For those who say they can't use FF miles...

Aug 4th, 2004, 05:14 PM
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Curious, how do you become lifetime Platinum elite with any airline??

My husband was always Platinum or the equivalent for years on 3 or 4 airlines when he traveled extensively but now that he's retired, he's lost all his status with all those airlines.
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Aug 4th, 2004, 05:25 PM
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I can't talk about other airlines, but AA does have lifetime program. It's an unpublished perk so it could always be taken away without warning (not the lifetime status once you get it, just getting it), and here are the details:

Gold lifetime = 1,000,000 miles
Platinum lifetime = 2,000,000 miles
Executive Platinum = there is no lifetime status

The nice part of the AA lifetime status is that any miles earned from any possible sources will count towards the lifetime status.

Other airline programs have this as well, but most require butt-in-the-seat miles only.

Lifetime = it's not your lifetime, it's the lifetime of the program.
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Aug 18th, 2004, 11:06 PM
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Ah ha... CO has some US-HKG Business/First tickets available at the standard level - 60K each way, or 120K roundtrip, departing early September. Such rewards are pretty rare, and I think my parents will upgrade at least the outbound leg. Excellent value, as CO's Business/First on their 777 is very nice with 2-2-2 seating and 170-degree flat seats. They usually cost about $2,000 each way. Good deal at 60K miles.
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Aug 19th, 2004, 04:45 PM
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I just put a reservation on hold for next March LAX-CDG-NCE-LAX in business class on DL/AF. Got my first choice of dates and flights. Granted I do most of my traveling in the off season but I've never booked 331 days out and seldomly have problems getting the flights I need.
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Aug 30th, 2004, 02:21 PM
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Today I needed to change the dates on my earlier reservation. I called DL and again no problems getting the new dates that I wanted. I was offered a choice of 2 AF flights on the outbound and a choice of either AF via CDG or DL via JFK on the return. Both the agent last week and today were very pleasant
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Sep 10th, 2004, 04:30 PM
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I just booked 2 FC LAX/CDG on my UA miles on the LH flight, I got my first choice of dates. I thought 200K for nearly $20K in rack rate seats was a good deal! I was pretty amazed, it was quite easy this time, and with UA I'm just a plain old regular member....So you can get them!
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Sep 12th, 2004, 07:51 AM
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Thank you for clarifying AAFrequentFlyer. Now I'm sorry we got rid of our AA Visa card. We did away with it feeling like we could accrue FF miles quicker with the AmEx Starwood card since they give a 5,000 mile bonus everytime you transfer 20,000 points into a FF account (they work with lots of airlines too). It just made more sense to have a choice of airlines and to be able to get a ticket for 20,000 points rather than the usual 25,000.
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Sep 24th, 2004, 07:22 AM
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Using the new CO FF tool on their website, I am unsuccessful in getting any reward travel for August 2005 (and very minimal Business/First in June or July 2005). Am I to believe that all of the seats are taken already or that CO offers very few seats for FF that far in advance? If I can't get it with allowing that much advance notice, how are others successful in using their FF miles? Very disappointed in the CO program. BTW, in all fairness, I am not a CO Elite...that might offer more opportunities.
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Sep 24th, 2004, 08:40 AM
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larriola - Unfortunately, CO is one of the toughest airlines to get standard awards using miles, unless you're an "Elite". That has been the gripe of many people for quite a while.

Fortunately, Onepass miles can be used on partner airlines, including all in the Skyteam Alliance. DL's FF awards are just as hard to get, but NW may be easier. And if you're going overseas, especially Europe, you can now claim on Air France, KLM, Czech, etc...

So, know what you can do with your miles, and they are other ways you can use your miles for award travel. CO's flight (as offered on continental.com) is only a small portion.
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Sep 24th, 2004, 10:10 AM
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larriola,

Are you trying to get business class awards to Europe for next August? Try using your Onepass miles on Skyteam partners like Air France or Delta. I find that they're more generous with award seats than either CO or NW. While Delta's own website doesn't allow you to check seat availability for international awards, Delta award flights do show up on Northwest's website, so that's an option to check availability. You must be a NW Worldperks member to access it though.

To check Air France award availability, you can download the following tool:

http://www.stud.ntnu.no/~hartberg/ft/SabretoolSetup.htm

This availability tool doesn't give you access 24 hours a day (it has a cycle of 2 hours up and 5 hours down), so if it happens to be down when you try to use it, you'll have to wait for the next time it's up and running (it tells you when). You want to look for the specific award booking class which is O for business and A for first class on Air France. O is usually pretty easy to come by, A is more difficult and is often limited to just one seat. The number that comes after the O or A is the number of award seats currently available. So an O2 means there are 2 business class award seats on that particular flight. An O0 means no seats but the waitlist is open, OC means no seats and the waitlist is closed.

You'll have to call to book the award, but this gives you an idea of availability in advance.

Good luck!
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Sep 26th, 2004, 02:09 PM
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Patty, Not sure how the link you posted works. I opened it, clicked on the middle of some print that was not legible then up popped a new screen about downloading somthing but it was all in German(?). Is there something I need to download first (hopefully in English)??

