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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is there a frequent flyer program catering to children?

I am with my current bank, because I have been with them since very early age. My bank is very smart in knowing that if you have been with a bank for years, you are not likely to change. I am ...
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Does StarAlliance's loyality program have a “recommend a friend” program?

I can't find anything like that on the homepage, but I'm wondering whether Star Alliance has a program like this. So basically, that I would get some miles if I recommend an active friend to also join ...
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Can you get frequent flyer miles from all code-share airlines, or only same alliance ones?

For example, Qantas and British Airways are both One World. If you fly with one, you can usually claim miles with the other (except some award seats). What about China Eastern Airlines, who ...
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When do my Miles and More miles expire?

I can remember that I've read that award miles at the Star Alliance loyalty program Miles and More expire within 18 months. However, I can't find this information anymore. Has anybody a canonical ...
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How far in advance do Qantas release reward flights?

I do most of my earning and spending of miles on British Airways (BA), who normally post their award flights 355 days out. (That's the initial load, sometimes they post more seats nearer departure). ...
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Is it possible to use Hilton HHonors points at partner hotels?

Is it possible to use Hilton HHonors points at other hotel affiliated with Hilton? Or, put more generally, what are some strategies on making the most of Hilton HHonors points.
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Avios points awarded for BA partner airline flights

I am in the BA executive club. What are the rules for receiving points for flights operated by the partner airlines? Last time I flew Finnair, I got exactly 25% of the points that I would have ...
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What are “500 Mile Upgrades”?

On my American Airlines AAdvantage account, I see a lot of references to "500 Mile Upgrades". I don't quite understand how these work. Can someone explain what these are for (and what does the "500 ...
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Can I upgrade only a portion of my ticket with miles on Singapore Air (SQ)?

If I book a trip such as JFK-SIN-MLE (New York -> Singapore -> Maldives) RT (round trip), would it be possible to use miles to just upgrade the JFK-SIN portion of the trip? Or even simpler, if I have ...
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How does one search for flights with miles? Or is it simply a post-selection operation?

I have started to accumulate a few decent miles with some airlines. In the past, I've merely used miles to reduce the cost - choose a flight, apply points, voila. However, I was wondering if there ...
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What ways are there to retain/gain AAdvantage status with American Airlines, apart from flying?

Let's say one is interested in gaining or retaining AAdvantage frequent flyer status with American Airlines (I am happy to broaden the question to other airlines if that's useful). Normally, this ...
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Which is the best frequent flyer program to join? [closed]

I am guessing it would be an airline in Star Alliance or One world based on the partner airline benefits. But which of these airlines would be better? I choose United because it has quite a few ...
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What is the Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club mileage multiplier for Premium Economy?

Here goes with a Flyertalk type question.... As a Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club member, I can earn frequent flier miles for Cathay Pacific flights. I can also earn miles for flights taken on any ...
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Determine Cathay Pacific fare class

I recently flew with Cathay Pacific in economy and now Qantas is rejecting my frequent flyer point claim. Is there a way to check which fare class I bought based on my e-ticket?
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How to find an appropriate frequent flyer program?

In the last months I flew a lot with different airlines, mainly Swiss, AirBaltic, Aeroflot and AeroSvit. Now I was wondering if there is a frequent flyer program covering as much as possible of these ...