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Which US Frequent Flyer To Apply For?  
User currently offlineMindscape From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4009 times:

Hi everyone !

Newly based in NYC, I am about to apply for a US Frequent Flyer program, but really don't know which one to choose between CO, NW, AA, DL and UA.
May be some of u can give me some advice ? Which FFP enables to quickly reach the elite status, has a fair recognition policy towards Elite members (e.g. upgrade, lounge access), etc.
Thanks !

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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

Is your travel primarily domestic or international?


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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3995 times:

I would go for either DL, CO or NW. THey are part of Skyteam and you could get into each other's clubs if you are a member of one of them. I have seemed to be able to accrue miles pretty fast on NW...they seem to have a lot of promotions such as getting 1000 miles by checking in at NWA.com, etc.


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User currently offlineZonky From New Zealand, joined Nov 2004, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3983 times:

Join Air Canada's program. Fly mainly on UA/US.

(the logic behind this: UA/US *A gold don't get domestic lounge access in the USA. Air Canada's program is the easiest to achieve *A gold in of all the *A carriers.)

Depends what you want, of course. If lounge access is important....

[Edited 2005-08-08 17:19:26]

User currently offlineMindscape From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

Hi Zrs70,

Actually I will do both kind of travels, but for my international travels I aim to use my future US FFP for destinations such as US-Asia, US-South America, US-Canada... while I am using AF-KL FFP for transatlantic flights...


User currently offlineMindscape From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

Hi Zonky,

That sounds good, thanks for the tip !


User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

I say join Skyteam as you have 3 main US based choices for accrural--plus Alaska Airlines. Continental also floats alot of mileage accrural specials that you can take advantage of.


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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2365 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

Quoting Mindscape (Reply 4):
Actually I will do both kind of travels, but for my international travels I aim to use my future US FFP for destinations such as US-Asia, US-South America, US-Canada... while I am using AF-KL FFP for transatlantic flights...

If you have an AF-KL FF already, why join another Skyteam one? You should be able to get NW/DL/CO points on the AF one.


User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

hell, just apply to all of them!! i joined aa and ua's. but i think united will be my airline of choice(i have to get back i the air at some point though)

User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1558 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3807 times:

Hi, just my two cents but I'd go for UA, they give you FF miles for every booking class, not bad at all compared to some other airlines. Being a Mileage Plus member myself, I'm very satisfied with the service, especially with the mileage credit after each flight. Feel free to contact me if you choose UA, sometimes they have special promotions giving extra miles for new members enrolled by existing members...

Regards.



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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

If you travel US-Asia a lot, then you should pick UA, simply because they, with NW (covered by AF-KL), have the strongest networks between Asia and the US. I'm a UA Mileage Plus member myself, and I'm very happy with it.

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3727 times:

It all depends on where you off to, and what you want out of the program. Join NW as we do have one of the best progams where your not locked into a limited number of upgrades once you reach an elite level like on UA or AA. NWA also has the most number of FC seats on domestic narrow bodies (Airbus, and Dc9s all have 16 seats vs UA, AA, CO, DL which will have either 8 or 12) which means more chances to uprade. If your flying INTL, NW is part of SkyTeam and you can use your miles on ANY member of SkyTeam for anything form upgrading, reward tickets etc.


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User currently offlineN501US From United States of America, joined May 2005, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 3723 times:
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I vote for Skyteam...have had great ease going between NW and DL.

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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3715 times:

I put it in the wrong place - sorry everyone - its in the non-aviation area.


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