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They are simply advertising, just the same as an airline may paint the logo of a sports team on an aircraft, or name it after a city. There is no other difference whatsoever, either in facilities or services, compared to the rest of the airline's fleet. There are several different Star Alliance livery schemes around, as a common design was not published ...


13

To get the HON Circle Status there is only one way: flying, flying, flying. As of this September only flights in Business and First Class will earn you HON Circle Miles and keep in mind: you have to fly with Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian or their affiliated companies (Star Alliance other than that doesn't count). Check out the program at http://www.miles-and-...


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The answer to the main question is NO. But... The problem you having is that the regular web booking engine is not 'aware' of the storm so it's just pricing out a regular change. One strategy that might work is choosing the alternate flight you want and putting it on hold if that available, then get on the phone and wait to talk to an Agent. It shouldn't ...


12

The booking class is the basis for the fare you paid. Within the 'economy' ticket section, there are different fare "classes", A, B, C, D, etc, that have different price levels and a certain number of tickets allocated. Different fare classes can also affect what types of rights you have - like if it's refundable or changeable. So you could have 20 ...


11

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 were an ANZ member is irrelevant. Generally, it doesn't matter which *A program you join, but there are oddities when a particular fare class earns miles in one ...


11

They expire after 3 years: Any mileage not redeemed within 36 months of the date of accrual (date of flight, start of hotel stay, time of car rental) will expire at the end of that quarter (e.g. miles expiring in August of any given year would expire at the end of September of that same year), failing other arrangements published in the Miles & More ...


10

I don't believe that the Continental and US Airways programs are directly integrated. It looks like you can earn US Airways miles on some Continental tickets. US Airways and Continental are Star Alliance carriers. So, if you're a member of one of their frequent traveller programs (with sufficient status) then you'll get benefits on other Star Alliance ...


10

The Lufthansa Miles and More site includes a page to help you find your booking class on your ticket, boarding pass etc. This boarding pass is in Business (C class) - whatever it says on yours where the 2 is, that's your booking class: This boarding pass stub is for Y, one of the Economy booking classes: If you have your itinerary, e-ticket, confirmation ...


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Yes, they are both members of the Star Alliance. So, for being gold on USAirways, you are automatically "Star Gold," across the entire Star Alliance network. The benefit of first class upgrades (unfortunately) is NOT one that you will be able to get when flying on Continental. That being said, most other benefits are reciprocal. For example, priority ...


10

Upgrading with points is a horrible plan when you're using your own money. You can only do it from the most expensive fares, and it costs about half the points of just getting a business reward ticket. I recommend you replace some of your purchased tickets with business reward tickets, which will run around 100,000 or perhaps 120 depending on where you're ...


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Star Alliance doesn't have a loyalty program. The individual airlines within the alliance each have their own loyalty programs, and each program has it's own criteria/promotions/etc. You would need to check with the individual program that you're a member of to see if they have any such promotions, but at least the few that I'm aware of do NOT have ...


9

I'd say your question is best suited for the gurus over at Flyertalk, who specialize in wrangling frequent flyer miles and the like. Take a look at the Miles and More forum, as well as the mileage run forum (which is their term for taking special trips that maximize mileage earned for minimum cost). However, if you're willing to settle for slightly less ...


9

Generally if you flew with an airline, and you have points with them or their alliance, whoever you hold the points with, you can credit. So I had an itinerary last year that involved some major US Airline (Delta?) and then Alaska Airlines. It's possible to credit Alaska Airlines to One World alliance airlines, and I'm with Qantas. So when I'd done the ...


8

Yes Air China has check-in counters at Heathrow Terminal 2. I'm not sure why you're asking about SkyTeam as Air China is a Star Alliance member, but Terminal 2 is also the one used for Star Alliance member airlines.


8

The simplest way of finding out your mileage earning on a partner airline or codeshare operating each segment of your trip is to plug the fare class into the wheretocredit web site. You can see the Miles & More earning on Singapore airlines here. You'll need to know the fare class for each segment which is not always readily apparent.


8

If you are flying three CDG-FRA-ORD round trips per year on deeply discounted economy tickets on Lufthansa or Swiss, you should accumulate enough miles to redeem for a one-way transatlantic segment after about 3 years, or about 6 years for a round trip. If you can accumulate those miles faster through a credit card or other Miles & More partners, you ...


8

No, you can not transfer points between Star Alliance carriers. There are some mechanisms that can be used to transfer between specific carriers, such as points.com, or transferring via a hotel program (eg, carrierA -> hotel program -> carrierB), however these are generally poor value as you end up losing a significant number of points during the transfer(s)...


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I do this regularly for plane spotting. Border guards at ZRH do not require you to show a boarding pass. I just show my (Swedish) ID card and sometimes they ask where I'm going, in which case I just make up a random city where there's an upcoming flight. Done! And yes, you can go back with no issues - just follow the signs for the A/B gates.


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If you continue reading the same page you will be able to find the required information: Reservation, Ticketing and Check-in Reservations must be confirmed for the first domestic sector. The dates of the remaining sectors may be left open and booked at any time before the departure of each domestic sector. Reservations may be accepted no more ...


7

One of the complexities of codeshare flights in the *alliance network is that the mileage earnings are based on the rates of the operating carrier, not the marketing carrier. (in your case the rate of Singapore airlines). This means you would need to check the fare class of the singapore airlines flight against the earnings table of lufthansa's M&M ...


7

Yes, it is possible to redeem Turkish M&S miles for flights between two Canadian cities. You might be able to find availability online, but you will need to call M&S in order to book your award flight. No airline has any real incentive to help you use miles on partners, who must then be compensated. They would rather you use the miles to fill an ...


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I ended up calling United, and they were happy to put me on a Lufthansa flight the next day, free of charge. Thanks to everyone for the answers/comments.


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As Johns-305 notes, it is likely that they can issue you with both boarding passes when you check-in at SBA, and it may be possible for you to get your own boarding passes in advance online. Some bad news though. You will unfortunately need to exit the secure area and go back through TSA security for this itinerary. Your United flight into SFO will likely ...


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They have a section in the Terms and Conditions that addresses this: 2.5. Mileage expiry Any mileage not redeemed within 36 months of the date of accrual (date of flight, start of hotel stay, time of car rental) will expire at the end of that quarter (e.g. miles expiring in August of any given year would expire at the end of September of that ...


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I haven't tried it personally, but you might also try moving points back and forth between airlines using something like Points.com.


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I don't believe so, no, unless you have arrivals lounge access. When you get off your flight in your original terminal (in this case Terminal 2), you'll be in the arrivals passenger flow. Unlike a domestic US arrival, for example, you don't just get dumped out into the terminal's departure gate area, but into a secure area. You'll then follow the purple ...


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Mileage runs are absolutely still possible, it's just a lot more complicated than it used to be and there's no easy way to find them. For example, a simple "cents per mile" counter is useless these days, because almost all airlines have switched to awarding different amounts of miles for the same flight depending on the fare class, not to mention the ...


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I visited the concourse E without any trouble. When the agent at passport control asked me where I was going, I simply told him that I'm visiting a specific lounge on the other side, and he let me through. When I came back I had to go through customs and I had to pass one more time through security. I also managed to do this on Frankfurt. I used the new, ...


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The Asiana frequent flyer membership guide says on page 31: When a member boards a codeshare flight, the member earns miles according to the fare and the class of the ticket purchased and the mileage program of the airline operating the flight. (...) When a member boards a codeshare flight, the member earns miles according to the fare and ...


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