I am an Air Canada Aeroplan *G member for many years now.
I am considering changing programs. We really like SQ and tend to travel to Asia more than Europe.
Any thoughts on the program -Pro's and Con's?
Before making the change be sure to check out SQ's redemption rates - they are higher than AC and other *A airlines. Also their routing rules on redemptions on SQ (not really sure about *A) are very stringent - i.e. most direct route only. Also all but "flexi" Y fares earn no or reduced miles and only these higher Y fares are upgradeable. If you earn some of your miles via credit card spend make sure you can get a Canadian issued card that allows miles to be transferred to SQ. Finally check this thread's FAQs if you are seeking status on SQ, you can still do that by flying SQ while banking miles earned to another program.
..We really like SQ and tend to travel to Asia more than Europe..
What has that to do with the program?
The only use for non PPS flyers to stack KrisFlyer miles is to waitlist upgrades and to get a better shot at the occasional saver C and F awards. Or if you live here and have no sensible other CC options.
At least these are my miserable excuses to maintain some SQ miles.
Programs: KrisFlyer Gold>>>Silver>>>Blue, Finnair Silver, Swiss˘tel Circle ElevÓ
I think it boils down to how many miles you can accrue each year on SQ. If you can generate 50k status miles and make Gold then great.
I'm currently looking at an FFP to focus on and it seems like I'll have to ditch M&M due to their ridiculous mileage-accrual revamp (mayhem in econ, mayhem in biz...), so no chance at Gold here. Then again I can't see myself earning 50k on SQ as I have so many miles to burn before I start paying for flights, so no chance of Gold here either...
Some advice: take onboard advice you get on FT, but ultimately do the hard yards and work out what is best for you based on your travel pattern, goals (status, certain types of redemptions) and preferred redemptions.
When comparing I do the calculations and plug the information into a spreadsheet based on how many points I will earn from my most likely travel pattern, the status I want to achieve (if any) and what sort of flights I want to redeem, and the amount of taxes you need to pay on redemptions. Then it might be clear which program is best and the choice will be obvious (or it might not be clear, in which case it probably doesn't matter, but then may be worth looking at intangibles such as ability to waitlist for redemptions, fees for changing redemptions, etc).