kulula and British Airways. If you want to get discounts on international flights, Discovery also enables you get up to 35% off British Airways, Emirates and Quantas tickets. “I prefer to get discounts through Momentum Multiply with Mango,” says Fisher-French.
CREDIT CARDS ENABLE YOU TO GET MILES TOO
Banks and other financial institutions are offering customers the ability to earn rewards that you can convert into air miles.
There are more advantages to earning discounts this way because you get other perks through your bank cards, not only air miles. Provided you pay your bills on time and manage your spending responsibly, you are able to build up a good credit profile in the process.
It’s important to weigh up the costs of owning those particular bank cards versus other cheaper options. It makes sense to get cards that enable you to earn air miles if you are a frequent traveller.
If you don’t use your credit card a lot or travel occasionally, you may benefit from getting a more basic, cheaper credit card.