A number of threads have been started with members asking for guidance on which mileage program they should join. In order to help users we have started this thread to allow people to post their requests for information here and to allow people to offer assistance.
Best Oneworld Frequent Flyer Program for you?
The answer to this question depends very much on your personal travel profile and objectives
- what is your definition of best?
- do you value miles/points (or equivalent) for redemption over gaining status?
- do you fly enough to gain any meaningful status?
- what do you want to use the miles/points for (award, upgrade, hotels, what ever)?
- what sort of flight award is of interest (destination, class of travel)?
- are you interested in topping up by paying cash for miles?
- which airline and where do you normally fly?
- are you primarily a leisure or business traveller?
- where do you live?
- do you have other ways of earning points in the various programs, e.g. credit cards, shopping, etc,?
- there is a big difference between a frequent flyer and a frequent spender getting ff miles from a credit card
- etc, etc, etc
(above copied in part from a post by dunk)
For members asking for information, to help people to assist you, can you please provide:
(1) What is most important to you in a FFP?
(upgrades on travel, priority services when flying the airline, extra baggage allowance, good award redemption rates, better award access, free - discounted lounge access, etc.)
(2) How many miles do you usually fly each year & in what class? How many flights/sectors?
(<25000, 25000-50000, >50000 miles - <25, 25-50, >50 flights?)
(3) What types of fares do you usually buy?
(First, Business, Premium economy, Economy, cheapest)
(4) Can you choose your airlines and/or class of service? Do you travel for work and/or pleasure?
(5) Which routes and airlines do you fly most often?
(US Domestic, Transpacific, Kangaroo, in Asia etc)
(6) What is your home airport?
(SFO, SCL, London LHR, HKG, Singapore SIN etc.)
(7) Do you have FFP status of any kind in OW or other airline? What is it? Do you have any miles banked in a FFP?
(AA Executive Platinum, QF Gold, UA 1K, LAN Comodoro, etc)
(8) Preferred Airlines? Most common Airlines flown on?
Oneworld airlines are listed in this link
For advice on the intricacies of each airline frequent flyer program [FFP] please refer to the the airline web sites and the airline specific forums (as blue links below)
- Air Berlin Topbonus
Joined OW 20 March 2012
- American AAdvantage
- British Airways - Executive Club
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Finnair Plus
- Iberia Plus
- JAL Mileage Bank
- LATAM Pass and LATAM Fidelidade
- Malaysia Airlines | Enrich
- Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
Joined OW 31 October 2013
- RJ threads in Other Middle Eastern and African Airlines
- Srilankin Airline threads in Other Asian, Australian, and South Pacific Airlines
- S7 threads in Russia-Based Airlines
US Airways Joined OW 31 March 2013
Merged with AA
- TAM threads in LATAM
Joined OW 31 March 2014. Owned by LAN
Not all Oneworld airlines have separate forums on FT.
Future OneWorld airlines:- OneWorld members elect link here
- Aer Lingus
some time. Maybe 2017. Now owned by IAG who also own BA & IB
- Kingfisher, of India, is/was on "elect" list but is close to or has ceased operation
Also worth looking at (from OneWorld.com)
- OW Member Airline Programs
- OW tier status tool
- OW Lounge access
- Overview of Frequent Flyer Programs
- AA Program Basics
- AA Elite Status
- AA Miles and Points
- Earning Non-Air AA Mileage
- AAdvantage Participating Airlines Upgrades (on BA, IB)
- AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge
- AA offers UA elite status matches / challenges (consolidated)
- Elite Status Match by American Airlines (consolidated)
- free trial instant shortcut AAdvantage elite status consolidated
- All Status fast track / "challenge" via LinkedIn Sep 2015 (TARGETED)
- Post 982 Some AA vs BA ffp difference
BA Executive Club wiki
- British Airways Executive Club basics
- Visualizing the Avios Award charts on a map
Interesting, but not 100% accurate for status benefits IMHO
- 02 Nov 2011 finnair.com for all your OW-partner MMB / manage my booking needs? You bet!
- 10 Aug 2012 http://cpi-web.ru/forum/briti...f-schemes.html
- 12 Dec 2012 Comparing Oneworld FF programs
from Aust Freq Flyer
- 13 Apr 2014 http://cpi-web.ru/forum/trave...demptions.html
- 20 Oct 2015 http://flyora.com/
compare Oneworld frequent flyer programs flight by flight analysis by d00t?
Frequent Flyer Programs (FFP) are not equal.
1 (one) mile/km/point of FFP’s are not equal (just like currencies)
Each airline FFP has different benefits from status.
Each airline FFP has different rules for earning and retaining status.
Each airline FFP has different rules for earning miles/km/points/avios.
Each airline FFP has different rules to stop miles/km/points/avios from expiring.
Each airline FFP has different rules for using (burning) those miles/km/points/avios for awards and different copay $$ fees.
Each airline FFP has different rules for upgrades & different copay $$ fees.
