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Before posting please read POSTS 1-3 for a comprehensive overview of how to select a program.
If you already plan to focus on one particular alliance, please visit the sticky in the relevant forum: Deciding on a oneworld FFP or Which SkyTeam FFP or Choosing a Star FFP

List of frequent flyer programs from Wikipedia

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1. What is most important to you in a frequent flyer program (FFP)?
upgrades, priority services, baggage allowance, good award redemption rates, better award access, lounge access, etc.
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2. How many miles do you usually fly each year? How many flights/sectors?
less than 25000 miles, 50000+ miles and 20-25 flights, etc.
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3. What fare class do you usually buy?
first, business, premium economy, economy
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4. Are you able to choose your airlines and/or class of service? Do you travel for work and/or pleasure?
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5. Which routes do you fly most often?
transatlantic, domestic USA, intra-Asia, etc.
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6. What is your home airport?
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7. Do you have status in any FFP? What is it? How miles do you have banked in each FFP, if any?
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8. What are your preferred airlines, if any?
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Old Feb 11, 14, 1:45 am   #1
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Which Frequent Flyer Program to Join? Help Is Here!

A number of threads have been started by members asking for guidance on which frequent flyer mileage program they should join.

After emails with the moderators, in order to help users, we have started this thread to allow people to post their requests for information here and to allow other people to offer assistance-advice-opinion.
List of frequent flyer programs from Wikipedia

Best Frequent Flyer Program for you?
The answer to this question depends very much on your personal travel profile and objectives.
- what is your definition of best?
- do you value miles/points (or equivalent) for redemption over gaining status?
- do you fly enough to gain any meaningful status?
- what do you want to use the miles/points for (award, upgrade, hotels, what ever)?
- what sort of flight award is of interest (destination, class of travel)?
- are you interested in topping up by paying cash for miles?
- which airline and where do you normally fly?
- are you primarily a leisure or business traveller?
- where do you live?
- do you have other ways of earning points in the various programs, e.g. credit cards, shopping, etc,?
- etc, etc, etc
(above copied in part from a post by dunk)

There is a big difference between a frequent flyer and a frequent spender getting frequent flyer miles from a credit card. For questions about which is the best credit card to sign up for, to get frequent flyer miles, please do not post here, but refer to other threads on this topic. Credit Card Programs click this link and Which Forums Relate to Credit Card Topics?

Similar sticky threads
If you are sure a Star Alliance or OneWorld Alliance or Skyteam airline FFP is for you, please post in those forums, as more Star/OW/Sky experienced people are likely to answer your question.
Star Alliance forum Need advice on which *A FF scheme to join? - please post here
OneWorld Alliance forum Deciding on a Oneworld Frequent Flyer Program? Help is here.
Skyteam Alliance forum Which ST program should I sign up for?

Questions
For members asking for information, to help people to assist you, can you please provide:
(1) What is most important to you in a FFP?
(upgrades on travel, priority services when flying the airline, extra baggage allowance, good award redemption rates, better award access, free - discounted lounge access, etc.)
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(2) How many miles do you usually fly each year & in what class? How many flights/sectors?
(<25000, 25000-50000, >50000 miles - <25, 25-50, >50 flights?)
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(3) What types of fares do you usually buy ?
(First, Business, Premium economy, Economy, cheapest)
Reply:
(4) Can you choose your airlines and/or class of service? Airline most flown? Do you travel for work and/or pleasure?
Reply:
(5) Which routes and airlines do you fly most often
(US Domestic, Transpacific, Kangaroo, in Asia etc)
Reply:
(6) What is your home airport?
(SFO, SCL, London LHR, HKG, Singapore SIN etc.)
Reply:
(7) Do you have FFP status of any kind in an airline? What is it? Do you have any miles banked in a FFP?
(AA Executive Platinum, UA 1K, LAN Comodoro, etc)
Reply:
(8) Preferred Airlines
Reply:

Major airline alliances are
www.staralliance.com web site and the Flyertalk forum Star Alliance
www.oneworld.com web site and the Flyertalk forum OneWorld Alliance
www.skyteam.com web site and the Flyertalk forum Skyteam

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Old Feb 11, 14, 1:46 am   #2
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Frequent Flyer Programs (FFP) are not equal.
1 (one) mile/point of FFP’s are not equal (just like currencies)
Each airline FFP can have different benefits from status.
Each airline FFP has different rules for earning and retaining status.
Each airline FFP has different rules for earning miles/points.
Each airline FFP has different rules to stop miles/points from expiring.
Each airline FFP has different rules for using (burning) those miles/points for awards and different copay $$ fees.
Each airline FFP has different rules for upgrades & different copay $$ fees.
Each airline FFP has different rules for lounge access (own & other airlines)

Useful summary Overview of Frequent Flyer Programs by FLYGVA

From a post on 2 Feb 2013
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Originally Posted by Gardyloo View Post
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To get your feet wet, start by reading the sticky threads in this and other forums. What you need to do is look at your flying (and credit card, if applicable) patterns and preferences, then pick a program that works best for you. While miles/points aren't interchangeable, you can usually use one airline's miles/points for redemptions on that airline's partners - either in the same alliance or in some cases unaligned partners - or for non-flying activities. Each airline has different "earning and burning" characteristics - how miles/points are earned and used, and you'll need to investigate these carefully, as the differences can be significant and expensive (or beneficial) to you depending on your choices.

