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Old 02-14-2010, 01:39 AM   #1
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I am embarrassed to say that, even though I flew at least 12 times last year, I have no ideal how frequent flyer miles work. How much do you have to fly to accumulate them? Do you always have to fly the same carrier? Do you have to do it through a credit card (like Amex)?

So? How do you sign up? TIA!
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:08 AM   #2
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I am embarrassed to say that, even though I flew at least 12 times last year, I have no ideal how frequent flyer miles work. How much do you have to fly to accumulate them? Do you always have to fly the same carrier? Do you have to do it through a credit card (like Amex)?

So? How do you sign up? TIA!
I fly overseas pretty often and I use the same carrier all the time. Figure out which airline you will probably use the most. Either sign up online or at the airport pick up an application. If you have flown just recently you may be able to count those miles too using that same airline of course. You may be able to use the same card on other airlines if they are part of the same group. You sign up with the airline you will use most frequently.

Almost all of my flying since the NineEleven Attack have been on NWA. Now NWA is Delta and so far I am not that hot for Delta - maybe I will be more accepting in the future - otherwise I will dump my Platinum Card and go with someone else.

One benefit of having the minimum Elite Card (probably at 25,000 miles) is that you can get on the plane sooner than those without any elite status. This means that when you get on most of the overhead bins are still available near your seat. Also, with an elite card you may be able to get free upgrades, larger or preferred seating, higher weight allowances and a few more benefits that you can check out online.

You do get bonus miles for each level you are at. Depending on the airline you fly you may get 25% more miles (usually Silver level) on top of the actual miles you travel. Higher cards at Gold or Platinum may get double miles or 100% bonus miles. When I have to fly to Asia I get around 18,000 miles for one round trip flight. With my card it doubles to 36,000 miles. Two flights to Asia and the next round trip to Asia is free! (Non holiday period it takes around 60,000 miles to fly free to Asia.)

It doesn't cost anything to sign up for the FF programs. You can have more than one card. Some miles may disappear after a year or two if you do not use them up. I still use the same carrier even if the price is $50 or even $100 more because of the benefits I get. Some airlines also give Gold and Platinum card holders free Business Class lounge privileges at airports when on overseas flights. Not all airlines are the same.

I don't use any credit cards that add bonus miles. Some of those cards come with high annual costs. The credit card that I use most often also provides some free insurance. (Free credit card - no annual fee!)

Good luck.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:46 AM   #4
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I am embarrassed to say that, even though I flew at least 12 times last year, I have no ideal how frequent flyer miles work. How much do you have to fly to accumulate them? Do you always have to fly the same carrier? Do you have to do it through a credit card (like Amex)?

So? How do you sign up? TIA!
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