NRT1011 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 11616 times:
I'm a Star Alliance fan having been a member of Air Canada's frequent flier program for many years. Obviously there are times when I fly One-World e.g. Cathay and Qantas, so I've built up miles there too.
I've recently been using up some of my Star Alliance miles to fly Thai from Narita to Bangkok. At only 20,000 air miles (economy and 30,000 business) it's a real deal for an almost 7 hour flight. I also have NW miles and they're the same at 20,000 miles
Last week I tried to book this flight using my American miles (I have 38,000) and the web system told me I didn't have enough. A quick call to American confirmed I needed 40,000 miles for NRT-BKK. Imagine my surprise!!!
Is this universal? Are One-World Miles not as good as Star Alliance Miles?????
Anxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 11609 times:
Each airline have their own FF programs. It's a subject from every airline. Alliances are just an association of carriers.
Anyway, I prefer the OneWorld/SkyT airlines over Star, but this is only my personal point of view.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7623 posts, RR: 38 Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 11583 times:
All I can say is NW Worldperks/KLM FlyingDutchman...
50,000 miles for a free economy ticket between North America and Europe
60,000 miles for a free economy ticket between North America and Asia
And do I need to mention that the miles don't expire?
NRT1011 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 11534 times:
I know United is in Star Alliance, as is ANA to get to BKK. However after giving my daughter and her boyfriend 120,000 miles, I'm now out of Star Alliance miles. I do have 50,000 NW miles so it's on to them I guess.
One more One World flight to get me to my 40,000 and then it's Sayonara One World - thanks for playing!
Paul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 11533 times:
Hands down Star Alliance is much better than Oneworld. I have a BA Exec Blue Card and have flown about 30 times over the last 4 years with them. I have never recieved a statement or letter from BA in these 4 years. What the hell are they playing at!
I hear that your miles become obsolete if you do not Their lower tier status earns you jack all. What's the point in flying with an airline that does not even let you know how many miles you may or may not have?!!!! I think BA is a fantastic airline however they need to improve their Exec Club to attract me to their Long Haul routes.
I also have an Aeroplan Silver and received 6 upgrade certificates, four lounge passes and a monthly statement. However when I was a normal aeroplan member I still got annual statements and loads of Air Canada and Star Alliance news and offers, which I actually used!
Star Alliance gives you such a good choice of operaters when flying long haul. On the LHR-SYD route which I do regularly, one can chose from;
Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air
Air New Zealand
Its fantastic to have so many carriers to chose from. They are all unique in their own way and offer a wide range of Service Products to accommodate the most demanding of travellers. They cater for the needs of their customers and that is so important in Air Travel. In any Business for that matter! Also StarAll's airlines are normally cheaper than BA, Qantas and Cathay Pacific on the same routes.
The Star Alliances consortium is first rate and rewards travellers alot more than OneWorld.
This is just from my experience, so easy on the hate threads from One World die hards.
Paul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11485 times:
Whatever the current state of affairs financially wise, I still feel Star Alliance is a better consortium than One World. Yes, admitidly the financial status of the airlines is important and hats off to BA for their prudent planning over the last couple of years. I hope BA, who are clearly one of the Biggest and Best in the Industry continue to thrive because I would like to work for them in 3 years time, after I graduate!
Aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6749 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11452 times:
Quoting Avek00 (Reply 6): Remember, all but 1 of the Star Western Hemisphere members operates under creditor protection...
The moral of the story is never get your ticket printed on their stock if you can avoid it. If you have a round-the-world ticket get it put on one of the profitable star carriers that you are flying on. At least you won't lose everything if one of them goes under. You don't want to be stuck on the wrong IATA plate that's for sure.