One important thing to note is that miles/points earning and redemption are only a part of the whole FF business. A big factor in choosing your plan preferences is whether you'd fly enough with your chosen airline(s) in order to reach elite frequent flyer status. With elite status comes various perks - access to lounges, expedited passage through airports, seat selections, upgrades, baggage allowances, etc. - that can be as important if not more important to frequent travellers. So those factors also need to be understood as you make your choices.

It involves homework and research, but the rewards can be very significant, well worth the effort. (Or so many of us think. Of course we can be both delusional and exhibit OCD symptoms in this regard. Welcome to the madhouse.)
Earning depends on fare booking class (which is different to cabin)
For earning miles the fare bucket (a letter A to Z) is very important and not just the cabin you fly in (first, business or economy). Some low cost fares can earn nil miles/points in your FFP, especially if not flown on your own airline.
This web site gives info on redeemable earning http://www.wheretocredit.com/ (but no idea how accurate: use at your own risk). Status earning is harder to easily deterimine.

Some ffp's allow pooling or free transfers to others subject to ffp t&c's Airline Programs Offering Family or Household Mileage Pooling

It's better to have status with the airline you fly with most - it just works better, and you should get preference for any upgrades or during service issues. Airlines tend to give members of their own frequent flyer program better service, than members of other frequent flyer programs. The airline you fly with the most will often have inherent home scheme advantages. If you fly one of these airlines, it is recommended that you choose that airline. As a very general rule, it's best to maintain status on the airline you mostly fly, other things being equal. Often status on the carrier being flown gets you access to special seats or even eligibility for upgrades. It will matter more than alliance status during IROPs and might give you higher priority for OPUPs.
Status: Easiest FFP to obtain One World Emrald/Sapphire Status May not /will not be up to date.

Award flights with your airline, and its FFP partners (alliance airlines and non-alliance) are subject to availability & the rules of your airlines FFP. Alliance airline FFP's do not have the same non-alliance airline partners. Award flights are not free. Some can have very high cash co-payments.
[Wiki] Recent Devaluations

Some airlines have better earning/redemption charts for your pattern. For example, if you fly on cheap fares on a certain airline often, Airline ABC might give you miles for it, while Airline XYZ might not or give fewer miles. However Airline ABC might charge much more miles and/or cash surcharges for the redemption that you want than does Airline XYZ. Earn to burn is what matters. 10,000 miles in one ffp may get you a longer award flight than 15,000 miles im another ffp.

With airline partners you can fly an airline and may be able to collect frequent flyer miles in another airline frequent flyer program. Some low cost fares can earn nil miles/points in your FFP, especially if not flown on your own airline. That said, a good indicator is always to look at the program of the airline you are flying with and check the partners flights you can credit to it. The option to credit flights is typically a reciprocal benefit between FFPs. But you always have to double check on the website of the program you want to credit to. (thanks to a post by cityflyer369)

Expiry For low miles/points balance it is better to keep all in one FFP, and not have multiple accounts. Many FFP's have expiry rules and it will happen if you are not careful. A very good summary about expiry of OneWorld miles/avios/points in post 554 (updated 13 Sept 2014). A little more OW information in post 573. And for many airlines in Frequent Flyer Mileage Expiry by KiwiFlyer (01 Feb 2010) More here in Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup in The Points Guy blog (April 17, 2013). Many of the airline ffp sub forums have a thread on simple ways to keep miles from expiring.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/miles...nt-expire.html

Effectively transfer/conversion of miles/points from 1 airline ffp to another airlines ffp is not possible or practicable. Transfer via www.points.com or a hotel loyality program is sometimes possible, but the conversion rate is unbelievably horrendous. For some ffp's there can be indirect ways via hotel frequent-guest programs, but these typical result in a significant reduction in the number of miles that ultimately end up in the other airline's FFP.

Retro credit of flights to a FFP varies by airline. For many you need to be a signed up member at the date of the flight.
Some information in this post
Edit: US Airways Dividend Miles closed to new members 18 March 2015. However US Airways (at as April 11 2014) allows you credit miles from flights taken 6 months before the date join US dividend miles ffp.
Some information on Singapore retro credit (16 Sept 2014) and
A3 Aegean retro credit
(15 Jan 2015).
Issues with retro claim
Aegean and Star Alliance
Qantas allow 30 days.
For AirBerlin topbonus (AB) "For new members, miles are credited for flights taken up to three months before registering for topbonus." Linked post
BA 3 months retro? How Long to claim old miles when opening a BAEC account for first time
Keep the physical boarding passes.

