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Hi, We all know about velocity and qantas. It seems the americans have better ff programs. Can australians access these programs in order to get miles for flights outside of ...
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    ff programs outstide oz

    Hi,

    We all know about velocity and qantas. It seems the americans have better ff programs. Can australians access these programs in order to get miles for flights outside of australia, eg in europe or america?

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    Re: ff programs outstide oz

    Absolutely.

    Earn miles, buy miles, gift miles, spend miles, transfer miles are all possible.

    Aadvantage, MileagePlus, Alaskan Air, SkyMiles, Avianca etc. And don't discount KrisFlyer, AsiaMiles. Plenty of threads on AFF to peruse with a wealth of information.
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    Re: ff programs outstide oz

    Hi Settlement. The short answer is yes. Some you might have to put a dodgy address to initially join but if you have problems, check out the forum either here or at flyer talk. Personally I am with American Airlines Aadvantage and that works well for us because they are partners with Qantas.

    Personally I would recommend you draw out what type of travel you do (including classes) and look at what has the best rewards for that. The other consideration is what do you want to achieve? Status? Award flights? Lounges? Some earn more status and less rewards and others the reverse. Look at redemption cost and availability as BA/QF/SQ have high taxes and AA/EY have low ones.
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    Re: ff programs outstide oz

    Since I discovered this forum I have points across a large number of programs, indeed I have most points in non-Australian programs as I think the value they provide is better. The main reason I still have QF/Velocity points is that FF signup deals are just so prevalent and you can't always credit to the overseas, but where I can I certainly try and maximise the points which go there rather than Qantas.
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    Re: ff programs outstide oz

    Another good feature of US (and other) ff programs is that you can occasionally buy 'miles' quite economically, and never have to actually fly the airline (or at least pay for a revenue seat). This doesn't bring status, though.

    Be aware that many US programs require you to either spend so many $$ or take so many flights per year to retain status.

    I am a member of the FF programs of: AA, Alaskan, Singapore Air, JAL, Royal Air Moroc, BA, Etihad, Avianca Brazil, LAN, Turkish, Cathay, Oman Air, Air Canada ....

    Not always to earn miles etc, sometimes just to access their award search engine, or to get a status match etc.

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    Re: ff programs outstide oz

    Thanks guys. Does anyone know of a link or a guide to such american cards?

    Also, can these cards be sent to addressess outside of australia and america eg europe

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    Re: ff programs outstide oz

    Air Berlin is another interesting program giving benefits with both QF and VA in Australia.
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    Re: ff programs outstide oz

    Just go to any of the airline web sites - pretty easy to find. But here's AAdvantage and Alaska Milage Plan

    British Airways don't allow members in Australia - use a fake address if you want that one. Most others are fine with Australian address. Many won't send a card out until you have done X miles; in the meantime they give one that can be printed out.

    There are dedicated forums on AFF for each of the major schemes. Have a read through them to learn the pros and cons of each.

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    Re: ff programs outstide oz

    Quote Originally Posted by RooFlyer View Post
    Just go to any of the airline web sites - pretty easy to find. But here's AAdvantage and Alaska Milage Plan

    British Airways don't allow members in Australia - use a fake address if you want that one. Most others are fine with Australian address. Many won't send a card out until you have done X miles; in the meantime they give one that can be printed out.

    There are dedicated forums on AFF for each of the major schemes. Have a read through them to learn the pros and cons of each.
    A little birdie tells me there are a lot of members in Austria
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    You really need to do a lot of research yourself because we all have different flying patterns as well as what we want from a frequent flyer program.
    Initially I was with QFF and mrsdrron with Ansett-it is good to have a foot in both camps.
    Then it was just QFF.
    But we used to fly JAL before it was a member of one World and we could earn with AA on all their flights but only between Aust. and Japan on QFF.AA treated us well so AA became my primary program and QFF for mrsdrron.Even though we were on the same OS flights I got status well before mrsdrron-that is no longer the case.Also awards were easy to get.Much less available now as we want mainly F awards.When you can get them great value.

    Because of the changes in the AA program and I already have lifetime platinum status I am seriously considering switching my main loyalty to the BA club.Fortunately my sister has moved to England so I can use an English address if needed.

    So look at your flying patterns and check each program and see if that is enough to get you status.then check what you want from the program and check if the points you can earn will get you that-each program has a calculator that will tell you how much you would earn for any particular flight.

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