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Is there a way to rescue orphaned and expiring Qantas Frequent Flyer miles?

Yes, there is: since transfers are free, unlimited and can be any number over 5,000 miles, you can transfer some miles to them, and transfer the combined sum back! Here's how it works: Family member ...
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Would a non-business traveler ever benefit from collecting air miles, as compared to simply buying the cheapest ticket available?

To directly answer the title question, yes, non-business travelers can absolutely benefit from airline loyalty programs (i.e. earning points/miles as well as status.) Whether it's worth it for you in ...
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Can I travel multiple one-way back-and-forth flights to the same destinations on one day?

Yes. There is the possibility you'll be questioned as to your motives, but in the end they're all domestic flights, so it's down to you and the airline for the transaction, and they've sold you the ...
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Would a non-business traveler ever benefit from collecting air miles, as compared to simply buying the cheapest ticket available?

There are three things that set (some) frequent flier programs apart from other rewards programs. How important these are to you may determine whether they are worth doing. The first is "Status" ...
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If an airline goes bust or insolvent, what happens to frequent flyer miles and reward tickets?

If the airline is a part of an alliance (as in your first question), there might be some recompense in that other alliance partners might still recognise the points. But that's up to them and their ...
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Is it possible to add a Frequent Flier number after the flight is booked?

Generally, yes. On almost all airlines you can select/change frequent flier accounts as often as you want until check in. Final selection typically happens during check in and most check in ...
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Reward flight cancelled and denied rerouting

Currently, the UK still applies EC261 exactly like the EU. The EU Air Passenger Rights website tells us: Reimbursement, re-routing or rebooking in the event of cancellation The airline must offer you,...
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Can I travel multiple one-way back-and-forth flights to the same destinations on one day?

Yes. The airline is a business, they are happy to receive your repeat custom. Your concern should be whether this is feasible: if the same aircraft is used to operate all flights, then one flight ...
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Privacy disadvantages of 'frequent flyer miles' program

The main source of income for Frequent Flyer programs is not selling your information, but instead selling points. Any time you earn points/miles from using a credit card that is affiliated with a ...
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What are the disadvantages of joining United's MileagePlus program?

There aren't any major disadvantages. In particular, there's no requirement to apply for the credit card. There are some possible subtle disadvantages. Having a MileagePlus account might in the ...
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Can I gain mileage if I don't get on the flight but pass check-in?

No, you will not get frequent flier credit if you do not fly. Irrespective of whether you check-in or not. Even if you go on board and then decide not to fly, you will be unloaded from the manifest ...
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Buying United miles from third-party sites

From United's website: The sale or barter or attempted sale or barter of any such mileage, certificates, awards or benefits other than as authorized and/or sponsored by United is expressly ...
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How can I calculate the value of any given airline's miles?

It depends, but a really rough rule of thumb is that a mile is worth one cent. This means that you really shouldn't be paying more than $10 more to get 1000 miles. That said, there's massive ...
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Same airline and flight. Why were miles so different?

Mileage earning rules are notoriously complicated (mostly by design). These days it has little or nothing to do with the actual distance flown but mostly its about how much you paid (and to whom). ...
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Booking a trip to earn airline status

When you book your flight, it'll tell you what your Premier qualifying miles (PQM), Premier qualifying segments (PQS) and Premier qualifying dollars (PQD) are. Attached is a screenshot of a sample ...
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Privacy disadvantages of 'frequent flyer miles' program

You need to read the privacy policy and terms and conditions of your specific airline's program as they should detail if they share any information and with whom. Keep in mind some information ...
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Is it better to create a frequent flyer program with every airline or to use one from one of the alliances?

Generally, it is best to join one airline per alliance unless you travel extremely frequently. Some airlines within an alliance will have advantages over others, depending on your travel habits. Since ...
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Would a non-business traveler ever benefit from collecting air miles, as compared to simply buying the cheapest ticket available?

tldr: If you travel once or twice a year, on full-price airlines with frequent flyer progammes, sign up for them. But don't obsess over them, and focus on price and other benefits first. Longer ...
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What are the disadvantages of joining United's MileagePlus program?

Everything in the other answer is correct. There are really not much issues with being a member of the program itself. However if you are a member of another program in the Star Alliance, you will ...
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Claiming miles that I have flown before registering as frequent flyer

Airlines have a certain time limit till which you can claim missing miles. I am a Qatar Airways frequent traveler and they have the following conditions Time limit when becoming a new member = 30 ...
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Which miles rules apply in code share

When it comes to putting miles into your account with Frequent Flyer Program X, it is always Frequent Flyer X's rules that count. The fact that ANZ would give your their miles for the flight if you ...
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What happens to reward points/miles when you are rebooked?

Typically, you can claim Original Routing Credit (ORC) for the flights you were originally booked on. If you are rebooked on an airline on a different alliance, you can claim duplicate credit for ...
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Is it possible to add a Frequent Flier number after the flight is booked?

In case you don't do it before the flight... As alluded in other answers, pretty much all airlines allow you to "claim missing miles" even after the flight. If the frequent flyer programme is for ...
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Recurring roundtrip flights (every weekend)

You are looking for a flight pass; various airlines offer these, sometimes directly but often in collaboration with a specialist vendor, Optiontown. That's the case for Air France, for whom the ...
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Websites to calculate probability of upgrade for flight

Highly unlikely. Most airlines have very strict and complicated rules about upgrades with insanely detailed pecking orders. A few years ago someone leaked an internal list from United that had over 30 ...
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Can I gain mileage if I don't get on the flight but pass check-in?

When you board the plane, the ground staff scans your boarding pass, indicating in the computer systems that you've boarded the plane. One obvious consequence of failing to board the the plane is ...
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Qantas FF level change ahead of flight

No, there's no way to make that happen officially. You can always try your luck waving your boarding pass at the lounge, especially at the stopover lounge if your first flight has already taken you ...
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Letting someone else use your frequent flyer mile number?

It may depend on the FF program, but having worked for an airline, no. The FFnumber isn't assigned for the purchase, it's for when the person associated with the FF number travels. Names are checked....
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