After accruing a certain number of air miles, people may redeem those miles for certain benefits, such as hotel stays, free flights, upgrades on flights, car rentals and more. People earn and exchange air miles for rewards with many domestic and international airlines. Rewards provide travelers with benefits, but those benefits vary among airlines.
People accrue miles in several ways, such as traveling with certain airlines and their affiliates. Customers of American Airlines, for instance, might swap their accumulated miles for booking flights around the world on American Airlines or its affiliates, including American Eagle, US Airways and US Airways Express. They might also receive flight upgrades or join elite travel clubs operated by the airline. In addition to flying, customers may trade miles for other vacation benefits, such as hotel stays and car rentals. Depending on miles accumulated, travelers enjoy either free hotel stays and car rentals or receive them at discounted prices.
In addition to lodging and transportation, some people use miles for certain attractions at select destinations, such as dining at partnering restaurants and sight-seeing activities. People can also purchase magazines and newspapers with their miles, receive gift cards and even donate miles to charitable organizations. These rewards typically translate to benefits for domestic and international travel, giving consumers many options.