Can children get miles?

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  1. Yes, I'm very much a newbie but learning fast. I have a 4 year old daughter who is travelling with us next month. Is she allowed to get FF miles?
    I've noticed many of the offers are around credit cards and it's impossible to partake in those offers from New Zealand. Is it realistic to expect to "hack" large amounts of miles from this corner of the world?

    Thanks, Jenny
     
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  2. MSPeconomist
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    In general, children can have FF accounts (which their parents would set up and control), although miles aren't given for lap children. However, different carriers can have different rules, including possibly a minimum age or some special goodies for kids. You should contact the carriers you are considering.

    Welcome to MP.
     
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    I believe the youngest diamond in the Delta system is about 18 months old, and there are quite a number of platinums under 2 years old.

    As to hacking large amounts of miles from a base in NZ, it depends on the program and what your travel/spending habits are like. If you can establish a mailing address in another country you may be able to take advantage of some other credit card offers.
     
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    All my kids got their FF cards with their first paid ticket and two earned reward travel by the time they were 3:D
     
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    My son isnt yet 4 and he just earned miles on LAN....
     
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  6. This is such a dumb question - do you mean to just use a box/street addresses where mail can be forwarded received? I've ended up here after being on the Travel Hacking Cartel site for a couple of months, and I know he gave his US address to use for signup, offers, etc. I didn't want to have CC sent there though. Does the US postal service offer mail forwarding internationally?
     
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    I've heard so many babies earning miles without problems. Just get your offspring their own frequent flyer accounts and link with the reservations/itineraries whenever they fly.

    Even though mail forwarding is possible (& expensive), I would think that is much less a concern than getting account approval without establishing any credit history or worthiness in the States. For all I know, on top of US domestic mailing address & proof of income, you''ll have to have a social security number to submit a cc application. Approval is another matter.

    You mentioned you are in New Zealand. Not knowing much about your background, how likely do you believe you'll successfully get a U.S. credit card?

    Often, credit card signup bonuses are region or country-specific. Even Canadians are jealous of Americans with those offers that Canadians can't get advantage of. :p For those of us who are based in Asia or Europe don't get to see cards with those crazy 100K or 75K bonus miles offers either.
     
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    Oh yeah.. 4 sure.. as long as you buy the ticket, and of course are properly registerd as a #FF..
    the FF miles and status will follow :)
    I believe my son 1st achieved elite status at 'bout 3 yrs of age
    Enjoy the game ! :)
     
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    If you look at a program like BMI (star alliance), you can set up a family plan and actually have all miles flown by family members funnel into one account, letting you reach redemption levels faster. ANA also offers a similar program.
     
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    Perhaps the OP should think about goals and anticipated future travel patterns if there's a choice of airlines or a choice of how to credit the miles. If your child isn't likely to fly very many miles, status is irrelevant and you should focus on how to get award flights you want. If this will take some time, look for a program in which miles don't expire. However, if you're located in New Zealand, is there much choice beyond flying NZ, in which case the question becomes the choice of alliance partner on which to credit the miles.
     
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    And the kid loses flight credit if he/she either screams more than twice on a flight, and/or kicks the seat in front of them.
     
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    Both my kids became elites @ ages 6 & 8 -- with lots of flts b/w NY/NJ & GRU!
     
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    On the OPs credit card point...

    There are occasional worthwhile credit card offers in NZ. The AirNZ American Express Platinum card up until Dec 2010 offered 200 Airpoints Dollars on sign up and NZ$500 spend in the first three months. That card even earns 1 NZ status point per NZ$250 spent. If you equate 200 Airpoints Dollars with 20,000 miles that is not disimilar to some of the best offers the UK gets. And guess what: you have to be NZ resident to get one :)

    The grass is often green elsewhere: I look longingly at the US 100,000 mile signs ups; even more at the AF/KL Amex which earns status for every Euro spent, for which you need to live in France or the Netherlands. As lin821 noted, In East Asia the pickings are even leaner.

    So while there is always someone better off, others are worse off, and there are always some local opportunities to be had.
     
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    I wish this were true, although I would extend the policy to any and all parents, who should feel lucky that they weren't escorted to an upgraded seat on the wing.
     
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    Both my kids 2 & 7olds have FF accounts in several programs. If you pay for a seat then you have the right to collect ff for them. I have spoke to different airlines and they are perfecty okay with them having their own account as long as they are paying flyers. Sign them up and get all the free miles out there for them too! You are just managing this miles :) for them like you manage the rest of their little lives.
     
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    This is also useful for buying miles for each family member, should you wish/need to top up an aggregate balance for a redemption. We've made the most of this since BMI introduced their family account offering.

    Prior to that, Little Miss Sofasurfer was getting her *A flights credited to Lufthansa - a great element of their "JetFriends" account for under 16s (maybe under 18s? cant remember offhand) is that miles don't expire until the child hits 16 (or 18 - I'd have to double-check). This might be useful for those with DC family accounts and kids - particularly once DC becomes part of M&M (yes, I know, nothing's confirmed yet - but LMS isn't even 5, and I'm thinking long-term here ;)
     
  17. My 9 month old has *Silver Status, as do my 6 and 8 year old.
    Yes they get miles on paid tickets.. (not lap children)
     

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