Best Frequent Flyer Programs for 2020

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Best Frequent Flyer Programs for 2020

Best Frequent Flyer Programs for 2020

There are many airlines out there and loyalty to just one of them is pretty hard nowadays. But if you are wondering which airlines have the best loyalty rewards programs, WalletHub has a list for you. They compared the 10 largest domestic airline programs across 23 key metrics, ranging from the value of a rewards point or mile to blackout-date policies.

The rankings for the best airline rewards programs are based on a trio of annual airfare budgets: Light ($574), Average ($3,587) and Frequent ($6,612). As a result, the best overall frequent flyer programs are well-rounded and positioned to satisfy the needs of loyal airline customers of all types.

To find out which airline miles program is best for you, try out the frequent flyer miles calculator here. The calculator will customize the results of this study based on your own airline budget.

Best Airlines Programs

This year, Delta SkyMiles is the winner once again. It earned an average WalletHub score of 60.79% in the three usage scenarios. That is the fifth year in a row that Delta comes out on top. Here are the top 5:

  1. Delta Air Lines – SkyMiles
  2. United Airlines – MileagePlus
  3. Alaska Airlines – Mileage Plan
  4. Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards
  5. JetBlue Airways – TrueBlue


“The best” program varies widely, based on many personal factors. Let us know if the comments what you think of this ranking and which one would be your top choice.

Based in NYC. Points/miles enthusiast for years and actively writing about it for the last two years at Danny the Deal Guru. I'm always looking out for deals. Making a few bucks is always nice, but the traveling is by far the best part of this business.

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  1. I am assuming that they were comparing the old United program (2019) and not the new 2020 program. I am struggling to find reasons to stay with United (other than I live in Houston).

  2. No F’ing way is Delta a better FF program than any of the other 4 mentioned…………. NO WAY!!! I’m a diehard AK Mileage Plan member but have been considering United based on a colleague’s success with it, but never would consider Delta!!

  3. I’d like to know who does this research. Delta as the best airline ok I can buy that but best FF program, not by a long shot.

  4. I’m Atlanta based, now retired so a leisure traveler who travels internationally exclusively on awards, and I avoid Delta like the plague. Example: Soon my wife & I will take a Baltic cruise and I redeemed 70K each for one way business class on Lufthansa ATL-FRA-CPH (hardly cutting edge, but adequate) while DL wanted 320,000 a pop each way! Our trip to Hong Kong, pre-virus, was 140K round trip with CX using AAdvantage miles. Delta awards were non-existent. This is the norm with them. Hey, I recently even got three AA business class awards on American metal (BA for the first leg) BCN-LHR-MIA-ATL. Delta had some but at 280k, a better itinerary, but not worth the cost to me.

  5. Hard to believe Delta is #1 since they seem to charge way more for award flights than other airlines. I would have thought Alaska would have been number 1.


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