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Difference between TK and LH mileage accrual on UA

Old Aug 24, 19, 5:16 am
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Difference between TK and LH mileage accrual on UA

The included image show 2 partner flights: TK and LH. Both flights were in J class but itís a bit shocking that the TK flight yielded so few comparative miles considering itís the longer flight. TK is a full member of *A so I was a bit surprised. Does anyone know why the disparity?

just in case the image is not showing up:

TK: FRA-ESB, PQMs 1368, PQS 1. (Actual miles 1368)
LH: FRA-ATH, PQMs 3372, PQS 1.5. (Actual miles 1124)

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Old Aug 24, 19, 6:56 am
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LH, LX, AC and NH are preferred partners. Youíll earn more PQMs and RDMs than the other Star Alliance airlines. You just have to look at the mileage accumulation pages for the respective airlines on UA website.
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Old Aug 24, 19, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by Dudemon View Post
The included image show 2 partner flights: TK and LH. Both flights were in J class but itís a bit shocking that the TK flight yielded so few comparative miles considering itís the longer flight. TK is a full member of *A so I was a bit surprised. Does anyone know why the disparity?

just in case the image is not showing up:

TK: FRA-ESB, PQMs 1368, PQS 1. (Actual miles 1368)
LH: FRA-ATH, PQMs 3372, PQS 1.5. (Actual miles 1124)
perfectly normal and not any different in most other FQTV programs. RDM earnings are also very different. That is why one always has to consider carefully which partner airline to fly and check earnings along the way.
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Old Aug 24, 19, 9:03 am
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Originally Posted by Dudemon View Post
The included image show 2 partner flights: TK and LH. Both flights were in J class
I'm guessing both flights were NOT in "J class".

"J" class on TK is if their lowest level business class, which does indeed earn 1.0x miles flown. All other business class fares earn 1.25x (C, D, Z and K), so on this one you were indeed on a J class fare.

"J" class on LH is full-fare business class, and earns 2.0x miles flown. As you only earned 1.5x it appears you were in "Z" class which is their 2nd lowest business class fare. If you had been in the even cheaper "P" class then you would have earned 1.0x miles flown, just like you did on TK.
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Old Aug 24, 19, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by docbert View Post
I'm guessing both flights were NOT in "J class".

"J" class on TK is if their lowest level business class, which does indeed earn 1.0x miles flown. All other business class fares earn 1.25x (C, D, Z and K), so on this one you were indeed on a J class fare.

"J" class on LH is full-fare business class, and earns 2.0x miles flown. As you only earned 1.5x it appears you were in "Z" class which is their 2nd lowest business class fare. If you had been in the even cheaper "P" class then you would have earned 1.0x miles flown, just like you did on TK.
"J" class on LH is full-fare business class, and earns 3.0x miles. The OP is listing PQMs.
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Old Aug 24, 19, 12:00 pm
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Originally Posted by docbert View Post
"J" class on LH is full-fare business class, and earns 2.0x miles flown. As you only earned 1.5x it appears you were in "Z" class which is their 2nd lowest business class fare. If you had been in the even cheaper "P" class then you would have earned 1.0x miles flown, just like you did on TK.
Actually, OP listed 3x PQM, indicative of a J fare on LH. 1.5 PQS, but 3x PQM.

And, yes, the basic rationale is that UA gives higher PQM amounts on its joint venture partners. LH is one; TK is not.
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Old Aug 24, 19, 12:24 pm
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Originally Posted by margarita girl View Post
LH, LX, AC and NH are preferred partners. Youíll earn more PQMs and RDMs than the other Star Alliance airlines. You just have to look at the mileage accumulation pages for the respective airlines on UA website.
The distinction is JV partners vs non-JV partners.

JV partners are: LH, LX, OS, SN, NH and AC

Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels, ANA and Air Canada

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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post


The distinction is JV partners vs non-JV partners.

JV partners are: LH, LX, OS, SN, NH and AC

Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels, ANA and Air Canada

And NZ.
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Old Aug 24, 19, 9:27 pm
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perfectly normal and not any different in most other FQTV programs. RDM earnings are also very different. That is why one always has to consider carefully which partner airline to fly and check earnings along the way.
very true!
The most glaring example I know is LH P (discount business). It earns a big fat zero in TKís FFP!
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Old Aug 24, 19, 9:49 pm
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Although not a JV partner (yet), CM also earns 1.5x PQM on higher class fares.
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