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SkyTeam mileage program advice
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:01:44 AM »
I have not flown Skyteam airlines for more than a decade. A few days ago, I bought the super crazy deal from Zurich to SFO for less than $2000 on biz class. I am based in San Jose, CA and SFO. My travel patterns are:

-domestic: mostly within CA (SW, Jetblue, or Alaska). Very rarely do I travel to NYC, BOS, or ORD. 6-10x per year

-Canada: only for flight positioning, if I find an excellent deal to Europe or Asia from Canada. 0-2x per year

-Europe: sometimes I travel within the continent, using whichever airline (mainstream or low-cost) that offers a good fare and convenient timing, 2-6x per year

-Asia: sometimes I travel within the main business hubs (Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok...), using mainstream airlines, 2-4x per year

So, since I don't loyally fly SkyTeam airlines and that Delta seems to offer an awful mileage program, I would appreciate advice on the program (with generous expiration policy) that I should join.  Thanks!

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Re: SkyTeam mileage program advice
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2018, 11:32:27 AM »
What's the fare class?
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Re: SkyTeam mileage program advice
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2018, 09:13:48 AM »
Thanks for the reply. It's Z.

https://www.wheretocredit.com/calculator#ZRH-SFO-DL-Z

I was initially considering Virgin Atlantic. However, I can already bank miles of partners that I would actually fly (NH, SQ) elsewhere. SQ miles will be accrued using Alaska's program.

Addition flying pattern details:
-Do NOT travel to Hawaii, Mexico, Middle East (except for transit) or Africa

Would appreciate your advice.

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Re: SkyTeam mileage program advice
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2018, 08:11:05 AM »
If flying a AZ, KLM and DL between Israel and US in Economy a lot, which airline  is the best to credit my miles  to to elite status ?

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Re: SkyTeam mileage program advice
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2018, 04:40:37 PM »
If flying a AZ, KLM and DL between Israel and US in Economy a lot, which airline  is the best to credit my miles  to to elite status ?

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Re: SkyTeam mileage program advice
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2018, 09:47:45 AM »
FB has lower requirements for gold, but depends what fare class you're booking and who's giving more for that class.
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Re: SkyTeam mileage program advice
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2018, 10:35:18 AM »
FB has lower requirements for gold, but depends what fare class you're booking and who's giving more for that class.
FB and DL give revenue based earning for their own flights and distance based for partners, so really depends on how much you’re paying compared to the distance. If you’re booking on DL or AZ, I would definitely say FB. Their redemptions are also much better.

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Re: SkyTeam mileage program advice
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2018, 04:44:46 PM »
FB and DL give revenue based earning for their own flights and distance based for partners, so really depends on how much you’re paying compared to the distance. If you’re booking on DL or AZ, I would definitely say FB. Their redemptions are also much better.

In order to get Elite status with FB it seems like it much harder though. Since every flight to US is only 4 XP points each way and you need a 100 of them.
Is that true?