Most airline loyalty programs will not allow children under the age of 18 to accrue miles. However, there is good news: some allow them under specific conditions.

As a Canadian traveler, I’ll share with you the best ways to accrue miles as a family and for your kids. Again, this is my personal perspective. If you fly a lot to and/or in the US, then all US carriers allow children to own a frequent flyer account.

Aeroplan

I was surprised to read that Aeroplan does allow small children to accrue miles. That includes children under the age of 2! Under clause 31 of the Terms and Conditions children can have their own accounts and accrue miles if they travel on a revenue ticket with an allocated seat.

I must say it’s a nice surprise. However, Air Canada is splitting with Aeroplan in 2020. The next 3 years will be more about emptying one’s Aeroplan’s account. Air Canada is creating its own in-house loyalty program.

British Airways

The British carrier serves Canada daily out of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Toronto has two daily flights. Thanks to interline agreements, travelers from other Canadian cities can also fly British Airways (Quebec City, Victoria, Regina and others).

British Airways allows children and family members to accrue miles in a very smart and efficient way. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. By creating a Household Account, you can pool all of your family members Avios. You can add up to 6 family members;
  2. Once you’ve done that, you can then create your children’s Executive Club Accounts. It’s free. Your children will accrue Avios miles and Tier-points on revenue ticket with an allocated seat.
  3. Now as a Family, you can pool and grow your balance and redeem Avios without having to incur any miles transfer fees.

I personally believe this is the best way to manage all the family members accounts and centralize all miles’ accruals and redemptions. All members have access to their personal account, but the head of the household will access all the consolidated information.

Don’t leave money on the table. Even if you don’t travel frequently as a family, flight or credit card activity will allow you to accrue miles and avoid any miles expiration. For us the RBC British Airways Visa gives us that value and a pool of Avios to redeem on flights, hotels and car rentals.