FF Points: QF vs BA

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Old Jan 28, 08, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by MissUnleaded View Post
I checked on the AA site to see if they covered any of the routes we fly regularly, but they didn't seem to. ....
Probably you already know this, but just in case -- keep in mind all the partnerships that various FF plans have. All of the Oneworld plans are fully reciprocal with each other (to the extent permitted by law and the commercial interest of the airline); so you can earn AA miles for a BA flight ARN-LHR (in fact often more miles than you would earn in BAEC for the same flight and fare); similarly for QFF, etc. You can also redeem AA miles for an award on BA within Europe, for example. But for short-distance awards the best plan is QFF. For overall earn and burn rate the best plan is AA. But every one of the Oneworld FF plans has some advantage over the other, so they all have some feature which is "best" -- just very limited for most plans. The worst plan gives about 10% of the benefits of the best plan for discounted fares, so it is highly advantageous to do the research and put your miles into the plan that is the best for you. Of course the rules change every 5 years, often with massive devaluation of the plan, so spend your miles quickly! If you can't decide, put your miles in AAdvantage, it is generally the best one in terms of award value (but not award availability).
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Old Jan 28, 08, 8:47 am
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If elite status doesn't matter to you, then I have to recommend you look at Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. Not only are they one of the friendliest airlines, but their awards are some of the most generous in the world.

With Alaska, you can earn and burn miles on Air France, AA, BA, Cathay Pacific, Continental, Delta, KLM, LAN Chile, Northwest, and Qantas.
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Old Jan 28, 08, 6:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Wombat18 View Post
If elite status doesn't matter to you, then I have to recommend you look at Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. Not only are they one of the friendliest airlines, but their awards are some of the most generous in the world....
AS is a good choice (and a good airline), but the award redemption levels changed in Aug 2007, so I wouldn't say they are "some of the most generous in the world" any more. Almost every award is either the same or 10%-20% higher than the comparable AAdvantage award, for example. The big advantage of AS is being able to use BA from the US and the Skyteam core additions (often at lower cost than the Skyteam native awards).
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