11 Airlines That Allow You to Share Miles

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At some point you may want to share miles with someone, whether it’s your significant other, family member, or a friend who’s traveling with you.  Sharing miles comes in handy when you don’t have enough miles in your account for an award ticket.  Remember that you can usually always use the miles to book an award for a friend of family members without transferring the miles.

But sometimes you don’t have enough miles in your account.  So why not just transfer miles when you want them?  Because airlines usually charge a fee to transfer your miles.  But some frequent flyer programs allow you to share miles.

Frequent Flyer Programs That Allow Mile Sharing

Here are 11 frequent flyer programs that allow sharing miles (pooling of miles under 1 account) between family members.  Most of these programs are not US-based, and other than JetBlue, Hawaiian Air, and British Airways, may not be very practical for US readers because they charge fuel surcharges when you use your miles for an award.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Sharing Miles Lets You Travel Together More Often

1.   JetBlue TrueBlue

JetBlue is a low cost but frills heavy US airline that offers in-flight entertainment and TVs in every seat.  And it’s the only US airline with a family mileage plan.

You can have 2 adults and 5 children (under the age of 21) in a Family Pooling account.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

You Can Pool Miles With JetBlue

The Head of Household manages all points in their Family Pooling account.  Family members must contribute a minimum of 10% of the JetBlue points they earn to the Family Pooling account.

2.   British Airways Executive Club

British Airways has household accounts and family and friends lists.

A.   Household Accounts

Household Account allows up to 7 people living at the same address to share and use Avios points (British Airways points).

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

British Airways Household Account Allows 7 Family Members to Share Miles

There is no fee to set up a Household Account.

Being able to pool miles for 7 family members is great, but there are drawbacks of an Avios household account:

  • You can’t use your Avios to book for people who aren’t in your Household Account
  • You can only change your Household Account address once every 6 months
  • High fuel surcharges on British Airways

But you can avoid high fuel surcharges when you use your Avios on:

  • Flights within the US
  • Flights from the US to Europe on Aer Lingus or airberlin
  • Flights from the US to South America and the Caribbean
  • Flights within Europe
  • Flights on LAN (Note: some domestic LAN flights have fuel surcharges)
  • British Airways (Comair) flights in South Africa
  • Qantas flights within Australia
  • Flights on S7 (a Russian airline)

B.   Family and Friends List

A Family and Friends list lets you use your Avios for up to 5 people who do not live with you.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Make 5 of Your Friends Happy By Adding Them to Your Family and Friends List

If you need more Avios points you can transfer:

You can currently get 50,000 British Airways Avios points when you sign-up for the British Airways Visa Signature® Card and complete the minimum spending requirement.

3.   Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles

Hawaiian Airlines doesn’t ordinarily allow you to share miles.  But there is an exception.

You can share Hawaiian Airlines miles if:

  • The person you’re giving miles to has a Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard (and is the primary cardholder)
  • You and the person you’re giving miles to have valid email addresses listed
11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

You Can Give Miles to Anyone Who Has Hawaiian Airlines Visa Card

You can transfer Starwood points to Hawaiian Airlines.

And the Barclays Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard gives you 35,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles after spending $1,000 within 3 months.

4.   Qantas Frequent Flyer

Australia’s largest airline, Qantas, doesn’t offer a family account.  But you can transfer Qantas points (minimum of 5,000 to a maximum of 100,000 points) to a family member every 12 months under their Family Transfer.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Qantas Family Transfers Allows You to Transfer Up to 100,000 Points

There are no fees when you complete a Family Transfer online.  If you call to make the transfer, there is a $35 fee.

Qantas charges fuel surcharges on award tickets.

5.   Asiana Club

You can enroll a maximum of 5 family members in the Asiana Club Family Mileage Plan, the family sharing program of Asiana Airlines, a Korean airline.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Asiana Family Mileage Plan Allows 5 Family Members To Share Miles

Family members can share Asiana miles without limitations.

There is no fee for the Family Mileage Plan.  But you have to prove that you’re related.

You have to pay fuel surcharges on Asiana award tickets.

If you need more Asiana miles, you can transfer Starwood points to Asiana Airlines.

The sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express  (and the business card version) is currently 25,000 Starwood points after you spend $5,000 within the 1st 6 months.  As always, terms & conditions apply.

When you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to airlines, you get 5,000 bonus miles.

6.   All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club

Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) allows up to 8 family members to share miles in the Family Account Service.

