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Should I Join A Frequent Flyer Program?  
User currently offlineAH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Hi,

Well...here's the deal, I'm not really a frequent flyer! I have a flight booked this summer with IB to ALG from MIA. So, I'm thinking of maybe joining Iberia Plus, which obviously entitles me to other OW carriers mileage accrual. I usually, at the least, fly every winter and summer to long-haul destinations. I know I'm not a frequent flyer but it feels just like a waste to let the mileage for flights I am taking just not count.

Joining is free so I won't be losing money or anything, but do you guys think it's worth it?

Also, if I do join, the flight to ALG has been booked since Jan. If I join now I can still get mileage for this flight, right?

Thanks in advance for any info/feedback!

Cheers,
Imad


Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Two words: why not.

Go for it!



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User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

If you do, find a FFP whose miles don't expire. Sometimes that means a free ticket or not:

One time, my dad was booking a flight for me on Delta. I had 22.5k miles on my WorldPerks account, but my dad accidently signed me up for SkyMiles. The trip was only like 2k miles so I didn't mind. My flight was canceled so Delta gave me an extra 500 miles. 22.5k plus 2.5k equals....25K, a free ticket. But it went to my DL account  Sad. DL's miles expire too, so I'm a little far from that ticket.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4051 times:

No reason why not. 99.9% of the FFP out there are free to sign up, so it doesn't cost you anything. If you're flying twice a year long-haul, they'll add up pretty quick.

I'm currently in a ton of FFPs but only really use three of them - DL (have about 110k miles in there), US (about 20k miles) and AA (about 10k miles). I have a handful of points (less than 1000 or 1 credit) on my FL, NW, CO and BA accounts. No real need to have a ton of FFPs - I just focus on DL, AA and right now US (as soon as I get 25k miles, I'm cashing those for a ticket on UA and dumping US for UA as my Star Alliance FFP) and they add up.


User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4046 times:

Yeah, why not? I am current an FF on several airlines I do not even fly regularly.  Smile


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4039 times:



Quoting JetBlueAUS (Reply 4):
Yeah, why not? I am current an FF on several airlines I do not even fly regularly.

Ditto.

I'm a member of:
Midwest Miles - I fly these guys
Continental OnePass - Flew these guys before signing up and am ticked off, but oh well
Virgin America eleVAte - Just so I can be a Founding Member

The advantage of the Midwest Miles and Continental OnePass program is that using Amtrak Guest Rewards, you can transfer miles between the two in 5k increments. Problem is, if I were to fly NW, I'd have to decide which program to use, as both codeshare with NW.



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User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4031 times:

You definitely should.

Airlines already compensate for any free tickets or products bought with air miles in your ticket price. That means, if you don't earn any miles with a frequent flyer program, you are giving the airlines some extra money... you wouldn't want that now... would you?

I also agree with the other responses, try to find the frequent flyer program where your miles last the longest.

Regards,
Globetraveller


User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4014 times:

I suggest you go to webflyer, you can compare the programs, see what works best for you.

Dave



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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1021 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3976 times:

Yes, definately sign up. The very first time I flew I decided not to sign up for a frequent flyer program, telling myself I wouldn't be flying very much anyway. That turned out to be a big mistake. As it turned out I ended up flying on United quite a bit after that, and mostly transcons. I did eventually join MilesPlus, but if I'd joined before that first flight I'd definately have enough miles for a free flight by now.

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3972 times:

If worse comes to worst, and you don't accrue enough miles to cash in, at least you can donate them to a charity at let them use them. Most non-profits that need them for their recipients can combine them, so every little bit can help.

I've done that twice with UA and US miles...I rarely get the opportunity to fly, and my choice is almost always what's cheapest. I'm a member with ExpressJet, and I'm actually getting ready to use mine - imagine, only 42 years old and I'm getting a free FF trip!!  laughing 



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User currently offlineAH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3962 times:

Hi,

Thanks for all the feedback guys!  Smile

Cheers,
Imad



Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3959 times:



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 3):
as soon as I get 25k miles, I'm cashing those for a ticket on UA and dumping US for UA as my Star Alliance FFP

Best decision of your life  Wink



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3951 times:



Quoting Boston92 (Reply 11):
Best decision of your life Wink

Already getting 10k UA miles next week simply for graduating from college (when I told my friend who's a UA 2P that's graduating next month, he was quite excited - and he gets it next year too since he'll get his masters then; 5 year program gets you a Masters in Accounting).

Since I'm planning on moving to LAS after graduating, I figure I'll be on UA a decent bit going through LAX, or crediting my US miles to UA (although with US downgrading LAS, I might be doing the 40 minute hop to SoCal a bit...)


User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3951 times:

100% its free and can reward you


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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

Some programs are really good. I was in Finnair's program and regularly got upgrades and all sorts of gifts.

I'm currently with BA and I'm not impressed. I fly twice a month with them (intercontinental) and still don't feel I'm getting anywhere. If 1airmile = 1 pound it would cost me 10,000 pounds to upgrade to J class one way  Sad


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1688 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3898 times:



Quoting Babybus (Reply 14):
I'm currently with BA and I'm not impressed. I fly twice a month with them (intercontinental) and still don't feel I'm getting anywhere. If 1airmile = 1 pound it would cost me 10,000 pounds to upgrade to J class one way

One of the best FFP in the UK is certainly Blue Diamond Club of Bmi: last time I flew a AMS-LHR-AMS return with them and got 4500 'destination' miles i.s.o. the usual 800, so some BD mileage-offers are really very good, if not the best in the Star-Alliance !!!

No, I'm not working for Bmi  Smile



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User currently offlineAH332 From Algeria, joined Mar 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

Hi,

I just joined AAdvantage and TrueBlue from JetBlue!

I'm flying B6 from FLL-JFK this summer. I was then contemplating either IB or AA, seeing as I'm flying IB to ALG this summer. I decided AA would be the better program.

Hope it works out well!

Cheers,
Imad



Bledi Heya Al Djazaeer! // Next Flights: AB MIA-DUS-ORY, AF ORY-MRS-ALG
User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 842 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3864 times:

I am a member of both Diamond Club and Virign Frequent Flyer .

I have a query regarding this too so sorry for hijacking the thread a little!!

I am booked LHR - SFO in Economy (ticket Economy Lowest) and LAX - LHR (Premium economy lowest) both booked through Virgin Holidays. Is there any difference in the benefits I would gain from using on FFP over the other - I have low miles at present and no status with either.

Any suggesstions greatfully received.!!



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User currently offlineBartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

keep in mind you can also earn on things other than the flights eg. Aeroplan @ Esso (exxon) gas station. 22 miles for 48 litres of gas, not alot, but i was buying that gas anyways. Also many FFPs have a credit card deal so every time you spend on anything at all anywhere you earn. many also have a signup bonus of like 15,000 for the credit card.

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