CXfirst
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Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:02 pm

Which star alliance frequent flyer is the best to enrol in.

My sister wants me to enrol her in one, she's probably flying SQ and LH/SK this summer.
As she is a uni student, she needs her points to last (so one day she could use them on long flights back home to Norway). However, if it is easy to become a silver or gold member that might be an option.

How long to points last on TG Royal Orchid Plus (their silver status is rock bottom). I know aeroplan has low silver and gold status, but I believe that the points do not last very long.

Lastly, the membership must not cost anything, I know a few oneworld frequent flyer memberships cost (like QF in Australia, CX [not asia miles, but marco polo club], etc.)

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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:42 pm

Surely you need to actually fly one of the airlines to become a member? I know that you can join SAA Voyager from the website or the inflight magazine but nothing will happen until you actually fly SAA.
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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:57 pm

Quoting Andz (Reply 1):

Actually you don't, most of them you can join online, and you become a member without flying, I myself have TG membership, and have never flown TG (I am now a "loyal" silver status member) Big grin


Anyway, I have now enrolled my sister in SK Eurobonus, as I found out that the miles last 4-5 years, more than the others I found.

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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:17 pm

How about UA

As far as I am aware that the miles dont expire as long as there is some activity every 3 years

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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:07 am

Well you could join the bmi diamond club if you live in one of the countries they cover.
I joined last month and just sent them a mail with my gold BA Executive CLub card and they gave me gold status, which is obviously a gold star alliance status as well.

sweet.

And it's not hard keeping the status with bmi
 
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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:25 am

I know it's not STAR, but NEVER EVER go BA Execuative Club. On the cheapest Y Class tickets you will need 40 London to LAX returns to get a free flight on the same route. Go to SkyTeam , and you can do the same route seven times and get a free ticket with CO OnePass! And of course your avoiding BA which is a perk!
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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:40 am

Quoting LoungeLover (Reply 4):
Well you could join the bmi diamond club if you live in one of the countries they cover.

However, we live in Australia

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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:43 am

I am also gonna have to say UA Mileage Plus. They have some of the best and EASY TO USE perks (none of this ,"well all of january, february, march, and april are not available, how about May and a return in August" shit that US gives you.
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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:50 pm

It is hard to make a decision unless you provide a little more information....

1) How many miles per year roughly?
2) Economy, Business or First?
3) Which routings?
4) Where is she based?
5) Planning to redeem for upgrades (if applicable) or full award tickets?
6) Which elite benefits would be of use? upgrades? lounge access?

Joining Mileage Plus may be great and all but if she doesn't ever plan to fly United then their upgrades and what not offered to elites may be completely useless.
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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:40 pm

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 8):

1. A trip from MEL-OSL return, and maybe 1-2 return trips to SIN,BKK,HKG,KUL, etc. (plus many MEL-PER, but that's not star alliance)
2. Economy (she's a uni student)
3. As I said Australia-Europe, Australia-South East Asia
4. Melbourne, Australia
5. Full award tickets
6. I don't think she'd use points on upgrades, if thats what you mean(?)

Anyway, thanks for answers

Is SK Eurobonus any good, its got 4-5 years before losing miles.

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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:54 pm

If she's willing to go for TG*G, then I'd do that. But for no status I'd go UA.

With a bit of creative routings, it should be easily doable.

LH fare ex-MEL routed

MEL-LAX-FRA-OSL-FRA-BKK-MEL 25293 miles

2x HKG trip

MEL-BKK-HKG-BKK-MEL 11190x2 miles

These would get 47673 miles and TG Gold is 50K.

Starting from scratch, one makes about 60K award miles with status bonuses. 55K gets you a "Birthday Award" in First to BKK ex-Australia (must be taken birthday + - 1 month). You also get a confirmed roundtrip upgrade that books into J class, easy to find. This she could use for a whole MEL-BKK-Europe-BKK-MEL on TG metal. And the TG Gold status is valid for a full 2 years, so 2 years of Star Gold benefits such as lounge access.

If that doesn't appeal to her, then I'd just credit to UA - no expiration provided there's activity and there are good deals available such as MEL-AKL-RAR-PPT return for 20K in Y or 40K in C.
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RE: Which *alliance Frequent Flyer?

Thu Feb 15, 2007 5:03 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 9):
Is SK Eurobonus any good, its got 4-5 years before losing miles.

With EB she will actually lose the miles regardless of whether she travels or not. Other programs, such as Flying Blue will have the miles remain valid as long as there is some activity within three years of the last flight. That said, I do not recommend FB for Oz as there are notorious difficulties with Skyteam and Oz.

If you want *A I'd go BD as they have now opened up for worldwide registration, 16K in stead of SK EB's 25K for silver. BD is generally regarded as the best program to reach elite (i.e. one return with SQ in an eligable class should get you silver), but if status is attainable, then I would go with the carrier she is most likely to use. In your case, it sounds like Thai, thus I'd chose their program. An airline will always place their own elites first for op-up's before giving them away to the remaining alliance elites (within the tier).

If OW is an option, I would go for BAEC as long as she does not travel discounted tickets or Qantas program as it seems BA may be withdrawing from the Oz-market.
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