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Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?  
User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

Hey there people,

Ok since I have been working I have been flying quite often. I always hear about Frequent flyer cards and I have taken interest to have one. I am the only one in my family who flies on a regular basis also. I cant find a card where I can be under the age of 18 to get one though  Sad, I fly mostly BD or BA. Is there any other place or airline where I could qualify for a card via the oneworld or star alliance? I am not to familiar with the system of gaining points but I would like to start somewhere  Smile

Thank you very much in advance,

Kaz.

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User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

That's strange, when I was well before 18 I had 2 cards, SkyMiles (I had one before it was SkyMiles, I've had it for 14 years in only my name) and Southwest's. I think you can get pretty much any American frequent flier card, not sure about the UK.

User currently offlineFlyTheFlag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

For most US-based frequent flyer programs, there is no age limit. Through Star Alliance, you could collect from either United or US Airways if you really wanted to. I'm not sure about the other Star carriers from other nations.

I know that American and BA through oneworld have some odd restrictions about mileage accrual on trans-atlantic routes, but I believe you could use it on European.


User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3872 times:

Kaz,
Anyone can hold a FF account/card with pretty much any airline. Simply sign up on BA's webpage and they will assign you a frequent flyer number (later on they will probably mail you a plastic card). Whenever you fly be sure to use that number to have your segments/miles added on to your account and those miles are valid within the OneWorld alliance system or you can simply use the miles as traveleing perks with BA. If you are treveling a lot I would encourage you greatly to sign up.

Bryan



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User currently offlineFlyTheFlag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3848 times:

Quoting DeltaMD11 (Reply 3):
Anyone can hold a FF account/card with pretty much any airline.

Bryan, you seem to have not read the part where she mentioned that BA/BD have an age limitation.

I thought you hated frequent flyers, Bryan? That's what you always told me.


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

I have a British friend who is 17 who has had a BA FF card for years. He flies them a lot to see family, so he gets good use out of it.

Harry



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User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3849 times:

Quoting DeltaMD11 (Reply 3):
Anyone can hold a FF account/card with pretty much any airline. Simply sign up on BA's webpage and they will assign you a frequent flyer number

Not quite true. To join the British Airways Executive Club you must be 18 years of age and take a qualifying flight - full fare economy or any premium cabin.

If someone you live with is already a member you can join the Exec Club as a household account member, even if you are under 18.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26450 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

Quoting Pilot kaz (Thread starter):
I fly mostly BD or BA. Is there any other place or airline where I could qualify for a card via the oneworld or star alliance? I am

Kaz, last I checked, BD and BA will give you a card. If that is not the case, get one with AA or UA, they tend to have excellent benefits anyway. The only problem with AA would be that you would have to fly them exclusively for trans-atlantic flights out of London if you wanted miles (MAN would still get you FF benefits). Otherwise, it would be just like any other FF program.



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User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

In the US, there is no age limitation for FF cards. I have had a kid check in before who attended a military academy and came home quite often, and he was a Gold Medallion.

Then, I also had a family of 4 who were all Silver Medallions. A father who flew for business, but tagged along his wife and 2 young children, and every single one of them were Silver Medallions. I was thinking, by the time these kids are 10, they will probably be MillionMilers. But I would think paying 4 times the cost for a ticket just to drag along your family would cost an arm and a leg and then some.


User currently offlineACAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 710 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3796 times:

Read this article:

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/colum...rossman/2003-09-25-grossman7_x.htm



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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

Most CIS airlines will happily issue a minor a FF card. As a Brit, I am not sure this is very helpful to you unless Aeroflot joins Skyteam finally.

User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5902 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3784 times:
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User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

By the time I was 9 I had cards on DL, CO, FF, UA, AA. hehe.. I start early lol.

Which reminds me.. I'm only a flight away from a free domestic first class upgrade on CO! hehe.


User currently offlineBoeingDrew From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

I think you must be 13 or up to sign up via the airline's website due to some Online Child Privacy Act's. However, if your parents were to be there and/or sign you up, this would be an exeption. Other than that, there is no reason why you couldn't.  Smile

-Drew



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3767 times:

If you are flying on cheap economy tickets then forget BA it is not orientated around the discount economy leisure flyer and you'd struggle to even join! Go with AA and credit all BA flying within Europe to them, transatlantic you can't earn BA miles on AA flights so just stick with AA for those. If you are planning on flying 5000 or 10000 miles in 90 days sign up for Gold or Platinum Challenge, take a look on the AA website or Google it.

