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The hard decisions in life…
Hello everyone, as I try to learn as much as possible about miles, rewards, bonuses, and what not, I have the following question:
Where should I accumulate my miles (with what airline?).
I live near Miami, I have about 29k kilometers stuck with Latam from a trip to Argentina during the holidays. I have a few miles with AA from a short trip to Mexico in November. I also have a ticket to Bangkok on Qatar for this coming June (unfortunately, I didn’t know anything about miles when I booked Qatar and I have a T and O fare that won’t let me upgrade to business…)
Where should I put my Qatar miles after my trip to BKK? I would like to be able to take an award travel in business to Hawaii with my family of 4 at some point. I have a Chase freedom, the spg amex, the IHG Chase, will be applying Monday for the Chase Reserve, and my husband has the freedom.and the Sapphire preferred.
I have read posts on AA, British, even Alaska (?) But canxt decide what to do.
Although many on this blog would disagree with my, I would say that you should credit to BA since you have chase UR points.
BA is not the ideal airline to credit but they are a transfer partner of chase, and they are the only OW airline so you should receive 25% of your flown miles on BA. You can also credit AA flights to BA. However I would not use BA as a long term strategy and maybe switch to AA after your redeem your miles for Hawaii.
Also- If you do apply for the CSR make sure to go in branch as they still have have the 100k bonus until March in store.
Aside from your already booked travel, what are your normal travel patterns?
T and O fares on QR only earn 25% of miles regardless of where you’re crediting them. Being in MIA and having already accumulated a few miles with AA, I’d say you should consider crediting your QR flights to AA. However, if your entire family of 4 is traveling to BKK, it might make sense to credit to BA, as [USER=701]@Brad B[/USER] suggested, but because BA allows family pooling. Avios are handy for short haul flights.
For your Hawaii trip, Chase UR points are a great option. Korean Air charges 45k miles for business class round trip to Hawaii, if you can find saver flights on Delta. Singapore Airlines charges 60k round trip, if you can find award space on United. As a point of reference, UA & AA both charge 80k round trip and BA will charge 62500 [I]each way[/I] for MIA-LAX-Hawaii on AA in business class.
Thank you both for your answers! I like the idea of the pooling of the miles, we now have all separate mileage accounts. Also, regarding the suggestion of using the UR points on Korean, can I just plain transfer the points and use the? That sounds like a really goos deal to me!
Yes, you can transfer to Korean. Also, I believe Delta awards show up on Koreans tool now. However, you need to add family members to your Korean account before you can redeem flights for them and Korean will require proof of relationship before they can be added
Ah, ok, I will investigate that route then 🙂
Sounds pretty good for our trip to Hawaii.
Thank you so much for the advise.
I just don’t recommend transferring until you are ready to book, as you have many options to transfer to but once you transfer you can’t transfer back.