Cons: Wanna Get Away fare fliers might find it takes longer to earn a free ticket.
Pros: Members can earn miles on United, Star Alliance and partner airlines and redeem miles for United, Continental and Star Alliance flights; miles can be earned and used with more than 100 leading brands/partners.
Cons: $25-$30 to book with an agent
Virgin America Elevate
Pros: Points program. Awards begin at 2,500 points (which can be earned in four round trips). Elevate program is linked for reciprocal earning on V Australia, Virgin Blue and Virgin Atlantic.
Cons: $20 to book by phone
Source: Airlines and airline websites
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