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Question about using Award miles vs. TQM
A bit of newbie to collecting Tier Qualifying Miles, and I can’t quite figure one important point out. (before I only booked award flights via points gained from credit cards)
I am collecting points with Aegean. Almost to Silver now, and then to Gold within the 12 months (or that’s the idea). Under my profile’s transactions, I see that I have both Tier miles and Award miles. For me, these two are equal because I’ve earned from flying. Obviously, I am not using these miles for a free flight because I want to reach Gold status… right?
When I book an award flight via Aegean, I assumed this takes from both Tier and Award miles. If an award flight only used award miles, and I could still make my way to Gold with my tier miles, that would be amazing… I assume it’s not the case, but wanted to check.
Welcome [USER=1682]@lbk[/USER] – I’m going to make a bit of an assumption here (and others, please jump in if I’m wrong). I believe that the Award Miles is just the balance of how many miles you have available in your account. It doesn’t mean you can’t use them until you reach Silver/Gold. If you never spend your miles your Award Miles balance will continue to climb, but your TQM balance will reset to zero each year when it’s time to begin the re-qualification process.
As Midsouthskier explained the 2 mile type is very different.
Tier miles (also called status miles in many FF programs) is what earns you status, these will reset to zero at the start of the next program year.
Award Miles are redeemable miles and is what you use to book awards, you can use these at any time and it will have no effect on your Tier miles or what status you have in the airline FF program.