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Juggling multiple airlines..

Juggling multiple airlines..

Old Feb 28, 19, 5:17 pm
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Juggling multiple airlines..

Hi All! Looking for opinions on my minor predicament here.

I'm based in Houston and will begin traveling for work to Seattle, basically every other week for the next few months (likely 10-12 times, and probably more in the future). I moved from Atlanta a few years back so all of my status (currently silver) and miles are with Delta. I'm also currently building up for Companion Pass w/ Southwest, which I'll accrue through their two credit cards. I have a Delta amex as well.

Getting from Houston to Seattle and back, it looks like my best direct options are United (more flights) or Alaska. At first, I was thinking I'd just stick with Delta or SW and stomach the layovers, but I'm starting to think I will regret that! So will my girlfriend/social life, etc.. If I was planning to be in Houston long term, I'd just switch my allegiance to United, but I'll likely be moving back to Atlanta in a year or two. To all the road warriors out there, do you think it's worth it to stomach the layovers to build miles/status with your current airline(s)? Or temporarily move to what's convenient?

Also, if I make the switch to United, is it worth it to grab the UA Explorer card for bag checking, 2x mile accrual? I also need to re-up my TSA Pre, so it is enticing. That'd put me at 4 airlines cards which I'm not excited about, but I'd likely just cancel in a year or two once I move from Houston and start flying with Delta again.

Any help or thoughts is much appreciated!
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Old Mar 1, 19, 1:33 am
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That depends on how much you value status with Delta. If it's something that you will take advantage of often, or think that you have a decent shot at Medallion upgrades, then I'd definitely stick with Delta and put up with the connections. If it's something that's nice to have, but otherwise isn't all that important, then you're probably better off with "free agency" until you move back to Atlanta.
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Old Mar 1, 19, 9:17 am
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Originally Posted by GSUFALC View Post
Hi All! Looking for opinions on my minor predicament here.

I'm based in Houston and will begin traveling for work to Seattle, basically every other week for the next few months (likely 10-12 times, and probably more in the future). I moved from Atlanta a few years back so all of my status (currently silver) and miles are with Delta. I'm also currently building up for Companion Pass w/ Southwest, which I'll accrue through their two credit cards. I have a Delta amex as well.

Getting from Houston to Seattle and back, it looks like my best direct options are United (more flights) or Alaska. At first, I was thinking I'd just stick with Delta or SW and stomach the layovers, but I'm starting to think I will regret that! So will my girlfriend/social life, etc.. If I was planning to be in Houston long term, I'd just switch my allegiance to United, but I'll likely be moving back to Atlanta in a year or two. To all the road warriors out there, do you think it's worth it to stomach the layovers to build miles/status with your current airline(s)? Or temporarily move to what's convenient?

Also, if I make the switch to United, is it worth it to grab the UA Explorer card for bag checking, 2x mile accrual? I also need to re-up my TSA Pre, so it is enticing. That'd put me at 4 airlines cards which I'm not excited about, but I'd likely just cancel in a year or two once I move from Houston and start flying with Delta again.

Any help or thoughts is much appreciated!
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A lot depends on your personal goals in accruing miles, but I have found it much easier to use United miles than Delta miles at saver rates. United also has attractive bonus offers for its Explorer card (to which I upgraded last week), and the annual fee will quickly be matched by savings on checked luggage. There are, of course, arguments on both sides.
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