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2019’s Best Frequent Flyer Programs
U.S. airlines are expected to carry more than 800 million passengers on domestic flights this year. To help travelers make the best decisions for their wallets, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Best Frequent Flyer Program, which ranks the 10 largest domestic airlines based on 23 key metrics, ranging from the value of a point/mile to blackout dates for rewards flights.
WalletHub’s report also features a custom calculator that allows travelers to personalize the results based on their own budget.
Top Frequent Flyer Programs
- Delta SkyMiles
- United Airlines – Mileage Plan
- JetBlue Airways – TrueBlue
- Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards
- Hawaiian Airlines – HawaiianMiles
- Delta SkyMiles is the best frequent flyer program for the fourth straight year.
- The average airline rewards program gives frequent flyers up to 12% off their airline spending. And they’re all free to join.
- Hawaiian Airlines offers the most rewards value, at $21.29 per $100 spent. Alaska Airlines comes in second, with $18.12 per $100 spent.
- Three of the 10 largest airlines are offering more rewards in 2019 than in 2018, sweetening the pot by an average of 13%.
- Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways are the only two major airlines whose miles do not expire because of inactivity.
- The Barclaycard Arrival Plus and the Lufthansa Credit Card are 2019’s best airline credit cards, according to WalletHub’s editors.
Delta took the top spot on WalletHub’s ranking with United coming in second. I’m sure this result doesn’t please everyone, so let us know in the comments which program would you consider best?
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