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

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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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Using status across other Star Alliance airlines?

If I have a status on one member airline in Star Alliance (SA), do I automatically get the same status on other SA airlines? If I don't get it automatically, can it be requested?
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When you fly for free using miles, do you earn miles?

Two questions: If I "buy" a flight using miles, will I earn miles on that flight? In my case, I'd be using American Airlines miles to buy an American Airlines flight. What about if I use American ...
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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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Do you earn miles for trips that you flew, but you didn't buy?

I am being flown out by a company for an on-site visit. Will I earn miles for this trip, or will the company?
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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When canceling a flight purchased with miles, do I get the miles back?

It seems that when you buy a flight using miles, trip insurance doesn't restore or pay for the miles spent purchasing a flight, at least when purchased through a third party. Is it possible to ...
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United Premier member on a Continental flight operated by United

I am a silver premier member of United. One good thing being a premier member of United is that I can enjoy Economy Plus seating. I found a ticket issued by Continental, but operated by United. In ...
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Miles & More: What is a booking class?

I'm member of the frequent flyer program Miles & More. Now I wanted to request additional miles for a flight during summer 2011 when I wasn't yet a member. To fill out the online form, I have to ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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What's the best way to use American Express Membership Rewards points for travel to Paris?

(Please advise if this is in the wrong SE and I'll refile it) I have a large quantity of American Express membership rewards points and a plan to go to Paris over the end of year holidays. I don't ...
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Can I use Korean airlines mileage for Delta domestic flights?

I am considering an airline credit card. I currently live in the U.S. and frequently fly domestic, say once a month. I also annually fly to Korea. If I use The Korean Airlines' mileage program and ...
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Can you share frequent flyer status with people in your travel group?

Does it makes sense to travel with someone with enough frequent flyer miles to enter airport lounges, if you don't have that required FF card status?
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Can Hostelworld Gold membership numbers be shared among multiple accounts?

Is a Hostelworld Gold membership locked to one particular account, or can it be used when make booking from separate accounts to get a discount? If the latter, then does Hostelworld invalidate cards ...
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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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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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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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Does the Carte 12-25 still exist in France?

Back in the day, I used a "Carte 12-25" discount card to obtain discounts on rail travel in France. I see that the 12-25 card has a website, complete with a spot to order, but the main page seems to ...
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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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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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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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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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If a frequent flyer program allows you to earn “250 award miles per stay” at a hotel, then does staying for more nights increase the miles?

So the Best Western Hotel Rewards program rewards 250 award miles per "stay" for American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines. I'm just wondering though - is it 250 award miles for each night, or do ...
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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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If I have status on one airline, can I transfer my status to another airline?

I've heard that if you have status on one airline and move to a new area and can't fly them any more, you can call up an airline and get them to match your status. Is this true? Which airlines offer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can a corporate credit card be registered to accrue points/miles?

I have a corporate AmEx card with my company, and travel a fair amount for work. How can I register that card for promotions/mile accrrual/etc? Can I do that?
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If a program is registering me for my hotel stay and paying for it, could I still use those nights for a rewards program?

Say, if an academic program has already registered for my hotel stay and paid for it. Then can I count the nights I've spent in the hotel for a hotel awards program?
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Resource for information on airport lounges access for non-members?

I've been told sometimes you can get a club member with status to take you in as a guest. I've also had a friend tell me, for example, in Santiago (SCL) he paid $30 to get in, which for a shower, ...
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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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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 is the most efficient way to use Best Western Rewards after staying at a hotel?

So I'm staying in a Best Western Hotel for around 7 nights and would like to use my rewards for either United Airlines, American Airlines, or Delta (or maybe for additional Best Western Hotel stays, ...
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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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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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Award travel by combining money payment and miles with United Airlines

Is it possible to get a round-trip ticket using a combination of dollars and miles on United Airlines, in an economical way? For example, suppose I want to use miles for the outbound leg, but pay for ...
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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 ...