Although judging by your profile with a slightly disjointed flying pattern across a number of airlines it'll take you a long time to earn a free flight on any FFP. you join.

[Edited 2005-03-16 03:40:53]


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3761 times:

My daughter had a UA, US, CO and AS card from the time she was born . . .

Sure you can get a FF card . . . pick one, or pick many  Smile


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

Can a 15-year-old purchase FF miles?


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User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Yes you can. My son has had frequent flier miles before he could walk. He's 4 now.

User currently offlineLAN340 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

Hey!

I have my Mexicana Frecuenta Card which REALLY comes in handy even tho im still trying to figure them out. hehe



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

yea im 18 but i signed up for FFM cards with AA, DL and Southwest when I was 16. I have 6 points so far with Southwest and over 13,000 miles with AA. none for DL yet.
Alex



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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

Depends on the airline. For some airlines, it doesn't matter. I've met a three year old who was a legit NW Gold (mid-tier) elite.

Steve


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3549 times:

On a semi-related note, if any of you have seen the magazine LH send out quarterly I thought it was funny about the girl who reached Senator level (150k/100k miles per year) at the age of 2 Big grin First flight in F at the age of 10 days and had been to 26 countries before her first birthday!


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8447 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

I got a BA one when I was under 18, which was later converted to Qantas. I had numerous progam memberships before I turned 18. If they have since changed, bets would be to look for an off shore one which has good benefits and allows you to gain miles on the airlines you fly the most. Hedge your bets and get one from each of the main alliances.

User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

I have signed up to an AA and BD diamond now guys, so im on both star alliance and Oneworld  Smile, thanks for the help  Smile

kaz


User currently offlineMrNiji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 23):
I have signed up to an AA and BD diamond now guys, so im on both star alliance and Oneworld

Why not sign up for AF Frequence Plus, too, so you have all three?


25 Petera380 : My son got his Delta FF card before the age of one (just after his Social Security Card!) and had also completed 10 flights before the age of one! Now
26 Gib : Kaz Man....Dude, you're missing out! Just how much were/are you flying??
27 RIPCORDD : My daughter is 2y.o.a and she is platnium on AA
28 Post contains links Fbgdavidson : Depending on which side of 18 in the 16-20 category you are it is worth applying for a bmi Mastercard and bag 20,000 miles in the process. Although as
29 VSFullThrottle : Hey Kaz Try signing up for VS Flying Club, their age limit is 12 years old I think. Once you have signed up VS and BD have a mileage agreement and you
30 KL642 : Kaz, Both of my kids (10 & 12) have been members of NWA Worldperks for several years now. Alex
31 SFOFF : Back in 1996 I was suffering through a slow day at the Premier check in. I was about to have the lobby receptionist send me a few pax from the economy
32 BrightCedars : Many European and Asia airlines (I think it's different over in the States) restrict registration to Frequent Flyer programs to the age of 2 years. Th
33 BR715-A1-30 : I got all of my FF cards at 16... I got my Skymiles one at 15
34 RCS763AV : Im 15 and i have Delta Skymiles and Avianca Privilegios since I was 13, dont see what the problem is, as long as youre paying for the ticket, you shou
35 FLY2LIM : Oldest daughter got her AAdvantage at the age of 2, since we didn't accumulate miles when she rode on her mom's lap. Youngest daughter got hers when s
36 TWA902fly : My brother who is 7 years old has been a member of United Milage Plus Delta SkyMiles AAdvantage Northwest Worldperks since he was 4... and hes got eno
37 AirbusA346 : When I turn 18 can I transfer the miles off my family account card to a proper account of my own (I am on about BA) Tom.
38 UA777222 : That's odd that airlines won't offer it to you at under the age of 18. I've had my United mileage Plus card for much time now. I think that if you go
39 Doona : If you fly BD alot, UAs mileage plus works for me through Star Alliance. No age limit. You might need an adult to sign up for you, but it's still your
40 UA777222 : Doona, I paid for a ticket for my girlfriend out of my own pocket and while buying the ticket (SFO-FRA-NCE/CDG-FRA-ORD-SFO) they offered to sign her u
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