Earning frequent flyer miles/points, redemption, inter-airline point transfers

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Would a non-business traveler ever benefit from collecting air miles, as compared to simply buying the cheapest ticket available?

Looking at various air miles programs around the world, it seems to me that they're only useful for business travelers, who basically get free flights out of their employer's pocket. However for a ...
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Frequent Flyer (Downgrading)

I am holding a platinum topbonus card (oneworld emerald) from airberlin but I am quite sure I cannot clock up 100k miles such that I sustain my status by June 2016 this year. Currently, I have 52k / ...
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BA Executive club avios expiration

My last flight with BA was 13-Aug-14. As I understand I have to have some transaction within 36 months to keep avios - eg till february 2016. I bought a flight in december 2015 but it is scheduled to ...
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Can I switch OneWorld airline loyalty schemes and retain my benefits?

I am currently American AAdvantage Executive Platinum, and am considering switching to earning through the British Airways Executive Club instead, with the hope of reaching Gold this year (the ...
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How did the cabin crew know that I didn't get my preferred meal in a previous flight?

In a recent flight, I ordered fish, but it was not available, the crew apologized and offered me another meal. Anyway, I flew after that with the same airline, and when they started serving meals, ...
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Are there any InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) properties in Sri Lanka?

I'm looking at doing a mattress run / mileage run for my IHG Rewards Club account while I'm travelling in Sri Lanka later this month. However, on the IHG site I can't find any rooms for dates in ...
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How do I benefit from flying business class out of Montreal with Swiss?

For the first time, I got upgraded and will fly out of Montreal in business class with Swiss. Now obviously I don't know what perks I can expect. Therefore my question is: Compared to an economy class ...
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How can I find out how many Miles I will receive on Royal Plus?

I'm flying from Zurich to Auckland with Cathay Pacific via Hong-Kong next year, and am considering getting the miles accredited to a Royal Jordanian Frequent Flyer account (Royal Plus), as they have ...
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Is it possible to transfer miles between SkyTeam program members?

I have some miles in Aeroflot Bonus program, some more in the FlyingBlue (KLM / Air France) and some more in other programs, but my concern is regarding the Aeroflot and AirFrance programs. Is ...
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Using American Airline Miles

I'm trying to book a flight for my mom to Shanghai by using my AA miles but I'm not sure if I should use Anytime Miles or MileSAver Miles. If I booked her Anytime miles would the possibility of ...
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Will I get American AAdvantage miles when flying a Qantas flight operated by Emirates?

I normally collect AAdvantage points with American Airlines. I'm considering booking a Qantas flight (LHR->DXB), but some of the flights, whilst having a Qantas flight number, are operated by ...
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What's the difference between Skyteam and Flying blue?

I am going to reserve a flight with Airfrance and I just subscribed to the Flying Blue program (Airfrance + KLM). Is this program the same as Skyteam? I mean, the miles I earn in Flying Blue are added ...
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Can I earn miles with the skyteam program if a friend of mine buy the ticket for me?

I'm new with any kind of miles program and I am wondering some questions. As assumption I'm considering the SkyTeam program. If a friend of my mine buy two ticket one for him and one for me, he'll ...
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Can I claim miles if I bought the Tickets but didn't take the flight?

Due to odd circumstances I didn't have a chance to take a flight. I already bought the tickets and I wasn't able to cancel anything. Can I still Request Miles (Miles and More)?
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Probability of first-class upgrade with only Platinum status?

In the AAdvantage program, there are 3 statuses, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Executive. The Platinum has a "72-hour upgrade window". The Executive has a 100-hour window. I assume this refers to when ...
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Does Delta give SkyMiles credit for Aero Mexico flights to Cuba?

I've claimed a few flights with Delta. All seem to have gone through easily, except for a TIJ-MEX-HAV flight. I emailed them the details separately, and they said they've put them through manually. ...
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How can I check my status on an American Airlines promotion?

