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Frequent Flyer Points: How To Earn More Air Miles With Kids

Frequent flyer programmes have been around for many years, and now gaining children’s loyalty is beginning to gather more momentum, with some airlines promoting this service amongst many other child friendly initiatives.

In this article my aim is to gives you quick links and references to airlines which allow kids’ accounts, in hopes that it will make it easier for you to plan your family’s next journey or trip.

It also includes those airline programs that allow kids’ accounts to be used along with parents’ accounts to accumulate a pot of miles for the whole family to use when exploring various destinations.

This collective mileage strategy can be particularly beneficial for families looking to maximize their travel rewards and enjoy more affordable vacations together.

Frequent Flyer Points How To Earn More Air Miles With Kids

Kids’ travel rewards schemes work similarly to the adult memberships and these benefits make an important difference to your points account and help towards those family holidays or vacations.


American Airlines and several other airlines offer dedicated kids’ miles accounts and family sharing household points, which is a game-changer for families looking to maximize their travel rewards while making planning trips even more convenient.

Some airline loyalty schemes are purely points and miles for the child member, which can be exchanged and redeemed for perks such as flights, toys, experiences etc.

Family Account

The best way to earn more air miles with kids is by pooling points into a family account. Some child memberships allow the kids’ points to be added to a parents’ account, whereas others allow them to contribute to the ‘household’ points often known as family ‘pooling’.

This strategy not only helps accumulate more miles but also saves money by consolidating points. These points and miles can then be shared by all of the members at the same time, or however works best for you, providing flexibility for your trip, journey, destination, and exploration plans.

Be sure to check the terms and conditions on each credit card, page, or destination to understand the rules and ensure you’re getting the most out of your rewards program content.

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Airlines Which Offer Dedicated Kids Miles Accounts and/ or Family Sharing Household Points.

Aegean Airlines

Aegean allows its Silver and Gold elite members to activate a Together account and add up to five members. All of the award miles earned by Together members are automatically transferred to the head member’s account. Members should have registered at least one flight in their Miles+Bonus account or be Aegean Bonus Visa or Aegean Mastercard cardholders with completed registration, for their miles to be transferred to the Together account.


Aeromexico

Aeromexico has a Club Premier Family Group which allows members to transfer points between accounts.

In addition to children, only one spouse can be linked to the Owner’s Account. To link the children’s account to the Family Group, it is necessary that at least one of the two surnames (paternal or maternal) coincides with that of one of the spouses since, if this requirement is not met, the holder must send a document that accredits them as legal guardians to support.rewards@aeromexico.com .

Children in the Family Group account must be under 21 years of age, and only the account holder can break the links of the accounts of their children, except when the child is over 18.


Air Canada Aeroplan Family Sharing

With Aeroplan, up to 8 family members can join together to share points – while keeping their own Aeroplan accounts. However, the ability to create a new Family Sharing account is currently unavailable.


Air France Flying Blue Family

Flying Blue Family pooling lets you share miles with up to eight members (two adults and up to six children). the programme is open for those aged two and above. Once 18, that person is removed from the Family Pooling.


Air India

MeraParivar is the name of the family pool programme offered by Air India to its Frequent Flyer Programme members. Family Pooling allows two or more individual members, who are related to each other, to link their accounts. This allows all the accruals in each account to be automatically transferred to the account of the ‘Pramukh’ or head of family, who can redeem the Flying Returns points.

The Pramukh and members can be resident of any country but children under the age of two are not eligible. The programme offers a maximum of up to nine members, including the pramukh, can form a family pool.


ANA AMC

ANA Mileage Club members (the primary member) who reside outside Japan can register 2-8 family members (including themselves) for this service. The registered family members can be their spouse or same-sex marriage partner, and relatives within two degrees of kinship. A registration fee of 1,000 miles is applicable.


Asiana Family Mileage Plan

Up to 8 family members, including the family representative, can be registered to the Asiana Family Mileage Plan. This included: The family representative’s spouse, children, parents, paternal/maternal grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, son in law, daughter in law, and parents of spouse can all be registered.


British Airways Household Account

The British Airways Avios programme accepts children from birth but infant fares do not earn Avios points. The primary member needs to manage the account but points can either be spent from individuals accounts or linked into a ‘household’ account.