Each airline FFP has different rules for lounge access (own & other airlines)
depends on fare booking class (which is different to cabin) This web sites give information on earning (but may not be accurate: use at your own risk)
Oneworld Frequent Flyer Points Calculator by d00t
Some airlines have better earning/redemption charts for your pattern. For example, if you fly on cheap fares on a certain airline often, Airline ABC might give you miles for it, while Airline XYZ might not or give fewer miles. However Airline ABC might charge much more miles and/or cash surcharges for the award flight than does Airline XYZ. Earn to burn is what matters
flights with your airline, other OneWorld airlines and
your airlines non-alliance FFP partners are subject to availability & the rules of your airlines FFP. OneWorld airline FFP's do not have the same non-alliance airline partners.
Airlines tend to give members of their own frequent flyer program better service
, than members of other frequent flyer programs. The airline you fly with the most will often have inherent home scheme advantages. If you fly one of these airlines, it is recommended that you choose that airline. As a very general rule, it's best to maintain status
on the airline you mostly fly, other things being equal. Often status
on the carrier being flown gets you access to special seats or even eligibility for upgrades. It will matter more than alliance status during IROPs and might give you higher priority for OPUPs.
With airline partners
you can fly an airline and may be able to collect frequent flyer miles with another airlines frequent flyer program. Some low cost fares can earn nil miles/points in your FFP, especially if not flown on your own airline. That said, a good indicator is always to look at the program of the airline you are flying with and check the partners whose flights you can credit to it. The option to credit flights is typically a reciprocal benefit between FFPs
. But you always have to double check on the website of the program you want to credit to. (thanks to a post by cityflyer369
For low miles/points/avios/km balance it is better to keep all in one FFP, and not have multiple accounts. Expiry will happen if you are not careful. A very good summary about expiry of OW airline miles/avios/points
in post 554
(updated 13 Sept 2014
) . A little more in post 573 Frequent Flyer Mileage Expiry
(01 Feb 2010).
More here in
Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup
in The Points Guy blog (17 April 2013)
of flights to a FFP varies by airline. For many you need to be a signed up member at the date of the flight. Some more information in this linked post
Keep the physical boarding passes.
US Airways Dividene Miles closed to new members
18 March 2015
However US Airways (at as April 11 2014) allows you credit miles from flights taken 6 months before the date join US dividend miles ffp
Qantas allow 30 days.
For AirBerlin topbonus (AB) "For new members, miles are credited for flights taken up to three months before registering for topbonus." Linked post
BA 3 months retro? http://cpi-web.ru/forum/briti...irst-time.html
Non flying earning
by credit card, rental cars, hotel stays, shopping, on line surveys, etc are a good way of earning for many people and for keeping accounts alive.
the general rule is you can only upgrade a flight marketed (flight number) and operated (metal) by the airline of your freq flyer programme (no codeshares) with your airlines upgrade instrument (e.g. SWU, miles) or complementary with status (if applicable). All subject to the t&c's of your FFP and your paid ticket. Low cost tickets are often not eligible for upgrades.
However as is the way with FFP's there are some upgrade exceptions
- on AA/BA/IB with higher priced economy fares using AA/BA/IB upgrade instruments
- on some BA tickets with Asia Miles
- Upgrade auction system http://plusgrade.com/
Unlike Star Alliance, Oneworld does not have alliance wide recognition of some/all your airline FFP benefits (eg
, priority boarding).
:- From 01 Feb 2013 top tier Emerald status OW passengers get alliance wide extra baggage allowance
:- From 01 Dec 2014 Priority baggage for Emerald & Sapphire and additional checked baggage allowance for Sapphire
From a post on 2 Feb 2013
Originally Posted by Gardyloo
To get your feet wet, start by reading the sticky threads in this and other forums. What you need to do is look at your flying (and credit card, if applicable) patterns and preferences, then pick a program that works best for you. While miles/points aren't interchangeable, you can usually use one airline's miles/points for redemptions on that airline's partners - either in the same alliance or in some cases unaligned partners - or for non-flying activities. Each airline has different "earning and burning" characteristics - how miles/points are earned and used, and you'll need to investigate these carefully, as the differences can be significant and expensive (or beneficial) to you depending on your choices.
One important thing to note is that miles/points earning and redemption are only a part of the whole FF business. A big factor in choosing your plan preferences is whether you'd fly enough with your chosen airline(s) in order to reach elite frequent flyer status. With elite status comes various perks - access to lounges, expedited passage through airports, seat selections, upgrades, baggage allowances, etc. - that can be as important if not more important to frequent travellers. So those factors also need to be understood as you make your choices.
It involves homework and research, but the rewards can be very significant, well worth the effort. (Or so many of us think. Of course we can be both delusional and exhibit OCD symptoms in this regard. Welcome to the madhouse.)
Thanks to our friends at Star Alliance forum who have a similar sticky thread. This thread is based on that thread
Awards assistance tools
(use at your own risk. May not be up to date. These are not recommendations)
- AwardAce: Compare Award Redemptions Across Airlines In Seconds
- Economical Excursionist's Tools to compare Frequent Flyer Mile Redemptions
which can search availability but can't determine cost
is a common tool used on FT. There is a $99.99 annual fee.