I wanted to book a flight and the flight engine ask me to provide my miles program number between multiple options.

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What's the differences between them? What is best option? (mostly I travel inside Europe with low cost and maybe I'll fly to america in the far future.. I live in the middle east)


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    What do you mean by "best option"? Unfortunately "best" is a subjective word which makes this question quite hard to answer. – JoErNanO Mar 7 '17 at 17:50
  • I know that my question is a little bit odd.. This is my second flight and I little bit confuse..My travel plan (inside europe and maybe to america) doesn't help...? – J. Doe Mar 7 '17 at 17:52
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    There is no way for someone to describe them all, there are too many airlines within Star Alliance (and you have SkyTeam and OneWorld as well). You need to think about your travel needs now and future, look at which airlines serve your homeland, then start researching which will fulfill your needs best. – user13044 Mar 7 '17 at 17:52
  • Each one of the options is a different airlines? I really not familiar with this.. and thanks for commenting BTW :) :) – J. Doe Mar 7 '17 at 17:55
  • Yes each name is a different airline, airlines tend to have only one frequent flyer program. – user13044 Mar 7 '17 at 17:58

There is no one best option. It really depends on many factors including where you fly, how often, plus what kind of rewards and benefits you prefer. Some programs make certain routes easier to get awards on, others give perks such as free checked bags, discounts, etc.

Given a list of choices, you can only choose a program you are already enrolled in. So, if you are not a member of any program, you cannot choose any at this time. Almost all programs belong to one airline but some airlines are partners, so you can fly one airline and get points for a partner program.

It is possible to be enrolled in multiple programs. In this case multiple choices will be valid. You can only choose one per booking, so in that case select the right one based on your current status with the program. If you have a program with miles close to expiring for example, selecting that one usually resets the expiration. Otherwise, you may be close to getting a certain reward with a program and you can choose that one.

Now most airlines will let you credit points (or miles or whatever their virtual currency is called) after a flight is booked. In this case, you complete your booking and then enroll with the program. Once you get your account number, you call the program and tell them you flown on a particular flight and they will usually award you the points a few weeks later. There is a deadline to do this, which varies, so try to make the call within a month or so.

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  • For a beginning flyer (and likely non-frequent flyer) signing up for multiple programs is a bad idea, as you will never accumulate enough to get any benefit. Better to pick one and plan all future bookings on that airline or its partners. – user13044 Mar 7 '17 at 18:41
  • @Itai I can't just sign up before booking? and another question...אתה ישראלי..?? – J. Doe Mar 7 '17 at 18:59
  • Yes you can sign up at anytime, now, before booking, after booking, at the airport, even on the airplane. Some airlines even allow you credit for flights you flew before signing up (though this is usually only for flights a month or less prior to sign up) – user13044 Mar 7 '17 at 19:14
  • @Tom Thanks..Ethupian airlines - the airline I book in - is a member in Star Alliance - What does it means? If I choose Miles & more this Star Alliance will be worthless? – J. Doe Mar 7 '17 at 19:33
  • @J.Doe Ethopian is a member of Star Alliance means that if you fly another airline in the alliance they can give you points in your Ethiopian account. Conversely, if you have an account with another Star Alliance member, you can give that account to get points for flying Ethiopian. – Itai Mar 7 '17 at 22:44

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