I was wondering if you could offer some advice with regards to reclaiming air miles as i've never done it before and never really thought about it until my mother-in-law mentioned it.
Anywho, I am half way on my RTW trip (currently in Sydney) and have so far used several airlines including Virgin, Air Pacific and Air New Zealand. For the remaining legs of my travels i will be using Singapore Air.
I have been onto all the airlines websites and worked out that we would get the most points from Singapore Air (Brisbane -> Bali via Singapore & Bali -> Singapore & Bangkok -> Manchester via Singapore).
- My first question is; Is it right in thinking that you can only have one 'Air Miles account'? and therefore best to go with the airline you use most/travel most miles
- My second question is; As I mentioned above one of our planned flights was Bangkok -> Manchester, but we plan to stay over a year and therefore forfeit this flight. As we have paid for the flight, are we still illegible to claim for the air miles even though we didn't board the plane
- My final question is; Is it just a simple case of logging onto the airlines website and joining the 'Air Miles Club'
I'm all very new to this, so any advice would be great!
Thanks in advance.
You are right in thinking to go with the frequent flyer club of the airline you will use the most. However if this airline is in an alliance such as Star Alliance or One World, you can actaully accrue air miles on partner airlines too. You will have to check the alliance but this is how it works with One World and Star Alliance. It is as simple as joining online then getting a card sent out to you which can then be swiped on check-in.
You can only claim air miles from flights you complete, so the Bangkok to Manchester flight wouldn't count, you have to have the boarding card for the flight to be able to add the miles. If you have the boarding cards from your other flights and the alliance airlines will honour your miles, then you can get those flights added within 6 months of completion of the flight as long as you have the boarding card. You would have to go to the airline's office to get these added.
I would calculate whether it's worth you enrolling though. We enrolled with One World, did 29,000 miles and then BA changed the goalposts, so originally we would have had a flight to anywhere in Europe free on our return (no time limit) but after the rule change we were entitled to one quarter of a free flight and it had to be taken within a 6 month period! On each airline's website there is usually a calculator where you can figure out what you'd get for free.
There used to be a website where you could convert one air miles account into another (for a small fee, I believe). I remember writing an article on them for a job years ago--the name escapes me now...
Update: Found it! It's a site called points.com.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2009, at 06:29 by tway ]