With BA, the child receives the same amount of points as an adult earns. Once you have a Household Account, you can create a list of family and friends, so you can spend your Household Avios on more people who are important to you, and who don’t live at the same address as you. With a household account, Executive Club Members must be 18 years or older before they can spend their Avios.

Household Accounts allow up to seven individuals who live at the same address to ‘pool’ their Avios together into one cumulative Household Account Avios balance which can then be redeemed by all Household Account members.

Additionally, there is a Family and Friends list to provide added flexibility. This allows Household Account members to redeem for up to five nominated individuals who do not live at the same address. Avios balances are not ‘pooled’ with individuals who are on the Family and Friends list. Infant fares do not earn mileage.


Emirates Skyflyers

Emirates launched one of the first dedicated children’s frequent flyer accounts, called Skyflyers in 2003. for children aged 2-16. However the miles earned are only valid for 3 years.

Another option is to consider their Family Bonus program. Eligible Family Bonus Members include amongst others, children, grand children, step- children and maids! Each Family bonus member must be over 2 years of age, and they earn 20% for the Family Head’s account. If they are a member of Skywards or Skyflyers then they can’t own Skywards Miles or Tier Miles in their own right when travelling on a Family Bonus membership number.

Pooling/Household

Emirates Skywards My Family allows you to pool miles that your family members earn from flying Emirates. This excludes partner flights and other ways to earn Emirates Skywards Miles.


Etihad Guest

Etihad do not have a specific kids’ account. However, Etihad Guest lets you pool all the miles earned by 8 family members into one single account and benefit from the added flexibility of a Family Membership – to be shared and enjoyed by everyone. Very useful for your next holiday or vacation.


Egypt Air Family Program

Each EGYPTAIR Plus Main Member can add up to 5 Members (first-degree family relationship) subject to the terms and conditions of family membership. Miles can be accumulated by Star Alliane carriers and Egypt Air.


Japan Airlines

The JAL Family Club  head primary family member must be 12 years of age or older, a JMB member and resides in a country other than Japan. Family Members can be Primary member’s spouse, children, parents, and spouse’s parents. Up to nine family members can join the Family Club for pooling.

There is an initial fee of 1000 miles and a renewal fee of 1000 miles every five years.


KLM Flying Blue

Flying Blue Family pooling lets you share miles with up to eight members (two adults and up to six children). the programme is open for those aged two and above. Once 18, that person is removed from the Family Pooling.


Korean Air Family Plan

Family mileage can be combined for up to five family members, including the member. Eligible family members include spouse, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, parents-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law.

Parents, parents-in-law, paternal grandparents, and maternal grandparents are each limited to two people, while spouse is limited to one person. Other family members can be registered without limit.

Application requires quite a bit of documentation. For those outside Koreas this includes: Family Relation Certificate, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Tax Report, etc


Lufthansa JetFriends

Lufthanas operates JetFriends a program for children from age 2 – 17. Children earn miles with every flight operated by one of the Miles & More airline partners or a Star Alliance member.

Star Alliance members are: Aegean, Air Astana,, Air Canada, Air China, Air Dolomiti, Air India, Air Malta, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, BMI Regional, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, Germanwings, Iran Air, LATAM Brasil, LOT Polish Airlines, Luxair, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS International Air Lines, TAAG Angola Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, and United Airlines.

All JetFriends award miles remain valid and will not expire so long as the user remains a JetFriend. On reaching their 18th birthday, the award miles the member has earned are still valid for 36 months from that point. 500 award miles will be credited to new JetFriends Members as a welcome gift following registration. Status miles are valid for one calendar year. Miles are not transferable.

Pooling/ Household

Up to two adults and up to five children can merge their award miles (mileage pooling). Miles earned together can be redeemed equally by both adults for all awards available in the Miles & More program. Status miles cannot be pooled.

Thai Airways

Norwegian Reward

Norwegian allow family pooling. A Family Account can consist of up to seven Norwegian Reward members, one of whom must be an adult aged eighteen years or older. Children under 16 years can earn CashPoints too.

When your child turns 16, they will be offered a standard Reward membership. By joining or creating a Family Account, you accept being part of it for at least 3 months.

There is no maximum time limit of how long you can be a member of the same Family Account. You can choose which family members can redeem the Family Account CashPoints.


