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User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1050 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3043 times:

Why do people flying from the UK to the US always fly BA/AA? Don't they realize they won't get the points/miles from AA? Always baffles me. If they are ff flyers, they would do so much better on either CO thru EWR, or NWA/KLM thru AMS

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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

It all depends on where you live. Out west flying BA will get you FF miles on Alaska, and until this month America West. I agreed it doesn't make an sense for an AA FF to fly BA. America West FF also got miles on Virgin, so we had the best of both worlds. With Alaska you also get miles on American, NW, CO, and DL.

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3701 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3012 times:

Quoting Nwafflyer (Thread starter):
Why do people flying from the UK to the US always fly BA

Because they are better than NW, CO, DL, < insert bankrupt US carrier that charges for booze >  Wink



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User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

NW does not charge for booze, and CO is not bankrupt -- and I do not understand why a BA ff flyer will tolerate the loss in points if they fly on AA

User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

and AA does charge for booze

User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

Yep, so let's skip AA -- they're the most arrogant carrier out there, my least favorite airline

User currently offlineCrox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 305 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3003 times:
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Hi,

As a UK resident that normally only flies across the "Pond" for holidays, ie; someone that does not qualify for points/miles, we tend to choose on price rather than gaining miles and upgrade.

Personally I have flown across the Atlantic on nearly 20 occasions, and, in that time I have flown AA twice, and, have not flown BA at all. The rest of the times have been shared between, Virgin, US, Continental, United and NWA.

Myself, I fly according to price first alongside convenience, then service, but least of all free miles.

Andy



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User currently offlineOzvirginuk From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 396 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2979 times:

As a staff member for the only UK rival to BA on transatlantic from London, I can assure you that people don't always fly BA/AA otherwise we'd have gone out of business.

I do support your comments about the stingy nature of points earning (especially in Y) on most oneworld carriers. Prior to joining VS I was (and still am) a UA mileage plus premier exec (S/A gold) as UA give miles for EVERYTHING, even Ted flights. VS Flying club is also VERY generous, minimum miles is 100% in economy and a whopping 125% for Y,B classes on USA routes. (not 25% like you get from a certain other british carrier on cheap Y seats!)

Quoting Crox1 (Reply 6):
Myself, I fly according to price first alongside convenience, then service, but least of all free miles.

I dare say that you are not alone there, price is one the most important factors for the holidaymaker, but I think you should seriously consider joining an FF and sticking to an airline that you like, once you have a few trips up your sleeve, the rewards can be pretty good.

Ozvirginuk


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