For upgrades the general rule is you can only upgrade a flight marketed (flight number) and operated (metal) by the airline of your frequent flyer programme (no codeshares) with your airlines upgrade instrument (e.g. SWU, miles) or complementary with status (if applicable). All subject to the t&c's of your FFP and your paid ticket. Low cost tickets are often not eligible for upgrades.
However as is the way with FFP's there are some upgrade exceptions
- on AA/BA/IB with higher priced economy fares using AA/BA/IB upgrade instruments
- on some BA tickets with Asia Miles
- on some Star Alliance airlines with higher priced Y & B fare as Star upgrade awards & Star How to upgrade & Star Alliance Upgrade Fare Y & B Only? and http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...-carriers.html (United)
- on some Skyteam airlines as this blue link
- SkyTeam Mileage Upgrade Program
- Alaska ffp on DL flights Consolidated: Upgrading on Alaska Airlines as a Delta elite
- Alaska ffp on DL flights Where were you on the upgrade list for your Delta flight?
- Alaska ffp on DL flights MVP Gold Upgrades on Delta...?
- Optiontown by some airlines
- Optiontown.com paid upgrades on SAS
- Using Optiontown on Aeromexico
- Bilateral airline upgrades on some fares by United/Lufthansa
- others as listed/updated from time to time
- Some airlines operate a bidding/auction upgrade system by http://www.plusgrade.com/ or equal

Non flying earning by credit card, rental cars, hotel stays, shopping, on line surveys, etc are a good way of earning and for keeping accounts alive for many people.

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Airline Information

Individual airlines FFP are here Airlines Mileage Programs

Flame-free airline threads on FlyerTalk are listed in post 7 of http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/infor...esk-forum.html

Major airline alliances are
www.staralliance.com web site and the Flyertalk forum Star Alliance
www.oneworld.com web site and the Flyertalk forum OneWorld Alliance
www.skyteam.com web site and the Flyertalk forum Skyteam

Non aligned airlines include
- Alaska (a good FFP for many people due the airline partners)
- Emirates
- Ethihad
- many others

For advice on the intricacies of each Star Alliance airline frequent flyer program [FFP] please refer to the airline web sites and the airline specific forums (as blue links below)
- Air Canada
- Aegean
- Air New Zealand
- Asiana
- Avianca
- LufthansaAustrian-Swiss Brussels LOT
- United Airlines
- Scandinavian Airlines
- Singapore
- Thai Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- more to follow

For advice on the intricacies of each OneWorld airline frequent flyer program [FFP] please refer to the airline web sites and the airline specific forums (as blue links below)
- Air Berlin Topbonus OW membership 20 March 2012
- American AAdvantage
- British Airways - Executive Club
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Finnair Plus
- Iberia Plus
- JAL Mileage Bank
- LAN LANPASS
- Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club OW membership 31 October 2013
Other OneWorld airlines do not have separate forums on FT.
Malaysian & Srilankin Airline posts here http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/other...-programs-470/

For advice on the intricacies of each SkyTeam Alliance airline frequent flyer program [FFP] please refer to the airline web sites and the airline specific forums (as blue links below)
- Air France
- Alitalia
- Delta
- KLM
- Korean Air
Other SkyTeam airlines do not have separate forums on FT.

Awards assistance tools (use at your own risk. May not be up to date. These are not recommendations)
- AwardAce: Compare Award Redemptions Across Airlines In Seconds -->http://www.awardace.com/
- Economical Excursionist's Tools to compare Frequent Flyer Mile Redemptions --> http://www.flyermiler.com/
- AwardHacker: a tool we build to tell you how to travel with the least miles --> http://www.awardhacker.com/
- www.awardnexus.com which can search availability but can't determine cost
- http://www.expertflyer.com/ is a common tool used on FT. There is a $99.99 annual fee.
- http://www.travelcodex.com/how-many-...chart-search/? (commercial blogger)
- http://awardmapper.com/ (hotels)

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Old Feb 11, 14, 1:46 am   #3
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08 May 2010 - Infrequent Flyers: the best loyalty programs for the disloyal Ongoing - posted March 2014 by Diabo of http://site666.bl.ee/miles/ (may not be up to date)
02 Apr 2011 - AA AAdvantage vs UA MileagePlus - status, perks, pros, cons (consolidated) ongoing
13 Apr 2014 - Economical Excursionist's Tools to compare Frequent Flyer Mile Redemptions
05 Mar 2015 - AA AAdvantage vs UA / United MileagePlus - status, perks, pros, cons (consolidated) (on going)
15 Mar 2015 - Introducing wheretocredit.com

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These threads on a very similar topic here in Information Desk forum and other forums
07 Feb 2010 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/singa...-miles-yr.html last post May 2014
23 Feb 2011 - Easiest FFP to obtain One World Emrald/Sapphire Status Last post Oct 2014
25 Apr 2012 - New to ff programs

