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Best frequent flyer program

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Happy_bony123, May 13, 2019 at 4:26 PM.

  1. Happy_bony123

    Happy_bony123 Reader

    Hi,

    I am a beginner in airline loyalty/frequent flyer program and would like to join one. I travel to India and in that case what would be the best airline loyalty program to join. I also have ~95k Venture miles, should I consider transferring them or should I just wait.
     
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  2. Happy_bony123

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    Hi,

    I am a beginner in airline loyalty program. I travel to India and which would be the best frequent flyer program to join. Need some advice.
     
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  3. OCTinPHL

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    Happy to help. But to provide good advice, we need to know where you are based, which airline(s) do you fly most often? And for work or pleasure? How often?
     
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    I am based in US, travel domestically (though not frequently once or twice roundtrips, may increase in future) and to India (once a year). I travel domestically for work and internationally for pleasure. I have travelled Air India, Emirates and Qatar.
     
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  5. OCTinPHL

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    Are you based in a hub city of one of the Big 3? For instance, in DFW, CLT and PHL for AA (and to a lesser extent MIA and LAX) where you have fewer choices, perhaps picking Qatar and OneWorld would make sense. It sounds like you may not fly enough (right now) to get elite status in a program. As I said, if you are based in an AA "fortress" city I'd pick Qatar and OneWorld. If you are in ATL or MSP, probably go with Skyteam and whichever airline will offer a one-stop in Europe to India. Or if Air India flies you direct from wherever you are, pick it and Star Alliance.

    All this changes of course if you are flying enough for work and you can get elite status on the domestic airline (though you could use the miles you accrue to fly on partners to India).
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply. I am based in Washington DC. Yes Air India does offer direct flights to DC. But I do not have preference for direct flights. I am not sure whether to join AAadvantage or MileagePlus. I do have Venture miles but don't know which program to transfer.
     
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  7. OCTinPHL

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    Well, neither AA nor United are transfer partners of Capital One Venture points. At least not when Capital One launched the transfer option somewhat recently. Hard to choose between AAdvantage and MileagePlus. If you were locked into a fortress AA or UA hub I'd say go with that program. If you fly out of IAD MileagePlus is probably your better choice.
     
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