I registered with an American Airlines promotion to get "elite" status if I flew certain numbers of miles before the end of the year. I assume that once I register I need to do nothing further. I have ...
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With Capital One rewards credit cards: if I book on United, do I get PQM?

I am reconsidering which credit card I want to be using for my business. I am thinking about the Capital One card with mileage as a reward. Here is an FAQ for the rewards: ...
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Is it still possible to find mileage run flights and if so, how?

I need about 8000 miles by the end of the year to retain my Elite status with Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles (and consequently my Star Alliance Gold level). In my mind, spending some money to do a ...
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When buying flight with AAdvantage points do you still pay $ at the end?

So I am looking at signing up for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® However, I am pretty confused at how all of the miles redemption options work. I understand that the AAnytime ...
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Is there an airline ticket like a bus pass with unlimited trips?

I travel to Sweden from The UK twice a year and it would be good to have an airplane pass for 10 years for example. To clarify I'd like to buy a ticket that allows me to travel on unlimited journeys ...
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What is the typical ratio of paid versus free miles in frequent flyer programs? [closed]

I realize that this varies from program to program and depends on various factors. But just as a general rule of thumb what is the ratio of miles you have to pay to free miles in a typical program? ...
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Joining and getting miles for prior flights?

I fly a lot.. stupidly I have never been in any frequent flyer program. I just come back from Europe to Korea last week flying Emirates, flew there 2.5 months ago on China Southern, apart from low ...
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Using AA Aviator Awards

I signed up for a US Airways, now AA Aviator Credit card and earned 50,000 miles. When I go online to redeem there are two choices of seats, Economy Miles Saver (none available for my dates) and ...
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How can I change my FF number on Iberia/British Airways to American Airlines?

I booked a flight from Buenos Aires to London through Iberia (one of the legs is via British Airways). When I get to fill my personal information, the frequent flyer number is already filled with my ...
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Collecting hotels.com rewards points for a third-party booking

I'll be staying in a hotel in NYC next week, and the reservation was made by a third party via hotels.com. The email confirmation, which they forwarded to me, included this little snippet: I ...
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How free nights are redeemed at hotels.com?

Once you stay for 10 nights with hotels.com you get 1 free night. However, how exactly does it work? Do you just pay for taxes? Or does redeemable value covers just part of the price? Or have limits ...
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Collecting bonus miles from family flights on the Emirates Skywards program

So my sister and grandfather are travelling from SFO-DXB and since it is a one off trip for them, I though I could add them to my family bonus program and collect their 20% miles for myself. How do I ...
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How can I pay with both miles/points and cash for a flight on Delta?

I received 50K miles from the Delta Gold card signup bonus and would like to cash in. However, this particular flight would take me 3.5K to 5K miles over. Am I able to use my miles and pay the ...
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Earning miles using hidden ticketing?

If you buy a 'hidden ticket' and fly from destination A to C with a stopover at point B (and you will leave the airport at destination B with a unused B to C leg), can you still accrue miles from the ...
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Changing Address to a US Address and Dollar Requirement

Suppose that as a non-US person, I have United Silver status. I thus have >25K PQM. However, what happens if I don't have $3K PQD but I change my address to a US address? Do I lose the status?
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Has United recently changed calculating miles based on distance to based on fare?

From United's page on earning miles, it seems that for most United flights, miles are awarded based on the fare rather than on the distance. As far as I've noticed, the miles I get from calculation ...
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Do the SNCF fidelity “points monnaie” expire when switching status?

I am currently a member of the SNCF fidelity program and I am a "Grand Voyageur", a status that lets you collect points ("points monnaie") for every euro spent. Soon, it will be the anniversary of my ...
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How is Delta's MQM minimum per leg affected by fare class?

