2015-16 Best Airline Rewards Programs

2015-16 Best Airline Rewards Programs

U.S. News announces Best Airline Rewards ProgramsNo loyalty program is ideal for everyone, but choosing one that best matches your lifestyle can help you maximize your chances ofearning andredeeming meaningful rewards.To help you weigh your options, U.S. Newsevaluated 10 leading frequent flier programs usingan unbiasedmethodologythat takes into account each program's earning and redemption values, benefits, network coverage and award flight availability, among other data points.Here's the ranking, starting at No. 10 and working up.See the2015-16 Best Travel Rewards Programs



2015-16 Best Airline Rewards Programs

2. American
Airlines AAdvantageOverall
Score: 4.04Pro: Can earn miles with more than 1,000 partner companiesCon: Mileage credit for American and AAdvantage-affiliated partners will be forfeited if your account is inactive for 18 months
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1. Alaska
Airlines Mileage PlanOverall
Score: 4.39Pro: Can earn and redeem miles with Alaska Airlines or 15 partner airlinesCon:Blackout dates apply on reward travel
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2015-16 Best Airline Rewards Programs

10. FREE SPIRITOverall Score: 1.16Pro: Mileage credit can be earned up to 30 days after flying with SpiritCon: Miles expire after three months of account inactivity
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2015-16 Best Airline Rewards Programs

9. Delta
SkyMilesOverall
Score: 3.11Pro: Miles do not expireCon:Delta no longer has rewards charts, making it
difficult to determine the number of points needed to cover a flight
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2015-16 Best Airline Rewards Programs

8. United
MileagePlusOverall
Score: 3.45Pro: United and its partners fly to more than 1,100 destinations worldwideCon:Miles expire after 18 months of account inactivity
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2015-16 Best Airline Rewards Programs

7. Frontier
EarlyReturnsOverall
Score: 3.55Pro: Airline flies to wider selection of smaller airportsCon: Frontier has fewer daily flights than major carriers
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6. Virgin
America ElevateOverall
Score: 3.61Pro: Points can be earned on hotel stays, car rentals, cruises and retail purchasesCon: There are a limited number of seats available for rewards travel on partner airlines
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5. HawaiianMilesOverall
Score: 3.88Pro: Numerous award flight fare classes to choose fromCon: Elite status cannot be earned by booking flights with partner airlines
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4. JetBlue
TrueBlueOverall
Score: 3.95Pro: Points can be earned on multiple airlinesCon: Program only offers one elite membership tier
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3. Southwest
Rapid RewardsOverall
Score: 3.99Pro:Rapid Rewards Points can be earned on flights and
hotel staysCon: Southwest's only flights outside the U.S. are to Mexico and the Caribbean
See why Southwest Rapid Rewards ranks No. 3See the2015-16 Best Travel Rewards Programs