pilot kaz
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Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:23 am

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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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:25 am

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.
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:25 am

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.
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:26 am

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.

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:34 am

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.
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:34 am

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.

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:34 am

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.
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:36 am

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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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:19 am

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.
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:26 am

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:27 am

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.
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:30 am

I've been an Advantage member since 1985...when I was 15.
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:31 am

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.
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:31 am

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

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:35 am

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.

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:38 am

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
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:32 pm

Can a 15-year-old purchase FF miles?
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:49 pm

Yes you can. My son has had frequent flier miles before he could walk. He's 4 now.
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:53 pm

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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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:27 pm

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.
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 5:03 pm

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.

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:57 pm

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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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:35 pm

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.
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:41 pm

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
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:09 pm

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?
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:17 pm

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 at the tender age of 10 he has clock up over 100,000 skymiles on Delta. For a while he also held an AAadvantage card. The result of that was that CitiBank, in their infinite wisdom, would send him pre-approved credit cards!!
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:27 pm

Kaz Man....Dude, you're missing out! Just how much were/are you flying??
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:47 am

My daughter is 2y.o.a and she is platnium on AA
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Fri Mar 18, 2005 5:07 am

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 with all airline affinity cards the interest rate is awful so if you hold a balance on a card it's not worth getting this
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:12 pm

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 can get your miles with BD.

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:18 pm

Kaz,
Both of my kids (10 & 12) have been members of NWA Worldperks for several years now.
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:47 pm

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 check in when a boy about five or six years old walked up to my position at the counter. His Mom was hovering a few yards behind.
He told me which flight he was booked on and handed me his photo ID, which was a passport. Tucked into the passport was his Premier Executive card.

Just to be sure, and to cover my butt, I asked his mom if he was going to fly as a UM.
Nope, he told me, he does this all the time on his own.

I wonder if he still flies?!?
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 2:06 am

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.

That's mainly because they don't consider they're charging you for a ticket (but rather insurance since you're not getting a seat under these conditions) when asking the 10% infant ratio that applies to those below the age of two.

Once you pass the 2 barrier and stay below the age of 12 then you pay 66% of adult fare and you get a seat too! You also gain the possibility to have your own Frequent Flyer card and collect and redeem miles, sometimes a special kids product like at Singapore Airlines (Young Explorers).
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 3:59 am

I got all of my FF cards at 16... I got my Skymiles one at 15
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 4:03 am

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 should be able to get the miles...
 
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 5:08 am

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 she was 7 months old because we started paying for her seat from the first time she flew.
They reached AAdvantage Gold at the ages of 6 and 3, respectively.
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 5:17 am

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 enough miles in all of them for free tickets...

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 5:41 am

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)

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 5:27 pm

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 under your parents name and at one point in time choose to switch over to your sole FF plan you will either need to buy the miles from your parents or they can give them to you as a gift, now there is a limit to how much they can give you... I, for one, have never had this issue. I get my card each year in Feb. and some times it changed due to how many miles I flew in a year, I think the most was like 100k, this year its 50k. I can check my miles under the FF plan @ United.com and when I want to buy flights I can do so solely. My parents have their main account for the two of them with their credit cards attached. However, my sister whom is in collage has her own sole FF plan but her credit card is still attached to my parents FF plan.

I guess it has to do with what airline and the standards and other such systems/programs they have in place.

Thanks and good luck!

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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 6:14 pm

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 name on the card.
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RE: Can I Get A FF Card At Under The Age Of 18?

Sat Mar 19, 2005 6:46 pm

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 up due to the high mile flight. After I paid for the ticket she was signed up and ready to go. Took less than 2 weeks to get the usual blue card with her name on it. I suggest calling them over the phone and give them your info. Never once have I heard of age restrictions for FF in America. If you can get in through an alliance than even better!

Thanks,

Matt
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