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Which FF? Too many options.
I really enjoy reading through your website and thought about asking some help on my little dilemma.
I have a few new clients in Mongolia and will soon start flying frequently from Boston to Ulaanbaatar.
There are far too many option that can be used but I want to maximize my points/membership status whilst flying preferably in the shorter routes.
Considering I would start from scratch on a FF membership program, which program do you think will bring more benefits for this route?
A couple considerations;
JAL. Their FF program is really good. They constantly run specials and their redemptions are some of the lowest. Plus they fly a 787 to Tokyo out of BOS where you would connect.
AK: If you wanted more diversity with points you can fly Hainan to PEK out of BOS on a 787 as well then connect.
Both programs earn on miles flown and class bonuses are similar, 125% business / 100% economy unless deeply discounted tickets. J class with I code on JAL is less.
Of course JAL is a better airline.
And the way in which you want to use your miles might influence your choice as well. Would you plan to use the miles for domestic flights? International flights?
JAL miles expire after 3 years, regardless of whether or not there is activity in the account. May not be an issue, but it’s something to keep in mind.
This might be a helpful resource as you think about your options: