eddgge
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Your Opinion About Freq. Flyer Programs?

Tue Sep 11, 2001 4:09 pm

Hi

I am a member of SAS Euro Bonus frequent flyer program. SAS is a member of Star Alliance, so are also Thai Airways intl.
I often fly with Thai and I ALWAYS show my Euro Bonus card at the check-in! But when I come home and check my account status my Thai points is always missing! So I then have to send in a copy of my ticket and boarding card to get my points registerd. This happens often with all Star Alliance partners... the only time this system works is when i´m flying SAS. This is really annoying! Why can´t the airlines get a computer system that works?
Is thier any other one out there who has the same problem? Would be glad to hear about it!

Best regards,
Gustaf
 
SN-A330
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RE: Your Opinion About Freq. Flyer Programs?

Tue Sep 11, 2001 4:50 pm

I must say that in about 20 to 30 % of the times I earn miles on Qualiflyer, they don't show on my account (not on the internet and not on the printed thing they send me). In the past I had most problems with hotel stays that didn't show on my account. But since a few months even with Sabena flights my miles don't show on my account. And indeed, it takes a lot of time sorting out were you got or didn't get miles. Where your boarding passes are, faxing them to Qualiflyer, filling in the missing-miles form on the Qualiflyer site,...

Regards, SN-A330
I would rather be flying...
 
F+ Rouge
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RE: Your Opinion About Freq. Flyer Programs?

Tue Sep 11, 2001 5:13 pm

Hi there,

Fortunately, I do not have the same problems with Air France and their Fréquence Plus program. In general, the miles are credited on my internet account only 3 to 4 days after the flight, sometimes even less.

By the way, I give my F+ number already when booking the tickets. Any time the number and the status appear on your boarding pass you can be sure that your miles will be credited.

Nevertheless, there is at least one exception: The very small airport of Castres in Southern France (DCM) is not yet linked to AF's computer network. That is the reason for which you can be sure that you have to send in your boarding pass after your flight in order to get your miles credited. There might be other small airports like that.

Regards,

F+ Rouge
 
cedarjet
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RE: Your Opinion About Freq. Flyer Programs?

Tue Sep 11, 2001 5:25 pm

On the whole I think they're bollocks. If you fly a lot in business class the points can rack up but the savings you would make if you just picked the cheapest fare instead of always the same airline for the points far outweigh the occasional free flight (the airlines rarely have the seats to or when you want for that free flight anyway). I fly a lot but it's always on a shoestring budget on discount economy tickets so it's not possible to benefit from FF programs. Anyway I've got so many cash point cards, credit cards, frequent shopper cards, rail passes etc in my wallet I don't have room for another one.

On a personal note I always go for an airline I've never flown with before, the idea of always flying the same major airline/s would be very dull. I'd never get to fly Malev, Philippines, Syrian Arab et al. Which I know is hardly relevent to the conversation, allowing FF members to fly obscure third world airlines (and Malev) isn't really the point of the programs.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
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RE: Your Opinion About Freq. Flyer Programs?

Tue Sep 11, 2001 6:48 pm

Only Southwest has a program that actually provides consumers with a quick and easy way to earn a free ticket. I could conceivably spend less than $500 on SW and earn a free roundtrip ticket anywhere they fly. Try doing that United, Continental or Qantas.

BTW, so what if they don't go to Hawaii or Europe.
 
eddgge
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RE: Your Opinion About Freq. Flyer Programs?

Tue Sep 11, 2001 6:58 pm

Cedarjet: Why don´t You get points in economy class? In Star Alliance You get miles in every class, except for Singapore Airlines when booked in Q-class (restricted economy).
And if You join a program with in a alliance of companys You still can fly different airliners without loosing points  Smile

The best with frequent flyer is that I earn points for a free trip. For example, if I fly ARN-BKK i will earn 5200 points in economy. If I make two of these trips (which I do often) I will earn a free trip in Euorope! That´s rather good I think.

Gustaf
 
Notarzt
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RE: Your Opinion About Freq. Flyer Programs?

Tue Sep 11, 2001 9:15 pm

Folks...

Something I learned about Frequent Flyer Programs... You can record a lot more miles by participating the airline's quizzes instead of booking a flight!

Daniel
 
eddgge
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RE: Your Opinion About Freq. Flyer Programs?

Thu Sep 13, 2001 12:58 am

i still like freq. flyer discussions  Smile

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