Code Sharing... How does it Work? Can I fly Star Alliance and get UA Miles

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  1. edekba

    edekba Gold Member

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    Hi I saw/found a really good deal for a flight with TACA (Star Alliance) LAX <-> LIM $233 RT. Is there anyway to get UA miles from this?

    8516 miles for $233 = 2.7CPM :)

    I'm not sure how code sharing really works. Anyone care to shed some light?
     
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  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    This fare will only earn 50% credit in the MileagePlus program. And also make sure that the flights you select are operated by TACA. There are a number of options operated by LACSA and I'm not sure if those will count or not. The metal flown is the critical factor.


    And codesharing is a whole different beast that doesn't really matter much in this. ;)
     
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    NO, you cannot usually transfer miles between partners, except possibly by going through a service that charges huge fees and then only for certain FF programs. For this system, whether the airlines are partners or not doesn't matter, anly that both participate in the transfer program. Usually the transfer fees are more than the miles are worth.

    What you usually can do is to decide before the flight which alliance partner to credit the miles to. This is very different from doing a transfer ex post.
     
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  7. edekba

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    Oh hey are you the guy on the podcast :)

    But yeah I found it fly.com (travelzoo) and then you gotta book through cheapOair. So i dont even know if this is worth it.
     
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    I don't see why they wouldn't transfer the same as if it was coded for TACA. LACSA uses the same FF program and is just a division of TACA. Hopefully it works out, I just purchased six tickets for a November vacation.
     
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    I could never figure out the Taca/Lacsa thing, and now it's actually Avianca-Taca, and I sorta assume Lacsa is some sort of legacy thing that will eventually fade into the sunset...
     
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    One of many parts of the Global Media Empire. ;)

    On the LACSA front, I simply don't know. Maybe it will count and maybe not. I wouldn't be too excited about taking a risk on that if other routings were viable.

    I wouldn't let the booking channel turn you off. They all have to follow the rules assuming they book the reservation initially.
     
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