So it works this way: whenever you fly with any of their member companies, you're awarded with certain amount of miles depending on your booking class. If you collect enough miles, you can use them to buy another flight, to book hotels, to rent cars, or to buy things. Simple enough.
We usually spend our miles on hotels, so we get free hotel stays somewhere. A few years back before baby girl, we spent our first miles together to get a hotel stay in Vienna for a weekend getaway. Once we also get free stay in Brussels for some city break. Since baby girl, we have used it three times as far as I recall, four night stays in Athens last summer, then in Bali and lastly in Yogyakarta. For each hotel stay usually they require minimum of 10.000 miles per night, but the range differs greatly depending on your destination and the hotel type.
|Enjoying the infant pool at the Swiss-belhotel in Bali|
|Exploring Prambanan temple near Yogyakarta|
Not until recently that we found out you can actually sign up minors (under 18) for miles collection program. This is quite logical because, once your child turns two, you have to buy him a ticket of almost full price, so why not collecting award miles? I found out that Miles and More (through JetFriends program) and Miles and Smiles (little Heroes) offer parents to sign their minors up for the club and they will be able to claim all award miles they collect once they're 18 year old. Who knows how many flights your child would fly in the 16 years time span? Probably a lot. Probably by the time they turn 18, they could claim a free transatlantic flight, or a week of hotel stays on an exotic island, or a cool extra light unbreakable four-wheeled luggage. They'll thank you!