Sign Your Kids Up for Frequent Flyer Programs

The minute Dek turned 2 years old he was signed up for his first frequent flyer program with an airline.

That was the same day I had to start buying him his own seat.

I was a cheapskate up until then. If that kid could sit on my lap then he was going to sit on my lap, no matter how uncomfortable we both were. I wasn’t about to shell out more money for a seat for him if I didn’t have to.

An opportunity to earn free flights for Dek, no matter how long it might take us, was an opportunity I was not willing to pass up. After all, it cost me nothing to sign him up.

Here are a few things you will need to sign your child up:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Birth date
  • Email address (this is the key. You need an email address that is not associated with your own frequent flier mile account)

If your preferred airline does not allow minors to have their own frequent flier mile number, as in the case of British Airways, you set up a Household Account to earn your children the miles they deserve.

Household Accounts are great because you can add multiple members of your family (spouses included) to your account and accrue miles together. This way you don’t have to wait as long to earn a free ticket.

Are frequent flyer programs for everyone? Of course! Even if you don’t fly that often, it is still good to start accruing wherever you can.

So what are you waiting for? It’s free to sign up.

Dek is now the proud member of 5 frequent flyer programs. Does he have a clue? Of course not, but every time I click submit and buy another ticket I can console myself with that fact that all those lovely miles are going somewhere.

Any chance to earn free travel is OK by me.

4 thoughts on “Sign Your Kids Up for Frequent Flyer Programs”

  1. Great idea to add kids to Frequent Flyer Programs! Never thought of that 🙂

  2. It would kill me to pay for an airline ticket and not have the miles go somewhere. Love the idea of the Household accounts. I wish the domestic airlines did that. It would be so much easier when it came time for redemption.

  3. Omg. I never thought of this!! We are about to buy a tonne of flights for next year so glad I saw your post before I did so. It never crossed my mind that Reuben would be able to earn airpoints. He hasn’t flown since he turned two. GREAT TIP!!!!!!!!

  4. Great tip Keryn. If only could sign up kids for credit cards with airpoints sign up bonuses!

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