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May 5, 2014
Hi All,

Wasn't really sure where to put this, but I have a ton of questions about this or similar routing and benefits.

Itinerary all in whY is something like:
  • Flying SYD - LAX on United/Air NZ
  • Flying LAX - SJO on Avianca
  • SJO - MGA - SJO on Avianca (I need to go back to SJO to pick up my sporting gear)
  • SJO - ATL on United/Star Alliance (could also do Nashville or anywhere within 2 hours of Chattanooga TN)
  • MCO - LAX on United (could also do any airport within 2 hours or so)
  • LAX - Syd on United/ Air NZ

1. Flying SYD - LAX what perks will I get on star alliance given I am Amigo Diamond/Star Alliance Gold? Will I need my card?

2. Flying on Avianca what perks will I get? Any?

3. How do I calculate points and miles for all the trips to see if I can retain Avianca Diamond/Star A Gold? As there is rumours of a soft landing from diamond anyway, is there a point to this?

4. Flying USA domestic as star alliance gold what perks will I get? Ie upgrade list, comfort plus etc.

5. Will I get into star alliance lounge at TBIT on the way home?

6. Does it matter if i fly Avianca to central america or can I fly any star alliance airline?

I currently only have Velocity Gold and Amigo Diamond, but I'd also be keen to see if I can get status with another airline through this trip. I don't mind stop overs or long layovers, I have no specific time restraint or reason to be home. Cost then points then comfort are my priorities. I've already spent a considerable time looking at my date options and routing options and also that it is cheaper to book this in 3 ticketing segments (syd - lax, lax to SJO to ATL to lax, SJO to MGA to SJO). I'm just after the icing on the cake so to speak.

Any help greatly appreciated and please move if this is in the wrong place! :)
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