If you fly just once or twice a year, it can take a long time to accumulate enough frequent flyer miles on an airline to earn a free ticket by yourself. However, if several people could pool their mileage together, the balance could be enough to redeem toward a free ticket or two every year.
The problem was you had to be a part of a family to pool miles on airlines such as JetBlue. Not anymore. JetBlue is part of a trend of opening up mileage pooling to whomever you’d like to share miles with, with its upcoming Points Pooling feature for its TrueBlue frequent flyer members.
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What you need to know
Who can be in the pool: Your pool can have two to seven members of all ages. They don’t have to all live at the same address or be related to one another.
Who controls the miles: A pool leader — formerly called the head of household — who is at least 21 years old will control the mileage redemption. This person can authorize other members of the pool to redeem miles from the shared account balance.
Who can exit of pool: You can decide at any time to leave the pool with your unused miles.
Potential issues: This sharing option would let other people spend your miles. So you’ll want to make sure you fully trust the people in your pool, and have some sort of exchange rate for when one person decides to use pooled miles. It could be anything from paying for dinner to a set dollar amount per mile to paying for the hotel room on a trip.
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Who else offers non-family mileage pooling: Frontier Airlines allows its frequent flyer club members to share their miles with other members who aren’t family.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2020, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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