Where should I direct my miles?

Old Apr 30, 03, 1:38 pm
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Where should I direct my miles?


Here's my status:

UA: 1K
LH: FTL

I have an upcoming trip to MUC. The most convenient (and cheapest) route for my travel dates is:

SFO-LHR on UA metal (LH codeshare), LHR-MUC on LH, MUC-SFO on LH

Any thoughts on which FF account I should direct my miles to? Are there any particular advantages (preferred seating, better chances of upgrades etc) in having them go to either one of the FF programs? Assuming I have a valid upgradeable fare, can I use my SWUs if the miles are being credited to LH?

Thanks!
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Old Apr 30, 03, 3:36 pm
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You didn't specify whether you are hoping to upgrade from Y to C or from C to F. If you have a Y ticket and are a 1K, then credit the miles to M+ as you'll get 200% of actual miles. If you have a C ticket, you'll get 225% of actual miles credited to M+ or 250% credited to M&M plus LHR-MUC would be 2500 miles rather than 1300 to M+ because of M&M's 1000 mile minimum.

If you have a C ticket, the difference in mileage accrual may be small enough that the slightly better service you might get as a 1K could possible tip the scales toward M+. If you have a Y ticket, M+ for sure.
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Old Apr 30, 03, 3:46 pm
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SWU usage is independend of where your miles are credited.
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Old Apr 30, 03, 3:53 pm
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Thanks for the replies ... I'm trying to upgrade from Y to C!
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Old Apr 30, 03, 4:13 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by peter42:
SWU usage is independend of where your miles are credited.</font>

If he is on a LH codeshare/UA metal, does he not have to do standby, and probably have the SWU collected, so unavailable for the LHR-MUC segment?

If flying LH & LH codeshare are standby SWU's good for any paid fare or only HMBY?
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Old Apr 30, 03, 11:37 pm
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malgudi, as you are *G (MP: 1K), I would credit your flights on your paid coach class ticket to the following FFP (neglecting the “requalification topic”):

MP: SFO-LHR & MUC-SFO (100% MP status + 100% MP bonus miles instead of 125% M&M status miles)
M&M: LHR-MUC (1.250 M&M status miles instead of 578 MP status miles.


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Old May 1, 03, 4:15 am
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Perhaps the rules have changed recently, but last year it was not possible to upgrade using either miles or SWUs on codeshare flights.
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Old May 1, 03, 10:08 am
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Whatever you do, make sure that your 1K number is in the system until you get to the gate, as you will be further up all the lists (inc op/ug) with the higher status.
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