06 Feb 2013 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...l#post23051173 Last post June 2014
04 Apr 2013 - Air Canada and Qantas FF programs head to head (in AC forum)
04 Apr 2013 - Qantas and Air Canada FF programs head to head (in QF forum)
05 Oct 2013 - Help a newbie deciding which mileage programs to use
04 Dec 2013 - best frequent flier program Australian who travels Eu Asia US
05 Dec 2013 - Top tier FF question - move away from DL?
04 Dec 2013 - Enroll or not in UA FF program
19 Dec 2013 - whilch miles account for luftansa flight Delhi to Stuttgart
14 Dec 2013 - Star Alliance or OneWorld? YYZ:DFW
13 Dec 2013 - Asia-based newbie in need of assistance!
20 Dec 2013 - Best miles currency for Economy award travel to India from US (RDU)?
24 Dec 2013 - Which frequent flier program should I do for 2014
25 Dec 2013 - AAdvantage vs Delta Skymiles JFK to LHR/LCY
25 Dec 2013 - Back to Finnair plus or stick with BA EC? ongoing at Dec 2014
31 Dec 2013 - Qatar LHR-DOH-MEL. Collect miles with BAEC or QR?

04 Jan 2014 - Should I use Delta and American mileage programs or just Alaska Air?
04 Jan 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...solidated.html ongoing
10 Jan 2014 - Have A3 *G, now wondering what other FFP to go for
11 Jan 2014 - Getting Started & USAirways/United Itinerary
14 Jan 2014 - Rate Air New Zealand Airpoints
16 Jan 2014 - Best way to sign up for SkyTeam?
18 Jan 2014 - Need advice on best use; have miles in different programs
01 Feb 2014 - Beginner suddenly flying 75k mi/yr. Best overall strategy?
08 Feb 2014 - Help with which program to earn points with Retro claim taking advantage of US Airways/AA merger
12 Feb 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...nd-travel.html
19 Feb 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...nge-us-aa.html from Delta
21 Feb 2014 - Thinking leaving UA for AA
22 Feb 2014 - PHX flier, move to AA or United?
23 Feb 2014 - Delta v Flying Blue for new US Resident?
08 Mar 2014 - Desperately seeking Airline mileage/loyalty program.
14 Mar 2014 - Difference’s in OneWorld loyality customer programs?
18 Mar 2014 - United/Delta debate - what do the airlines consider a high value customer? UA vs Delta
21 Mar 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...ile-am-aa.html
21 Mar 2014 - Can I accrue on one *Alliance program and enjoy benefits of another?
24 Mar 2014 - Best ffp home base LAX
27 Mar 2014 - Should I Quit Garuda FF and log my miles and flights in FB?
30 Mar 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...ny-better.html
04 Apr 2014 - BA Status Match? BA - Virgin Atlantic
09 Apr 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...f-program.html
10 Apr 2014 - Leaving Aeroplan for United Mileage Plus - Spread the word
12 Apr 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...ch-united.html AA to UA?
16 Apr 2014 - Transfer to Delta UA to DL?
19 Apr 2014 - Best *A miles program to access OZ, NH F/C?
20 Apr 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...sfo-flyer.html
21 Apr 2014 - Which ST program should I sign up for?
24 Apr 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...o-came-ua.html
25 Apr 2014 - miles and more versus other programs
25 Apr 2014 - best ffp in *alliance for NYC based flyer
01 May 2014 - who continued earning on A3? who returned to their native FFP?
02 May 2014 - Should I stay or should I go? Delta
02 May 2014 - will you leave AS for AA Platinum?
04 May 2014 - What are your experiences with trying to get FF status post-marriage?
08 May 2014 - Does AA make the most sense for me? AA vs DL
11 May 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...sed-folks.html AA vs UA
14 May 2014 - Flying Aeroflot - which ffp to credit the miles to ?
17 May 2014 - Given up Krisflyer for other FFP To A3
21 May 2014 - worth it to switch to Aegean airlines FFP? From Asiana
29 May 2014 - Can my Emirates flight earn miles on United, Delta or American? Answer:- No
31 May 2014 - Which airline partners should you bank miles when flying with China Airlines? Skyteam or CA or HA
06 Jun 2014 - Tough Choice for newbie. Which ffp & hotel loyalty program in retirement
08 Jun 2014 - Considering Moving from AS to UA
08 Jun 2014 - New to game: choosing an alliance
21 Jun 2014 - Switching frequent flyer program?
22 Jun 2014 - Making choices: BA vs. American Airlines
25 Jun 2014 - Miles&More and EuroBonus simultaneously
30 Jun 2014 - Concentrating vs. spreading status and miles - which is better? UA vs DL
02 Jul 2014 - Switching loyalty from Delta/SkyTeam to?? to OneWorld
06 Jul 2014 - AAdvantage or Executive Club??
09 Jul 2014 - Request for advice: join Alaska Air program to get full mile award?
09 Jul 2014 - Advice on FFPs for a new Abu Dhabi resident
09 Jul 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...r-phl-ewr.html
10 Jul 2014 - The grass is not greener: Experiences of a DM at United DL to UA
15 Jul 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...h-some-qs.html to AA
16 Jul 2014 - Booked QF code flights on Emirates plane - should use emirates or avios to get miles?
18 Jul 2014 - Switch to UA or AA from Delta
20 Jul 2014 - Where to Credit Miles? Delta or Alaska?
