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User currently offlineJfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 350 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 833 times:

I hope this is the proper forum -- none of the others seemed appropriate.

I found out 3 days ago that I need to head to London this week. I'll be flying Virgin Atlantic (VS) on 744s each way, from IAD-LHR-IAD.

The problem is frequent flyer miles. I have accounts and mileage with most major US carriers, notably UA, US, DL, TW, CO. Any time I've flown other airlines, they have been partners of one of those airlines, so I can earn in one of my existing accounts. For instance, South African is a DL partner, so I just give them my DL FF number and I earn DL miles for an SA flight.

Unfortunately, Virgin doesn't have any of the airlines I listed above as partners, but it does have those airlines' partners as partners. For instance, on VS I can earn miles in an HP (America West) FF account. When I fly HP, I earn miles in my TW account because they're a partner.

So, could I earn TW miles on a VS flight, because the partnership is VS->HP->TW? Similarly, VS is partners with some of the Star Alliance airlines, like SQ, Austrian, and SAS, but not UA (where I have my account).

Hmm, would I be best off starting an SQ FF account, earning my VS miles on that, then considering it part of my UA miles, since I can combine miles from Star Alliance partners when using awards?

Justin

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User currently offlineBlujaay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 820 times:

Are you sure that you can combine Star Alliance points from one carrier to another when requesting a reward?

Also CO code-shares flights with VS, check to see how thier partnership works out and who knows you could maybe get CO points out of this...

bLuJaay


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 812 times:

Air New Zealand's Airpoints will of course work with Star Alliance, and also with Virgin Atlantic and SAA... Great programme (especially for us NZers!)


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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 790 times:

Fyi....you CANNOT COMBINE Star Alliance FFM,

I called UA not to long ago and they verified that for me.

i.e. 30000 miles on UA cannot be combined with 50.000 miles on LH for a 80.000 miles C-class ticket.

Vasco



User currently offlineJfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 766 times:

Thanks for the advice. While it CO might code-share with VS, it appears I can't earn CO miles on a VS flight, based on this page on CO's site:

http://www.onepass.com/partners.htm

Hmm, I guess I might have to write off this one. Or maybe I'll join VS's club and hope I fly them in the future.

Justin



User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3122 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 759 times:

The Star Alliance thing is easy you guys. Just put your LH flights into a UA account. It works. I have DL miles in my UA account. LH miles go into your account. Do not have accounts with different Star members, but just the one you fly most often, then you can put all the other ones into the same occount.

-TWA902fly
Chicago Illinois



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