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gary_from_ny Nov 18, 14 6:40 pm

Please help: what is the best way to join several air affiliations
 
Hi !
I am new member and would like to:
1. Join several biggest alliances
2. Apply my previous flights - for how many years I can do this ?

Best regards,
Gary.

UAPremExecflyer Nov 18, 14 6:55 pm


Originally Posted by gary_from_ny (Post 23862511)
Hi !
I am new member and would like to:
1. Join several biggest alliances
2. Apply my previous flights - for how many years I can do this ?

Best regards,
Gary.

Welcome to FT!
Your questions are a little vague.
For a start, you can't join an "alliance".
You have to join a Frequent Flier Program (FFP) of an airline, which may be part of an alliance (Star, oneworld, Skyteam).
As to retroactively claiming credit for flights flown, each airline program is different and has its own rules. In some programs, you may be able to go back six months. But you won't be able to go back "years".
I suggest you read through this thread right at the top of the forum. The second post deals with retro-credit.
After you've read through that, come back with more questions.

JPG3392 Nov 18, 14 8:10 pm


Originally Posted by gary_from_ny (Post 23862511)
Hi !
I am new member and would like to:
1. Join several biggest alliances
2. Apply my previous flights - for how many years I can do this ?

Best regards,
Gary.

The chief American members of the major airline alliances are American (now in the process of merging with US Airways), Delta and United. Since you are based in NYC, you will probably wish to join these three programs.

As noted in the previous response, no program will allow you to go back years to claim miles. But you may be able to get some credit for flights flown recently on these airlines or their partners.

CDKing Nov 19, 14 8:32 am

While it is a good idea to set up accounts with any multiple carries to collect any unexpected miles, you really should try to focus on just a few carriers.

It really is dependent on what airlines and how old the retroactive miles are. Some carriers don't let you credit flights flown prior to joining the program.

howtofreetravel Nov 19, 14 12:01 pm

I think the max you get is 6 months but I could be corrected


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