How do you earn your flight miles?

Apr 13th, 2007, 09:46 PM
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Apr 14th, 2007, 04:55 AM
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I agree with mrwunrfl--the OP should do some research and compare the FF programs of Star Alliance Partners United, US Airways and Lufthansa before deciding to use Lufthansa's FF program (Miles & More).

I don't know that much about Miles & More, but I do see that some of the redemption levels are higher than United's--e.g., 30K vs 25K for a North America domestic economy award, 60K vs 50K for a North America to Europe economy award, or 40K vs 35K for a NA-Hawaii award.

Also, some of the lowest discounted fares only earn 50% miles on Lufthansa--for example, if in the future you bought a S fare on UA or US and wanted to credit the miles to Lufthansa, it would only earn half the miles, versus 100% on UA or US. And, as mrwunrfl says, you can earn UA miles by flying Aloha, although they don't count toward status.
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Apr 14th, 2007, 05:59 AM
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I'm a loyal UA customer. I use my UA card for buying airline tickets and just about every other purchase I make with a cc.

Also, DH and I both have business AMEX cards and platinum cards that have accrued lots of points from our many business trips. Those can be used on numerous airlines and at anytime.

I've got premier exec status with UA (50k miles per year) so I earn double miles for my flights. If I'm traveling to Asia (usually twice a year) I will buy an upgradeable UA ticket, use 60k miles, and get seats in business class. I do not use miles for free tickets.

I agree with others that the OP should get miles with UA because of its Star Alliance partners.
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Apr 14th, 2007, 06:35 AM
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Interesting comments about Netflix. (Sorry we're getting off topic). Since joining I've gotten 14 movies. None have had ANY wait in queue. And if I drop one in a mailbox in the morning, I've so far always gotten the new one in my mail two days later. So far I haven't had any that I couldn't play -- a fairly frequent issue at Blockbuster.
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Apr 14th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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I also question the signing up for and posting miles to the Lufthansa FF program. This would be reasonable if OP intends to use Lufthansa in the future.

Being in the US, if we were to go on a foreign airline, I have the miles posted to the US affiliate. In Lufthansa's case, that would be USAir, so that increases and consolidates my points there. I have used my USAir FF to get flights on Lufthansa and others.

Of course, OP could later transfer miles to USAir (I think), or another US line, but it seems to me easier to do that originally.
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Apr 14th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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FYI,Netflix doesn't always ship DVDs...even when it shows them as available.

For very frequent users, they have been know to slow up delivery for several days.

A class action suit was filed (regarding their advertising..not the fairness of the policy) and a settlement was accepted. The settlement is being appealed.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 06:28 PM
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That would be us then, we have seen the mailing of the movies slow recently - we are frequent users but then most of our choices are old Brit series, I watch them on the day they arrive (moving wallpaper) and return them the next day, in the meantime they probably have sitting collecting dust on a shelf,

As I said earlier, we do tend to get new movies on the day they are released since we add them to our queue before or on the day they are released into the cinema.

We sent 3 back on Saturday but I am allowing for the fact that it's Patriots day here in MA tomorrow, I will be interested to record when they ship them and when we receive them.

Patrick - I did send an email basically saying that we joined in 2002 - just as they had started to build their business and was interested to discover what they had to offer old subscribers since Blockbuster seem to have a better method.

I got a response saying that due to the influx of emails they recieved they could not answer all of them

I'll finish with my British series and then we will probably move to Blockbuster.

To my mind, when you ask a question from any company you pay to provide a service - no reply is worse than a reply I'm not happy with.

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Apr 15th, 2007, 06:49 PM
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"To my mind, when you ask a question from any company you pay to provide a service - no reply is worse than a reply I'm not happy with."

Unless it would be no answer at all. Frankly I think I'd rather have a rude, pointless, or inaccurate answer than to be simply ignored.

But you are right. I'd be unhappy with the answer also.

To be honest, I haven't even put any just released movies in my queue -- I'm ordering missed movies and foreign films I've wanted to see for quite a while. Most of those I've selected were not available at Blockbuster. We have a Netflix distribution center less than 50 miles from my house, and the service is great. My next door neighbor uses netflix a lot and has never had a delayed delivery from them -- two days from sending a return during the week, or three days if over a weekend.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 07:11 PM
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Our distribution centre is just over 30 miles away - in 2002 it was in a different town but still less than 40 miles away. The turnaround was wonderful in those days and probably explains why we have stayed with them.

If you do see movies you are interested in or liked when you saw them at your local cinema and would like to see them again at home - add them to your queue ASAP and you will get them the day (if not the day before) they are released to the general public.

We tend to add movies as they are publicised

Most of my friends add them to their queues the day they are released and wonder why they have a wait :-?
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Apr 15th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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The Netflix center by me is less than 50 miles, probably about 30 miles. I mail back a movie and the next day I get an email they received it and that they are mailing me the next movie listed on my queue and I have it the next day. But probably it depends on where you live and how close the mailing center is from your home? So far I have been very happy with Netflix.
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Apr 16th, 2007, 06:33 AM
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Your proximity to a distrib center is a is the location of the DVD you want. Some independent or foreign movies can be mailed to you from anywhere in the country.

But in seems to limit some very frequent renters. I have had a number of movies show as available and a week will go by before they send another.

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