I'm going to be flying China Airlines (CI) on a trip from USA to Philippines and possibly also Aeroflot (Asia->Europe) although I usually stick to Star Alliance carriers where I'm *Gold. CI's one-way fare was just unbeatable. As I won't be earning *A-miles on this trip I was wondering what other FF-programme in the SkyTeam alliance would give me the best benefits and not least the quickest way. I'm already a Delta SkyMiles member, but all my earlier earned miles expired. One thing I have noticed is that DL SkyMiles don't have expiry on their miles anymore, which is a huge advantage. That would allow me to fly SkyTeam once in a while and once I have enough mileage, I can redeem for something useful. But I have some questions for you: - Which FF-Programme in SkyTeam has the lowest threshold for higher membership status? - Is there any other FF-programme in the alliance with no mileage expiry? - Is there any other FF-programme outside the alliance which allows you to accumulate miles flying China Airlines (or Aeroflot)?