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Best Airline Rewards Programs

Best Airline Rewards Programs

What makes a frequent flier program stand out? No loyalty program is ideal for everyone, but choosing one that best matches your lifestyle can help maximize your chances of earning and redeeming meaningful rewards. When choosing a program, you'll want to consider a few key criteria, such as flight options, network coverage and how easy it is to earn a free flight. To help you weigh your options, U.S. News evaluated 10 leading frequent flier programs using an unbiased methodology that takes into account each program's earning and redemption values, benefits, network coverage and award flight availability, among other features. Browse our ranking and detailed program profiles to find the program that's best for you. Take a photo tour of the 2016-17 Best Airline Rewards Programs »

  • #1
    Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

    Overall Score: 4.5-stars(4.48)

    Why: The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan caters to fliers who frequent various destinations in Alaska, West Coast cities (like Seattle and Portland, Oregon) and major transportation hubs (like Atlanta ... Read More»

  • #2
    JetBlue TrueBlue

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(4.07)

    Why: The JetBlue TrueBlue program best serves travelers based in East Coast cities (like Boston, New York City and Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida) who primarily fly domestically and ... Read More»

  • #3
    Southwest Rapid Rewards

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(4.00)

    Why: The Southwest Rapid Rewards program is most beneficial for budget-minded travelers based in the United States who frequently fly to major cities around the U.S., Mexico and ... Read More»

  • #4
    Delta SkyMiles

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(3.99)

    Why: The Delta SkyMiles program is convenient for frequent fliers based in U.S. cities like Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Seattle, as well as passengers who often ... Read More»

  • #5
    Virgin America Elevate

    Overall Score: 3.5-stars(3.71)

    Why: The Virgin America Elevate program benefits domestic fliers traveling in and out of West Coast cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Elevate members earn reward points when ... Read More»

  • #6
    United MileagePlus

    Overall Score: 3.5-stars(3.57)

    Why: The United MileagePlus program is best for travelers based in major American cities and those who travel to destinations in Europe, Latin America and Asia. When you become ... Read More»

  • #7
    American Airlines AAdvantage

    Overall Score: 3.5-stars(3.42)

    Why: The American Airlines AAdvantage program benefits travelers based in cities throughout the United States, such as New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Dallas, who fly to ... Read More»

  • #8
    HawaiianMiles

    Overall Score: 3.5-stars(3.38)

    Why: The HawaiianMiles rewards program is ideal for those traveling from the United States, Asia and the South Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian Airlines serves more than ... Read More»

  • #9
    Frontier EarlyReturns

    Overall Score: 3.0-stars(2.92)

    Why: The Frontier EarlyReturns program caters to travelers based in Denver and the Midwest who frequently fly within the United States. Frontier Airlines services major domestic airports – like those ... Read More»

  • #10
    FREE SPIRIT

    Overall Score: 1.0-stars(1.01)

    Why: Spirit Airlines' FREE SPIRIT frequent flier program caters to people who travel domestically from central, eastern and southern American cities like Chicago, New York City, Dallas and Fort ... Read More»