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Different airline have different policies on mile-gain and redeeming miles. Generally speaking, you can gain higher percentage of miles when you book a higher-class flight, and book a "flexible" flight also gain more than "Saver" flight. Redeem miles on higher class usually is relatively cheaper, for example, redeeming a first class by miles usually cost ...


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American Airlines draws no distinction between miles earned from credit card bonuses, credit card spending, or any other partners (for the purposes of elite status asssignment it is a different story). An AAdvantage redeemable mile is an AAdvantage redeemable mile. Put another way, the miles you earn from the card go into the same co-mingled pot as the miles ...


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These are just different tiers of rewards. Like most frequent flyer programs, AA has a tiered system where the Saver awards (the ones that you rightly note are not available) are cheaper, but go faster. Look at AA's reward chart for the most up to date info.


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For Emirates - you can definitely claim your miles and you can do so for up to two months of travel. Just sign up online and add your prior travel (you'll need your e-ticket number, which is printed on your boarding pass). China Southern is not part of Skywards (the Emirates loyalty program) so you won't be able to claim your miles flown on your Skywards ...


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Airlines often allow you retroactive credit for previous flights when you sign up, BUT it is usually only flights you took within the last month or so. Emirates allows you to go back two months. You can look in the frequent flyer FAQs for any other airline you are considering to see what their policy is. How ever it never hurts to ask about older flights, ...



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