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When you book a paid flight with an airline, you typically have a choice of where to credit the points or miles you’ll earn, especially if the airline is in one of the three major alliances.
In most cases, you can either credit the miles from the flight to the operating carrier or one of its alliance or non-alliance partners. For example, you might be able to earn miles with Air France-KLM Flying Blue when you fly with Delta Air Lines. Or, you could possibly credit the flight to one of Delta’s other SkyTeam or non-alliance partners’ frequent-flyer programs, like Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.
That said, the number of points you’ll earn with one of these partners