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HK$1500 for status completion - how many flying next year to make it worthwhile?

HK$1500 for status completion - how many flying next year to make it worthwhile?

Old Aug 24, 18, 10:16 pm
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HK$1500 for status completion - how many flying next year to make it worthwhile?

I'm considering a possible short trip in October. I will depart from Hong Kong, preferably on 5th October on a daytime flight to Prague (but can be earlier), and return either on 8th Oct and 9th Oct to Xiamen with no flexibility.

I'm accumulating Aeroflot miles for Skyteam and BA Avios for Oneworld.

I have the following ticket choices:

HK$6073 on KL 5/10 - 9/10 XMN-PRG-XMN
12.5% miles (0% outbound, 25% return), all economy, train ride from HKG to XMN and additional night of hostel stay at XMN needed before departure

HK$6226 on AY 4/10 - 9/10 HKG-PRG-XMN (return routing PRG-HEL-HKG-XMN, hidden city ticketing possible if destination is HKG)
25% avios (25% outbound, 25% return), all economy, no train ride needed but an additional night of hostel stay at PRG is needed

HK$7424 on SU 5/10 - 8/10 HKG-PRG-HKG
125% miles (100% outbound, 150% return), status completion to silver (skyteam elite), economy outbound and premium economy on return, train ride from HKG to XMN needed after returning

Taking the AY flight costs the least but the experience is a pain. The difference between AY and SU is HK$1198 in flight plus HK$410 for train rides (airport express + brand new high speed rail) minus about HK$80 for a hostel stay. How much flying next year do you think it is worthwhile to take the SU flight for status completion along with the extra 100% miles and comfort, including daytime outgoing flight, premium economy return flight and luxurious train ride (rather than inferior AY overnight flight which I will waste 2 whole days in Prague for readjusting sleep pattern afterwards, and the bumpy economy discomfort short-haul flight HKG-XMN).
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Old Aug 25, 18, 8:58 pm
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hello

did you checked the requirements for status in SU ? also which level do you want to reach ? silver or gold ?

also it depends on your plans . booking fares and so on .... so better to check , make some simulations and see where you will get with your plans and budget
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Old Aug 26, 18, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by fifty_two View Post
hello

did you checked the requirements for status in SU ? also which level do you want to reach ? silver or gold ?

also it depends on your plans . booking fares and so on .... so better to check , make some simulations and see where you will get with your plans and budget
silver only - 25000 status miles in a calendar year
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Old Aug 26, 18, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by miklcct View Post
silver only - 25000 status miles in a calendar year
ok , as far as i know SU doesnt have a miles calculator but you can find the infos you need by yourself

you can find the booking codes which earns 100% or 150% from aeroflot's bonus site

then you check the distance in miles between origin and destination , according to aeroflot (if you dont know use IATA's data in order to know ''more or less'' the value)

the last step will be to calculate how much HKG-PRG are needed to reach silver and thats all
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Old Aug 26, 18, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by fifty_two View Post
ok , as far as i know SU doesnt have a miles calculator but you can find the infos you need by yourself

you can find the booking codes which earns 100% or 150% from aeroflot's bonus site

then you check the distance in miles between origin and destination , according to aeroflot (if you dont know use IATA's data in order to know ''more or less'' the value)

the last step will be to calculate how much HKG-PRG are needed to reach silver and thats all
I'm quite certain that in order to redeem the miles you need to have flown SU within the calendar year. Something like that. Check the rules.
But no such rule earning.
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Old Aug 26, 18, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by OpenSky View Post
I'm quite certain that in order to redeem the miles you need to have flown SU within the calendar year. Something like that. Check the rules.
But no such rule earning.
if i understood correctly OP asked about earnings and status

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Old Aug 26, 18, 10:31 pm
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Originally Posted by fifty_two View Post
ok , as far as i know SU doesnt have a miles calculator but you can find the infos you need by yourself

you can find the booking codes which earns 100% or 150% from aeroflot's bonus site

then you check the distance in miles between origin and destination , according to aeroflot (if you dont know use IATA's data in order to know ''more or less'' the value)

the last step will be to calculate how much HKG-PRG are needed to reach silver and thats all
That's calculated already - a HKG-PRG-HKG (or anywhere in the EU with transfer at SVO) is just more than 10000 miles, i.e. 2 rounds of premium economy are already enough for status.
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Old Aug 27, 18, 8:51 am
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Skyteam elite status in China is nice as you get to jump a lot of queues.
China Eastern will also block the front rows of econony for elites (ste and step).

I personally like day flights to Europe and night flights back to HKG, so that's in favor of Aeroflot.

However, if you do choose Aeroflot, get an insurance for luggage delay. I've had luggage delayed on 90% of my trips this year (hkg-europe and vv, connection time at SVO under 1h50min).
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