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  1. Anonymous

    Hey Ben I need some help,

    So I was one of the lucky ones to take advantage of AA’s mistake fare to Beijing a couple days ago. I was a little late to the party and all of the DCA fares had seemed to be taken down, however I was able to score an pretty amazing $900 RT business class fare to PEK from AA.com on Japan Airlines (777-300ER SFO-HND and 787-8 HND-PEK) all “I” fare class.

    Me being an exclusive Delta/Skyteam flier for the last 5 years (Gold medallion this year) I’m a little confused on how best to maximize the miles I’m about to earn. You see, with Delta, as long as the flight is sold on Delta.com, no matter the operating carrier, or flight prefix/numbers, you always get full MQMs, MQDs, etc. as if you were flying on Delta metal (same is not true if you purchase directly from the partner of course). However, this doesn’t seem to be the case for AA. It seems that since my flights are operated by JAL, even though AA sold me the ticket (and the long hauls have AA flight numbers) I will only get a fraction of the miles.

    So my question(s) are this…1) is this true? and 2) is there another program that would be more beneficial to credit the miles to? Note that I do not have status with AA BUT I could very easily status match to Platinum through my company (we have a deal with AA where we can get 1 no questions asked status match from another program) so that may get more miles/bonuses/etc. A friend told me to look into Alaska’s program…but it seems Alaska does allow credit of miles from JAL or AA flight numbers over 8000.

    I’m a total newb to most any program outside of Delta/Skyteam ones, so some much needed rookie help would be appreciated 😉

    My flights are
    AA 8400 Apr 29th
    JL 21 Apr 30th
    JL 22 May 4th
    AA 8401 May 5th

    Thanks in advance from a Delta nerd who’s totally a fish out of water right now 😉

  2. Anonymous

    @ Delta Fish Out of Water — Each partner does indeed have different earnings rates. I didn’t realize JAL business earned so few miles, though. You could consider another program, like BA, which does award miles for travel in discounted business class on JAL:
    http://www.britishairways.com/en-us/executive-club/collecting-avios/flights

    Other than that I can’t think of any great programs which have much better earnings rates and allow you to easily top up with a transferable points currency.

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