Under Delta's SkyMiles program (both the old one and the new one that began in 2015,) Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) are earned per mile flown, but earn a minimum of 500 per leg. Additionally, the ...
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Could I use American Express rewards points for Eurostar

Could I use American Express Reward Points to book my Eurostar from London to Paris?
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Free Amtrak Lounge Access with No Ticket

Amtrak Select Plus and Select Executive statuses provide Unlimited access to ClubAcela®, Amtrak's Metropolitan LoungeSM, First class lounges and United Club lounges. Can an Amtrak Select ...
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Are there any ways to get American Airlines systemwide upgrades, apart from having Executive Platinum status?

I used to have American Airlines Executive Platinum status, which entitles one to eight systemwide upgrades each year. These are extremely valuable and were easily the best benefit (essentially they ...
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Is it illegal/against rules to combine miles from different airlines? [duplicate]

I have accumulated miles on different airlines, all of them are part of the star alliance but unfortunately I signed up for individual airline programs and accumulated miles on them. Can I consolidate ...
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How can I apply Disney Reward points toward a vacation that is several years out?

I have a Chase Disney Rewards credit card and some of my accumulated points are beginning to expire. Our family will likely not visit Disney for another 3 or 4 years. Are there any reward purchases ...
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Do I have a fighting chance trying to avoid $50 charge for miles credit with United MileagePlus? [closed]

I (actually a friend of mine, but I will use myself here for simplicity) have created for United MileagePlus account. I have flown twice in the past year with United and figured that it would help to ...
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Recalling the train/seat details for a SNCF ticket loaded onto your Voyageur card?

One of the advantages of the SNCF Voyageur program (as touched on in this existing question here) is VOTRE CARTE CONTIENT VOTRE BILLET. This means that when booking your ticket online, you can enter ...
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Best option to get cheap flights for flying Vancouver to Geneva return 10 to 15 times

For the coming 5 years, my fiancee and I will travel once a year (maybe even twice a year for my fiancee) between from Vancouver to Geneva and return. I know nothing about how one can accumulate ...
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Can you earn miles with different airlines for the same one flight, if they are part of the same loyalty program?

For example, I flew British Airways LAX-LHR. I wanted to get miles on Alaska Airlines so I sent in the boarding pass, etc and received credit. I also have a mileage plan with American Airlines. ...
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Is it possible to consolidate Virgin (Velocity) with AirNZ Airpoints?

I have, frustratingly, ended up with points in both the Velocity program, and the Airpoints program (Virgin and Air New Zealand). I know if I fly Virgin, I can choose either to have the points put ...
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How to contribute British Airways air miles to Qatar Airways without having first flown Qatar?

I've just flown on British Airways, and foresee flying with Qatar Airways (BA's partner in Oneworld alliance) in the near future. I haven't flown with Qatar, though. Is there a way I can "give" my air ...
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How to make up miles to reach a United Airlines elite status?

I have accumulated 93,000 miles by 12/25 this year, 7000 miles short of United 100K status. What are my options to reach 100K status without actually making another flight? Can I buy a trip, but ...
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If you're evacuated on a flight paid for by your government (eg civil unrest, volcanic ash delays), are you ever entitled to the frequent flyer miles?

This came about after a Facebook discussion over this article: Abbott government cracks down on bizarre requests for help from Australian travellers: Question 15: 15) Some travellers evacuated ...
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Why are no upgrades with miles available on United?

I plan to buy 2 economy tickets from Newark to Edinburgh on United and then use miles to upgrade them to BUS. But every single date I check has "no award upgrades available". I am more than six ...
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Frequent travel between Berlin and London - what benefits/perks can I get?

I'm currently living in London, but I'll be moving to Berlin early next year - and I'll definitely be staying for a fair while. I've still got friends and family in London and Manchester, so it's ...
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Canceling points-booked United flight?

Does anyone know if it is possible to cancel points-booked United flight (with refund?)? I booked flights to Portugal for end of November, but now having second thoughts due to all that Ebola stuff. I ...