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Skyteam And Their FF Programmes  
User currently offlineLX23 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 347 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

With the new entrants coming in to Skyteam, it just sort of made me wonder... Is there any airline that you would consider better or worse in terms of their Frequent Flyer programmes? I mean this in terms of who gives you the most/least miles/upgrades/customer service, what experiences you have had with them, etc. I've looked about, and they all seemed to be similar.

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User currently offlineWhiskeyhotel From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

If you fly frequently to the states from Europe to the states, CO's onepass is a good program. In the summer, they often oversell LGW-IAH / EWR. As a Gold Elite, I was upgraded to BusinessFirst twice this summer on LGW-IAH when the flight was oversold. Beyond that, if you have connecting flights in the U.S. and are Onepass elite, free unlimited space-available upgrades on both CO and NW. Also, CO seems to free up lots of good standard reward seats for its elites...I just managed to snag two return flights from IAH-OGG (Kahului, Maui) for new years for just 70,000 total miles and $10.00 (their online reward calendar feature for bookings is very useful). CO is also amongst the best in transatlantic Y-class service for U.S. majors.

The only problem I've had with Onepass has come as a result of CO's entry into skyteam. It's probably just a result of CO's entry being so recent. When I called the OnePass service center a few days back (after sept 15th, though), no one could tell me what the qualification requirements were on CO for SkyTeam Elite Plus, and the awards reservations desk had difficulty searching for seats on AirFrance and CSA (as in, she couldn't access any info for those airlines). In all, though, it's a good program.


User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1140 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

I trust these problems are local to CO and will be overcome in no time. I just booked two award tickets MEX-CDG-LGW-MEX. I am a SkyMiles member, and thus called DL reservations. The guy easily checked all available routes (he started by AM/AF, who fly MEX-CDG non-stop) and thereafter immediately found available seats in CO (via IAH). He made the reservation, assigned seats, and everything - just like if it was a DL ticket and flight.

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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Well one of Star Alliance's huge advantages is that it has a huge Pacific presence with top notch airlines flying and who are known for excellent customer service. Many of the airlines' routes overlap each other so there are many options as far as departure times are concerned. Even if one looks at SQ alone, one can see their dominant route presence... throw TG and ANA in the mix along with UA's NRT feeders and LH's Pacific routes and there clearly is only one alliance choice in terms of vastness.

As far as FF programs are concerned, you're right, at the outset there may not be considerable difference between all of them. However, once your miles start accruing and it's time to redeem, the world is yours for the taking with Star Aliance route structure.



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User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1140 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

Er... Trickijedi... We are discussing SkyTeam... Not Star... Or, your point is...?

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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

I can't compare with others, since I only have CSA's OK Plus and it doesn't make much sense having more than one ffp from one alliance. I'm quite happy with the program, it's quite easy even for smeone who travel not too frequently to get the elite status and elite plus Gold card is fairly achievable as well. There are no "fees" for maintaining the account and the miles stay forever. Also, the rule for milage awareded is quite simple - all SkyTeam flights regardless of booking class i Y, plus bonuses for C and F.
On the other hand I find the mileage required for SkyTeam Award ticket disproportionate for certain continents. For example: for North America you need only 50.000 miles, but South America, SE Asia requires 80.000. RTW ticket costs 140.000 but ticket to Australia only costs 120.000, which makes it too "expensive" in comaprison with RTW. Interestingly, the most "expensive" regions are those with insuficient coverage by SkyTeam and lack of local partners - Australia, SE Asia, South America.


User currently offlineLX23 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 347 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

hmm...im thinking about joining one of them, and It will probably end up being either onepass or skymiles i guess...thanks for your input guys

User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1749 times:

I have DL skymiles. They are good and very generous. I have already 15.192 miles, and im getting some more in a trip to caracas with AV next winter. I will use those miles for a ticket to the US or Europe next summer.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7558 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1738 times:

NW worldperks is more generous then Onepass and Skymiles, and you get the benefits on the other airlines that you would otherwise, NW has a much better rewards program.


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User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1733 times:

I am platinum with NW, and that preference carries over easily to Continental and to KLM -- have not had much luck with Delta (although I do get mileage credit), but after 4 years with NW at platinum, will stick with them, and then see what the new alliance offers

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7617 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1735 times:

I am a long-time SkyMiles program member (silver status currently) and I am very happy with it. By the way, I am planning on using my actual miles (I have 62,000) to buy two round-trip tickets MEX-ORD for March 2005 and I found in the SkyTeam timetables a very convenient routing through IAH on CO all the way. However, the DL customer service representative told me that whereas 30,000 miles are sufficient to fly AM or DL planes in coach between the U.S. and Mexico return, in order to fly on CO metal I would need 35,000 miles (70,000 for the 2 tickets I need), so I need to fly via ATL. Is this correct? I am very surprised that CO's and DL's requirements are different. If any of you can confirm I would really appreciate.


Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1694 times:

I was under the impression that we were discussing Skyteam FF programs compared to others. This line did it...With the new entrants coming in to Skyteam, it just sort of made me wonder... Is there any airline that you would consider better or worse in terms of their Frequent Flyer programmes?


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineSspontak From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

I just had a good experience with Delta SkyMiles. I already had a Delta roundtrip Award Ticket from JFK to Honolulu for April 2005. The only problem is it is all midweek travel. This is the only thing I could find.

In hopes of getting weekend travel instead, I checked Continental's website and I found available week end flights. I called Delta and they said that Continental does not codeshare for the itineray I found. I then checked the Northwest web-site. They actually had available weekend JFK-HNL and return HNL to LGA. That worked for me so I called back Delta and they confirmed me on this NWA itinerary. They booked it so easily and I immediately got a confirmation email. The only thing is that I do not see the itineray in the Delta web-site which I do like to have available. Also, Delta does not assign Northwest seats. This is a drawback, but I would rather have more availability of seats, especially to Hawaii and Europe. Go SkyTeam. I sure like it.



Go Delta!
User currently offlineChgoflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

Delta Skymiles is the best. Continental does not allow early booking for business class and NWA never has inventory but are always heavy in attitute. The DL agents are in Atlanta or Montreal and do a great job securing FF seats!


Will someone please wake me up in 4 years
User currently offlineAzmd80 From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

I'm a AF rouge frequence plus member and a AZ millemiglia member.

In my opinion the best one is AF good reservation system and good extra benefit. By now I've about 80.000 miles and at the end of october i 'll fly in EZE in business (another 30.000 miles) anz LUX (about 8.000).

I'm also millemiglia member becouse I'm italian and there are many way to earn point with affiliate non airline member (credit card, bank, shops, telephon bill , etcc). I give my millemiglia card only one times a year to mantain the miles and earn miles with other benefit. I've about 40.000 miles by now.

I've red on a past forum that OK program is the best in skyteam.

L410turbolet, in my opinion the miles requirement of skyteam is pretty tghe same as the others (oneworld and star), even if these have a better coverage in asia and sa.



User currently offlineLX23 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 347 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Thanks for all the replies guys

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