What makes a frequent flier program stand out? No loyalty program is ideal for everybody, but choosing one that best suits your lifestyle can help you maximize your chances of earning and redeeming meaningful rewards. When choosing a program, you'll want to consider a few key criteria, such as flight options, flight prices and how easy it is to earn a free flight. If you prefer to fly first class, you should consider a program that awards benefits based on dollars spent rather than miles flown. Or if you're an infrequent traveler, you should consider programs that allow you to earn points on purchases other than flights. To help you weigh your options, U.S. News evaluated 10 leading frequent flier programs using an unbiased methodology that takes into account each program's average flight prices, earning ratios and daily flight volume (among other features). Our ranking and detailed program profiles are intended to help you choose the program that's best for you.