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Best programs to earn miles for KLM, Aer Lingus
So I’m taking my family to Ireland and elsewhere in Europe from our home in Australia, for my brother-in-law’s wedding. The long-haul flights are on SQ, some of us in business using KrisFlyer miles. Within Europe we’re flying EI, KL and D8.
Being able to get all my family’s miles into my account eventually is a big plus.
My current major holdings are:
VA 500k (Gold soon, potentially Plat in a few months), family all pooled to my account
AA 320k (Exec Plat just expired)
QF 190k, free family transfers available
Credit card points transferable to those plus CX and others I’m not currently pursuing (possibly through SPG) up to 250k
I have OneWorld and Star covered, but nothing in SkyTeam. EI aren’t back in OneWorld yet, and the cheap fares we’ve got won’t earn on QF, UA or even BA. I guess the best bet is to earn Avios through EI then try to pool them at Avios.com?
For SkyTeam, I am unlikely to fly anyone much except maybe DL, and I can credit DL to VA. My work travel, when it happens, tends to be Europe on the ME3 or maybe CX, SQ or QF. I can transfer multiple Australian cards’ miles to AF/KL, but maybe KE is better with longer mile lifespan, family groups and high premium availability?
So, are EI and KE my best bets here or is there something else I’m missing? Is it worth holding out for some kind of joining bonus with any of these programs? The relevant flights are in about two months.
The joining bonuses for programs are usually minimal if at all they are offered but you are not in any rush. You could just wait to sign up the day before your flights to make sure you capture any opportunity that comes up. If your flights aren’t going to earn you anything you might as well accumulate in programs that a. will give you some miles and b. where you can top up mileage to get to a useful reward. Good luck!