Take the 2-minute tour ×
Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am with my current bank, because I have been with them since very early age. My bank is very smart in knowing that if you have been with a bank for years, you are not likely to change.

I am wondering if this also works with airlines. Are there FF programs for kids?

share|improve this question

6 Answers 6

Air France-KLM has a Flying Blue Youth{fr} program that gives some extra miles if you fly a lot. For French residents flying from/to France, they give 4000 miles after 6 one-way flights, which can be nice. They claim the program is open to kids from 2 to 24 years old.

Unfortunately, I am afraid it's offered to French (continental and overseas) and Maghreb residents only.

share|improve this answer

I'm not aware of any Frequent Flyer programs specifically for children, however children are able to join any airlines frequent flyer programs in the same way that adults are.

For children less than 2 years old, if not paying for a seat, then they will not be able to earn points.

However once they reach 2 years old and are required to buy a seat (or if less than 2 and buying a seat anyway) then they will earn points/miles/status/etc just like any other FF member.

share|improve this answer

Air Canada has one provision for children that I find interesting: their miles don't expire. Adult accounts must be kept active or the miles are lost. Poke around in the rules of the program you're considering to see if there are special rules for children.

Children old enough to travel alone who accumulate enough status miles to earn elite status may not be able to use all the privileges it grants. For example since the lounges serve alcohol, an underage person can't come in without an adult. See http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/air-canada-aeroplan/1261727-lounge-access-minor-status.html for a real-life example involving a 16 year old concert pianist who travels the world to play and can't use the lounge.

share|improve this answer
    
If you follow that thread to near the end (post 119), AC modified it's policies at a number of lounges to have their staff provide escorts to minors. –  Dan Neely Jan 28 '13 at 1:51

As a recent convert to the absolute class service on Emirates, my further investigations have produced Skysurfers, their FF program for kids ages 2 - 16 for earning and redeeming miles.

share|improve this answer

Many, many regular frequent flyer programs are available for children as well.

Much like you mention with a bank, it makes sense for them to get your kids in early as well on their loyalty programs.

Indeed, as a piece on InsideFlyer points out, it's not unusual these days for children to get a frequent flyer card before they get their social security card.

Some examples:

and many more.

Should you enrol you kids in any programs? This is discussed in a piece entitled Would you enroll your child in a frequent flyer program? in The Independent.

share|improve this answer

In British Airways you can set up an Executive Club account for everyone, including small kids. E.g. I set it up for my 1 year old son and 3 year old daughter. My daughter has her own seat now, and she collects the same number of miles as an adult. Now the missing ingredient is a Household Account, where you join all your family accounts together (all members must be living under one address) and you can use the combined number of miles (they call it Avios) to buy reward tickets, etc.

I can't really imagine this being organized in a better way.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.