ClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4579 posts, RR: 24 Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1685 times:
If you're flying on any airline, you may as well join the FF programme if it is free. A lot of them have no points expiry and you might find yourself being able to use them someday.
At the same time, you should pick an airline to be loyal to and fly them whenever you're flying. You earn points on the one account and get other bonuses and the like as well.
As I'm Australian, I'm with Qantas. This year, I've redeemed a Sydney to Los Angeles flight and a London to Vancouver flight (on partner airline British Airways). All I paid was taxes, so about $300, saving me well over $6,000.
I'd recommend getting a credit card that is affiliated with your airline of choice. My parents use American Express and never used any of their points in over 20 years. As such, they told me to go ahead and use them - that was 50,000 points at a one for one ratio, more than the amount needed for SYD-LAX one way in Economy. It is worth it. My own credit card is two for one, so not as good, but I still put the points in my FF account.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
CX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 291 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1656 times:
I second Classiclover. Join milage programmes for a number of airlines. I'm not a very frequent flyer but have CX, UA and NW membership - in other words, Oneworld, Star and Skyteam. I hate flying UA and NW, but their milage programmes are fairly generous. I have 20k UA miles which will get me from Sydney to just about anywhere in the South Pacific on NZ. You don't need a lot of miles to get a free flight. Don't be intimidated by the snobs on airnet who brag about their super-platinum VIP status; get what you can out of your FF programme and choose which airline to join carefully. ie it's uselss to have both CX and AA when they are both in oneworld and you can earn and spend more or less interchangably.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3691 posts, RR: 29 Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1640 times:
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 1): I'd recommend getting a credit card that is affiliated with your airline of choice. My parents use American Express and never used any of their points in over 20 years. As such, they told me to go ahead and use them - that was 50,000 points at a one for one ratio, more than the amount needed for SYD-LAX one way in Economy.
Wow, I know MR is a bad programme but 20yrs of all payments for a oneway SYD-LAX eek!
Anyway, here's my question. I intend to leisure-fly twice on Continental in the next year or so:
Should I sign up for their f/f prgram too?
Should I get a Continental Credit Card and start putting the groceries on it?
Should I just forget it and relax?
Yep, sign up to OnePass, fly DL, NW and CO whenever possible (unless fares are insane) and credit it to your OnePass account. Get the CO credit card and charge everything to it, you'll be surprised at how fast it all adds up.
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
Atnight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 600 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1630 times:
Being a FF, I do recommend you signing up for the Onepass program and keep your United as well.... with those two programs, you pretty much have covered all major airlines in the US, with AA the exception, but in most domestic destinations AA isn't the cheaper one, so you won't be needing to worry.... As a note to getting a credit card with Continental, let me tell you this, I made my fiancee join CO's Onepass 3 years ago and even though she didn't fly that often (around 3 or 4 trips a year) I helped her stick to Continental whenever she flew....I also told her to get the Credit card.... in just 3 years, she has got around 50,000 from the credit card plus over 100,000 from Continental... So you see, those miles do add up and you can use them for free tickets (just pay the taxes) among other things.....
BTW, how long will you be in GYE? Would that be your first time going to GYE or not? You will really like the city, hope you have a great time in Ecuador... (most airport in Ecuador are great for spotting, if you are into taking aircraft photos)..
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3149 posts, RR: 8 Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1599 times:
Actually, I wouldn't recommend getting an airline card. Instead, get the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express. It's only $30 per year, you earn 1 StarPoint per $1 in card purchases, and you can transfer StarPoints to airline miles with most major US and a few international airlines at a ratio of 1 StarPoint to 1 airline mile (for Americans, the biggest exception is United, where it takes 2 StarPoints to get 1 Mileage Plus mile). Plus, if you transfer 20,000 StarPoints at once, Starwood throws in an extra 5,000 points, so you actually get 25,000 airline miles. You're also not tied to any one airline -- right now you have almost enough miles for a domestic round trip ticket on UA, so you could easily use StarPoints to top that off to get to the 25,000. Before I signed up for the card, I was considering the American Express Blue Sky card, where you redeem points for a discount on travel purchases, but while searching around on the FlyerTalk Forums for opinions on the card, I noticed a lot of people with high opinions on the Starwood card.
Oh and yes, definitely sign up for OnePass, and be sure to use it whenever you fly CO, DL, NW, or any of their other partners.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8818 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1519 times:
For my Delta SkyMiles, I keep everything in a huge Excel spreadsheet. It (scarily) has every single little transaction that has ever happened to my SkyMiles account. One click and I can pull up how many miles I earned, how many elite miles flown, etc. That way, I've got all the information right at my fingertips.
As for knowing how much gets me where, it's pretty easy to find on airline's web sites. Here in the states, it's generally 25,000 r/t for a Saver award ticket, 50,000 miles r/t for an anytime ticket in coach. First class is normally about 45,000/90,000 miles, international travel varies by region and airline.