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  1. masamiegami

    masamiegami Active Member

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    I'm an Air France Platinum member for life and now want to register myself for either Star Alliance or One World... to start collecting miles and higher status... Which alliance is better off? And which airline card is beneficial as your recommendation??? I fly a lot... with business and live in the Middle East currently... American ones look nicer and easier even with full miles of economy class. Im looking more for achieving continuously then I will acquire the status for life kinds... Kindly advise!
     
  2. Counsellor
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    Well, by wanting to be able to earn lifetime status you limit possibilities a bit.

    United (Star Alliance) and American (One World) both offer lifetime status for one million BIS miles on their metal; it's Gold with both but Gold in AA is "Ruby" which gives very few benefits in the OW Alliance while Gold in Star Alliance is mid-tier and gets worldwide club access (but UA has downgraded it greatly from what it was pre-merger).

    One thought: Lufthansa offers (or at least used to offer) lifetime SEN (Gold in Star Alliance) when you reach 60 years old for 10 consecutive years at SEN (100K "miles", but usually larger minimum mileage for shorter hops -- particularly internationally, elite bonus miles and class-of-service bonus miles count as do flights on partner airlines, and you need to qualify only once every two years so much easier to attain). Not sure whether they still offer this, though; rumor has it they were going to discontinue the feature.
     
  3. Ninmurai

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    Don't forget Qantas also offers a lifetime programme, which if you fly in cabins higher than Y will be easier to get than AA, since they do things by status credits rather than BIS mileage.

    Their earn/burn ratio isn't as nice as AA though, and you'll be subject to fuel surcharges, so that's something to consider. Still, with QF status you'll be able to access Admirals lounges when in the USA, which you won't be able to using AA.
     
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    Depending on where you live in the mideast, you might want to sign up for a FF program that partners with your local mideast carrier. The mideast airlines generally aren't alliance members, but many of them are forming bilateral partnerships with carriers that do belong to some alliance.
     
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    Welcome to MP, masamiegami!

    One tip: Please try to be more detailed in your thread titles. Something very generic, such as "Question," doesn't let people know what your question is about. You could be asking anything. Something such as "Advice on which OneWorld program to join" might be better.
     

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