Qantas

Kids’ can join the Joey Club. Children of any age could earn Qantas Points on flights (so long as they are not travelling on an infant fare and have their own seat), hotel bookings and other benefits.

With Qantas, children can start earning rewards immediately as there is no age limit in place. However, infants must be travelling in their own paid seat to be eligible to claim the rewards.

Pooling/Household

Kids can join the main Frequent Flyer programme, and family transfers are available, allowing you to transfer points to any family member once every 12 months for your next adventure!


Qatar

Qatar Airways offer a family pooling option. The Family Programme allows families to pool their Qmiles into the main member’s Account. If you are a main loyalty member, you may nominate up to nine family members to participate in a Family Programme.

Family Members may include your parents, spouse and children older than two years of age. Qatar Airways requires you to provide proof of your relationship with your Family Members such as passports, birth certificates or marriage certificates.


Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

From toddler (aged 2) to teens, kids can join KrisFlyer so they can start earning miles and benefits, just like the rest of the family. You can also transfer your child’s miles to your KrisFlyer membership account, so it is easier to redeem award tickets for your next family holiday but you will not be able to transfer miles from your account to your child’s account: It only works one way.

A child will earn the same number of KrisFlyer miles as an adult travelling in the same booking class. However, the catch is the fee. You can transfer up to 50,000 KrisFlyer miles from your child’s account to yours every calendar year. For every 5,000 KrisFlyer miles (or part thereof) transferred from your child’s account, you will be charged a fee of USD 5 or 500 miles


Turkish Airlines Family Membership

Classic Plus, Elite and Elite Plus members, Miles, your spouse’s Miles and the Miles of your unmarried children under 25 can be added to your account as “Family Miles” under the Turkish Airlines Family membership programme.


Virgin Australia

Family Pooling is an exclusive Velocity loyalty benefit that allows members to pool either their Points or Points and Status Credits with family members living at the same address. When you sign up for Family Pooling, you’re working together to accrue all the family’s Velocity Points and or Status Credits into one family member’s account, helping you to reach your Points and Status goals sooner. A family pool can consist of a max of 6 family members living at the same address, including children.


Virgin Atlantic

Only Gold elite status members of the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club can create a Household Account. Once connected, the miles perks can be distributed to all family members.


American AAdvantage, United MileagePlus, Delta SkyMiles and Southwest Rapid Rewards do not allow family pooling of miles.

Many other airlines, such as Cathay Pacific, do not have a dedicated airline loyalty reward program for children, but allow them to join, often from the age of 2.


U.S. airlines with family pooling

Every major US airline allows kids to accrue miles in a frequent flyer account, as long as they are traveling on their own ticket and have their own seat. This includes infants but only if they have bought and paid for their own seat. Below are details of US airlines which allow also family pooling. Sadly, only three of the top 10 U.S. airlines allow family pooling for little to no cost – but as always there are conditions on most.


JetBlue TrueBlue (free to pool)

JetBlue allows both family and friends up to seven people) to pool miles for free.


Frontier Airlines

Family Pooling is potentially available for up to eight people, but only if the head member in the pool has either Frontier Airlines elite status or a U.S. cobranded card. More information is here if you qualify – Frontier Family Pooling.


Hawaiian Airlines

The Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Miles programme will allow members to give miles to a Hawaiian Airlines U.S. primary credit card or debit cardholder for free.

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Frequent flyer points can also be built up through your kids, including babies. Here are the best airline frequent flyer programmes for families. 

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hellopersonalfinance

Thursday 6th of September 2018

Virgin Atlantic changed their policy to allow for those under 12 to join the program. Parents must call in though. https://www.virginatlantic.com/us/en/footer/terms-and-conditions/flying-club-membership.html

CarrieB

Thursday 6th of September 2018

Thanks for letting me know! I'll update!

Antonio Battisti

Thursday 5th of April 2018

I am try to get my Children 13 and 14 years old to be skywards member (now in family bonus )but when I enter the age the year stop in 2002 so they can not be a member PLEASE CLARIFY

CarrieB

Friday 13th of April 2018

Hi, you would need to contact the Skywards team for help with that as I do not represent them or have anything to do with the Skywards site.

KateS

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Great info here, many thanks!

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