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Old Apr 20, 17, 7:34 pm   #1
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Are there any mileage programs that give millions mile status for credit card miles?

Years ago some airlines used to give million mile status even if you earned the points with purchases. Do any still do that? If yes, which is the best one?

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Old Apr 21, 17, 8:32 am   #2
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Years ago some airlines used to give million mile status even if you earned the points with purchases. Do any still do that? If yes, which is the best one?

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I don't know of any offhand that count all miles towards MM. I made AA 1MM about 50% on Marriott Travel Packages and was halfway to 2MM when they revised their program to no longer count partner miles. Now it's a slower crawl to LT Plat for me...

UA and DL also have MM based on butt-in-seat miles. I don't know which international carriers have MM or whether any count partner miles towards it.
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Old Apr 22, 17, 3:55 pm   #3
  
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Years ago some airlines used to give million mile status even if you earned the points with purchases. Do any still do that? If yes, which is the best one?

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Marriott (which by extension can give you United status, but that agreement could always go away one day)
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Old Apr 22, 17, 6:48 pm   #4
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Marriott (which by extension can give you United status, but that agreement could always go away one day)
Sure, but you have to be Platinum, but all you get on UA is lowly Silver status. Short of selecting Economy Plus seats at checkin (or within 24 hours of flight) Silver status benefit has VERY little value.

Link to Marriott page. Plenty of posts in UA forum about how few bennies Siver brings.
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Old Apr 24, 17, 9:23 am   #5
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The MR Plat-to-UA Silver can be valuable to someone who doesn't otherwise have any Star Alliance status. Treatment on UA as a non-elite is utterly horrible, so even lowly Silver makes it a bit more bearable for someone who has to take a few UA flights per year.

But...general credit-card spend to get to MR Plat is a horribly inefficient way to get there. You'd need to spend $75,000 on the Ritz Visa, earning the points at a much weaker rate than you would using SPG Amex or some other card.

Of course, if you actually so some Marriott stays as well, you might be better off with the Marriott Visa which kicks in some EQN each year and effectively shortens the journey to Plat down to 55-ish actual nights, give or take...
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