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

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Which frequent flyer programs allow pooling of status credits?

I know the Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer program allows pooling of travel into a single beneficiary for a whole family. This can be useful where one person travels a lot while the rest ...
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how do you get air miles?

I'm a British person living in Japan and I sometimes hear North American friends speaking about having something called air miles. Apparently a sort of reward scheme where flights are cheaper if you ...
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Where to sell my reward airmiles? [closed]

I have 300 000 Delta reward miles and don't need tickets from my Airline. Where can I sell there airmiles? If it's not possible to sell them, where can I exchange them for miles of other airlines?
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On an Air France “train”, can you credit the trip to Flying Blue or SNCF Voyageur?

For an upcoming trip, it's looking like the cheapest and simplest way to travel will be a train from Lille to Paris CDG, then a flight onwards from there. Playing round with various options, it looks ...
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Specifying a Eurostar or SNCF frequent traveller number when booking through Loco2?

Following the help given in this Travel.SE answer, I now know the trick for specifying my Eurostar or SNCF frequent traveller number when booking a ticket through the SNCB website. Now, I find myself ...
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Is the Travelodge chain in the UK part of any loyalty programme?

I know that the Travelodge chain of hotels in some regions of the world is part of the Wyndham Rewards programme. However, I'm not quite sure whether the UK chain (it doesn't seem to be affiliated ...
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Can I earn SNCF Voyager points, for a booking made without the membership number?

Having now worked out what the SNCF Voyageur program is, I've gone ahead and joined it, as I've a number of TGV journeys coming up in the coming months. The slight wrinkle is that most of these TGV ...
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What to do with a small number of United miles, starting in New Zealand?

I have 23,000 miles and my wife has 36,000 miles from United (MileagePlus). They are going to expire in 30 days and I know I can prevent it by spending/earning miles, but I'd like to spend them in ...
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How does the SNCF Voyageur program work?

I'm planning some TGV trips soon, but despite being a member of two different Railteam frequent traveller programs already, from this question it doesn't look like I'd be able to credit the journeys ...
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What techniques, tricks or otherwise have you used to get upgrades on flights?

I've travelled a lot. Living in New Zealand or the UK means anywhere is likely a flight, but I've always flown economy. Twice between LA and Auckland I managed to get the exit row after talking ...
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With Airlines using the same programs, can I merge benefits?

I tried navigating the labyrinthine web sites for US Airways and Continental (both in the same alliance), and I gave up after the automated system made me rip my own ears off... Does anyone know ...
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Can you combine loyalty programs when flying on a multi itinerary flight?

I fly mostly with SAS, and thus I earn points on their EuroBonus loyalty programs. I am soon travelling from Europe to Japan with KLM, and will use their FlyingBlue program, since EuroBonus cannot be ...
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Expiry of Miles and More (Lufthansa/Swiss) frequent traveler loyalty program award miles?

Since I'm flying regularly with StarAlliance, I joined their frequent flyer program miles and more. There, you can earn two different kind of miles, status miles and award miles. The status miles are ...
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How can I use my new Miles and More membership?

After being extremely confused on how Miles and More and Star Alliance and the other big alliances (SkyTeam and OneWorld) work, I decided to register at the Miles and More website. From what I'm able ...
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Is there a database of hotels that shows what loyalty systems they accept?

When I travel I find it very difficult to find out whether I can accrue Delta or AA miles, or IHG or HHilton points. Often I have to call and talk to the hotel, and still sometimes the person on the ...
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How will the US Airways and American Airlines merger affect frequent flyer miles?

So I have like 30,000 frequent flier miles with American Airlines and in a few weeks, care of my employer, will be traveling US Airways for a business trip. Since American Airlines is now owned by US ...
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How to collect Oneworld frequent flyer benefits from an RTW trip?

I took an RTW trip earlier this year with several long flights that were all/mostly Oneworld companies: 1 x British Airways 1 x American Airlines 3 x Qantas (Also 2 medium-haul flights with ...
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How do family members earn points in Qantas Frequent Flyer?

As far as I understood, the only way to get points from Qantas flights is being a Frequent Flyer member. If I'm a Qantas Frequent Flyer and my wife is not, and we are going to make a trip together, ...
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If I book a Eurostar ticket through SNCB, how can I attach my Eurostar Frequent Traveller details to the booking?

When looking to book a Eurostar ticket, I discovered that it was cheaper (for this one journey - no promises in general!) to book it via the SNCB English website rather than via Eurostar themselves. ...
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Reinstating expired MileagePlus miles

Just realized when booking some travel that I forgot to take action last October to prevent some mileage from expiring. As per http://www.ualmiles.com/ReinstatementMiles.jsp, it is possible to ...
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Is “Flying Return” the only available loyalty program for Air India?

I'm flying with Air India and I was looking in which loyalty programs Air India is a member. It turned out, that Air India has its own loyalty program called "Flying Return". From the homepage, it ...
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Can I merge points from different flight companies to use in Star Alliance?

If I have points in multiple Star Alliance member companies, can I sum up all these points to get a Star Alliance flight ticket?
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What is the most effective way to use United (MileagePlus) miles?

Over the past few years I've accumulated enough MileagePlus miles on United for a reward. I've never used miles before, and was wondering how to use them to get the most out of them. Is simply booking ...
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Which loyality program should I use for my Aerolineas Argentinas flights?

In December 2013 and January 2014 I did a couple of flights with Aerolineas Argentinas. Since some of them would let me earn a lot of miles, I'd like to join a loyalty program where I'll get miles for ...
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Will American Airlines let me fly first class by buying miles?

