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Old Jul 11, 11, 12:35 am   #1
 
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Buying ticket for someone else - who gets FF miles?

If I pay for a ticket for someone else to use, do I get the frequent flyer miles or does she? Thanks
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Old Jul 11, 11, 12:40 am   #2
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She gets the miles, but only if her FFP account number is associated with the ticket.

If you purchase her ticket with a credit card that earns frequent-flyer miles, you will earn miles based on the cost of the ticket, but not for the flight itself.
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Old Jul 11, 11, 12:40 am   #3
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The person flying gets the FF miles.
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Unless you have the same name, the person flying gets them. Or you could create a FF account for the person, and have control of it, and book awards out of it.
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Thank you guys
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Yeah.. the person who's flying gets the miles..

It used to be flexible.. but FF programs have evolved more personalized..

Maybe your friend can return the favor another way..
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Old Jul 18, 11, 3:20 pm   #7
 
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The person doing the actual flying.

BUT

Some FFPs allow members to transfer miles to other members.
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Old Jul 18, 11, 3:40 pm   #8
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If I pay for a ticket for someone else to use, do I get the frequent flyer miles or does she? Thanks
if you have the same names, either ff # might work if it was entered by mistake...
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Old Jul 19, 11, 12:43 am   #9
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if you have the same names, either ff # might work if it was entered by mistake...
Chances of this is next to slim?

Curious.. has anyone ever been able to do this? Having the same name?
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The airlines don't want one person, for example a parent, buying tickets for several other people, for example his children, and accumulating all the frequent flyer miles in his own account for bigger and better awards.

My father flew a lot and from time to time bought tickets for the (grown) family. My brother flies very little and his miles expired.
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Or book 2 tickets, the trip she is taking BUT put your name down, and a refundable full fare ticket in her name. She uses the ticket in her name to clear security, then cancel it once inside, then board the plane using the ticket in your name. She flys, you get credit.
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Chances of this is next to slim?

Curious.. has anyone ever been able to do this? Having the same name?
I remember reading a post here a couple months back about a father/son, Sr/Jr deal that they got away with for quite some time.
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If I pay for a ticket for someone else to use, do I get the frequent flyer miles or does she? Thanks
Let's say you charge $300 on your airline co-branded credit card to buy the ticket. She flies 1000 miles on that ticket.

In this scenario, you'd get the miles that come from spending $300 on your credit card, and she'd get the miles due from 1000 miles of flying.

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Old Jul 21, 11, 4:50 pm   #14
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Chances of this is next to slim?

Curious.. has anyone ever been able to do this? Having the same name?
About 10 years ago I bought a United ticket for my sister, who has the same first initial and last name as I do. I entered my MP number, and earned miles for the trip.
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Or book 2 tickets, the trip she is taking BUT put your name down, and a refundable full fare ticket in her name. She uses the ticket in her name to clear security, then cancel it once inside, then board the plane using the ticket in your name. She flys, you get credit.
...until she tries to use the ticket again to fly the return leg of a roundtrip.
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