22 Jul 2014 - Collecting miles on UA or OZ?
25 Jul 2014 - Luthansa or Eithad SFO-BOM Which FF program is best
25 Jul 2014 - Best FF program for International Travel
31 Jul 2014 - URGENT: Need to decide on FFP today itself Star Alliance
01 Aug 2014 - Is it worth switching from BA? If so, which programme?
03 Aug 2014 - Best FF for US-Germany
05 Aug 2014 - Credit to different *A program than SK
07 Aug 2014 - Advice on which *A airline to credit 12k miles Flying Copa T fare
09 Aug 2014 - Newbie trying to systematize airline point accumulation and usage
09 Aug 2014 - Virgin/British/United - FF program advice - SFO/LHR 2 times a month for 10 months
13 Aug 2014 - Thinking about quitting Alaska Mileage Plan
13 Aug 2014 - Eva Air Awards Program
14 Aug 2014 - Moving to Singapore - advice on program switch? From UK: BA or CX or SQ or ?
17 Aug 2014 - OT: Help.. Which Program (AY + 9W flights) J
18 Aug 2014 - Percentage of Points with Programs Earning from Air Canada economy booking class
20 Aug 2014 - Which airline has the best mileage program?
22 Aug 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...-traveler.html
22 Aug 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/alask...any-ideas.html AS Miles on codeshare
23 Aug 2014 - MileagePlus or Miles&More
25 Aug 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...5-aa-v-dl.html
28 Aug 2014 - Lost AC/LH miles, or can I still claim? Retro mileage claim for LH & AC flights
28 Aug 2014 - Which Frequent Flyer plan to use? - EuroBonus, Aeroplan, Miles and More?
04 Sep 2014 - QFF to BA and CX earn
05 Sep 2014 - Best program to redeem CZ China-US business/premium economy?
16 Sep 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nt-flyers.html
23 Sep 2014 - Retroactively claim miles in different alliances? Retro miles claim
26 Sep 2014 - Facing the big alliance decision...*A vs OW
26 Sep 2014 - FF Program Recommendations Please QF/VA/EY vs UA/KLM(FB) Left Australia and now living in Eu
27 Sep 2014 - Thinking about switching from SAS Eurobonus to United MileagePlus
02 Oct 2014 - Alliance theory how to pick
05 Oct 2014 - Can I combine Virgin Flying Club and KirsFlyer? No
09 Oct 2014 - Krisflyer airmiles Using Krisflyer miles
11 Oct 2014 - Is Star-Alliance better than OneWorld better for redeeming miles ?
15 Oct 2014 - Need your guidance, please Some good information on BA awards
19 Oct 2014 - Frequent Flyer program signup for kids?
21 Oct 2014 - UA Premier Platinum Moving to Europe UA or another airline/alliance ffp
21 Oct 2014 - SFO Platinum Moving to Berlin (locked:- see thread above)
24 Oct 2014 - Asia Miles VS Phoneix Miles vs Krisfly Miles which is better? For flights on Air China and Cathay Pacific
26 Oct 2014 - Aegean vs Turkish for *G
27 oct 2014 - Velocity vs Qantas FF Virgin Australia Velocity vs QF. Winner is VA
27 Oct 2014 - No more *Gold status if 50% of miles not flown on a given airline? For Air Canada
28 Oct 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...-aeroplan.html AC to UA ffp
28 Oct 2014 - Seriously considering BAEC status but need some convincing... From AC to BA/AA?
03 Nov 2014 - Redeem miles from past flights. Retro claim for OW flights
03 Nov 2014 - Should I switch miles programs? Left USA and now living in UK: BA vs AA?
04 Nov 2014 - Should I jump ship? Leaving DL for AM(AeroMexico) or ?
06 Nov 2014 - SAS or Thai program? 8 long haul Eu Asia business class flights
09 Nov 2014 - where to credit mileage? DUB to AKL on Virgin Aust coded flights, some of which are operated by EY
14 Nov 2014 - UA 1K switch to BA?
15 Nov 2014 - US/AA Merger screwed up my Star Alliance Strategy UA 1K looking for a second ffp
16 Nov 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...itched-dl.html UA ffp to DL fffp??
16 Nov 2014 - Best choice for Earning Miles on Philippine Airlines? Where to earn miles on a once only PR flight
16 Nov 2014 - Should I switch from UA to AS?
18 Nov 2014 - Where to deposit miles flown on emirates
20 Nov 2014 - Please tell me where I am wrong: Why should I remain with EL AL? EL vs BA
20 Nov 2014 - Best way to diversify? With AA/US To what other ffp?
21 Nov 2014 - Which program to credit? [merged threads] Skyeam Air France/KLM in J to Tokyo, JFK-MXP on DL & CDG-KIX on AF
22 Nov 2014 - best Skyteam program for a regular Garuda customer
23 Nov 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...perks-etc.html
23 Nov 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...15-2016-a.html Which ffp starting from nothing
23 Nov 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...f-program.html
29 Nov 2014 - DCA-ORD: should i pick AA or UA?
02 Dec 2014 - Choosing an Airline to Stick with Alaska
06 Dec 2014 - American Airlines paid F flyer - should I switch to Mileage Plan? AA to AS
09 Dec 2014 - Status Match Question DL to AA
13 Dec 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...sia-miles.html DL flyer moving from USA to Hong Kong
15 Dec 2014 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...-thoughts.html Moving to Houston. AA to UA?
22 Dec 2014 - United Airlines FFP vs other U.S.-based FFPs
29 Dec 2014 - Which program to credit IB flight operated by AA & LY.
30 Dec 2014 - Status Match with AA? Answer:No

