Best Frequent Flyer Program (2020)


Savvy frequent travelers know that loyalty to a specific airline can translate to big savings on flights and upgrades. But not all loyalty programs are created equal. 10Best editors teamed up with a miles-and-points expert to nominate the nation's most worthwhile programs–programs with plenty of ways to earn and redeem miles, great coverage and plenty of flight options when it comes time to book that free trip. These are the programs our readers voted the best.

  • American Airlines AAdvantage

    American Airlines AAdvantage

    AAdvantage miles can be earned and redeemed on both American Airlines and oneworld partner airlines. Miles can be redeemed toward flights, hotels, upgrades and retail products, and they can be earned through more than 1,000 partner companies. 
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  • Southwest Rapid Rewards

    Southwest Rapid Rewards

    Points never expire with Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards. Southwest offers some 3,900 flights daily, and with no blackout dates and unlimited reward seats, redeeming points is easy. Rapid Rewards members can also earn points on car rentals and hotel stays.
    Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines

  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

    Global travelers benefit from Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Asia Miles by earning miles on flights to more than 140 destinations worldwide, as well as on oneworld alliance flights.
    Photo courtesy of Cathay Pacific

  • JetBlue TrueBlue

    JetBlue TrueBlue

    TrueBlue, JetBlue's loyalty program, offers flexible points redemption with no blackout dates or seat restrictions. Passengers earn points on JetBlue flights (bonus points for flights booked through the JetBlue website), as well as flights with six partner airlines, and points never expire. Family Pooling gives families a single shared account to accrue points faster.
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  • Delta SkyMiles

    Delta SkyMiles

    SkyMiles members earn miles with flights on Delta and several partner airlines, as well as through Delta Vacations getaways or through myriad hotel, car rental, restaurant and retail partners. Miles never expire and can be used to book travel on Delta or partner airlines, purchase cabin upgrades or shop on the SkyMiles Marketplace.
    Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

  • United MileagePlus

    United MileagePlus

    United's MileagePlus program is excellent for domestic and international travelers, who can earn and use points with United and more than 30 partner airlines to access over 1,000 destinations around the globe. Besides booking travel, rewards points can go toward hotels, car rentals, cruises, shopping or dining.
    Photo courtesy of United Airlines

  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

    Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

    Fliers from across the West Coast and major transportation centers throughout the United States can benefit from Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan. Passengers earn miles on every flight, as well as on eligible flights with 15 partner airlines and by booking stays with 11 different hotel partners. Points can be used for booking free flights or cabin upgrades, and elite status begins at just 20,000 miles.
    Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines

  • Emirates Skywards

    Emirates Skywards

    Emirates Skywards lets members redeem miles for flights on one of the world’s most luxurious airlines, as well as with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue (among others). A recent cut in fuel surcharges has made award tickets much more appealing.
    Photo courtesy of Emirates

  • Air Canada Altitude

    Air Canada Altitude

    Aeroplan miles can be earned by flying to some 1,200 destinations worldwide through Air Canada and Star Alliance partners, as well as by shopping with more than 150 retail partners online. Altitude, Air Canada's tiered frequent flyer program, offers passengers a chance to earn Qualifying Miles to go toward flights, upgrades or Aeroplan rewards.
    Photo courtesy of Air Canada

  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

    Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

    Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program offers plenty of attractive benefits to American frequent flyers, who can earn miles by flying partner airlines in the Star Alliance or JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America.
    Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines

The top 10 winners in the category Best Frequent Flyer Program are as follows:

  1. American Airlines AAdvantage
  2. Southwest Rapid Rewards
  3. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  4. JetBlue TrueBlue
  5. Delta SkyMiles
  6. United MileagePlus
  7. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  8. Emirates Skywards
  9. Air Canada Altitude
  10. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning frequent flyer programs!

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