Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 May 2012
Total posts 106
Living in Australia, and been long-term Platinum FF with QF.Could anyone explain how joining American Airlines program would work for me? I seem to keep reading comments, but not the full story on the benefits of how this works. I mainly fly international J class to UK or US, 4 to 5 times per year with QF. Plus 1-2 Qantas domestic flights. cheers.
Member since 19 Jan 2012
Total posts 138
Good question. But first a caveat - the value of any frequent flyer strategy depends on your individual situation: point earn opportunities, you preferred redempton benefits, how you rate status, etc.
Given the permutations and options, that inevitably means being prepared to spend some leg work.
Here are some pointers (others feel free to add or disagree).
Put all emotion to one side - many of us are "over invested" in FF schemes given past our loyalty in the utopian assumption of reciprocated fidelity
The basics for the AA route would be:
Join AAdvantage on their AA website
So you end up with some AA miles - you can book reward flights on their website for some airlines (QF,AA, BA) and make a phone call for redemptions onto other OneWorld carriers and partner airlines where award seats are available.
What are the generic benefits?
For balance, there are still benefits to the QF scheme and these include:
Of course a QF to AA comparison isn't the whole story since there are many other schemes worth considering for a balanced frequent flyer "portfolio". There are many excellent frequent flyer sites - these are worth following if you're not already doing so!
...the big question is what do you want out of your FF points?! And how highly do you rate status, since a strategy for optimising status isn't necessarily the same as optimising value from the mileage earn/burn game...
Member since 21 Apr 2012
Total posts 2,059
PLATY has provided some good points but I find the best approach is to consider your personal circumstances. To that end, I suggest you make a list of all the issues you believe you might encounter with the switch. These issues may be real or perceived. Then consider each item and it's impact on you vis a vis both programmes.
Once you deal with each issue methodically and logically, you will discover the best outcome that fits with your travel needs and patterns. Doing it this way enables clarity as you divorce emotions from the facts.
Happy to assist with your questions once you've made that list. Give us a shout.
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