Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United
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    Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    Which one has the best airline mileage program? I'm looking at flying from Cleveland to Chicago up to 8-10 times this summer and 4 all had the same priced tickets for round trip.

    The 4 are:
    Southwest
    US Airways
    United
    American

    So price out of the way... what would be the best option? Anyone use any and like them?

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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    Derp... spelled Mileage wrong in the title




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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    I've used both American and United. Flown me and my wife to Mexico a few times from mileage gained on each. Haven't noticed big difference, but don't pay that much attention to it. I doubt 8-10 trips to Chicago from Cleveland is going to get you much though. Even 10 trips would probably get you >10,000 miles. You need 20,000-25,000 miles to get one ticket somewhere within the continental U.S.



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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    I have a SW credit card. Get double points on SW purchases and you get 25,000 points for signing up. That is roughly 2 free flights (I should add this is if you are paying for the "wanna get away" seats that are much cheaper than their other ones. $100 flight is around 5500 pts I think). Costs you $70 a year, but they offset that by giving you 3,000 points per year (roughly $50 in flight bucks).


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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    I use the Continental credit card so I get more miles and access to the lounges, which are hit and miss depending on local. It gives you 25k miles to sign up, and I think double miles for purchasing flights. I'd only consider United and SW based on the number of flights b/w the two fellow Clevelander.


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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    The only problem with the credit card route is that I have pretty much zero credit. I've applied to two others before and have gotten denied (problems of a 19yr old college kid I guess)




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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    If you are just flying 8 or 10 times, it really doesn't matter. If you are a long term traveller try and stay with one airline to achieve elite status. I'm platinum on American, and it makes a big difference in making your life easier. I also spring for the Admirals Club out of my own pocket and it's worth the investment.


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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    In that case just sign up for all their frequent flyer programs and pick the cheapest flights.


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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    None of the above.

    I just made the switch to Venture and I think it's the best.

    I spent $24K on a Citi American Airlines card last year. I have 40K miles but it's still hard as hell finding a flight that qualifies.

    Venture is going to give me 48K miles just to join and then 2 miles for every dollar spent. I can then use those miles for any flight on any airline. So if I have 30K miles that means I can spend $300 towards airfare.



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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    Quote Originally Posted by NobodyBeatsCy View Post
    If you are just flying 8 or 10 times, it really doesn't matter. If you are a long term traveller try and stay with one airline to achieve elite status. I'm platinum on American, and it makes a big difference in making your life easier. I also spring for the Admirals Club out of my own pocket and it's worth the investment.
    10 = ~6500 which is a free flight on Southwest

    Should add that I would probably fly for Christmas from Des Moines so another 1600.
    This is per year too so eventually I would earn many. Also I signed up for both Southwest and United because I liked their programs the most and comparing both Credit Cards right now. Leaning towards United because they fly to Des Moines.




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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    I stick with Southwest for the following reasons:

    (1.) Unlimited switching/no change fees and no bag fees
    (2.) Their rewards program is par with most other airlines, but they're rather generous with their rewards card
    (3.) BDL and BWI (the main airports I go out) are essentially SWA property
    (4.) No blackouts or flight restrictions WHATSOEVER

    Anyways, I'm near A-List Preferred for the rest of this year and next year, and the year is only 25% over. That's going to make paying for my biannual fun trip to California (for free, at least on the flights) or home for Christmas after Southwest gets a DSM to MDW route setup pretty easy.



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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigmapolis View Post
    I stick with Southwest for the following reasons:

    (1.) Unlimited switching/no change fees and no bag fees
    (2.) Their rewards program is par with most other airlines, but they're rather generous with their rewards card
    (3.) BDL and BWI (the main airports I go out) are essentially SWA property
    (4.) No blackouts or flight restrictions WHATSOEVER

    Anyways, I'm near A-List Preferred for the rest of this year and next year, and the year is only 25% over. That's going to make paying for my biannual fun trip to California (for free, at least on the flights) or home for Christmas after Southwest gets a DSM to MDW route setup pretty easy.
    Yeah, I agree with this. Obviously I fly out of Denver, but they go everywhere I want to go (and soon to be DSM). Phoenix, Cali, Chicago, and with DSM it will be a shoe-in.


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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    Quote Originally Posted by mcblogerson View Post
    I use the Continental credit card so I get more miles and access to the lounges, which are hit and miss depending on local. It gives you 25k miles to sign up, and I think double miles for purchasing flights. I'd only consider United and SW based on the number of flights b/w the two fellow Clevelander.
    United bought Continental. No more Continental flights to be had. They'll switch us over to the new United card sometime in the future.

    Also, you get a free bag, access to the special person security line (this is a nice thing in a big airport), plus if you spend at least $25K in year, they give you 10K bonus miles. Cost is $90 a year, I think. Considering I take bags with me on trips back to Iowa for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it pays for itself on those two trips. Having a girlfriend that's currently in Boston means more flights from me, so it works. Direct flights rule!



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    Re: Airline Milage Programs: Southwest vs U.S. vs American vs United

    I like American the best but there's not a huge difference between American and United. I just tried to book award tickets to the Bahamas for 2 weeks from now (short notice) and both American and United were completely fine. They were looking to charge the same amount of miles. Delta though? HAH they tried to charge me *40,000* miles. wtf? Delta loses, guess that's why they weren't even on your list. I like AA the best though honestly, but United is pretty similar.



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