What is a Frequent Flyer Number?

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Do you travel regularly? If so, you might be a good candidate to enroll for a frequent flyer number. Designed to incentivize frequent flyers to choose a specific airline for all of their travels, frequent flyer numbers come with many perks. Let’s talk about how you can become a frequent flyer and what type of perks you can get if you become one.

What is a Frequent Flyer Number?

A frequent flyer is, as you have probably already guessed, someone who takes flights regularly. Frequent Flyer numbers are a type of promotion that is given to frequent flyers in order to entice them to return to the same airline for future flights.

These promotions come with a variety of perks including free flights, free upgrades, free meals, and so on and so forth. 

A frequent flyer number then, is the number you are given once you enroll in a frequent flyer program. Once you have your flyer number, you can then start to accumulate points.

Points are accumulated based on the distance travelled with the particular airline associated with the program. For example, if you join Air Canada’s Frequent Flyer Program, you will then accumulate frequent flyer points each time you fly with them. These points can then be redeemed for free flights and other benefits. 

What Benefits are Associated with Frequent Flyer Numbers?

In addition to free flights, there are lots of other benefits that might be associated with a frequent flyer program.

Depending on the number of points you have, you can receive additional benefits like easier check-ins, upgraded seats, free luggage checks, and car rentals.

Some airlines also offer perks outside of flights and rentals. They might, for example, allow you to trade your points for tickets to sporting events, free hotel stays, concert tickets, or even full vacations (depending on how many points you have accumulated). 

Most airlines will increase the benefits the more that you fly with them.

How Often do I need to fly to be a Frequent Flyer?

The good news is, you don’t actually have to fly that regularly to become a Frequent Flyer. Most airlines will allow anyone to sign up. With that being said, you won’t be able to accumulate points unless you fly, and the more you fly the more points (and rewards) you will receive.

You can accumulate more points by flying with one single airline regularly, as well as by signing up for their credit card. 

You can learn how to sign up for Frequent Flyer Program on this beginners guide website.

What is the most popular Frequent Flyer Program in Canada?

The most common Frequent Flyer Program in Canada is the Air Canada Program, referred to as “Air Canada Altitude”. These members receive points anytime they fly with Air Canada, as well as when they choose Tango or Air Canada Rouge. You can also earn flyer points with Aeroplan, the Airlines Credit Card. You can sign up for their program on their website

Other popular Frequent Flyer Programs in Canada include WestJet, Delta, United Airlines, and American Airlines. If you travel regularly, it might be well worth the little time it takes to sign up for a program. Points can add up quickly, and who doesn’t love free stuff?

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Kareena Maya is a freelance writer focused on the personal finance and travel spaces. He frequently writes about credit cards, banking, student loans, insurance, travel rewards and more. His work has been featured in publications such as Forbes Advisor, Bankrate, Credit Karma, Finance Buzz, The Ascent and Student Loan Planner.