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Pick Airline - No Status

Old Jan 17, 12, 8:36 pm
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Pick Airline - No Status

It seems that a lot of the bloggers are switching over to AA as their main airline because the highest level status seems to have the most perks. However, I am in a totally different situation.

I do not have any status on any airline and probably will not be able to make anything but the lowest level of status. I was wondering if people have any recommendations for airlines that (with associated credit cards) offer the most benefits to us commoners with little to no status. I appreciate any input you might have.
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Old Jan 17, 12, 8:43 pm
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Originally Posted by bartman9 View Post
It seems that a lot of the bloggers are switching over to AA as their main airline because the highest level status seems to have the most perks. However, I am in a totally different situation.

I do not have any status on any airline and probably will not be able to make anything but the lowest level of status. I was wondering if people have any recommendations for airlines that (with associated credit cards) offer the most benefits to us commoners with little to no status. I appreciate any input you might have.
Moving to TB Forum.

Where do you fly out of? None of the airlines give non-status passengers much, IMO. You get a seat & a safe trip, hopefully. Maybe a soda if you're lucky.
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Old Jan 17, 12, 8:48 pm
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I am traveling out of a regional airport (ROC). So I will always be making a connection in NYC, Chicago or some other major city.

My thought was using a credit card to gain some types of perks on the airline. If I had a low level status with that airlines credit card, is there any airline that stands out?
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Old Jan 17, 12, 8:52 pm
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Old Jan 17, 12, 9:23 pm
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In many cases, the airline with the most service at your home airport would be best. You aren't going to get perks, so all you really care about is earning miles that you can redeem for flights. It really depends on your flying habits. Where do you live and where do you usually fly?
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Old Jan 17, 12, 9:51 pm
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In that case, pick the best schedule. If silver level of one airline is better in your opinion, consider that. Occasionally, consider airline gate location. For example, if you fly to Denver a lot and are considering Continental, know that their gate is at the far end of the United concourse. However, that will change as CO and UA merge operations.
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Old Jan 17, 12, 10:25 pm
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Old Jan 17, 12, 10:43 pm
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Heresy!! I am booking my flights based more on convenience than anything else. That means out of LAX I flew Jet Blue to Boston and US to PHX. Although I have status on DL, I am no longer willing to transfer in ATL. I did choose DL for a recent up-coming itinerary to Hawaii. When I fly to ORD this fall, I'll likely fly UA or AA. Re: International travel...no plans yet, this year, but have a lot of DL Skymiles which may be useful. Hoping, always hoping for return to VCE.
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Old Jan 17, 12, 11:56 pm
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That depends on where you go most of the time, and where you are based.

For domestic I perfer USAirways, their benefits are pretty good, and they have international routes as well, so I can get upgrades on international flights.

I also travel to the UK alot these days, so I have begun spreading it around to VS (Virgin Atlantic). Slower program, but as I go so often it is building up and their F class is quite nice with the lie-flats. Virgin America points also add up, so I sometimes take their domestic routes.

I used to take WN (southwest) when I was based in PHX. It's a real peasant, cattle car of an airline with a lackluster awards program, but the benefits are rather quick..if you call first crack at a coach seat a "benefit". But they are good for short haul domestics and have a pretty good routing system. If you need a quick run from SAN to OAK you might as well go with them..keeping in mind that any awards you get will not be any good for international travel. They have no bag fee and no change fee (provided you change to a flight of the same fare type, or you pay the diff)..but I never check bags and I rarely change flights and you will have to consider your own situation. Remember, many of the others will also wavie bag fees and change fees at a certain status level. Card partner is visa, so if you have an amex or MC you cannot pull the same benefits.

If you are going to or from DEN most of the time, have a look at Frontier. Smaller airline, not much to say about their awards programs, but generally a good airline. Also consider United, especially for DEN. Their program is quite good IMHO, especially in the mid-tiers.

I also have status on CO due to an old route of mine involving monthly trips to Houston. Nasty crews! Lackluster program.

AA is still a good one, and I have always liked them as an airline. Most of my status with them was earned over 10 years in dribs and drabs on Intl' Heavy to South America and American Eagle commuters during the 80's. Since I moved to the southwestern corner of the country, I don't get on them much anymore.

As you are going out of ROC, you may want to consider AA, US and UA. Their regional carriers may serve that airport and then you can book one itinerary all the way through and earn points on the commuter flight too. Join them all, then book based on scheduling.

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Old Jan 18, 12, 6:13 am
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part of it depends upon how you plan to spend your miles, if you generate a lot of them. AA/BA do not have great coverage of world. i carry star alliance, and miles in starwood amex if i can. maximizes trip options for miles.
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Old Jan 18, 12, 8:16 am
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Originally Posted by slawecki View Post
AA/BA do not have great coverage of world.
What? You forgot a good chunk of ow (such as QF/CX ).

To the OP: Get your miles for lucrative international premium cabin redemptions from credit cards. For normal day-to-day revenue travel, pick the airline with the schedule that works for you at the price you want to pay. Consolidate the miles appropriately (if you're not flying enough for status, UA for Star Alliance and AS for AS/oneworld/SkyTeam).
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Old Jan 18, 12, 9:18 am
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Thanks for your input everyone. My hope for the next 13 months is the following:

- 1 Trip to Asia
- 2 Trips to California
- 1 Trip to Florida
- 1 Trip to Hawaii

I am hoping all those trips will get me some sort of status on an airline. So I am hoping to try and use one airline, if the price makes sense.
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Old Jan 18, 12, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by bartman9 View Post
Thanks for your input everyone. My hope for the next 13 months is the following:

- 1 Trip to Asia
- 2 Trips to California
- 1 Trip to Florida
- 1 Trip to Hawaii

I am hoping all those trips will get me some sort of status on an airline. So I am hoping to try and use one airline, if the price makes sense.
Should get you silver status on most airlines I think.. depends where you're based out of of course.
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Old Jan 18, 12, 11:25 am
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Should get you silver status on most airlines I think.. depends where you're based out of of course.
Based out of the Northeast you should make silver, anything else would be a real reach. You might get up to 35,000-40,000 not a bad roll over on DL. It depends on your routing. Good luck
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Old Jan 18, 12, 11:49 am
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Either United or American. To Asia, Cali and Hawaii you'll probably transfer at ORD, to Florida any of multiple hubs. Does American go where you need in Asia? If so, I would personally pick American (easier redemptions) but there could be a case made for United too.
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