Continuing the Family Series this one looks at frequent flyer programs that are setup for families. Many frequent flyer programs like Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Malaysia Airlines Enrich aren’t really setup for families but some do have special accounts designed specifically. I’ve looked at some of these to help you out.
British Airways – Household Account
The BA household account allows up to seven members that are all living at the same address. The account allows those members to pool all of their miles into a collective pot giving additional flexibility for families looking to redeem.
You can find out more about the BA Household Account here.
I’m also including a link to Raffles guide on BA Household accounts for those that are interested; http://www.headforpoints.com/2013/10/22/the-difference-between-avios-com-and-ba-family-accounts/
All Nippon Airways – Family Account Service
The ANA Family Account Service is similar to the BA Household account, but it’s only available for members residing outside of Japan. The family account service allows up to eight people in the account and they can be up to two degrees of separation away from the primary member. As far as I can tell there are no restrictions on being at the same household address. Note that there is an initial registration fee of 1,000 Miles:
Asiana – Family Mileage Plan
The Asiana Family Mileage plan is slightly different to the BA and ANA accounts in that it’s essentially a transfer/top-up service that allows a family member if short of miles to use the other nominated family members miles. A use of this might be if one family member is booking an award but doesn’t have quite enough miles, they can then use miles from another family member (for free) to top-up. You can find out more using the link below:
Etihad Guest – Family Membership
With Etihad introducing Etihad Partners it has become a lot more interesting to look at Etihad as a miles earning option. They also offer a family account service call “Family Membership”. It’s quite straightforward and allows eight family members to pool their miles for booking awards. Each family member will still have their own status benefits but they aren’t transferable. Click the link below for more information:
Japan Airlines – JAL Family Club
If you regularly fly with JAL and Oneworld airlines then it might be worth looking into the JAL Family Club. There can be up to nine members in the account and this can include in-laws and grandchildren. There are fees for the service depending on your family size and location so it’s worth thinking about whether this is the best option for you or whether free versions using other airlines are better.
One of the unique things about the JAL Family Club is that they have some special miles and non-miles offers available for those that have the accounts. Check out the link below for details on the Family Club and the offers:
Korean Air – Family Plan
The Korean Air Family Plan is similar to the others it allows up to 6 family members to be in the plan (including the Skypass member). In a similar way to Asiana the family member miles are used to supplement the spending member. Note that the Family Plan does not permit SkyTeam awards or upgrades: only Korean Air awards, upgrades, SkyTeam Round the World awards and other partner airline awards (Alaska Airlines, Emirates, Garuda, Hawaiian Airlines) You can check out all of the details as well as the restrictions via the link below:
Qantas – Family Transfers
Although Qantas doesn’t offer a specific Family Frequent Flyer membership it does offer a family point’s transfer service. Through this you can transfer to a family member your Qantas points (a list of what a family member is can be found here). Transfers need to be made in minimum blocks of 5,000 up[ to four times a year with a maximum of 100,000 points. You can find out more about this service here:
Virgin Australia – Velocity
With the new partnership that Virgin Australia Velocity has with Singapore Airlines this become an interesting option. One of the amazing things about the Velocity program is that it allows you to pool not only the points but also the status credits!
In addition to that Virgin Australia also allows you to collect points for your pet too.
Australian Business Traveller has done a guide on Family Pooling with Virgin Australia Velocity which is a decent guide:
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Of course check out my guides on how to use your Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles and Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles for families using the links below:
Do you use any of these any think you’d like to add?