Star Alliance - United Airlines vs. US Airways
Aug 1, 12, 12:42 pm
Aug 1, 12, 12:48 pm
There are pros and cons to each but IMO united has the stronger program for MOST fliers. Some factors you may want to list for the forum to make a more informed recommendation:
1. Where are you based?
2. Where do you want to fly?
3. What do you want your miles to do for you? Free flights to where? Elite status?
4. How do you plan to acquire miles? Through credit card spend, buying miles, paid flights, etc?
Aug 1, 12, 1:28 pm
Thank you for your kind response. Regarding your questions:
3. Free flights to Norway/Europe
4. CC sign up bonus opportunities
In other posts, it seems that the United Airlines (Mileage Plus) program receives more positive recommendations. Given the above answers, does United still seem a better choice over US Airways?
Thanks again for your kindness and thoughts!
Aug 1, 12, 2:55 pm
Since the charts costs are the same US-Europe (60k in economy and 100k in Business) and you want to earn miles by CC bonuses, I would go with United. They allow one-ways, their routing rules are more flexible and their award ticketing fees are lower.
Aug 2, 12, 8:21 am
Thanks for your response and thoughts!
So, between United Airlines & US Airways, it sounds like United Airlines (Mileage Plus) is the way to go for my scenario!
Also, just to clarify, is it correct that I should avoid the foreign airline programs within Star Alliance (Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian, etc), due to expensive award charts, high fuel surcharge on award travel, bad expiration policies, and fewer opportunities to earn miles in the USA?