7. Register for frequent flyer programs
I have enjoyed several free travels just by joining frequent flyer programs. It’s free to join. Airlines that have alliance use same frequent flyer program (they may have different names, but it’s same).
You accumulate miles (some airlines call it Points) for each trip made with airlines having alliance. These miles or points can be used in exchange for travel tickets, ticket upgrades, access to VIP lounges, hotel reservations , car rentals, pay for excess luggage and much more. Some hotels, car rentals and shops reward their customers with miles. You can also earn miles or points by using Credit card services and some money exchange services.
Flights taken or tickets purchased prior to joining the programme do not qualify one to earn these miles or points. Always join the program before making a purchase.
You will be provided with a membership number that will be required of you to provide anytime you purchase tickets from airlines in the same alliance. The two major airlines Alliance are STAR ALLIANCE and SKYTEAM.
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