To be eligible for Family Account Service, family members can’t live in Japan and must be related.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

ANA Family Account Service Allows Family Members Who Live Outside of Japan to Share Miles

Up to 2 degrees of separation are allowed for a Family Account Service.  Meaning if you are the Primary Member, then your Grandfather can be added to your Family Account because he’s 2 degrees removed from you.  But a Great Grandfather would not be eligible because he would be 3 degrees removed.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Family Service Account Family Members Must Be Within 2 Degrees of Separation

ANA charges a 1,000 mile per member registration fee for each registered family member.  Miles are deducted from the Primary Member’s account.

You will pay fuel surcharges on ANA award tickets.

You can transfer Starwood points to All Nippon Airways.

7.   Japan Airlines Mileage Bank

You can add 9 people to a Japan Airlines Family Club account.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Japan Airlines Family Club Allows 9 Family Members to Share Miles

Family members must live outside of Japan to be eligible for Family Club.

JAL charges a 1,000 mile per member registration fee or $30 for each registered family member.  Miles are deducted from the Family Club account.

There are fuel surcharges on JAL award tickets.

You can transfer Starwood points to Japan Airlines.

8.   Etihad Guest

Etihad Airways, a United Arab Emirates airline, has a Family Membership which allows up to 8 family members (or 7 family members and 1 household helper) to share their Etihad miles.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Etihad Guest Family Membership Includes 1 Household Helper

The Family Head must nominate family members and documentation is required if requested by Etihad.

Although Family Guest members can earn tier status, all miles earned by Family Guest members will be deposited into the Family Head’s account to be distributed by the Family Head at his discretion.

If you need more Etihad miles, you can transfer Starwood points to Etihad Airways.

9.   Emirates Skywards

You can nominate up to 8 family members to join the Family Bonus program of Emirates Airlines – the largest airlines in the Middle East.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Up to 8 People Can Belong to Emirates Family Bonus Program

Family members enrolled in the Family Bonus program will not earn their own mileage.  When they fly, the Head of the Family earns 20% of the miles that the enrolled family member would normally earn.

There is no fee to enroll family members in the Family Bonus program, but each must be nominated and acceptance is not guaranteed.

You will pay fuel surcharges on Emirates.

You can transfer Starwood points to Emirates.

10.   Korean Airlines SKYPASS

Korean Airlines, the largest airline in Korea, has a Family Plan that allows 5 family members to share miles.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Korean Airlines Family Plan Allows 5 Members to Share Miles

You have to prove you’re related.

There is no fee for enrollment or registration.

You will pay fuel surcharges on Korean Airlines.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Airlines.

You can get Chase Ultimate Rewards points that are transferable to Korean Airlines when from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Ink Bold.

11.   Virgin Australia Velocity

You can pool Virgin Australia miles in a Family Pooling account.

A Family Pooling account lets up to 6 family members living at the same address share points.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Pooling Virgin Australia Points Lets You Travel More

You can only have 2 people who are 18+ in a Family Pool.

Virgin Australia doesn’t fly domestically within the US.  But you can use your Virgin Australia points on their partner airlines: Delta Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines.  To redeem miles on partner airlines, you have to call the Virgin Australia membership service center at 61-2-8667-5924.  Note: This is an international number, there is not a toll-free number.

You can also use Virgin Australia points to fly from select US cities to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific on Virgin Australia.

But you will pay high fuel surcharges when you use Virgin Australia points.

If you need more Virgin Australia points, you can transfer Starwood points to Virgin Australia.

Bottom Line

You can share miles in several frequent flyer programs, but the majority are based outside the US.  Because of high fuel surcharges they might not be the best option for US based flyers.

But British Airways, JetBlue and Hawaiian Air could be worth considering for folks within the US.

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5 responses to “11 Airlines That Allow You to Share Miles

  1. In Brazil, companies are now seeing the miles share as a good opportunity to increase the incomes. TAM and Gol started this year to allow frequent flyers to transfer miles to family & friends by paying some fees based on the amount of miles.

  2. I’m just curious – with these programs, how exactly do you go about proving that you’re related to a family member?

  3. Darian – Thanks for your posts. They are extremely helpful.

    One quick note, Qatar Airways also has a family mile sharing program.

  4. Suncountry also has a family sharing plan

  5. Sorry, I’m a little confused on Avios’ sharing rules. Here’re my questions:
    (1) Without setting up a Household account or the Family and Friends list, can I use my miles and issue tickets in anybody’s name? (just like UA/AA/Delta…)
    (2) If I set up a Household account, can the ticket only be issued in one of the 7 people’s name? Can I then set up a Family and Friends list for the Household account and have 5 MORE names?