02 Jan 2015 - Which Star Alliance program to book my miles on? UA vs other Star Alliance airline ffp's
03 Jan 2015 - Bangkok-Based UA Platinum - Advice on which program to switch to? UA Platinum looking for better
04 Jan 2015 - Switching to TK - Do They Upgrade Internationally? No
06 Jan 2015 - Skyteam vs Star Alliance (Alitalia vs UA)
06 Jan 2015 - Ditching UA MP for El-Al Matmid
06 Jan 2015 - UA vs. Lufthansa
07 Jan 2015 - Logistics of a Switch AC vs UA
10 Jan 2015 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...t-thought.html. Moved from USA to UK
10 Jan 2015 - TK Elite Plus or UA MileagePlus *G?
13 Jan 2015 - Relocation from NY to London - AAdvantage to BA Executive Club recommendations? AA plat moving to London
14 Jan 2015 - Stick with LH or switch to other airline or program? Star Alliance
15 Jan 2015 - First time flying with Qatar (Tips and tricks) JNB-DOH-BKK. No ffp, so which ffp?--> Joined BA
17 Jan 2015 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/qanta...spend-etc.html [QF]Moved from USA to SYD/HKG. Stay with US/AA or QF or CX ffp?
17 Jan 2015 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...spend-etc.html [CX] Moved from USA to SYD/HKG. Stay with US/AA or QF or CX ffp?
17 Jan 2015 - Status miles for credit card spend? (etc.) [OW]Moved from USA to SYD/HKG. Stay with US/AA or QF or CX ffp?
26 Jan 2015 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...tay-leave.html Stay with AA/US ffp or change to DL?
26 Jan 2015 - Best way to build up QF points living in USA? QF or AA?
28 Jan 2015 - If not BA EC then what?
29 Jan 2015 - EC changes : will you switch ? BA ffp devalue
29 Jan 2015 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...better-me.html Lives in Malaysia
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05 Mar 2015 - Is it worth moving to AA Advantage after Ba Gold is reached
12 Mar 2015 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...y-partner.html
13 Mar 2015 - AAdvantage or BAEC for status at retirement?
18 Mar 2015 - BA v AA frequent flyer program - which is better?
20 Mar 2015 - Does BAEC make sense for US based fliers? Lives in SFO
31 Mar 2015 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...rican-boy.html CX MPO vs AA
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25 Apr 2015 - Moving to Oz: QFF or stick with AA? Moving USA to Australia for 3-5 years. AA vs QF ffp
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26 May 2015 - Moving from CX to AB ? Based in PVG
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09 Jun 2045 - As an AY class Y flyer should I leave BAEC?
13 Jun 2015 - New to FF programs - which one? QF or CX? Lives in Australia. Travels to Asia
25 Jul 2015 - Questions for seasoned JAL Mileage Bank Members Moving from Qatar to Japan. Move from QR ffp to JL ffp?
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22 Sep 2015 - BA Silver Y Traveller: Should I start crediting to AAdvantage?
27 Sep 2015 - Alternatives to BAEC
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07 Oct 2015 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/aer-l...one-world.html
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17 Feb 2016 - After the mileage redemption devaluation, which is better AA or BA? Potential AA refugee
28 Feb 2016 - QATAR AIRWAYS - good choice for mostly economy traveller?? QR from BA
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09 May 2016 - AA Exec Platinum relocated to Latin America AA or LA ffp?
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20 Jun 2016 - Is BAEC worth it anymore? The grass in not always greener on the other side
23 Jun 2016 - What should an AA refugee know about switching to DL? Looking for greener grass. Lives in RDU
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29 Sep 2016 - Where to get status from QR biz (I) fare (cmb-doh-jnb)? BA suggested
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23 Nov 2016 - Any benefit to top-tier status in two alliances? AA & ? Post 10 is very good.
30 Nov 2016 - Is BAEC really the best FFP for a London based flyer?
30 Nov 2016 - Crediting UA flights to Miles and More
01 Dec 2016 - Mileage Plus or Miles and More Lives in USA. ---> No
03 Dec 2016 - Moving to Germany for 2 years - switch to miles & more?
10 Dec 2016 - Would it make sense to switch from BAEC to QRPC? Lives in Germany ---> No
13 Dec 2016 - Switch to China Southern? Lives in USA. Flys Y to China 5-6 times per year
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18 Dec 2016 - From Flying Blue to Skymiles Medallion Any comment (positives or negatives)?
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21 Dec 2016 - Eurobonus vs Miles & More Eurobonus and LH M&M member, which doesn't make much sense. SAS better
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04 Feb 2017 - Time to switch programs for me? AC Lives in Canada
06 Feb 2017 - Swiss or United loyalty program? Moving from UK to Switzerland
13 Feb 2017 - BAEC or JMB Flys about once per month from Japan to Europe
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Old Feb 13, 14, 1:11 am   #4
  
