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SAS recommends not to fly starpartner Austrian ??

Old Aug 21, 03, 3:35 am
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SAS recommends not to fly starpartner Austrian ??

Seems like SAS prefer eurobonus members to fly via Singapore or Bangkok when flying from KUL in order to get eurobonus points.. Why not Austrian KUL-VIE ???
And do they prefer us to fly Singapore airlines from SIN or ?? Strange news


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Old Aug 21, 03, 3:49 am
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Good question indeed. Flight number is 3006 so points should be earnd on KUL-VIE.
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Old Aug 21, 03, 5:02 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Gustaf:
Good question indeed. Flight number is 3006 so points should be earnd on KUL-VIE.</font>

Maybe it a part of the recent Lufthansa/austrian devlopments...
Maybe they pay more for points earned on LH/OS ??

(Star-Awards with Lufthansa will cost up to 30.000 miles more than SAS ??
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Old Aug 21, 03, 7:40 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by The-Longhauler:

Maybe it a part of the recent Lufthansa/austrian devlopments...
Maybe they pay more for points earned on LH/OS ??
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I think so too... And I guess that they'd like people to know that they can connect to SK in BKK or SIN if travelling from KUL!
Probably due to some travelling patterns they've seen...

But one more thing... Isn't it LH that pays SK EB when travelling with LH and crediting to EB?!
 
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Point_Chaser:
But one more thing... Isn't it LH that pays SK EB when travelling with LH and crediting to EB?!</font>
That is correct. LH pays EB to credit the miles.
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Old Aug 21, 03, 8:28 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Point_Chaser:
[b] Probably due to some travelling patterns they've seen...]</font>
Yes, and maybe the talks/news that Malaysia Aitlines thinks about starting a route to Scandinavia

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Gustaf:
That is correct. LH pays EB to credit the miles.</font>
Can it then be reduced payment per mile credited from LH/OS or are they not allowed to do that ?


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Old Aug 22, 03, 4:37 am
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It might simply be a problem of availability. OS VIE-KUL flights continue onto SYD and MEL, and appear to be very popular for award seats.
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Old Aug 22, 03, 6:41 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by House:
It might simply be a problem of availability. OS VIE-KUL flights continue onto SYD and MEL, and appear to be very popular for award seats. </font>
Thank you, House, but this discussion is AFAIK not about award seats..
SAS seems to recommend people to fly via SIN/BKK to Earn staralliance miles/points.
But if this flights really are very full (they seems very popular) , maybe SAS is only doing them a great favour diverting full paying (business class passengers) customers to SIN/BKK ?



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Old Aug 22, 03, 6:57 am
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by The-Longhauler:
[B] Thank you, House, but this discussion is AFAIK not about award seats..
SAS seems to recommend people to fly via SIN/BKK to Earn staralliance miles/points.
But if this flights really are very full (they seems very popular) , maybe SAS is only doing them a great favour diverting full paying (business class passengers) customers to SIN/BKK ?

I agree that the Eurobonus people do seem to have a bit of a dislike for LH/OS! I was using award availability as an indicator of general popularity of the route. I really do think that the OS flights sell themselves, as the only European *A carrier flights to Australia. LH does serve SIN and BKK of course, and OS serves BKK. There may be a strategy of trying to set aside the OS flights for Europe-Australia traffic (full fare tickets would be very lucrative on this route), and sending passengers originating in KUL to BKK/SIN instead.

Also, connecting with the outcound flight from VIE-KUL from Scandinavia is likely to require an overnight stop in VIE (departure time from VIE is around 10am). TG, on the other hand, serves CPH-BKK and ARN-BKK with convenient departure times, meaning that it is possible to fly TG to KUL with just one connection in Asia. There is also the historic ownership link between TG and SK of course.


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Old Aug 22, 03, 7:13 am
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[quote]<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by House:
Originally posted by House:
. I really do think that the OS flights sell themselves, as the only European *A carrier flights to Australia.
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Yes, thinking about it I never saw any marketing of austrians route to KUL from DK. Maybe they only want aus passengers. btw most of their tickets to aus don't allow stopover in KUL, which is a shame, a 22 hours flight is a little to much ...

Maybe SAS and Austrian have agreed about this for once..

But let's see what time will bring , SAS has a nice flight to SEA, so maybe we can expect an announcement like this on Austrian homepage :

"Fly from Seattle with Star Alliance airlines

When traveling from Seattle, remember to book your flights via New York or Washington with a Star Alliance partner airline to earn Miles and more miles. Senator Gold members and Business Class passengers are welcome to use the Red Carpet Lounge when departing from Seattle International Airport." Could be fun...


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