Star Alliance - Most generoud *A FFP?
Mar 27, 12, 2:00 pm
In Skyteam, Delta's SkyMiles is known to be the most generous on miles earning even on the most cheap fares.
Does *A also have such FFP? I'm travelling with a group so don't know what booking class I'm on. If there is any FFP I *might* get some mileage on, just for the sake of it, I'd like to know it,, thanks.
A lot of group tickets are booked on non-earning classes, your best bet would be operating airline's own program. What is the point of earning something in a program that you may never use again...
But generally, you would need to look at both earn and burn. I would say BD is the most generous, but it's going to IAG shortly. Look at both US and UA, they are all pretty good.
Mar 27, 12, 4:12 pm
Not commenting on award availability using miles at all, but it sounds like you may be an infrequent *A flyer, soooo.....
If it is still available, Aegean might be up your alley. Depending on your trip you could get Star Alliance Gold or Silver out of it. Or add a one or two extra *A flights within a year and make it to Gold.
Gold gives you lounge access... 20,000 status miles for Aegean Miles & Bonus Gold status, which is Star Alliance Gold (4,000 for Blue status which is Star Alliance Silver). And to get *A Gold, according to their web site, you even get a kind of extension... 16,000 miles needed within a year after you reach silver. For an international flyer, lounge access is a good perk even if you don't earn enough miles to get useful tickets (you can always donate them to charity or get magazines, I guess).
Mar 28, 12, 2:51 am
In general the US programs (so US and UA) are the most generous with earning mileage. They have the fewest excluded fares or fares that earn only a percentage of miles flown in some of the lower booking classes. Maybe you can sign up for both of them and then when you figure out the class of the ticket (if it is after the flight), you can decide which program to credit to. Make sure you save your boarding pass so you can send it in.
If you know beforehand, then just check all the websites of the various *A FFPs until you find one that will give credit for the fare class. Start with UA and US and try LH, Aegean, AC, Asiana (I think miles earned with them are good for seven years), etc.