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Because I fly out of Boston frequently, one of the rewards programs I use a lot is American Airlines AAdvantage program. American Airline's AAdvantage program is one of the largest and longest running travel rewards programs. AAdvantage is a free program that awards miles for each ticket purchased on American, its partners, AmericanAirlines credit card, or one of many other programs that American runs.
American Airlines AAdvantage Miles can be redeemed for travel on American or any of its many OneWorld partners. Miles earned are based on the length of the journey as well as the class of ticket purchased. Hotel partner stays and select car rentals earn AAdvantage points, as well.
Read About.com's review of American Airline’s AAdvantage program.
Sign up for American Airlines AAdvantage rewards program.
Delta Airline's SkyMiles program is a solid loyalty program for business travelers who can earn miles on Delta, Delta Shuttle, or Delta Connection flights. They can also earn miles on SkyTeam airline partners. Recently the program has undergone a number of changes and enhancements, including things like no longer charging for award ticket redemption (even for last minute bookings) and the elimination of mileage expiration dates, so miles are good for the foreseeable future. These changes (and others like it) have definitely strengthened the Delta SkyMiles program. Elite member also receive unlimited complimentary upgrades.
Read About.com's review of Delta SkyMiles rewards program.
Sign up for Delta SkyMiles rewards program.
Over the past few years, JetBlue has updated its TrueBlue rewards program. JetBlue's TrueBlue rewards program is fairly straightforward and easy to use. It's not quite as extensive as a larger, legacy airline's program (like American Airlines AAdvantage rewards), but for business travelers that fly JetBlue frequently, it's a good deal.
The TrueBlue program provides the ability for fliers to use points for any seat on any JetBlue operated flight, with no blackout dates and points that don't expire. The more you travel on JetBlue, the more you can earn. Fliers can also earn additional miles by purchasing their flights at JetBlue.com, or using the JetBlue Card from American Express.
Sign up for JetBlue's TrueBlue rewards program.
Southwest Airlines recently redesigned its Rapid Rewards program. The new Southwest Rapid Rewards program allows travelers to earn points based on the amount of money they spent and class of ticket they buy. Points are earned primarily by multiplying the price of an airline fare by different values (6 for "Wanna Get Away" fares, 10 for "Anytime" fares, and 12 for "Business Select" fares). Travelers can also earn points through Rapid Rewards partners, and credit cards. Redeeming points is also easy--the number of points required for a flight depends on the current fare for the flight. The program has unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and points that don’t expire. Travelers can now also redeem points for international flights.
Sign up for Southwest Rapid Rewards reward program
Travelers can earn miles on Mileage Plus by taking flights on United and United Express flights. Miles are earned according to the booking class of the flight. Miles earned on United and United Express count toward Mileage Plus elite status. 50% bonus elite status miles are paid first, business or full economy class flights. Travelers can also earn points through partner airlines in the Star Alliance network, as well as through many hotel, car, credit card, and retails partners around the world.
Read About.com’s review of United Mileage Plus rewards program.
Sign up for United Mileage Plus rewards program.
US Airways' frequent flyer program is called Dividend Miles. It allows business travelers to earn miles on US Airways and Star Alliance partner member flights. Of course, travelers can also earn miles through Delta’s many partnerships with hotels, car rental companies, credit cards, and retail partners.
Sign up for US Airways Dividend Miles rewards program.