While Riga may not necessarily be your destination of choice, it offers numerous connections to Eastern Europe and Russia. It also has a standalone frequent flyer scheme, BalticMiles, registration for which is here.
BalticMiles are also tied into the Hilton Hhonors scheme (you earn Hhonors points with BalticMiles and vice versa – in fact you earn both at present, as it currently offers “double dipping”).
You can currently earn free BalticMiles by writing hotel reviews on holidaycheck.com, just click on this link for full information. You get a healthy 150 BalticMiles per hotel review.
You can also earn 100 free BalticMiles by signing up to pointshound (scroll to the pointshound link at the bottom of this page) and then adding your BalticMiles account details to your new pointshound account.
Flying Blue (Air France)
For general sign up, you can join Flying Blue via the link on this page.
You can get 1.51% cashback on shorthaul flights with Air France (and 2.02% cashback on longhaul flights) through topcashback.
As a subsidiary of Air France, Transavia flights will be featured on this website as and when offers are available. At present, it has recently announced new Maltese routes from summer 2013.
Please note that Flying Blue points cannot be earned on Transavia, which has no frequent flyer programme.
You can join the Skywards frequent flyer programme here.
In an interesting tie up, you can now also use your Skywards miles on Easyjet, with one way flights starting at 7500 miles.
Note that Avios can only be spent on Vueling flights from an Iberia Plus account. However, you can easily transfer Avios (for free) from avios.com or your British Airways Executive Club account, by using the “Combine Your Avios” function.
You can sign up for an Iberia Plus account here.
Miles&Smiles (Turkish Airlines)
Turkish Airlines frequent flyer programme is Miles&Smiles, which you can join here.
It does appear that Turkish Airlines will, “at their discretion”, upgrade “elite” members of other airline frequent flyer programmes to its own Gold status, for free. To do this, you need to first join Miles&Smiles on the link above and then:
– Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a scan of your other airline membership card and account statement
– You should hear from Turkish Airlines in 7-10 days with their ‘decision’ on your status match query.
Starwood Preferred Guest
You can join SPG here. You can also convert SPG points to Miles & More points.
Priority Club points
Priority Club is the reward scheme for the Intercontinental Hotels Group.
From a Malta flying perspective, Priority Club points can also be exchanged for (amongst many other airlines) Miles&More points and Emirates Skywards points (at a rate of 2,000 frequent flyer points per 10,000 Priority Club points).
You can earn up to 1500 easy points by following Loyalty Lobby’s simple instructions here (just fill in the answers in three different languages for 3 x 500 points).
If you need to join Priority Club, you can sign up here.
Club Carlson points
Radisson Blu hotels form part of the Club Carlson points programme, which you can join here.
Club Carlson are currently offering 1000 free points for simply liking their Facebook page – the necessary link is here.