Programs: HHonors Diamond, Priority Club Platin, Club Carlson Gold, LH SEN
Originally Posted by GBM.flights
So this would be something like:
buy initial 2'000 miles - 60USD
trsf 2'000 miles get 4'000 miles - 30USD/Total 90USD
trsf 4'000 miles get 8'000 miles - 60USD/Total 150USD
trsf 8'000 miles get 16'000 miles - 120USD/Total 270USD
trsf 16'000 miles get 32'000 miles - 240USD/Total 510USD
trsf 32'000 miles get 64'000 miles - 480USD/Total 990USD
Anyone did that the last couple of days ?
Someone reported that after last weekend (22.07) you also won't be able to RECEIVE more than 50.000 in total on one account ?
Back to the point of this thread, I have perused the earning side of the programs, which AFAIHR isn't mentionned here.
Some points I thought might interest readers:
1. First class doesn't earn you 300% but 150%-200% depending on airlines. Not that I thing most of us are regular paid F flyers, but there had be some MR opportunities in US domestic F in the past, which won't be very interesting in LM.
2. Swiss Business Class has appealing earnings (125%). I happen to like that airline a lot, so I am less than happy. Generally, you don't earn 200% in Business Class unless paying full fare, generally 125-175% seems to be the average.
3. Discounted Business on LH (P) doesn't earn you anything. Since the chart is recent (as LM joined recently), I think it's deliberate (they already knew about P at the time of drawing the chart).
4. Minimum earnings for business class aren't majored if my reading is good. Some connecting flights on European carriers will have a poorer overall return that what might hope.
For example, one would get a free Europe-Japan flight in J after flying 55,000 miles with Swiss when crediting to A3 vs 104,000 when crediting to LM (or 42,000 + cash, but the cash part would be significant). It's possible I hit the worst possible case of earn/burn rate by using a single combination. Further tests are needed to evaluate the benefits of the program overall.
Note that, availability present, buying miles directly and topping with C+M options seems to beat buying tickets for intra-european flights any day if there's no YQ charged.
Did I miss anything obvious? I was just mentionning this because of YQ that makes up a very significant part of the ticket price within Europe, but I didn't pretend to be exhaustive! Please point out the finer points of C+M!
Sure no YQ is good, but their own metal requirement makes it less interesting. Especially as i am in an area not served by them.
I do generally use paid F
If used to travelling upfront, do you care about status when there's no elite bonus on miles? Even as a lowly J traveler mostly, I find that I don't care about status that much (except in the US where lounge access isn't linked to class of travel).
Handling of irrops is usually better, but airlines tend to favour their own elites before the one from other alliances.