Rea­sons you shouldn’t stay loyal to one air­line

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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.

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