Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Mar 2018
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Member since 29 Nov 2013
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A few of my US friends swear by Delta, others are really loyal to SouthWest.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
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Just understand that American domestic lounges are quite different from Australian ones - they are primarily membership-based (though gold and plat status will give you some access). Plus most food and drink in their lounges need to be purchased.
Member since 05 May 2016
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You should consider who you'll be flying with both domestically and internationally when deciding who to go with. Obviously an advantage of AA is continuing to use the Oneworld network when travelling internationally which is very good.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
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I would keep QF platinum as long as you can by using AA (if you can do enough flights) but the QF FF number and working in 4 QF metal flights a year, as the lounge access is probably worth it. US airline FF schemes does not of that level of access if not flying in premium cabins.
Member since 30 Nov 2017
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Your choice of FF program will probably be largely dependent on where you live versus how many connections you wish to make due to the hub and spoke setup by United, AA and Delta.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
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Have a look at this article published today, this might help you decide, at least until you get on the ground and get it started
thanks for your feedback, very helpfull
thx a lot.
Member since 25 Jun 2012
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I am an Aussie based in NY and have Executive Platinum status with AA. It is a great program - but as people say, you should chose your airline alliance based on where you reside in the US.
If NYC/LAX/ORD/DFW is your home base, then you would be good to stick with AA.
All airlines in the US have a minimum EQD (Elite Qualifying Dollar) threshold, but if youre doing enough flying to reach QF platinum, it would seem that you would be spending more than the minimum requirements anyway.
The EQS (Segments) is very difficult to reach unless you are doing very short very often trips (eg LGA-BOS).
EQMs (miles flown) are where you will most likely earn your status through - when flying AA discount economy you earn 1 EQS/mile, or in full fare economy and prem economy 1.5/mile, 2 in J and 3 in F. This changes when flying on partners not on an AA flight number and maxes out at 1.5/mile.
Upgrades on AA are based on status and then how many EQDs you have spent/earned in the last 12 months. Fairest way in my opinion. Upgrades also happen often at the Exec Platinum level, which is great.
No US airline really gives lounge access when flying domestically (except some flagship routes like LAX-JFK), but trust me, you aren't missing out on anything. Some credit cards over here provide access to lounges including priority pass/amex, so that is an option if you like.
Delta has a terrible award system, so I would steer clear of that - you can find economy awards, but trying to find a business class award that doesnt cost you hundreds of thousands of miles is extremely rare.
Hopefully that helps.
DEFINITELY, thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Member since 10 Jan 2018
Total posts 2
I am an Aussie based in Chicago and in the last year moved from united status to American status. Both programs are actually pretty good and FAR superior to qantas (ie low surcharges and (some) availability on award bookings).
Originally Posted by Evanavich
yep, most of the time it s proposed - not always, but you re free to ask :-)
I am Platinum since almost 10Y and have no difficulties to be up graded, have free BKT if no Lounge (BTW, few Novotel - like Plunchit Bangkok or Yangoon and Grand Mercure - Like Roxy Singapore have lounges...not only Pullman/ Sofitel) and late check out.
Mercure Brisbane CBD always offer access to Pullman lounge for BKT, and lately a room in Pullman despite a very cheap fair at Mercure (AUD95 as far as I remember)
Welcome drinks (or bar vouchers) and fruit/cake/chocolate platters are most of the time expecting me and I even get a morning Newspaper in KL or Jakarta...
This said, I am staying in same hotels since years.... (Roxy Mercure Singapore => 35 stays for 100+ nights in past 8Y)
For Pullman/Sofitel, never book your breakfast.It s included.
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