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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 it common practice to allow frequent flyer account access with easily available personal details?

Is it common practice for airline frequent flyer miles programs to allow account access using publicly available personal details? I've just discovered (in the most unfortunate way) that a frequent ...
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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 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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Is The Mileage Club a legitimate business?

Is The Mileage Club a legitimate safe business to buy miles from?
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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 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 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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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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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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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 ...