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Continental FF miles used to upgrade to 1st class?

Continental FF miles used to upgrade to 1st class?

Mar 11th, 2001, 04:07 PM
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Can you give me some advise regarding which airline to transfer my AMEX points to?

I believe I can transfer to either DELTA or CONTINENTAL - which would you recommend as the better of the two (in terms of service, food, routes (most important)) - I have never used either.

I travel mostly to Europe and would probably "buy" Business or First Class tickets. I am a little concerned that some FF programs insist you use the points up within a certain period.

(note: I collect FF miles with AC, who partners with neither airline).

Many thanks in advance ... Ger
Mar 11th, 2001, 06:59 PM
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Ger, I'd try both! No, that's not a sarcastic answer. First of all, you have a month to finalize things once you book. (At least, that was my experience the last time I used FF miles.) So, it's not a case of making an instant decision. Second, as many posters can attest, it's not always simple to book a flight with FF miles. So, check out both and see what's available.
Personally, I've booked with both Continental and Delta and have been satisfied with the service of both. If I had to pick one, I'd probably lean towards Continental. I have found its personnel to be exceptionally helpful and courteous.
To answer another of your questions, your Amex miles never expire, nor do those on One Pass (Continental) or Delta.
What is AC?
Mar 11th, 2001, 07:13 PM
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Thanks for the information Howard.

AC is Air Canada - I have top status with them (> 100,000 miles per year traveled) , so I rarely have a problem using FF miles even in high season. I have read that it is becoming increasingly difficult to use FF miles on airlines where you have NO status, which would be the case for me with Delta & Continental.

Mar 11th, 2001, 07:23 PM
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Ger, by "no status," do you mean you're not a member? I would think that would make a difference. If you are a member, from my experience, how often you fly on the airline makes no difference. For example, when my wife and I flew to Italy in November 1999, of the 80,000 miles I used for the two off-season tickets on Continental, 74,000 of them came from my Amex account!

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