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I'm currently living in London, but I'll be moving to Berlin early next year - and I'll definitely be staying for a fair while. I've still got friends and family in London and Manchester, so it's likely that I'll be doing a fair bit of travelling back and forth - most likely by flying.

My question is this: what kind of benefits or perks can I get out of doing a lot of air travel back and forth between the two, and how can I best use this to my advantage?

For example, should I give my loyalty to a particular airline in order to get rewards? I kind of prefer British Airways, but I'm open to suggestions. Is there anything else I should think of, or take into consideration? Is it even worth trying to do anything like this, or should I just go for the cheapest flights regardless of carrier?

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    Which loyalty program to choose, or whether it is worth choosing one in the first place, depends on a number of factors, including what fare classes you buy (flexible/expensive company-paid tickets or cheap deals you're booking for personal excursions?) and what your goals for the program are (Mileage redemption for trips? Upgrades? Fee waivers?). Can you edit your post to include more details? – choster Oct 8 '14 at 21:46
  • Related: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/62322/…. The short version is that any frequent flier benefits you get on such a short route are meaningless compared to the tactic of simply getting the cheapest ticket each time. – JonathanReez Supports Monica Jan 8 '17 at 10:15
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London-Berlin is a very short trip, a return is 1162 miles, for example status Lufthansa starts at 35 k and there aren't a lot of useful perks at that level, perhaps more luggage. Redemption requires a real lot of miles:

taxes, fees and charges are not included in the mileage information. On European flights these can be settled with 18,000 miles.

Look here miles-and-more.com for the redemption chart. Say, you want to fly in comfort to the USA? That'll be 105 000 points or 90 such trips.

I would forget perks and just go for whoever the cheapest flight you can find.

  • Remember that innereuropean trips are not calculated by distance, but by fixed mile values. So a cheap economy ticket could earn you as low as 125 miles for one segment, the most expensive business class ticket would get you 2000 miles per segment. – dunni Jan 8 '17 at 8:59

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