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Airline perks #2994825
08/09/19 09:03 PM
08/09/19 09:03 PM
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Which is best? Which is the worst?

Lotta business travelers on here. I know they hook us and book us but I imagine there are some opinions.

Currently a Delta fanboy. But, American’s top shelf is above and beyond what the others offer, IMO. Will not ever go back to United.

Have had status on all 3 and I’d say Delta treats me the best given a measly gold status.

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Re: Airline perks [Re: sd_101] #2994852
08/09/19 10:30 PM
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Delta is the probably the best among the domestics. I use them twice a year, and its typically hassle free and comfortable enough for a domestic coach seat. Jet Blue is the only other one I can think of that provides an arguably better experience, but they don't have the routes I use so I've only flew them once. I have minimal experience with Alaska, but they seem good.

United is absolutely god awful. I've had a bad experience with them nearly every time. Southwest is fine if you can stay on top of the booking system, but if you slack you get squashed in the middle seat between the biggest people on the plane. Fine for short routes.

Keep in mind, you can use a United or American card to book with the airline partners. I would never use United miles to fly United, but Singapore or Copa? Yes please facelick beer

The problem with all of the perk systems is that the airlines are constantly adding rules and finding ways to make the perks less valuable. I use a United credit card to accrue miles, because they seem like the easiest to redeem for good routes. AA miles often require sh!t routes and extra stopovers to redeem. Delta is the scroogiest for mileage redemption. The last few years I've moved towards pointed based cards that give you a statement credit. That way you book the flight you want and get a rebate for it. I like this approach, because then you can still collect miles for the flight itself, which you don't collect when you redeem miles. Unfortunately, airlines are now cracking down on collecting miles from partner airlines (such as collecting United miles while flying on Copa) unless you buy one of the more expensive fare classes, so you are only guaranteed to collect with the actual airline itself. Fookin silly, but what are you going to do about it foreheadslap

The best value with miles is redeeming them for business class flights, although you are essentially giving up a trip for free to have more comfort.

Ultimately, you're best of collecting miles with whatever airline you use the most.


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Re: Airline perks [Re: grapedrink] #2994920
08/10/19 02:39 AM
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When I hit 2 million on American, they sent me a note and made me Platinum for life. When I hit 4 million, nothing (I called and asked if I was to become Executive Platinum for life and they laughed). I switched over to Delta and never looked back at AA. I flew into Atlanta on Delta from along flight from Israel and while awaiting my bag, I noticed the black Platinum card on a fellows bag as we were leaving the carousel. I asked, “why did you fly Delta v AA?” He saw my Executive Platinum (from annual miles) card on my bag and replied, “You flew AA and have to ask?” We both chuckled and went our merry ways!


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