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Frequent Flyer Programs: Which Are The Best/worst?  
User currently offlinePoh2 From Venezuela, joined Oct 2003, 219 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5341 times:

Hello everybody!

I'm a bit curious on the way the different mileage programs work at different airlines. I'm a member of the SWISS frequent flyer program (TravelClub) which will soon be migrated into BA's Executive Club. I learned that BA's Exec Club only gives full miles/tier points for flights in which you pay the higher fares. Is this a common practice on other airlines? TravelClub gives you full miles, regardless of the fare you paid. How much do airlines (such as BA) expect you to pay in order to get your full miles?

On that same note, which frequent flyer program do you use and why? Obviously, it is more likely that you belong to the program of the airline which is nearest to you and offers the best connections. But if we could forget about that, which FFP would you choose? Which gives you the best rewards? Conversely, which is the worst?

Thanks for your input.

Best regards,

"Life is too short to take everything seriously."
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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5296 times:

I use United Mileage Plus because United has the best international and domestic network from Washington, DC, one of two cities where I live. Plus, I receive miles and my status is recognized on all of the Star Alliance airlines. United gives miles on all tickets, no matter how much you paid.

I believe there are surveys out there that rank Mileage Plus as one of the best frequent flyer programs. I've attached a link to a United press release touting even more enhancements to the program in 2004. http://www.united.com/press/detail/0,1442,51440,00.html

User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5191 times:

I am using the Skypass of Korean Air.


1. You get mileages on all tickets of Korean Air and it Skyteam members

2. Mileages are valid forever,even if you don't fly for a couple of years.

3. Skyteam has a good European and worldwide network.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

As a German resident I prefer LH's Miles & More, I also have the Miles & More Visa card, I get 1 Mile for every Euro I spend with the card.


User currently offlinePicarus From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 316 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5160 times:

Got to give kudos to United for it MP program. I like that I can earn miles regardless of the fare type. In addition, I earn a bonus miles because of my elite status and access to Star Alliance carrier's lounges and separate check-in. I also earn bonus miles on trans-Atlantic flights on LH. Nice touch.

I relinquished my miles in Delta's program after its ill-advised decision to award reduced miles for discounted fares. Same for Continental (and I presume NW to follow in the near future).

UA's far and away the best for my needs.


User currently offlineCO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5130 times:

COs OnePass retracted its statement on not offering full mileage on discount fares and will offer full mileage through 2004 at least.

There are too many self indulgent weiners in this town with too much bloody money" Randal Raines- Gone in 60 Seconds
User currently offlineManairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5107 times:

BA's Executive Club does only give mileage credit on higher fares. You get nothing for its cheapest fares. Whilst this practice is not common (many airlines giving miles for even the most deeply discounted fares) it does ensure that the exclusivity of the programme is maintained and that's why I prefer them.

User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1076 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5084 times:

Unless you are frequently flying Business Class all FF programs of the Oneworld alliance are useless (to avoid stronger words).

Go for any Star Alliance or Skyteam, any is better than any of Oneworld.

The Metro might be the Sub(optimal)way
User currently offlinePicarus From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 316 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5048 times:


Thanks...I wasn't aware that CO had rescinded this change. Good to know.


User currently offlineDaumueller From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

i prefer LH Miles&More too... it's harder to earn status there than in the other Star Programs but once you've got it, you're being treated like a king...

being a LH Star Gold member, there aren't many problems to be unresolved  Smile

any non-star program is not relevant for me, living in NUE which is only served properly by Star Alliance.

User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4966 times:

I belong to 3 ----- WN's Rapid Rewards, AAdvantage, and CO's OnePass.

Of the 3 I prefer Southwest's far and away.

It depends on what you want to do with your miles/credits.

If you wanted to vacation in Tierra Del Fuego or Tanzania, Rapid Rewards would not work.

If you are okay with being able to go places within the continental United States with a minimum of fuss or restrictions, Rapid Rewards puts all others to shame.

Every time I hit the 16th credit, they mail a ticket to my house. I get it out of the mailbox and put it on the mantle. Whenever I want to go someplace, I call and book a reservation. A very few blackout dates annually (usually around 4th of July, Labor Day, TGiving, XMas). If there is a seat on the plane, I get it. There are no capacity controls on Rapid Rewards rickets.

From out here in El Paso, the tickets are really nice for going to DC or NYC.

Right now there are 3 tickets on the mantle and another in the mail.....I passed 16 credits yesterday and have 3 1/2 towards another ticket.

User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2082 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4911 times:
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I have a UA Mileage Plus account as well, flew Air Canada a few weeks back and the mileage was credited to my UA account within 24 hours, no questions asked, and the flight was not booked through UA, directly thrgouh AC. I also have CO, which I have never had any problems with either. Both are good, but if you live outside the US, go for a Star Alliance card of some kind, doesn't matter through who, but you will defenatly be impressed.


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