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Dear all, thanks in advance for any help you can give. This is my first post and I'm new to this whole world and forum although I have been racking up miles and paying for trips for the past few years.

I live in Iowa which makes my home airport DSM for the most part but a pretty cheap flight can usually get my to ORD MSP or DFW which is the usual stops elsewhere.

I probably fly less than or close to 25,000 miles a year and value award flights and economy over status.
I currently have mostly gotten my points by credit card offers and then redeeming them for domestic flights which may or may not be the best use of my flights, but it's just what I have done.
I don't know how much one has to fly to gain meaningful status so I don't know the answer to that quesion.
I am also wondering if anyone has any input on which alliance to go with. The places I want to go are limitless (I'm a pretty casual leisure flyer with not too many concrete plans) I mostly am looking for affordable and cheap tickets anywhere for a new experience rather than status ect.. those would be nice bonuses though.
Right now I don't have a preference of who I fly, but I have about 30k points with both American and USairways as well as tickets with southwest. I have gone through BA, Delta, and United (using their CC deals) but don't have any points left.
Other ways to earn points would be with hotel stays or gas as I still live at home and have very little bills. Most of my time not working offshore on an oil rig I spend traveling to see friends all over the US/world.
I'm sure there are a host of other questions to narrow down this but that's a good base for now. I am basically looking for a little advice on which carrier(s) seem like viable options if I wanted to become more loyal and try to utilize one alliance or FFP to get the most bang for the buck. Also, any suggestions on how to get more FFP besides CC or which would be a good option based on that being the way I'm getting most of mine please let me know.
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Old Feb 13, 14, 6:00 pm   #5
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outsider8u Welcome to the forum

If not flying often often better to buy flights on price and/or convenience and not any freq flyer miles you may (or may not) get. With airline alliances/partners you can travel on 1 airline, but collect miles to another, subject to the FFP's terms & conditions. FFP's are for the long term: not just a few random flights

US Airways and AA have merged. Will be known as AA and part of the OneWorld alliance. In time your US Airway miles will become AA miles. Details & dates have not yet been published by AA. But it has been stated conversion will be 1 to 1.

If you now travel the world also worth joining a Star Alliance airline FFP. Despite the recent miles devaluation, United is good for many living in the USA

Alaska is also a good FFP with many partner airlines. http://www.alaskaair.com/content/mil...ePlan-partners

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Old Feb 14, 14, 4:18 am   #6
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In the OP, why the emphasis on oneworld? Or was this just copied from another forum?

Note that miles flown over 50,000 can matter very much in the selection of a program. On AA, making EXP (100,000) versus Plat (50,000) makes a HUGE difference. Similarly, on UA, getting 1K (100,000) is HUGE, but UA had a level at 75,000 and is even better if one can qualify for their unpublished GS level based rooghly on revenue. DL has a level at 75,000 and an even better level at 125,000. On some foreign carrier FF programs like LH, 200,000 miles is a magic number.

Please don't fail to consider non alliance programs like AS, EK, etc.
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Old Feb 21, 14, 2:27 pm   #7
  
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PHX flier, move to AA or United?

Hey everyone,

Long time lurker. I appreciate all the valuable info on here and I need some input from you all.

I'm based in PHX and I fly US Air domestically and United internationally. I try to stay US Air but I travel to France, Portugal and Japan and United is a better option. It's worked out well since they're both Star Alliance but now I'm not sure what to do. I'm Gold with US Air but not even a Silver with United. I'd like to stay US Air for my status but I like Star Alliance as the international choices are better. The biggest problem is that United out of PHX isn't great for my domestic routes (LA, Orlando, etc) and the terminal here is terrible.

I don't want to split my miles between Star Alliance and oneworld. Any advice?

