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.
Sharing Miles Lets You Travel Together More Often
There may not be much more time left to get the American Express JetBlue card. According to news reports, JetBlue is talking with other banks to find a new partner to issue its cards.
If you’ve been thinking of applying for this card, you might want to do it soon, because if JetBlue contracts with another bank, this card will be discontinued!
I haven’t written much about the American Express JetBlue card, because the sign-up bonus isn’t that great and most folks prefer other American Express cards with bigger bonuses and better benefits.
The JetBlue AMEX Card Might Fly Away for Good!
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it! Especially if you’re running out of cards to apply for.
If you collect American Express Membership Rewards points, check your account for targeted transfer bonus offers!
Until November 30, 2014, you could get a bonus of 33% to 50% when you transfer points to JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic, Starwood Preferred Guest, or Hilton.
But not everyone will get the same offers! You have to log-in to see if you’ve been targeted.
Check Your American Express Membership Rewards Account for Targeted Transfer Bonus Offers
I wrote about the 50% bonus Starwood Preferred Guest transfer (targeted to Platinum and Centurion cardholders) and the Virgin Atlantic 40% bonus. Let’s see if the other deals are worth it!
You can get a 35% point bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic through November 30, 2014.
You Get 35% More Virgin Atlantic Miles When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points By November 30, 2014
Update: The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point offer is no longer available, but check Hot Deals for the latest offers!
I’ve written about Virgin Atlantic’s frequent flyer program and how it’s often not the best deal because of the high fuel surcharges they add to most award tickets.
Virgin Atlantic is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner and you can use their miles on Virgin Atlantic flights, as well as flights on partner airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Delta, and Virgin America. You can also transfer points to Hilton hotels at a 2:3 ratio.
Will You Get Big Travel With Small Money If You Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Virgin Atlantic?
Is it worth transferring the increased 70,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase Ink Plus card to Virgin Atlantic, even with the high fuel surcharges? Let’s find out.
Note: The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point bonus offer ends on October 19, 2014.