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Qantas vs. Emirates miles

Qantas vs. Emirates miles

  1. Anonymous

    I am flying from JFK – SYD in business (layover LAX) in Qantas business and then coming back I’m flying from MEL – JFK in Qantas economy. I have 2 questions regarding this: 1) Is it better to use my Qantas Frequent Flyer number or my Emirates (and can I use these miles interchangeably (i.e. qantas miles towards Emirates’ flights). And 2) If I do a “bid upgrade” for my return flight will I receive business class miles for the flight or just economy miles? Thanks for your help. This is my favorite blog!

  2. MidSouthSkier

    pstm91 – unless you have status with Qantas and/or fly them frequently have you considered crediting those miles to another program, like American? (I’m assuming you’re US-based?) Qantas typically charges many more miles than AA does. For example, a simple NYC-LAX 1-way flight is 12,500 AA miles but is 22,500 QF miles.

    If you’re not US-based, perhaps you could give us a little more info that might help us make better suggestions.

  3. pstm91

    [QUOTE=”MidSouth Skier, post: 11268, member: 184″]pstm91 – unless you have status with Qantas and/or fly them frequently have you considered crediting those miles to another program, like American? (I’m assuming you’re US-based?) Qantas typically charges many more miles than AA does. For example, a simple NYC-LAX 1-way flight is 12,500 AA miles but is 22,500 QF miles.

    If you’re not US-based, perhaps you could give us a little more info that might help us make better suggestions.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for the advice. I considered AA, but I don’t really like flying AA all that much. I fly Emirates a fair amount, which is why I asked about that. I’ve only flown Qantas a few times (and not in a while…). I just wasn’t sure if I’d receive more miles if I used my Qantas membership number vs. another airline’s program.

  4. Gaurav

    [USER=1351]@pstm91[/USER] mileage accrual usually depends on the fare class you book so you’d have to check that to figure out what you would earn. Keep in mind that all miles are not equal and that the ability to redeem them is just as important. Have you considered crediting mileage to Alaska? They partner with both airlines and have a very nice program.

  5. pstm91

    [QUOTE=”Gaurav, post: 11296, member: 79″][USER=1351]@pstm91[/USER] mileage accrual usually depends on the fare class you book so you’d have to check that to figure out what you would earn. Keep in mind that all miles are not equal and that the ability to redeem them is just as important. Have you considered crediting mileage to Alaska? They partner with both airlines and have a very nice program.[/QUOTE]

    Yes that’s actually what I decided to go with. Thanks for the help guys.

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