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Best Frequent Flyer Program Strategy

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by djc_45, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. djc_45

    djc_45 Reader

    Hi team,

    I am at a crossroads with my frequent flyer programs and I would like to ask advice on the best strategy moving forward.

    I live in New York City currently. I used to live in Seattle so I have been an Alaska Airlines member since 1998. I have been happy crediting most of my flights in the US to them (Delta, American etc) as well as international flights on BA, AA, Qantas, KLM etc. With Delta leaving the Alaska airlines partners and the upcoming changes with AA, I am wondering what my best strategy is from January 1, 2018?

    I have MVP status now and I most likely will obtain MVP Gold by the end of this year.

    Since I am based in NYC, it seems to make sense to maybe do a status match to AA, Delta or United? I am also a Mileage Plus member on United but with no status.

    I am also wondering if I need to combine a new frequent flyer program with a new credit card to maximize the opportunities, points, lounge access etc.

    Any assistance with strategy for my next steps will be appreciated! Thanks!
  2. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Hi DJC, just saw this post, sorry.

    As a next step you may want to consider how you plan to use your miles, destination-wise. Some alliances are stronger in certain regions like Star Alliance in Europe and oneworld in South America. Not that you couldn't find award space in other alliances in those regions, you may just have more choices.

    And yes, once you decide on a program I'd certainly pick up their credit card. If you're not able to status match then the benefits the card offers will certainly be valuable. And some benefits - like the 10% rebate on award flights on AA when you're a card holder - are only available with the card, regardless of your status.