Can I use my frequent flier miles to buy a ticket for someone else?

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Can I use my frequent flier miles to buy a ticket for someone else?
British Airways allows you to book flights for others with your air miles. (Getty Thinkstock)

If you fly a lot for work you will soon find your frequent flier points building up. However, as a very busy person, you might not have the time to use up those flights on no-work journeys. Plus, if you fly so much for work, you will probably prefer using up your holiday entitlement in the Costa Del Back Yard. You may be able to use up those miles by taking a friend or partner with you when you fly off for a week at work. Alternatively, you could use them to treat your mum and dad to a special break abroad.

Booking procedures

Although all airlines allow you to book flights for other people with your points, the procedures for doing so vary from airline to airline. The larger airlines, like British Airways and Air France allow you to book the flight in the “Claim rewards” sections of their websites. You just put different passenger details in the Passenger Information section. Other airlines, like Turkish Airlines expect you to write a signed letter requesting a ticket for another person. In all cases the procedure involves you booking the ticket for the other person rather than you giving them your points so they can book themselves.


Many airlines restrict the exchange or sale of points and keep a close eye on the usage of air miles. Although it is not possible to sell you points there are some websites available where you make an agreement with someone to book a flight for them with your airline if they book a flight for you on their airline. “” has come to an agreement with many airlines to allow the trading of air miles. The site works with US airlines, but you do not have to be a US citizen to trade miles with them. British Airways is also enrolled in the program.

Donate points

Many airlines allow you to donate your points to charity. However, they only allow to donations to charities on their approved list. An example of this is Air France, which allows donations of its Flying Blue points to a given list.

Partner airlines

You are not restricted to booking flights for friends and family with your points just to the airline with which you earned the miles. Alliances of airlines allow frequent flier miles to be used on partner airlines just as though you were spending them with the airline from which you earned the points. Usually alliance members allow each other to book their flights and so you would book the flight on a partner airline for your friend through the website of the airline where you hold the air miles.

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