Jfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 294 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 512 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?
TWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3048 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 438 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.
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