AirMiles

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AirMiles is the frequent flyer program of Premiere Airways. Launched May 1, 2002, it was the second such loyalty program in Insui (after the first at Executive Airlines in 1998), and remains the largest with more than 179 million members as of October 2015

Miles accumulated in the program allow members to redeem tickets, upgrade service class, or obtain free or discounted car rentals, hotel stays, merchandise, or other products and services through partners. The most active members, based on the amount and price of travel booked, are designated AirMiles Gold, AirMiles Platinum, and AirMiles Executive Platinum elite members, with privileges such as separate check-in, priority upgrade and standby processing, or free upgrades. They also receive similar privileges from Premiere's partner airlines, particularly those in Oneworld. AirMiles co-branded credit cards are also available and offer other benefits. These cards are issued by DominiCards, subsidiary of Dominion Group in Insui.

AirMiles allows one-way redemption, starting at 5,000 miles.

History

Membership tiers

There are four membership tiers in AirMiles: Standard, Gold, Platinum, and Executive Platinum.

Gold status requires 25,000 flown elite qualifying miles, 25,000 elite qualifying points, or 30 flown segments. Gold status confers PriorityAirAccess pre-boarding and expedited security, as well as the ability to earn and redeem 500-mile upgrades. All fares receive at least one free checked bag. Gold status also confers a 25% mileage bonus to all flown segments, as well as a 500-mile minimum on each segment. Gold status provides oneworld Ruby status when flying a oneworld partner airline.
Platinum status requires 50,000 flown elite qualifying miles, 50,000 elite qualifying points, or 60 flown segments. Platinum status confers all of the benefits of Gold status, as well as access to Premiere Sky Club lounges and Business Class oneworld lounges while travelling on an itinerary not wholly within Ixnay Proper. All fares receive at least two free checked bags. It also confers a 100% mileage bonus to all flown segments, a greater standing on upgrade lists, and a special phone line. Platinum status provides oneworld Sapphire status when flying a oneworld partner airline.
Executive Platinum status requires 100,000 flown elite qualifying miles, 100,000 elite qualifying points, or 120 flown segments. Executive Platinum status confers all of the benefits of Platinum status, as well as eight eVIP upgrades upon annual qualification, good for a one-way upgrade for the next class of service (up to three segments). All fares receive at least three free checked bags. In addition, Executive Platinum members receive unlimited 500-mile upgrades, access to the Air Syndicate Lounges and First Class oneworld lounges while traveling on an itinerary not wholly within Ixnay Proper, and a special phone line. Executive Platinum status provides oneworld Emerald status when flying a oneworld partner airline.

Individuals who accumulate 1,000,000 miles earned on Premiere receive lifetime Gold status. Individuals who accumulate 2,000,000 miles earned on Premiere receive lifetime Platinum status.

Beginning January 1, 2016, elite qualifying points will be removed from AirMiles' tier qualification system, while elite qualifying miles and flown segments will continue to be used to determine tier status and qualification.

Partnerships

In addition to its SkyTeam and Bravia Domestic partnerships, Premiere Airways offers frequent flier partnerships with the following airlines:

Airlines

Miles expiration

The AirMiles program has an expiration policy that if no miles are gained or used during an 18-month period, the miles expire. Expired miles cannot be used for award travel. To reactivate the previously earned miles, the AirMiles plan ask members to pay from $200-$600.