N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2678 posts, RR: 18 Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 930 times:
I think that Northwest/KLM WorldPerks is a good program to use.
The miles never expire
The reward levels are set low
The premier status is easy to get (silver, gold, platnum) Silver at 25,000 miles (this includes unlimited first-class upgrades).
If you live in DTW you can set up your Farmer Jack's "Bonus Savings Club Card" for every dollar that you spend at the grocery store, you get 1 bonus mile.
Switch to Sprint, get miles.
Use earthlink ISP, get miles.
In DTW, "picture! picture!" club. Go to any CVS/pharmacy and get your pics developed, bonus miles here too.
friendly personalized service on the phone.
Use VISA card, get miles.
Rent car with hertz, get miles.
You can use the miles on KLM, which is a great world-class airline.
The thing that really turns me off to others is that the miles expire. Although i do under stand that they dont at UAL, either.
B737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 881 times:
how come you only needed this one flight for a free ticket ?
I'm not a member of Qualifier but a StarAlliance and soon Skyteam member and I am under 22 too. Do these airlines offer something like this too ?? What's it called ??
Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 879 times:
AirTran's program is good. One free flight, or 4 business class upgrades for 6 round trips in coach, three in business. One free ticket in the US on other airlines with 12 roundtrips in coach, 6 in business. The only bad part is that the points expire 1 year after the flight, but the rewards are good.
Waggingtail From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 867 times:
oneworld / AA is really the most flexible and giving access to cathay pacific allows the passenger to experience the best possible inservice available at this point in time...sleeper beds and asian hospitality along with the sophisticated cuisine and wine list allow an adventure for new and jaded passengers alike...
finnair is slightly different but equal to an aesthetic certain travellers appreciate...BA is of course a standard ///
AA is trying hard to catch up with their colleagues but after all it is a cultural circumstance...
Banfield From Austria, joined Jul 2000, 23 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 855 times:
BSL is right, I also had good experiences with Qualiflyer, but I had to change to Star Alliance (I am Austrian and they changed form Qualiflyer to Star Alliance).
With Star Alliance you have
two different types of miles,
if you can get a free flight there are a lot of times where you are not allowed to fly
if you have forgotten to say that aou are member you have to send your boarding card (of course) AND the copy of the ticket
the miles can not be used for your partner
With Qualiflyer I could use the miles whenever I wanted and could make a trip with my partner.
With Star Alliance everything is more complicated. They have a lot of foot-notes..
Congretulations to Qualiflyer for the better service
Adam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 844 times:
I think CO Onepass, NW Worldperks and TW Aviators are the best in the US as far as elite privleges go. Like I am a NW Worldperks Silver Elite member, I have gotten unlimited free upgrades about 3/4 the time, on CO and NW, this is on domestic flights. TW also has this, but they have a better way of giving you elite status, they go by either how much money you spend with them, or how many transatlantics you have done, or the usual miles, or the usual segments. About a month ago I was thinking of switching the airline I fly, but if you are an Elite member with either UA, AA or DL, you have to earn upgrades which kind of confused me, thats why I am staying with NW Worldperks. The only downside to Worldperks is their agents are major as*holes. They keep tabs on you. I have encountered a few nice ones. If I was to recommend a ff program I would go with CO onepass, their agents do anything in their power to get you what you want, they treat you like you own the company and they are just great.
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1431 posts, RR: 21 Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 833 times:
I've got all my miles in Finnair Plus, it's a lovely little program that has a lot of perks with it. For example, points accrue per kilometer (get them 40% faster than miles ), there is a phone card number that comes on the back of your Finnair Plus card, you use it and then when you pay your phone card bill (the Telecard service is offered by Finnish telecom company Sonera) you get Plus points at the rate of 0.5 points per FIM spent (ie 2FIM=1 points).
Also when you buy duty-free products both on-board and on the ground in Helsinki, if you spend over 100FIM ($15.16) you get one point per FIM spent. The same thing occurs when you spend over 100FIM at any of the restaurants at Helsinki Airport.
20,000 points is all you need for a free round-trip flight ticket within Finland, and for an amount I don't remember (below 20,000 points) you can get a free Silja Line cruise between Helsinki and Stockholm.
Very nice little program if you ask me
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.