How do I get a frequent flyer number?

What is a frequent flyer number?

A frequent flyer number (FFN), often referred to as a frequent flyer membership number or frequent flyer account number, is a unique identifier assigned to an individual by an airline’s frequent flyer program. Frequent flyer programs are loyalty programs offered by airlines to reward their regular customers for their loyalty and frequent travel.

How to get a frequent flyer number as a business traveler?

A business traveler can acquire a frequent flyer number by signing up for a frequent flyer program with their preferred airline. This usually involves visiting the airline’s website, completing the enrollment form, and receiving their unique FFN upon successful registration.

Here’s how it generally works:

Enrollment

Travelers can enroll in a frequent flyer program for free or for a fee, depending on the airline and the terms of the program. A unique frequent flyer number is assigned upon enrollment. Airlines may utilize distinct number formats.

Earn miles or points

Members earn miles, points, or some form of loyalty currency based on the distance they fly with the airline or the amount of money they spend on flights, partner airlines, and other program-related activities.

Redeeming rewards

Members can redeem earned miles or points for a variety of rewards, including free flights, flight upgrades, lounge access, hotel stays, car rentals and more, depending on the program’s offerings.

Status levels

Many frequent flyer programs have different status tiers, such as Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Elite, which offer additional benefits such as priority boarding, extra baggage allowances, and access to exclusive lounges. These tiers are often reached by accumulating a certain number of miles or segments within a certain time frame.

Benefits and perks

Members of frequent flyer programs often enjoy other benefits, such as priority check-in, priority security screening, and faster baggage handling.


The FFN is critical to tracking activity, ensuring members receive the appropriate mileage or point credit for their flights, and rewards redemption. Members typically provide their FFN when booking or checking in for flights, either online or at the airport.

It’s important to note that each airline has its own frequent flyer program, and these programs may have different names and rules. In addition, some airlines are part of larger airline alliances that allow members to earn and redeem miles on partner airlines within the same alliance, further extending the benefits of their frequent flyer program membership.

To get a frequent flyer number, you typically follow these steps

Choose an airline

Decide which airline’s frequent flyer program you want to join. Consider factors such as the airline’s route network, your travel habits, and any partnerships the airline may have with other carriers. You may enroll in more than one program.

Enroll online

Most airlines allow you to enroll in their frequent flyer program online through their official website. Look for a “Join” or “Enroll” link or button on the airline’s loyalty program page.

Provide your personal information

Fill out the enrollment form with your personal information. You may be asked to provide details such as legal name, date of birth, contact information, and sometimes your passport or ID number.

Create a frequent flyer account

As part of the enrollment process, you’ll be assigned a frequent flyer number. This is your unique identifier within the program. Keep this number handy, as you’ll use it to track your activity and access program benefits.

Select Communication Preferences

Decide how you want to receive program updates and promotional offers. You may have options for email, postal mail, or app notifications.

Agree to Program Terms and Conditions

Review and agree to the terms and conditions of the frequent flyer program. Make sure you understand the rules for earning and redeeming miles or points, as well as any elite status requirements.

Receive confirmation

Upon successful enrollment, you should receive a confirmation email or a physical membership card in the mail. This confirmation will include your FFN, which you can begin using immediately.

Start earning miles or points

Start earning miles or points in the program by flying with the airline or its partners. Be sure to provide your frequent flyer number when booking flights or checking in to ensure you receive credit for your travel. Check if you can add your FFN to your profile with your company’s managed travel program.

Track your progress

You can usually log into your frequent flyer account on the airline’s website or app to track your mileage or point balances, view your elite status progress, and see available rewards.


Enrolling in a frequent flyer program is usually free, but some programs may offer premium tiers or credit cards with additional benefits for a fee. Some airlines may have age restrictions for enrollment, so be sure to check the program’s specific requirements.

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