Understanding Travel Loyalty ProgramsThis topic reviews several travel loyalty programs and provides tips for optimizing earning in each. The reviews are structured to provide the most useful information in predefined sections, starting with the expiration policy for points earned in each program, a description of the base points earned for activities, and a list of applicable bonuses. The applicable bonuses indicate ongoing, extra earnings that may apply for activities like online booking, checkin, coincident partner activity, means of payment, etc. and should be checked each time you use the airline or hotel. Special promotions are limited time bonuses, and there are more likely to be out of date. Alternate earnings describe other programs to which you may have points credited for your stays or flights, instead of earning credits in the listed program.