Crediting of Miles

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  1. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    Seeking answers to a few question

    Scenario: If I fly on Airline F(Flown) and credits it to Airline M(Mile),
    1. Is it better to book through Airline F or Airline M?
    2. Which airline will appreciate this arrangement more? Airline F or Airline M?
    3. If I have status / privileges in both, which FFP will apply or they combines? :)
    4. If lounge access is involved, which FFP rules will apply or they combines? :)
    5. Which airline will get the flight (segment) flown credit?
      • Airline M is definitely getting the redeemable miles
    6. Which airline will get the lifetime miles credit?
    Thanks!
     
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    gregm Gold Member

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    @WilliamQ I love you to death, but if that's a 'few questions' I'd hate to see several! ;) The answer to 1 and 2 is prob F although the "appreciation" is probably in the eye of the "appreciated".
     
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    A follow-up question that I have -
    If I want to earn miles with airline M1 but use earned status from airline M2 (both partners of F, though M1 is non-alliance (e.g. Alaska)), is there a better way than the ol' switcheroo of FF #s at the gate?
     
  4. Wandering Aramean
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    Many of the answers depend on who F and M are. On *A carriers, for example, operating metal matters much more than marketing carrier. That is not the case on OW or ST.
    Also, generally speaking, the status/benefits/perks of the program listed on the BP are what apply to the day-of-travel experience. There are ways around this for some programs/benefits by showing the appropriate card but not all play along with that theory for all benefits.

    As to 5, 5a & 6, that credit all goes to where you choose to credit the flight. That's M in your parlance, though I'd save M for marketing carrier and use a different letter for the program where you credit the points; perhaps this:
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    LETTERBOY Gold Member

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    I think it's usually better to book air/hotel reservations through the airline/hotel you will actually be using. If you book a codeshare flight and you have a problem with your reservation, you'll have to go through the airline you booked the flight with. If you book an AA ticket on a US flight, and then US has a schedule change, for example, you'll have to deal with AA to fix it. It adds another layer of complexity to wade through.
     
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    Ok, I am looking at booking a flight from Singapore to Hong Kong.
    The ticket from United (United.com) shows a RT (direct) flight of 2 x 1,603 miles with the ticket Fare Class (L).
    I was wondering if I should credit these miles to United or Asiana
    • This trip (and future ones) will be self paid vacation trips (hopefully at least once a year) around the region
      • My main FFP is Delta SkyMiles but earnings and options around here is weak
    • I might be able to do 20,000 miles over 24 months for Asiana Club Gold (Star Alliance Silver) which is then valid for 24 months.
    • I will might have difficulty reaching 25,000 miles each year for Premier Silver (Star Alliance Silver) on United.
    • My flights will usually be international itineraries (based from SIN) so no upgrades on both programs
      • United FFP does cater for domestic upgrades if status is attained
    • I think ½ million miles would already be tough to hit based on these travel much less a million miles but
      • 500,000 miles on Asiana FFP gets me lifetime Diamond Plus (Star Alliance Gold)
      • 1,000,000 miles on Asiana FFP gets me lifetime Platinum (Star Alliance Gold)
      • 1,000,000 miles on United FFP gets me lifetime Premier Gold (Star Alliance Gold)
    • United's FFP allows for "non-expiry" of earned mileage with account activity each year
    • Asiana miles expire 10 years regardless of account activity (12 years for Diamond and above)
    • United's FFP have companion benefits but I do not see any for Asiana

    Is there anything about Asiana which would tip me over to United Mileage Plus?
     
  7. Wandering Aramean
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    If you otherwise have nothing vested in the MileagePlus program I would NOT use this opportunity as an excuse to start. At a pace of once a year you're not going to make status anyways so ignore that and go by fare/schedule/product.

    If you do choose the UA-operated option then buy from United or from your favorite OTA via a cash-back portal to save a few dollars.
     
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