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Best\Worst Frequent Flyer Programme

Mon Apr 23, 2001 7:35 pm

Apologies if this has been mentioned before but I've been wondering who has the most lucrative or most stingy frequent flyer programme. I'm asking because I've just discovered that on Asia Miles I would need to do a return from Hong Kong to Beijing more than 14 times (in econ class - full fare) or 11 times (in business) to get a free return flight to the same destination. This seems quite stingy to me.

So my question: how do other programmes compare?...HKG-PEK is about three hours - so how many flights with other airlines with other Frequent Flyer programmes on other routes of a similar duration does it take to earn a free flight?
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RE: Best\Worst Frequent Flyer Programme

Mon Apr 23, 2001 9:57 pm

I don't know if it will help you, but I find Northwest WorldPerks/ Continental OnePass to be two great programs! I have a WorldPerks account, and I have only flown about 12,000 actual flight miles, and with bonus miles earned, I already have a free ticket.

Additionally, that ticket can be used on Continental, or KLM I believe. Either way, it's so easy to earn miles on NW.
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RE: Best\Worst Frequent Flyer Programme

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:20 pm

I recently booked a one way flight with KLM using KLM Flying Dutchman points. It took 4 return AMS-CCS-AMS flights in economy to earn enough points for a free one way AMS-CCS flight, but KLM will award points for just about any ticket, no matter how discounted it is, and you seem to be able to use just about anybody's points to book yourself a ticket.
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RE: Best\Worst Frequent Flyer Programme

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:44 pm

IC/AI "Flying Returns" must be one of the worst if not the worst.

First problem: Redemption. alomst 20 flights for ONE single flight. Example i got a PNQ-BLR sector free after almost 19+ flights on this sector.

And their staff can be pretty nasty. One guy upgraded me to J-Class when a flight was full ( i hadnt reconfirmed), and "adjusted" it with my mileage points. And i found this out MUCH later!

Secondly it cannot be redeemed outside of AI/IC network (though i hear Air France, Delta, Swissair and Air Mauritius are included)

9W on the other hand has amore friendly approach. approx 10 flights gets me a free flight, which is TWICE that of IC/AI.

RE: Best\Worst Frequent Flyer Programme

Tue Apr 24, 2001 12:07 am

The minimum number of BA Miles (NOT Executive Club points, which are different) required before being eligible for a free economy return on a BA flight within ZONE 1 (Paris/Milan/Prague/Geneva) is 13,000.

On this programme, you earn the miles actually flown per sector, or x1.25 on World Traveller Plus, twice the mileage flown for Club World, x3 for First, and x4 for Concorde.

This is based on full-fare travel. Only 25% of the miles are awarded if flying on discounted tickets.

It is really just a ploy to maintain their premium pax's loyalty, and therefore maintain good profit.

Not really suited to students, or those who don't travel more than 6x a year on full and/or premium fares.

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RE: Best\Worst Frequent Flyer Programme

Tue Apr 24, 2001 12:30 am

Air Canada has a fantastic program called Aeroplan, but it's only FANTASTIC if you are just looking for a fair method of mileage accumulation and free trips.

Don't worry about upgrades though...........

You CAN NOT purchase them with your miles.........this is THE major setback about their program.

Furthermore.........the upgrade certificates that you receive (I am an Elite flyer) are better used as toilet paper (Are you reading this Mr. Milton ?) since you must purchase the ridiculously expensive Y or M class fare to use them to move up to J.

As an example........YYC-YYZ-GRU-GIG is $1,200 approx. on a discounted L class fare in economy. The same economy seat as a upgrade eligible Y class fare is $4,400 !!!!!!! The first class J fare is $6,100.

It's better to throw the certificates away and buy 4 of the L class fares which result in 45,000+ qualifying miles and another free trip to Rio, than pay for one Y class fare and TRY to upgrade yourself.

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