Overview of Frequent Flyer Programms

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Alliance

Skyteam

Oneworld

Star Alliance

Alliance Elite Level

Skyteam Elite

Skyteam Elite Plus

Ruby

Sapphire

Emerald

Silver

Gold
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Elite Benefits

             
Priority Reservation

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Priority Check In

Business Counter

Business Counter

Business Counter

Business Counter

First Counter

 

Business Counter

Priority Waitlist

Yes (low)

Yes (high)

Yes (low)

Yes (middle)

Yes (high)

Yes (low)

Yes (high)

Excess baggage allowance

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-

-

Yes

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Yes

Lounge Access

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Yes

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Yes

Yes

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Yes

Priority Boarding

Yes

Yes

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Yes

Yes

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Yes

Priority Baggage

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Yes

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Yes

 

 

 

         

Specials

Alaska Airlines
October 09, 2017 to October 24, 2017

Alaska Airlines offers a buy Points Promotion, which seems to be targetted. You get up to a discount of 30% if you buy 15000 points prior to October 24, 2017. 15000 MIles are usually 412.50 USD and are after the discount 288.75 USD. There are taxes of 21.66 USD added, so the exact price for 15000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plane Miles are 310.41 USD. The discount is limited to the first 2000 person buying points and the bonus only applies if one buys 15000 points for.Alaska partner with points if it comes to buying points under this promotion.


If you want to bus less than 15000 miles, the regular price applies which is 27.50 USD per 1000 Miles (excluding taxes). There is no bonus the more miles you buy. Alaksa Airlines partners with Points.com, if it comes to buying points. You can buy miles here.

It has been recenlty announced that Alaska Airlines takes over Virgin America. this means, Virgin America Elevate Members have received an offer of 10000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles if you activate the prepared account. You could also move Elevate points with a bonus of 30% into your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Account which might be worth to consider given the larger number of partners of Alaska comparted to Virgin America.

British Airways

British Airways has cunrrently some good fares in World Traveller Plus loaded with origin in Germany, Italy, Sweden or Switzerland to destination at the East Coast and the West Coast of the USA: Travel starts around 600 EUR for East Coast and 690 EUR for West Coast. This is a good way to earn some miles in addition with the aforementioned tripls Avios Promotion.

British Airways is also offering double avios for all new bookings for flights taken till December 31, 2017. Only the base points are doubled, which is not as generous as previous offers. Booking made prior to registration does not count for this promotion. The cabin and tier bonus will not be doubled, so this promotion actually works best for all flights earning 100% miles.

Delta Airlines

If you need Delta SkyMiles to reach the necessary amount of miles for your award flight, you can simply buy or share them via Points.com. It is also possible to gift miles: Buy, Gift or Share miles on your Delta SkyMiles Program

Finnair

Currently no sale

KLM / AF Flying Blue

As an elite member you can buy an unlimited amount of miles in units of 2000 miles for 55 EUR; as an Flying Blue Ivory Member you can buy a maximum of 40000 miles in a year in units of 2000 miles. KLM Buy and Gift Miles. There is no discount the more miles you buy.

Lufthansa


Qatar Airways

SAS
September 01, 2017 to October 31, 2017 (Booking Period)

SAS and Avis run a promotion if your rent a car with Avis and select SAS as earning partner. If you book a car rental between September 01, 2017 and October 31, 2017 with rental period between October 01, 2017 and December 31, 2017 with a minimum of two days, you earn 4000 EuroBonus points for your frist rental and 8000 EuroBonus points with your second rental. Any additional rentals to be awarded 4,000 EuroBonus Extra Points
The promotion is valid for rentals in Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia, USA and Canada.
The promotion is only valid for separate rentals and not rentals with consecutive rental days. You have to book on
http://www.avisworld.com/EuroBonus.


Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is not really known for great discounts and in the past the reasonable business class fares where only available on the day flight from Singapore to Frankfurt and not the overnight flights from Singapore to either Munich, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf. This restriction does not longer apply and thus means the business class fares from Singapore are now available to all destinations:
Fly from Frankfurt / München / Düsseldorf to

  • Singapur ab € 2.899,-
  • Koh Samui ab € 3.189,-
  • Phuket ab € 3.189,-
  • Jakarta ab € 3.379,-
  • Bali ab € 3.389,-

Book on Singapore Airlines .


