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Earning and using frequent flyer miles, points, or other incentive bonuses awarded by airlines, hotels, credit cards, rental car companies, and others for your patronage.

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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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Can I accrue miles from award ticket awarded from another airlines

I have mileage cards from both ANA and Lufthansa, both Star Alliance members. If I buy an award Lufthansa flight ticket with miles from ANA card, do I earn miles on my Lufthansa card for that flight?
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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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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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What happens to reward points/miles when you are rebooked?

I'm planning a short trip just to hit rewards status, which has me thinking about the specifics of earning rewards. With air travel you can plan as much as you want, but sometimes things happen - ...
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Will I get American AAdvantage miles when flying a Qantas flight operated by Emirates?

I normally collect AAdvantage points with American Airlines. I'm considering booking a Qantas flight (LHR->DXB), but some of the flights, whilst having a Qantas flight number, are operated by Emirates....
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When do you get frequent flier miles - when you buy, or when you fly?

When are you awarded your frequent flier miles and the corresponding benefits? For example, if I have 5 miles left before I get to "gold" status and I'm about to depart on a round trip, will I get ...
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Collecting on different Frequent Flyer programmes on same booking (not same flights)

I booked Delta but 2 of 3 flights are operated by Virgin Atlantic, so I cannot get miles on Flying Blue (Air France-KLM's programme) as the flight isn't operated by a SkyTeam airline. Can I collect ...
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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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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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How does the bus fare payment work in Israel?

I try to find prices for intercity buses in Israel, but I always get to weak designed website of a company representative (Egged Transport) with huge tables of stops and “other currency” instead of ...
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How to change my loyalty program online before check-in?

I have made a booking with Lufthansa and initially listed my Miles & More account for credit of eventual miles gained. However now I want to credit the miles that will be gained from the flight to ...
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Cheapest way to get HON circle status?

I'm looking for the absolute cheapest way to get the Star Alliance HON circle status. For that you have to collect 600,000 status miles in two calendar years. I don't care about long layovers or a lot ...
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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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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 TACA/...
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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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Cost-effective choices for lounges at Tallinn, Oslo, Helsinki airports?

In these lounges you pay about 30 euros for one visit. Assuming 15-20 travels per year between Tallinn, Oslo and Helsinki: Are there any cheaper methods to stay in lounges like bonus programs or ...
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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 free nights are redeemed at hotels.com?

Once you stay for 10 nights with hotels.com you get 1 free night. However, how exactly does it work? Do you just pay for taxes? Or does redeemable value covers just part of the price? Or have limits ...
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What is the most effective way to use United (MileagePlus) miles?

Over the past few years I've accumulated enough MileagePlus miles on United for a reward. I've never used miles before, and was wondering how to use them to get the most out of them. Is simply booking ...
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Do any Oneworld loyalty programs allow retrospective miles/points claims for a non-member at time of travel?

I had some flights on Cathay Pacific recently that I would like to claim miles/points for retrospectively. As Marco Polo Club of Cathay charges a 100 USD membership fee, I will not use that program. ...
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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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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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Are Award Travel Changeable or Refundable?

For tickets purchased normally, there are tons of types of tickets with various rules regarding changes, cancellations and refunds, but what about for award travel. On the AAdvantage site, there seems ...
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Determining All Nippon Airways class code - Class H or Class Y on a flight?

A flight I had says on the E Ticket under class - H(Y). On Air New Zealand's points claim (Star Alliance partner), it has both H and Y. Which one is it? If it helps, it was with All Nippon Airways, ...
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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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If I credit miles from my United flights to Singapore, can I still use the United app + precheck?

I have not switched my frequent flyer program to Singapore Airlines because I enjoy using Precheck + the United app. If I buy a United flight online and credit to Singapore Airlines program, can I ...
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How often do Spirit $9 Fares get posted? [duplicate]

I'm a semi-frequent traveler (3-5x/year), and I'm debating whether to join the Spirit $9 Fare Club. My question is, how frequently do these club fares pop up? How does Spirit schedule these things? ...
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Can I switch OneWorld airline loyalty schemes and retain my benefits?

I am currently American AAdvantage Executive Platinum, and am considering switching to earning through the British Airways Executive Club instead, with the hope of reaching Gold this year (the ...
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Is having multiple air travel loyalty programs possible?

I have an account at Flying Blue, but I've never used it (I just signed up online). Now I want an account at Asia Miles. Will it affect me in any way if I just leave the FB account dormant and sign ...
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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 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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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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Frequent traveller program

I am a frequent traveller with Etihad program, so I have miles there. Alitalia is in the Etihad Airways Partners program, so whenever I fly with Alitalia I still save my miles on the Etihad program. ...
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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 ...
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Can I get miles for flights I pay for someone else Alaska Airlines

I traveled to Hawaii with my wife but I forgot to include my Alaska Mileage plan when I reserved the tickets. I submitted my request trough Alaska retro credit website and mine went trough but when I ...
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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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Recalling the train/seat details for a SNCF ticket loaded onto your Voyageur card?

One of the advantages of the SNCF Voyageur program (as touched on in this existing question here) is VOTRE CARTE CONTIENT VOTRE BILLET. This means that when booking your ticket online, you can enter ...
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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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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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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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Crediting a Star Alliance codeshare flight to a third partner airline FF program

What mileage table is used in the case where there is a codeshare flight marketed by Airline 1, operated by Airline 2, but where the miles are credited to Airline 3 - if they were all part of Star ...
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Wait list for award redemption JAL

What is the "wait list" for award redemption with miles? I found it on the JAL airlines site. How does it work and which airlines have this practice? And maybe somebody could share some success rates?
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Would ANA still honour reward ticket if Jet airways goes bust

I have frequent flyer miles with Jet airways, with which I have booked a ticket with partner airline ANA. Now Jet airways is struggling with finances and things are getting worse. I have a confirmed ...
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Frequent Flyer (Downgrading)

I am holding a platinum topbonus card (oneworld emerald) from airberlin but I am quite sure I cannot clock up 100k miles such that I sustain my status by June 2016 this year. Currently, I have 52k / ...
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How is Delta's MQM minimum per leg affected by fare class?

Under Delta's SkyMiles program (both the old one and the new one that began in 2015,) Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) are earned per mile flown, but earn a minimum of 500 per leg. Additionally, the ...
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Is there a database of hotels that shows what loyalty systems they accept?

When I travel I find it very difficult to find out whether I can accrue Delta or AA miles, or IHG or HHilton points. Often I have to call and talk to the hotel, and still sometimes the person on the ...
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Flight booked with AirNZ reward dollars, can I use my SA Gold (different loyalty program) to get extra baggage?

I have two loyalty programmes, well actually I used to have AirNZ but then switched to SA KrisFlyer as my primary. My AirNZ is just standard level, but my SA KrisFlyer is Gold. I finally used my ...
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Which frequent flyer programs allow pooling of status credits?

I know the Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer program allows pooling of travel into a single beneficiary for a whole family. This can be useful where one person travels a lot while the rest ...