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Can I Earn Delta Miles On Flights I Purchase For My Family?

frequent flyerHere is a common question I get:

“Can I earn Delta miles on flights I purchase for my family?”

In other words do you get the airline miles or frequent flyer miles for the flights you purchase for your family… No.

I know it sucks since you are the one putting out the cash to purchase the tickets for your family and it would be nice if all of the airline miles dropped into a family account. Having an account like that would be nice, just imagine how fast you could earn a free airline ticket.

If your frequent flyers account is set up as a personal account, then any airline tickets you buy for other people or your family, you don’t get those miles. The only way you can earn miles is by flying yourself.

Frequent flyer programs are constantly changing and over the years their value has diminished some. With the merger of airlines, cut backs and increasing cost to fly, many airline rewards programs are being looked at and changed almost every year.

Some corporate accounts or business accounts may have other ‘bonuses’ involved such as American Airlines business account. The person who is doing the flying will earn the airline miles, but the business itself will earn rewards points. You can view their terms here.

Other than having a business account, there is no way for you to earn the airline miles for flying your family on a vacation or business trip. Each member of the family would need to register with the airlines frequent miles program in order to capture the miles for the flight(s).

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About Derek

I currently live in beautiful Alaska with my wife! Living in Alaska i have learned that it cost so much more just to travel anywhere! In order to fly anywhere it cost us an extra $250+ a ticket. We use miles and points to fly nearly everywhere for free, usually in First Class. You can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook or why not signup to receive new blog post via email or in RSS reader
  • Ant

    You mention “If your family flyers account is set up as a personal account, then any airline tickets you buy for other people or your family, you don’t get those miles.” Is there a way to setup your family flyers account for multiple people? For example, can I pay with my AMEX Gold Delta card for myself and another person, who also has a frequent flyers account, and get miles for both the cost of their ticket and the travel miles? Can they distributed to each account?

    • http://www.thepointsguide.com/ ThePointsGuide

      Every one in your family would need a frequent flyers account. I don’t believe they do family accounts. When you buy your tickets, it will ask for the frequent flier numbers for each of the people flying. The names have to match the names that are attached to each frequent flier account, otherwise you will get an error message. After each flight, each person will get credit for the miles flown.

      If you were to pay with miles for each ticket, then you can buy all of the tickets using only your airline miles or you can buy all of the tickets using your own credit card.

      Always use a credit card that gives you some type of rewards. If you are buying all of the tickets, you will only get the miles from the purchase price of the tickets (most rewards travel cards give you miles for buying airline tickets, usually 2 miles per dollar spent) and the miles that you flew yourself.