fre·​quent-fli·​er ˈfrē-kwənt-ˈflī-ər How to pronounce frequent-flier (audio)
variants or less commonly frequent-flyer
: of, relating to, or being an airline program that offers awards for specified numbers of air miles traveled

Examples of frequent-flier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The airline introduced its frequent-flier program in May 1981, founded the Star Alliance in 1997, and became the first North American carrier to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2012, among other milestones. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, 30 July 2023 More recently, his group helped devise a way for airlines to lean on their frequent-flier miles to raise more than $25 billion in the months after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sridhar Natarajan,, 13 Apr. 2023 Lonely hearts rack up the frequent-flier miles in pursuit of love in this new unscripted series. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023 In another report earlier this month, WalletHub named United Airlines’ MileagePlus as the best frequent-flier program for consumers. Gary Stoller, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 And whereas most of us have not ventured back to the imaginary worlds of our childhood in quite a long time, the De la Torre Brothers are racking up incalculable frequent-flier miles, creating alternative universes that still deal in earthly matters. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frequent-flier was in 1978

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Cite this Entry

“Frequent-flier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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