On all routes to Germany (and also other destinations in Europe) as well as from Germany to New York is now the new Premium Economy Class of Singapore AIrlines available. Due to the change of the current flight from Moscow to Hosuton to Manchester to Houston you have also a new route over the Atlantic, though this means the discontinuation of Munich to Manchester. The flight operates daily exeoct Monday and Thursday.



Swiss


United Airlines

You can buy up to 100,000 miles, but the miles are not cheap. The lowest amount of milesy you can buy are 2,000 miles for 70 USD. There is no discount the more miles you buy. You can buy the miles here.

Virgin America

See at Alaska Airlines (You might have receivd an offer of 10000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles).
Virgin America partners with points.com if it comes to buying points.

Virgin Atlantic
October 02, 2017 to October 31, 2017

If you need to top your account, you can from now till October 31, 2017 buy Virgin Atlantic Miles with a bonus of 30%, i.e. you get 30% more miles.

  • 1000 Miles are 52 USD
  • 5000 Miles are 160 USD
  • 10000 Miles are 295 USD
  • 20000 Miles are 565 USD
  • 1000000 Miles are 2725 USD

You can buy miles on the Virgin Atlantic Homepage (you need to be logged in). Virgin Atlantic partners with points.com if you comes to buying points.

If you have traveled with Virgin Atlantic in the last six month or have a future booking with Virgin Atlantic, you might use the Miles Booster to earn more miles. It applies to all flight with Virgin flight number and operated by Virgin Atlantic. Miles Booster is avialable to cash booking as well as reward flights. You can boost the base miles up to 200% of the miles earned on your booking. If you flew to Dubai from London and earn 6806 miles you can get an extra 6806 miles for 68.06 GBP or 108.90 USD or an extra 13612 Miles for 136.12 GBP or 217.80 USD.
If you use Miles Booster prior to October 31, 2017 you earn 30% more miles.

Miles Booster is available on the manage my booking page on the Virgin Atlantic Homepage.

Virgin Atlantic

Points

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Priority Pass

Priority Pass offers access to more than 1000 different airport lounges worldwide. If you do not have elite status with the airline you are flying and travel only in Economy Class, Priority Pass might be a solution if you prefer some privacy at the airport rather than spending your time till boarding on an uncomfortable chair or in a crowded and overpriced restaurant at the airport. Even if you have access thanks to your elite status, you find the available lounge to be crowded or simply not comfortable. While considering the purchase of a Pariority Pass, you should take into account that due to different terminals, you might not be able to enter the lounge because your flights depart from a different terminal. Several credit cards also include a membership of Priority Pass.

Priority Pass offers three different membership plans, Standard, Standard Plus and Prestige.
Standard (69 GBP / 99 EUR / 99 USD) offers you the right to enter any lounge of the Priority Pass network for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. If you require a backup and usually have lounge access or do not fly very often, this might be the plane to choose..

S
tandard Plus
(
159 GBP / 249 EUR / 249 USD) includes 10 free visits to any lounge of the Priority Pass network; additional visits have to be paid for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD. This plans should be considered by those, who e.g. travel Economy on shourt haul flights but have lounge access on lonng haul flights or who fly more often or the booking class does not include lounge access (e.g. on Germanwings / Eurowings Light Fares).

Prestige
(
259 GBP / 399 EUR / 399 USD) offers you the right to enter any lounge of the Priority Pass network for free. Guest could access the lounge for a fee of 15 GBP / 24 EUR / 27 USD.

Priority Pass turns 25 this month and offers a discount of 25% for Standard Membership, 20% for Standard Plus Membership and 10% for Prestige Membership if you buy a membership before June 30, 2017 (extended to) July 14, 2017 (Discount only for first year). Priority Pass also offers now a digital membvership card, so there is no need to wait till your membership cards arrive. You can apply for a membership on the Priority Pass Homepage.