What’s your favorite airline? If you’re like most Americans, a name popped in your head as soon as you read that question. If you can’t name just one, you can probably name two or three that you like.
Also like most Americans, it’s likely that you’re a member of your favorite airline’s rewards program. While rewards programs have a surprisingly long history (the first was launched in the 1800s), airlines have been the steady leaders and innovators in loyalty programs since 1981.
In a time when a lot of people are asking “I just need to get to point A from point B — how cheaply can I do it?” loyalty programs have been crucial to help airlines stand apart from their competitors and generate a legion of followers who choose that airline before any others.
The reasons for airline loyalty success fall into three categories:
- Lack of anxiety
- Creating a journey
Not only does an airline’s loyalty app provide members information about flight options or flight delays, it can even provide detailed information about luggage; Delta now sends out text alerts when members’ luggage has been loaded onto each leg of a flight.
Comfort can certainly be hard to come by on a flight, but many airlines allow loyalty members to earn seats with greater legroom or even earn seats in business or first class.
And, certainly, a flight is a journey in itself, but airline loyalty programs also create a clear, measureable, and compelling journey from one tier of membership to the next.
As you likely already suspect, loyalty programs are very successful for airlines. In fact, some loyalty programs are actually valued at more than the airlines themselves!
So, how can you use these airline innovations for your restaurant?
We’ve put together a free, on-demand webinar called “Look to the Skies: Airline Loyalty Innovations That Will Transform Your Restaurant” to answer that very question.
In the webinar, we dig deeper into just how airlines’ loyalty programs have made them so “sticky” for consumers. Then, we talk about how you can take the most successful elements of these loyalty programs and incorporate them into your own loyalty programs.