The Secret World of Invitation-Only Airline Loyalty Programs

If you’re a frequent traveler, loyalty programs are nothing new or exciting to you. Plus, most of you have earned enough points with your preferred airlines to be able to access their VIP lounges. But in some airports, only the most elite guests are invited into private programs offering lofty privileges and distinctive perks.

Celebrities, politicians and the world’s biggest power players are all a part of these secret clubs, and if you’re not a part of the “in crowd,” good luck getting an invitation to them. According to Fortune, “Delta has stated publicly that five percent of its customers account for 26 percent of its revenue.” Which means, pleasing those high-value guests is extremely important to the airline and rolling out the red-carpet treatment is necessary. Delta even has a fleet of Porsches available in certain cities to provide these clients with easy plane-to-plane connections, while United Airlines has installed Mercedes-Benz’s at its key airports.

Also being a frequent flyer isn’t required to be invited into these select clubs, most carriers are looking to guests who spend around $50,000 annually on trips. Because these customers are spending thousands of dollars a year on flights, it’s not unheard of for them to not only get have special treatment within airports, but also to have the direct mobile number of airline CEOs should they encounter any issues during their travels. Exact details of what’s offered at these lounges can be hard to come by if you’re not a member, and you won't find information on their websites. Based on forums and commentary floating around the World Wide Web, here’s what we know about some of the world’s most exclusive airline loyalty programs:

Nicolle Monico

Nicolle is an award-winning writer and Travel Editor using her expertise in the industry to write about luxury travel around the world. You can find her daily searching the web for the latest trends, best new hotels and most beautiful destinations to visit and share with her readers. She's been featured on The Huffington Post, Hard Assets, AMD Entertainment and Remy Martin. In 2014, she was vo...(Read More)

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