I would like to be able to access Air France's award seat availability.
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Sep 27th, 2004, 11:12 AM
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petlover,

When I copy and paste the link into my browser, I get a screen that says
"Availability Tool, Download and Information!" at the very top of the page. After that there are some screen shots of what the software display looks like. When I click on one of those screen shots, a "File Download" box pops up which allows me to save the file AvailabilityToolSetup.exe so that I can install in on my computer.

Is that not what you see?
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Oct 8th, 2004, 03:54 PM
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I found another availability lister where you can look up NW & partner award seats that's so much easier to use than Northwest's own site. You can search up to 7 days at a time. You can also search by single segments and by specific airline:

http://usr.v7.com/wpaa/

I discovered it when trying to book a DL award to Nairobi with segments on KL. Since KL is now part of Skyteam, I realized that I could redeem a business class award to NBO with a stopover in CDG for only 30,000 miles more than what it would cost in miles for Europe only. It was not easy getting the KL seats - checking 3 months in a row, there was only one single date where 2 business class seats were available to return from NBO-AMS! And I had to settle for coach on the AMS-NBO flight, but at least I don't have any other flights/connections that same day. In comparison, it was relatively painless getting the AF & DL flights to/from LAX. Even with the one coach segment, I think it's still worth the 120,000 miles each.

So I'll be flying LAX-CDG-AMS(AF), AMS-NBO-AMS(KL), AMS-CVG-LADL). Now I just have to book my safari
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Oct 10th, 2004, 05:15 AM
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Patty, looks like a home run to me! You captured a lot of value and accomplished something that would have been very expensive to purchase.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 09:07 AM
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I read this post and have heard complaints from many people about not being able to use their frequent flyer points through Delta a zillion times. However, I have to point out, as a person who does not get to travel often (once or twice a year), I do not hold an elite status with any airline. I do however charge everything I can on my American Express Delta Platinum card since I live in Atlanta and Delta is the most convenient airline for me on most trips. With my AMEX I have manage to obtain quite a few points.

I knew ahead of time that booking a flight to Hawaii would be a pain so I made myself call at midnight when it was exactly 330 prior to the date I wanted to go and book the first leg. Then I did the same thing when 330 days came around for the returning leg. Sure it was not convenient and no I usually do not plan that far in advance but I can not really complain since it is basically a free flight for DH and I.

Maybe I am too easy going but since it is free, I do not mind at all.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 09:24 AM
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The ticket is not free. I have the same AE Skymiles Platinum card. First, there's an annual fee of like $75-80. And there are dozens of other cards out there that give you ~1% cash back with no annual fees. To get your ticket to Hawaii, you need 35,000 miles, meaning you'd have charged $35K or close to it (because of some double points) to get that. If you have charged it to a 1% cash back card, you'd have gotten $350 back already.

And you don't get mileage on the reward flight to Hawaii. ATL-HNL roundtrip is about 9,000 miles, so that's close to $100 of value.

When you add all those up, you'll see that it's not such a good deal anymore.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 11:13 AM
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Actually it is free to me. You can choose to look at it anyway you feel like looking at it. I have other cards that give cash back but I love my AmEx. I could not get two roundtrip tickets to Hawaii for $350 period. Some see the glass half empty some see it half full.

As for I charged $35,000, yes I did but since I had to charge it anyway, what difference does it make. You are also forgetting that I get double points each time I use it at gas stations, grocery stores, drug stores etc. You are also forgetting that I use it to charge business items and travel for my company of which I get reimbursed. I am not going to argue about it. You like your way of doing things and I like mine.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 11:27 AM
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beachdreams - If you read my posts in this thread, you'll know that the main point of my thread is that it IS possible to claim miles. And yours is a good example. I just want to warn the casual INfrequent flyer to think he/she should go get a credit card so that they can finally go to Hawaii after saving up miles for several years.

BTW, as an update, my parents did use CO miles to fly EWR-HKG last month for 60K one-way. Not available on return so they fly coach for 30K one-way; for a total of 90K for the roundtrip. This is something CO allows and DL doesn't - a business award for half the trip, coach for the other.

So, my family claimed about 380,000 miles during the last 6 months for 10 roundtrips.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 11:28 AM
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I mean EWR-HKG in BusinessFirst for 60K miles each person, each way.
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Oct 12th, 2004, 11:36 AM
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Well I might not fly frequently anymore due to work, however, after reviewing all other offers, we felt AM EX offered us the best and we still do.

After flying to Hawaii many times on my dime, I appreciate being able to fly for free.

By the way, I forgot to point out that I do not consider the annual charge to be an issue considering the fact that when my identity was stolen I never had one problem getting AmEx to wipe away the charges but I spent a year's worth of my life getting Visa and MC to do it even with the police helping me. For that luxury alone, I will gladly pay them. In fact, it was AmEx that let me know something was going on in the first place. Otherwise, I would not have found out until the next billing cycle.
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