Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2461 times:
It depends on what you're looking for. Do you want lots of free flights? Lots of international destinations? Or just upgrades? Simplicity?
If you want simplicity and lots of free flights, then WN is clearly your choice. Fly 8 round-trips, get one free. No capacity controls or anything like that. WN used to have a promotion where if you booked your trips online, you got double credit, but I think they've stopped this. I've also heard that if you book with your WN credit card you get double credit as well, but I'm not sure here. In any event, you can fly 8 round-trips on WN's shortest route (which I think is AUS-HOU), and redeem your voucher for any WN flight, whether it's HOU-MCO, LAX-BWI, anything. The drawbacks are that WN doesn't fly to as many destinations as other carriers, has no international service, and of course there are no upgrade possibilities. In addition, your flight credit all has to be earned within a 12-month period. They focus on the truly "frequent" flyer.
Of course, if you want upgrades, international flights, etc., the majors will be better for you. I am currently Gold on AAdvantage, and the perks are pretty good. I only wish you could use your upgrades on trans-atlantic and trans-pacific flights. In any event, AA is good about rewarding its most frequent flyers. Platinum and Executive Platinum have great perks, including unlimited upgrades for Executive Platinum. Of course, that can soak up a lot of the upgrades that would normally be used for lower-tier flyers like myself, but that's part of the game.
I am currently a member of FF programs at AA, CO, WN, DL, and US, and I am more devoted to AA than any other. I love WN as well, but being from Dallas, I am limited as to what I can use them for. From my perspective, then, AA has the best program.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6393 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2449 times:
If you're just looking for straight forward meat and potatoes frequent flier programs, I LOVE southwest airlines rapid rewards. Simple as hell - 8 roundtrips in a year, and you get a free one ANYWHERE they fly. Sure, no upgrades or partners or anything, but they get you where you need to go. But boy, I miss those Double Credit days when if you booked online, you only needed 4 r/t flights to get a free one...ah, those were the days
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3720 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
BA is not for you if you are discount Y traveller. However I am willing to stick with BA, there are plenty of ways to earn miles (despite lack of mileage runs).
The British Airways Amex card is also superb, spend £15,000, £17,500 or £20,000 depending on which tier you have and you get a companion voucher. Next time you redeem miles book using the voucher and you get an identical ticket for the free. I'm taking my girlfriend to South Africa in First on that....gotta be a good deal
As the previous poster says though, if you are an infrequent Y traveller on cheap fares.....fuggedabadit
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23585 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2382 times:
Of the U.S. majors, I'd say that NW is the best. They have the most generous mileage accrual rules of any major, and once you make Elite, the DC-9s mean mainline service and the ability to upgrade even to smaller cities. NW and CO are also in better financial shape than the other U.S. majors now, and the ability to earn miles on Skyteam, CM, JL, HA, and others is really nice.
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