I have an interesting problem and am hoping you might have some insight. I want to book a ticket to go to Michigan for my sisters graduation Leaving on May 1st after 8pm or may 2nd in the morning and ...
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Can I pay for one traveler's round trip fare to Scotland and use miles for the other traveler's fare on United?

My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland this spring. I have enough miles for a round trip using saver and standard awards on United for one of us. I'd like to use miles for one ticket and ...
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How do I evaluate the HHonors “Earning Style” options?

Hilton gives one the option to earn points and points; fixed or variable miles with airline partners. How can I decide which one is better for me? I have Delta as airline provider.
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Can I do anything useful with a small number of soon-to-expire US Air Miles?

I have a small but not negligible stash of US Airways miles that are about to expire. I do most of my flying through other airlines, so earning more to avoid expiration (or using them on an upgrade) ...
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Miles and more for a family

I recently registered to the Miles&More frequent flyer program and I was thinking all flights I buy with reference to this frequent traveler number can earn points (miles). For example, I bought ...
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Maximizing Loyalty Programs - For a New Road Warrior

So basically from November, to at least some time in March I will be traveling every week for work. I pretty much must stay in Hilton family of hotels, pretty much have to rent from Enterprise or ...
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Do I have to purchase tickets with the airline's credit card to get the benefits?

I'm planning a trip with my family and would like to take advantage of the benefits on my wife's Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage® World Mastercard but purchase the tickets with another card. The ...
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Miles and more - unawarded miles in Y class

I have flown Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Kuala Lumpur and Singapore-Istanbul. I asked for Miles and More mileage and the Singapore-Istanbul flight is excluded from mileage awards, since I have booked in ...
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Is Spirit Airlines's $9 Fare Club worth it?

Has anyone tried Spirit Airlines's $9 fare club membership ($60/year)? What do you get with your membership, and what makes it worth it?
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Converting Virgin Australia flights into AirNZ Airpoints

Evidently, Virgin Australia flights can be used to earn AirNZ airpoints, something I wish I'd found out a few months earlier so that I could have claimed a flight last year. However, I'm struggling ...
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Can you transfer Qantas Frequent Flyer Points to other (non-family) members?

Someone's offered to sell me QFF points. I realise you can transfer between family members, but I was wondering whether this is in line with their terms and conditions for non-family members.
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How can you get the best value when converting American Express points for airfare?

My wife's 60th is coming up and we'd like to fly to London (from Denver, CO). My physical limitations require business class. Is it best to buy cheapest ticket, then upgrade using American Express ...
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La Quinta Returns nightly rate

I stayed last year in a La Quinta Hotel and I have about 15000 points. I would like to make a reservation using those points but I don't understand if the nightly rate is, for example, (15000 points + ...
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Medallion Qualification Miles vs. regular miles

I'm considering applying for a Delta SkyMiles credit card. The Platinum card says you can get 5,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualification Miles) and up to 30,000 bonus miles. Based on the wording I think ...
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What “undocumented” benefits are there to being an “elite” frequent flyer?

I travel a lot for business, and so am fortunate enough to have reached an "elite" frequent flyer level. There are some well-documented benefits which are common to most of the frequent flyer ...
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Difference between AAdvantage “points” and “miles”

When I review my American Airlines AAdvantage account, I notice that I am accruing both "points" and "miles". Both appear to play a role in determining my elite status, but I can't seem to find the ...
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How do I get a free Hostelworld Gold card?

I heard that Hostelworld gives out regularly free Gold Cards. But how can I get such a card? I couldn't find anything one their homepage.
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What tips or tricks can you use to get “upgraded”/better hotel rooms?

(Inspired by this question on flight upgrades), Most non-budget hotels have various categories of rooms - perhaps larger rooms, "Executive" rooms, suites, and so on. What tips or tricks can you use ...
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Claiming air miles for Air Alaska with codeshares

I flew from CHC to AKL with AirNZ, claimed the points. Then from AKL to NAD to HNL with Air Pacific, claimed as partner of Qantas with OneWorld. Then flew from HNL to SEA to YVR with Alaska Airlines. ...
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Will I receive Explorer card benefits if my employer pays for my flight?

My employer flies me out every couple of months and pays for my flight, and it always seems to be with United. I was wondering, if I get the Chase Explorer card, will I still be awarded miles for ...
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Can you get back miles you didn't fly because you were rebooked on another Airline/Alliance?

I was recently due to fly on American Airlines, but my flights were cancelled at the last minute. They rebooked me on US Airways (not the same alliance), via a slightly different route, and I didn't ...
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What's the difference between MileSAAver and AAnytime reward tickets on American Airlines?

What's the difference between MileSAAver and AAnytime reward tickets on American Airlines, once they have been booked? Do they have different cancellation or change policies, for example? I'm looking ...
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Is having multiple air travel loyalty programs possible?

I have an account at Flying Blue, but I've never used it (I just signed up online). Now I want an account at Asia Miles. Will it affect me in any way if I just leave the FB account dormant and sign ...
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Is collecting miles for Cathay Pacific worth it for semi-frequent long-haul flights?

I'll be flying two return trips a year, with a possible extra trip in the rare case of unforeseeable occurrences. This will be for at least 4 years. The flights are Heathrow - Hong Kong, 5990 ...
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Cheapest way to get HON circle status?

I'm looking for the absolute cheapest way to get the Star Alliance HON circle status. For that you have to collect 600,000 status miles in two calendar years. I don't care about long layovers or a lot ...
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How often should I fly on StarAlliance airlines to be eligible for a Europe-to-USA business class upgrade?

As I expect to regularly go across the Atlantic and it often happens to be through Swiss or Lufthansa, I subscribed to the Miles & More frequent flyer program. Since I'm travelling on my own ...