Can I Buy Someone Else’s Ticket By Using My Frequent Flyer Miles?

By: Mary Briscoe Categories: Airline Miles

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When you book an unpaid flight I can understand how it feels, after all those months of traveling and paying for tickets earning miles, you get a chance, at last, to travel free. For people who travel frequently traveling on an unpaid flight is a longed-for the prize. For corporate travelers saving miles and getting boarded on free flights is a certainty making this reward less treasured to them.

But here is some interesting news there is a method for all the flyers to use these “valuables”, which are buried in the FAQs section of air carrier websites that confirm this that you can give your reward ticket to somebody else.

Here are some ways you can transfer frequent flyer miles to another person.

Booking Online

Booking Online Airline Tickets
Most major air carriers allow you to reserve your reward ticket online. When you are booking a ticket for some other person all you have to do is follow the same procedure of booking an award ticket, just change the particulars of the traveler in the “passenger information” section and you can easily book the ticket for another person. Before you checkout make sure that the ticketed passenger name will be read as the name of your beneficiary instead of yourself.

Read: This Is How You Should Be Using Frequent Flyer Miles When Traveling With Family

Call The Airline

Call The Airline
Even though many airlines permit you to book a ticket for somebody else spending your own miles, there are few airlines which entail you to inform them about the usage of your miles by somebody else on phone or over the ticket counter. If for some reason you are having trouble with changing the details of the passenger on the airline website you can call the air carrier directly to book the ticket.

Read: The Smart Way To Get First Class Tickets With Frequent Flyer Miles

Exchanging Awards

Exchanging Awards
Frequent flyers miles of different programs occasionally switch their air tickets on the internet. For example, if you want to travel with your reward ticket, however, not on your airline, attempt to book somebody else’s (supposed your sisters) ticket with your reward miles and ask her to book your ticket with her award if she travels on a different airline.

Read: Understanding The Real Worth Of Frequent Flyer Miles


When you are reserving your award ticket you have to pay charges, but those are taxes or government fees. Before booking your award ticket discus with your beneficiary that who will compensate the government taxes. Airline person at the receipt booth or when booking from the website both will prompt you about the fees before you book the ticket so that you can make your decision.

So these are some things which are considered and can be applied when booking your frequent flyer air miles ticket for someone else.

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"The frequent flyer scheme has become as much part of the business traveler's life as a mobile phone or a passport. Indeed, when they were launched twenty-five years ago, air miles promised to be the passport to riches for those flyer loyal and busy enough to earn them."
"For the average traveler, that means buying miles or points in order to reach a threshold for an award ticket. Most airline charge 3 to 5 cents per miles."
"There is a group of traveler junkies so obsessed with racking up frequently flier miles, they scour the internet for deals that take them through little known airports."

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