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User currently offlineCrazyboi From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1248 times:

I'm curious...

I usually fly Star Alliance and have a lot of miles with United. But I rarely fly United... I just get United miles for my segments on AirNZ or Singapore or whoever.

My question is: couldn't you sign up with, say, 5 different frequent flier programs within the same alliance and then get credit for each of those programs whenever you flew? In other words, 5 times the miles?

When you make a reservation, do airlines/agents accept multiple frequent flier memberships? Within the same alliance?




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User currently offlineNickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1208 times:

No, you can only receive credit in one program for any one flight. However, if you have an itinerary with, for example, four segments in it, you could credit a flight to four programs. IE Each program would receive credit for one flight. It is because of this rule that there is a delay after you send in your boarding pass for mileage credit if it does not post correctly. The airline wants to check and make sure that you have not received credit in another program. The only situation in which it is possible to receive credit in more than one program is if, because of some form of irregular operations, you end up on another airline. For example, if you are booked on DL, but end up on AA, you could give AA your AAdvantage number and send DL a copy of your AA boarding pass requesting credit for the flight you should have taken. This is the only form of "double-dipping" that I know of. In the past, it was possible to earn both AA and US miles on selected US Shuttle flights.

User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Just think about that for a second. It wouldn't be a great system for the airlines if people were earning 500% miles on every flight, would it? Any alliance that allowed that would be out of their minds.

As for crediting each segment of a multi-segment trip to a different program, I wouldn't bother with that. Better to get all the miles into one place, so that you can redeem them faster.


User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

The airlines CAN and DO frequently compare records to check their FFP members aren't 'double dipping' (ie, claiming miles for the same flights on two account). I have been witness to one gentleman have his account closed permanently and his 500,000 miles voided due to being a 'double dipper'. DON'T do it! It isn't worth it!



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User currently offlineCrazyboi From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1145 times:

Cheers! Thx for the info.

That's what I'd sorta figured. It's a shame, because I have 120-some thousand miles with United and all I want is the occasional long-haul upgrade. But you can't upgrade between Star Alliance airlines, so my miles just sit.




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User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

Isn't about time that the Alliance leaders organised frequent flyer points to be held in trust for derivation on any of that alliance's airlines?

This would mean that if a member airline went out of business then pax would not lose their points and the alliance would not get a bad name.


User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1132 times:

Exactly, Richardw. when Ansett closed, I, like many others, had confirmed bookings - complete with faxed confirmation and seat allocation - for award flights on Star Alliance carriers (some booked months previously). Naturally, the minute Ansett sadly folded, these wonderful Alliance partners washed their hands of any confirmed bookings - including, in some cases, bookings where tickets were held. Oh, SQ, as an example, did offer me a "special discounted" rate for the flights I had already been confirmed on to London.... and the rate offered was more expensive that their normal full Business Class fare!!

Of course, that is their choice.

Just as mine is to no longer patronise any Star Alliance carrier. And I only fly J Class, so who loses most?? Fortunately, I have many acquaintances who also fly frequently on premium fares, and it is my pleasure to acquaint them with the Star Alliance policy. Happily, they have all followed my example.
Cheers
Bill




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