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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Soon to be holding my JD from UT Law, interviewed with a firm that would give me the possibility of flying to Moscow quarterly, what frequent flyer program could I most benefit from getting to Moscow? I would be responsible for booking my own flights and will be reimbursed after I file an expense report. Currently, living near AUS, but will relocate near ORD for the office of the firm and access of the airport. I am Gold status at AA now, doesn't help that AA doesn't go farther than FCO. Any advice or suggestions?

Thanks in AAdvance!
AA77jr

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User currently offlineLtbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

Remember partnerships with the AmericanAAdvantage Program! You could take, for example, AA ORD-LHR and BA LHR-SVO. Go to the AA website and check out the partner airlines with their FF program. Another alternative is with Delta. You could travel DL from ORD to AMS (Amsterdam) and KLM to Moscow or DL to CDG (Paris) and AF to Moscow. If as an attorney on a long international flight, you will probably be entitled to First Class or Biz Class travel and you will get great points acculmation (1.5 or 2 times coach points). One note: You won't get any points on BA from the USA airports also served with non-stop service by AA. Double check AA's AAdvantage program on the AA.com website as to that issue.

User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days ago) and read 3127 times:

Join any SkyTeam FFP, they tend to have more generous rules about mileage/segment awards than OW. I'd suggest either Air France or KLM - you'd get much better inflight service than with DL.

User currently offlineAlektoronto From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

I would STRONGLY suggest the AA/BA combination because BA service is very good and mainly because BA and Swiss are curently the only airlines flying into DME - Domodedovo airport.
Believe me - SVO Sheretmeyevo Airport is one of the worst airports in the world and customs there alone can take 2 hours. Very frustrating after flying a long way. In comparison DME is modern, user friendly and customs much quicker. Using DME you will be at your hotel in taking a shower while you could still be in line at SVO.

hope that helps!
Alek


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

In comparison DME is modern, user friendly and customs much quicker.

9 out of 10 Chechen suicide bombers prefer security at DME over the one at SVO.


User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

I have heard SVO is very old compared to DME. I just recentally started doing research on both airports and carriers that fly into both from JFK or EWR. So with AF I could do ORD-CDG-DME?

User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3021 times:

Aa777jr,
AFAIK Air France flies to SVO. If you insist on DME, then consider SWISS. The catch with BA is: getting from DME across the Atlantic. There are two flights a day, BA873/BA875 both departing late afternoon/evening, which makes it impossible to connect.


User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2973 times:

Too bad AA doesn't fly to Russia!!!



User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3008 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

I never understood why more American carriers aren't serving Moscow!!! Moscow is becoming a huge and important city in Europe. Delta is the only one serving Moscow out of US carriers, and I have to say that they are doing very well. Their flights are mostly full. My next flight with DL SFO-JFK-SVO and back is after tomorrow!! I can't wait!

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

Well, CO will start flying EWR-DME in 2006, so you will eventually be able to do ORD-EWR-DME, but until that time, you would have to connect in AMS to KL, with a routing of ORD-EWR-AMS-SVO. I would probably say that it would be most convenient to do AA/BA until CO's route starts up.

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