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Best FF Program?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:47 am

I know this is a charged topic but what do you think is the best FF program and why? Which has the easiest upgrade policies? Which elite status has the best perks?
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RE: Best FF Program?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:56 am

It depends on what you're looking for. Do you want lots of free flights? Lots of international destinations? Or just upgrades? Simplicity?

If you want simplicity and lots of free flights, then WN is clearly your choice. Fly 8 round-trips, get one free. No capacity controls or anything like that. WN used to have a promotion where if you booked your trips online, you got double credit, but I think they've stopped this. I've also heard that if you book with your WN credit card you get double credit as well, but I'm not sure here. In any event, you can fly 8 round-trips on WN's shortest route (which I think is AUS-HOU), and redeem your voucher for any WN flight, whether it's HOU-MCO, LAX-BWI, anything. The drawbacks are that WN doesn't fly to as many destinations as other carriers, has no international service, and of course there are no upgrade possibilities. In addition, your flight credit all has to be earned within a 12-month period. They focus on the truly "frequent" flyer.

Of course, if you want upgrades, international flights, etc., the majors will be better for you. I am currently Gold on AAdvantage, and the perks are pretty good. I only wish you could use your upgrades on trans-atlantic and trans-pacific flights. In any event, AA is good about rewarding its most frequent flyers. Platinum and Executive Platinum have great perks, including unlimited upgrades for Executive Platinum. Of course, that can soak up a lot of the upgrades that would normally be used for lower-tier flyers like myself, but that's part of the game.

I am currently a member of FF programs at AA, CO, WN, DL, and US, and I am more devoted to AA than any other. I love WN as well, but being from Dallas, I am limited as to what I can use them for. From my perspective, then, AA has the best program.
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RE: Best FF Program?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 8:40 am

DL Skymiless really good. They have lots of partners and they are very generous when it comes to redeeming and accruing.
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RE: Best FF Program?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 9:48 am

If you're just looking for straight forward meat and potatoes frequent flier programs, I LOVE southwest airlines rapid rewards. Simple as hell - 8 roundtrips in a year, and you get a free one ANYWHERE they fly. Sure, no upgrades or partners or anything, but they get you where you need to go. But boy, I miss those Double Credit days when if you booked online, you only needed 4 r/t flights to get a free one...ah, those were the days
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RE: Best FF Program?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:55 pm

CO have been extremely generous in the past. Loads of promotions where you get bonus miles. Unlike BA where you get 25% of miles flown in any economy class except full fare (ie don't go for BA).

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RE: Best FF Program?

Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:50 pm

I have got 3.750 miles only in promotions with DL SkyMiles.
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RE: Best FF Program?

Mon Oct 11, 2004 7:11 am

I don't know about the best, but the most unique would be NZ's air points dollars scheme, where you buy tickets with your airpoints dollars.
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RE: Best FF Program?

Thu Oct 14, 2004 8:47 am

BA is not for you if you are discount Y traveller. However I am willing to stick with BA, there are plenty of ways to earn miles (despite lack of mileage runs).

The British Airways Amex card is also superb, spend £15,000, £17,500 or £20,000 depending on which tier you have and you get a companion voucher. Next time you redeem miles book using the voucher and you get an identical ticket for the free. I'm taking my girlfriend to South Africa in First on that....gotta be a good deal

As the previous poster says though, if you are an infrequent Y traveller on cheap fares.....fuggedabadit

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RE: Best FF Program?

Thu Oct 14, 2004 11:49 am

Of the U.S. majors, I'd say that NW is the best. They have the most generous mileage accrual rules of any major, and once you make Elite, the DC-9s mean mainline service and the ability to upgrade even to smaller cities. NW and CO are also in better financial shape than the other U.S. majors now, and the ability to earn miles on Skyteam, CM, JL, HA, and others is really nice.
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