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Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:44 pm

It seems that a good number of A-nutters are FFs of some sort. I'm just wondering which airlines are easiest to gain status... or are all of them similar in their expectations of their FFs?

As much as I abhor AA I've got about 75,000 miles accrued with them over the past 3 years. A lot of it was flying to random places, but a good portion was using my AA credit card in place of my debit card for everyday purchases. I would like status with some airline not for upgrades, but so that I can actually get my carry-on in the locker above my head for once. Just about every flight I've flown on I've had situations where I couldn't find convenient space for my roll-aboard because I was among the last to board and among the last to get off because my carryon is stored several rows behind me while people rush off the plane.
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:37 pm

BMI offer one of the most generous FF programs with only 16,000 miles for Star A silver and 38,000 for Star A gold.
Harsh though it may sound to some, 75,000 miles over 3 years to the airlines really dosen't warrant a lot of "special" treatment. i.e. early boarding/lounge access etc... With that you'll get silver status and at best you may get to check in using the business check-in or maybe the quick lane through security.
If you live in a Star A served area with decent routes, it maybe worth checking out, but unless you really keep up the miles, I wouldn't expect too much.
The other option is to take the family (or start one if you don't already). Then you'll get on first!!!! LOL.
 
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:57 am

Czech Airlines is pretty easy to get status on - 15 segments on SkyTeam in a year gets you OK Plus Silver status, which is SkyTeam Elite. 30 segments gets you OK Plus Gold/ST Elite Plus status.

Perks include priority check-in (check-in at the business class counters of any ST carrier) as well as priority boarding. E+ status gets you lounge access on international itineraries.

And priority boarding is a big perk of elite status. As a Silver currently on Delta (soon Gold...), the biggest perks to me are that I get to speak to a US-based reservations agent, a decent seat in economy and the priority boarding. An upgrade is a nice surprise when it comes through, but you never count on it unless you're paying for it.
 
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:13 pm

Those replies were helpful, but I suspect you want suggestions for carriers here in the States.
The problem with your miles that come from credit card purchases is that they do NOT qualify for elite status. That's the same with all the carriers, as far as I know- but I'm open to being corrected.

Continental is my carrier of choice. You must fly 25,000 miles in one year, and then you've got silver elite, with priority boarding, free space available upgrades, and a 50% mileage bonus on miles you earn flying Continental. Oh, and priority baggage.

I think most carriers offer similar options to you, as far as earning elite status goes. Continental is great for me- leaving Alaska, I'm going to have to make a connection anywhere I go, unless I'm going to Seattle or Salt Lake or Minneapolis... which is never. And I like Conti's service, and the perks they offer to ALL passengers (free meals, no first bag fee, no charge for water, etc).
I see that you're in Buffalo, NY. Continental's hub to EWR would seem to be pretty convenient to you- multiple connections to BUF throughout the day, and EWR is one of the best hubs in the nation.
 
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:33 pm

The easiest airline to gain frequent flyer status with is the airline you fly most frequently with....
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:46 pm



Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 3):
Continental is my carrier of choice. You must fly 25,000 miles in one year, and then you've got silver elite, with priority boarding, free space available upgrades, and a 50% mileage bonus on miles you earn flying Continental. Oh, and priority baggage.

Same with NW, except i was a few thousand short of the 25K but since I flew with them enough I got a letter saying that they gave me Silver Elite.
 
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:46 am



Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 3):
The problem with your miles that come from credit card purchases is that they do NOT qualify for elite status. That's the same with all the carriers, as far as I know- but I'm open to being corrected.

Delta has a few deals with its American Express cards that grant MQMs. You can essentially combine a few of these offers to earn 30,000 MQMs which gives Silver status without even getting on a plane. Devaluation of status if you ask me - too many credit card elites out there.

UA also offers a Choices program with one of its CCs that allows for EQMs.

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 4):
The easiest airline to gain frequent flyer status with is the airline you fly most frequently with....



Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 3):
Those replies were helpful, but I suspect you want suggestions for carriers here in the States.

Not quite. It might make the most sense to do it that way, but not always the easiest. As the OP mentions, he's most interested in pre-boarding. All the US Airlines I know preboard alliance elites. Thus, if he's willing to forego any chance of upgrades, it's a lot easier to gain SkyTeam Elite status on OK (half the flights needed on CO/NW) or BD (16,000 miles flown vs. 25,000 miles flown). The major caveats are that you forego the upgrades and it's a bit more difficult to redeem miles, as you can really only access the Saver inventory, which is becoming increasingly difficult to get.
 
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:06 pm



Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 4):
The easiest airline to gain frequent flyer status with is the airline you fly most frequently with....

Or an alliance partner that gives full status credit for all fare classes.
 
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:34 pm

THAI's FF requires 10,000 miles for Star Silver for like 2 years  spin 
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:47 pm



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 8):
THAI's FF requires 10,000 miles for Star Silver for like 2 years

Though *A Silver has minimal value (if any).
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RE: Easiest Airlines To Gain FF Status?

Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:53 am

I found that flying AA and doing a status challenge gets you status very quickly. Worth checking the details on, but one round trip ticket in business/first from ASP-SYD-LAX-SDF-DEN-SYD-ASP got myself AA plat. I think you need 10000 miles in 3 months for plat and 5000 miles in 3 months for gold status.

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