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If you are interested in miles and points, you probably follow more than one blogger who focuses on the subject. The major UK websites are well known to most of you. Many of the major US bloggers also have interesting things to say – in between their pitching of US-only credit cards of course! But if you stop to think about who is actually writing these blogs, you might picture a single man or woman gallivanting across the world in First Class, drinking champagne and staying in five-star hotels. You probably don’t picture a family of four, if only because it’s hard enough to travel with young children, much less find time to blog about it! And a picture of a frazzled parent dragging their children through airport security isn’t quite the exotic image that collects website clicks…
With a recent addition to my family, I find my focus shifting. Positioning to Stockholm for a cheap Business Class fare on Qatar Airways? 60 nights per year in a Hyatt hotel to maintain Globalist status? Not with my daughter in tow, that’s for sure… I won’t be quitting all of that cold turkey, thanks to an understanding partner. But I usually research and write about things that interest me, with the writing process helping me to discover and remember the pertinent details, As a result, I will be spending more time investigating things that matter to families, rather than solo travellers.
One of the areas I will be looking at is the pooling of miles with family members. After all, if collecting miles as a solo traveller makes sense, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on the miles that your young ones could be accumulating on those family holidays. So over the next few days I’ll be digging into the details of the various family plans offered by several frequent flyer programmes.
Which Programmes Allow You to Pool Miles?
These are the programmes that appear to allow family accounts. As I go along, I will update this list with links to the detailed articles.
British Airways Executive Club
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Only members with top tier Gold status can pool miles with up to nine family members.
Not mileage-based of course. But the Family Account ensures that you earn CashPoints for every member of your family travelling with you.
Not regularly covered by the miles and points blogosphere due to an unattractive award chart, but Skywards does offer a Family Account.
All Nippon Airways Mileage Club
Family accounts are available for those members resident outside of Japan. A registration fee of 1,000 miles is charged to add a family member.
Asiana’s Family Mileage Plan allows you to add five family members.
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
If you have elite status with Miles & Smiles – Classic Plus, Elite or Elite Plus – then you are allowed to set up a Family Membership account and pool your miles with your spouse and children.
Aegean Miles + Bonus
If you hold Silver or Gold status, you can set up a “Together” account and add up to 5 members.
Although far too exotic, even for me, I understand that the Egyptair Plus family account even pools your status miles, meaning that family trips could result in Star Alliance Gold status for the head of the household…
For those readers who are interested in earning miles AND have their family join them (at least occasionally), then you are definitely interested in making sure that each and every member collects miles. So check back regularly for further details on the airline family accounts I’ve mentioned above.
And if I’ve missed a airline that offers a family account, please let me know in the comments section…