Kl911 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2003, 5500 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2308 times:
Forgive me for asking, but my experience is that working as a business travel consultant my American clients are very focused on FF miles, often limiting my options to give them a good flight..... Europeans also, but not often.
Question is : Why is FF so important in the US, while in Europe we choose the cheapest flight, or the quickest connection over FF miles?
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
Well, my only experience is with CO miles and BA miles. BA miles are extremely stingy - they only give you what you paid FULL PRICE for, otherwise 25%. CO accredit full mileage which meant I've had 2 business class upgrades with CO and none with BA, despite similar total miles. And (so far) it has taken 5 months to get Emirates miles added to my BA account (still yet to be added).
Much as I would like to collect miles, it seems extremely hard to do in Europe. Somebody please enlighten me as to how I should be doing it (and don't say pay full Y price).
Levg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1008 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2114 times:
Well, when you're booking an airfare in the US, you usually get the same airfare on the same route from different carriers. Sometime there's a price difference of about $5-10. In that case, it does not make much sense to go for the cheaper fare if you have an opportunity to earn some miles...
Just checked on orbitz.com:
A round trip JFK-LAX-JFK non stop on a random date brought the following results:
UA - $222
AA - $222
HP - $222
US - $269
DL - $282
AS - $660
I would definitely not opt for AS no matter of which FF program they offer. However, I would probably choose UA because I already have some miles accrued with them. Just my $0.02 on the subject
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Icarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
I'm used to fly with Air france (coach section) for my work and I can earn a lot of miles, most of the time with extra bonus.
For example : CDG - STR - CDG - 2000 miles + 1000 miles as a bonus.
When I go to south of France, even with the cheapest fare, I also earn miles.
For example : CDG or ORY - MPL and back - 500 miles.
So I do not think it is so difficult to earn miles, at least with Air France.
But by experience, I know it is not that easy with other airlines like SAS for example.
I did twice CDG - CPH - CDG.
With AF, I earned 3000 miles but only 1500 with SAS.