Nwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3179 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
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3175 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.
Crox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 306 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3139 times:
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.
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Ozvirginuk From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 396 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3115 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.