I am currently in the process of defecting from Skyteam over to a Star Alliance FF program. However, I am in a dilemma which program to join. Your recommendations welcome.
Some info about my flying-
Typically: 50K to 100K miles BIS per year.
Most flying: SFO - smaller airports on east coast ROC, CRW, LEX, GRR, TOL etc. Almost always transcon/ partcon + RJ flight segment each way. Occasionally international travel to Canada, Mexico (central cities, not leisure spots).
Most flying on UA/ CO within US.
Fares - Company policy is for cheapest possible coach/ E- seats no matter what distance. No premium traveling.
What I most want from FF program-
Award travel: US - Asia (BOM, BKK, KTM, BLR, PNQ, CMB) about once every year. All cheapest possible coach award - I am willing to pay no more than 90K miles, US - S/ SE Asia coach. No premium travel.
100% EQM earning for all fare classes. I don't want 50% or 70% earning for the cheapest fares.
What I DONT care for-
Upgrades - I don't care for upgrades
Lounge access - I don't really care for lounge access.
Drink vouchers et al - I dont drink.
My research until now:
CO - Already have CC and One Pass account with residue from Skyteam days. However CO provides only 50% EQM on lowest fare classes on LH and other partner flights. Not checked their award availability US - South Asia.
UA - 100% EQM earning on even lowest fares is a big plus. However, the price you pay is in Starnet blocking and basically zero availability US - South Asia (I checked random dates out in Aug, no luck)
US - Don't know if they will be standing 3 years down the line. Don't want to take a chance.
ANA - Excellent award redemption availability. But they get you on EQM earning power with the cheapest fare buckets earning only 50% EQM's
Anyone else to strike a balance between what I have,what I want and care for?