Thanks!
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Old Feb 21, 14, 2:51 pm   #8
  
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If I were you, I would go with AA you will have a lot more options now internationally then the old US had.
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Old Feb 21, 14, 3:17 pm   #9
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Hey everyone,

Long time lurker. I appreciate all the valuable info on here and I need some input from you all.

I'm based in PHX and I fly US Air domestically and United internationally. I try to stay US Air but I travel to France, Portugal and Japan and United is a better option. It's worked out well since they're both Star Alliance but now I'm not sure what to do. I'm Gold with US Air but not even a Silver with United. I'd like to stay US Air for my status but I like Star Alliance as the international choices are better. The biggest problem is that United out of PHX isn't great for my domestic routes (LA, Orlando, etc) and the terminal here is terrible.

I don't want to split my miles between Star Alliance and oneworld. Any advice?

Thanks!
Welcome to Flyertalk jriggsaz!

We actually have a fairly new forum here on Flyertalk called Information Desk for queries such as yours. I will move your post there.
There are members from across the whole of FT (-v- here where it is mostly US FF'ers) so you should get a wider perspective.

Please let me know if you have any questions or how else I can help.



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Old Feb 21, 14, 6:14 pm   #10
  
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If I were you, I would go with AA you will have a lot more options now internationally then the old US had.
I disagree that the new US with AA will have better international options than the old US. Star Alliance has a better network for going to France, Portugal, and Japan which are places OP likes to travel to.

That being said, I agree AA is the way to go because you'll have better options for your domestic routes to LA and Orlando. You don't want to be connecting all the time just to earn UA miles.
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Old Mar 1, 14, 2:08 pm   #11
  
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Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning towards moving to AA.
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Old Mar 1, 14, 8:02 pm   #12
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May be of interest
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...solidated.html
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Old Mar 8, 14, 7:02 pm   #13
  
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Looking for FF and Hotel rewards

(1) What is most important to you in a FFP?
(upgrades on travel, priority services when flying the airline, extra baggage allowance, good award redemption rates, better award access, free - discounted lounge access, etc.)
Reply:good award redemption rates, better award access
(2) How many miles do you usually fly each year & in what class? How many flights/sectors?
(<25000, 25000-50000, >50000 miles - <25, 25-50, >50 flights?)
Reply: <25,000. 2 flights, 4 sectors
(3) What types of fares do you usually buy ?
(First, Business, Premium economy, Economy, cheapest)
Reply: Cheapest
(4) Can you choose your airlines and/or class of service? Do you travel for work and/or pleasure?
Reply: Pleasure
(5) Which routes do you fly most often
(US Domestic, Transpacific, Kangaroo, in Asia etc)
Reply: Asia
(6) What is your home airport?
(SFO, SCL, London LHR, HKG, Singapore SIN etc.)
Reply: SEA
(7) Do you have FFP status of any kind in an airline? What is it? Do you have any miles banked in a FFP?
(AA Executive Platinum, UA 1K, LAN Comodoro, etc)
Reply:Emirates, I have 28000 miles
(8) Preferred Airlines
Reply:Any

I'm looking for options which would get me good rewards based travel to anywhere in the world. I'm very passionate about travel, been to most of the states in US.

I do fly back home every year on Emirates. I have been flying on emirates as its more convenient. I'm open to changing this for better rewards.

I have been reading about MS lately and can do 3000 to 4000 MS every month.

I don't have any of the high rewarding CCs like SPG or Citi AA. I'm planning to apply based on some guidance.

If my answers are too open ended, I'll be more than happy to get guidance for my next goals. I would love to work towards a trip to Italy/France this year or next year. If I can club that with my yearly trip to India, that would work too.

Thanks for reading.
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Old Mar 8, 14, 7:26 pm   #14
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Welcome to the forum

AS is a good FFP. It has EK and a good range of other airlines as partners
http://www.alaskaair.com/content/mil...ePlan-partners

With 2 flights a year going to take a long time to earn miles for an award.
Check the expiry of your EK miles. EK miles expire 3 years from when they were earned (regardless of account activity).

( I have asked the moderators to move this to the original/master thread. Helps the next person when asking a question)
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Old Mar 15, 14, 5:13 pm   #15
  
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Exclamation SSA - Salvador, Brazil: Which are best airlines and alliances to collect miles on?

SSA - Salvador, Brazil: Which are best airlines and alliances to collect miles on?

My friend works in the Geological/ Marine Research space and does a 5 week on and off thing.

Home base is above. The travel and projects keep changing 3-4 months to different Vessel and world location.

I think that being able to redeem the MILES for:
- International Flights (Business or Coach) - Brazil to US, EU, India would be the best benefit.
- UPGRADES to Business (a second?)

Thoughts and suggestions?

I am guessing the TAM + LAN > Connection with One World would be one of the top?

Which other alliance would be a good second?

Primary & Secondary recommendations are welcome.
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