Ive currently got 350K miles in my UA
I have burned 300K in my time as well.
This is 650K miles in UA
Although Ive over a million airmiles in a few airlines, plus hotel points, plus plus plus etc etc as a business traveller and as someone one who is not paying the air fare (some company pays my expenses) and as someone who needs to fly on hours notices (for on demand work)...
I pay very high fares (e.g. £850 / $1300+) for a LHR
-NYC only a week ago in economy for a 24 hour NYC trip.
I fly United...
Because of what the airlines kick back to me is occasional Business Upgrades, The lounge access, and the air miles... all which cost me zip. which I then use and take my parents on holiday with .. all around the world.
Does very well out of me and I do very well out of UA
And companies do very well from my services and pay for me to visit them.
Why do I not go AA
Well I know AA
's service is very good, but I always get row 44B or somewhere near the back. I never get upgraded and I have no lounge access. but I have 1k AA
doesnt mean a thing to AA
, so they don't mean a thing to me.
What about VS
Excellant service, probably the best LHR
half the time there fares earn no airmiles at all.
Destinations are limited, beyond NYC they only fly 1 time a day, sometimes only a few days a week.
But to me.. no Airmiles, no upgrades, no bonuses so they don't get my business.
/ US ?
Last time I flew these airlines I was a student, no loyalty, no points no incentive.
Well they are probably the most tight fisted rule regulated and unfriendly airline on the LHR
-NYC route. The run it like prison. No chance of an upgrade and generally I find BA FF
'ers want the BA
status in the same way Aeroflot members have there status.. Because it's a status symbol. But If you want a kick back to yourself for your loyalty when a company flies you somewhere.. dont bother...
Recently me and my boss flew LHR
to NYC on a long arranged low cost trip.(I do it about a minimum of once a month and the rest of the US 4 or 5 times a year). He flew BA
, very proud to be a member.. was gutted he earned just 1750 miles for his round trip. I earned 14,000, same route same itinery both of us have the same FF
status, same BA
terminal in NYC, and only 10 minutes difference in flight departure times... redemption in BA
's program is just the same: 50,000 for a US roundtrip...
Oh an United invited me to there Business cabin for the flight... My Boss...seat 57K.
See why I dont fly BA
You dont think the airlines dont know how good there programs are and how they work ?
's probably have over $100k + from me to date in return for there airmiles they gave to me.
Oh and finally..
I forgot all about NW
no complaints.. I'm star gold with them too...not quite as generous as UA
.. but there service is up there with VS
...they really need to goto NYC though !!
No complaints.. I have over 100k with KLM generous FF
program and a few years ago NWA offered me Silver Elite.. I took it and flew many many miles with them.. but when I moved to Europe and joined KLM they took it away so now I earn my KLM miles on LCY
only which I also fly monthly and they lost quite heavily...
I'm fickle, I have money,I have no loyalty and I fly regular.
If you give ME
the kickback I will fly with them regardless of service and a company paying the expenses picks up the bill. I work many many hours for my job and almost never waste a flight to do some work.
For this amount of effort, customer deadlines, problems to fix, hours to work I want something besides my pay packet and lost weekends with friends to make it work for me...
Thats why Airlines have FF
ps. If your an airline... offer me the status and I may switch from UA
. It's as simple as that,..
So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY