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To the frequent flyers..

Which website do you prefer when booking flights couple of days in advance?

Also, which airline rewards program do you prefer?
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United is my first choice and southwest sometimes as a second.

Pros for united
-HUGE in chicago
-Offer free upgrades based on status
-One of the few flights that still offers in flight entertainment
-Quick phone response when calling in
-Free economy plus
-A lot of business customers so less kids

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-No Change fees for switching flights
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To be honest, I seldom find better prices on anything then when I go direct to American's site

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Thanks guys. I should have mentioned that I'm now located in Dallas, which is AA's hub..if that changes your suggestions.

Also, my client will be paying for the travel expenses, so I don't care about the price. I will be flying twice a week, so I figured of getting a mileage card.
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AA has the best rewards program out there for domestic travel. I'm not sure on the international part though. If you're in Dallas then there is no question about it. AA is pretty much the only choice. If you fly twice a week then you'll get to platinum or even platinum executive status in a jiffy just on segments alone.
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Thanks guys. I should have mentioned that I'm now located in Dallas, which is AA's hub..if that changes your suggestions.

Also, my client will be paying for the travel expenses, so I don't care about the price. I will be flying twice a week, so I figured of getting a mileage card.
I'm with Lufthansa, so any star alliance Airline points go on it, I'm also with AA so all One world Airline points go on there.
I have customers that I can only reach efficient with Delta, some with AA, some with UAL... Price is partially optional if a machine stands, and the customer looses money.

I usually check Expedia, for when the flights go and than, if I have time the airline website.

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Oh and about booking... Booking on 3rd party sites can sometimes lead to mix ups that AA will not be able to help you with. I ran the risk anyways and even went as far as using a 4th party site such as fatwallet.com with great success. I built up about $300 in cash back over 1.5 years of traveling.

So to clarify: clicked on a link on Fatwallet.com -> booked on priceline.com with fatwallet cookies active on browser for an AA flight. Then I would log in to AA and pick my seat.
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I'm new to this game, so help me understand this...

These airline reward points are based on the amount you purchase on the card right? Do they give you more points if you purchase a flight ticket directly form their website compared to a 3rd party site?
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First, don't pick an airline based on the rewards program. Pick an airline based on (in order):

1) who serves your nearest airport(s) [ in your case, DFW and DAL ]
2) how much a pain on the ground each of those airports is (makes for airport preference)
3) who provides good service.
4) price

If you are flying twice a week, you will soon make it into whatever "valued flyer" level based on number of flights or miles flown.

I hate O'hare on the ground, and I live closer to Midway, so that's my preferred airport in Chicago. Given that, there are really only two big carriers there, Southwest and Delta. I'm Gold on Delta and A-List on Southwest. Southwest's service is great, but no First Class Upgrades, so when reasonable and possible I use Delta. It's a balancing act.

If your client is paying, they may want you to use their house travel service/agent. They also may have agreements with airlines, car rental companies & hotels that will get you better rates. If not, best prices are almost always on the airline web sites, not the other travel sites.

Also, sign up for rewards at hotels, car rental cos and such. You'd be surprised how fast these things add up. A buddy and I went to the UK for a week a while back, and the total cost of the trip was the taxes on the airfare, the taxes on the hotel, and local food/subway fares. everything else was on reward points.

By far the best reward program on CC is AMEX. Especially if you spend enough to get a Platinum card. The annual fee is steep, but you get access to club lounges at airports, concierge services when stranded/stuck, included LDW on car rentals, etc.

Welcome to the "up in the air" crowd. You'll grow to hate it and the amateurs in the airport just like the rest of us.


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There are two programs....

One .... points per mile flown.


The other, a credit card, when used....points for dollars spent.


Stick to AA..... they serve your hub.

Sign up for all the miles deals, in case you use them. JIC.


Assuming you are travelling for work ... . and assuming they pay for it ..... I would assume they would give you a card.

If they do ..... you should use it .... and not charge business stuff on your personal card.


Booking flights REAL close to departure is $$$$$ from AA directly.

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A bit of a thread jack....

Does anyone have any good sites/connections for one way international tickets? I have looked on all the major sites and there is not much of a discount compare to return tickets.

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A bit of a thread jack....

Does anyone have any good sites/connections for one way international tickets? I have looked on all the major sites and there is not much of a discount compare to return tickets.

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Kayak.com I'd say all around is one of the best to use. I've gotten flights to London from Chicago round trip in the summer for $650 including taxes and fees.

Also found a flight to Sydney I might jump on for the 28th of December to Jan 10th for 1400 dollars.
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Does anyone have any good sites/connections for one way international tickets? I have looked on all the major sites and there is not much of a discount compare to return tickets.

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one way / Round trip are almost the same ( to Germany ) when I check, no matter where I check.

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AA is VERY easy to cash in Miles - Their site is awesome and very easy to use - I have never had an issue using the miles form my AA Citi Card or even my Freq Flyer Miles

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Sounds good. I'll look into an AA card.

How are their flight connections through Chicago?
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Sounds good. I'll look into an AA card.

How are their flight connections through Chicago?
Every 2 hours basically there is one leaving Chi - Not sue about "running through" as I live here and don"t really take notice of that

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AA hubs are Chi, Denver, Dallas, LA.

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Oh yeah for you UAL lovers... try to hold a ticket. Can't do that anymore with them. womp womp.
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I have flown AA since I was about 7 years old and have diligently collected miles. I think their miles program has the best options for redemtpion, and it has the most options for earning miles. That said, I just broke up with them because I'm effing sick of their shitty service and, honestly, living in Houston it's SO hard to get a low cost flight on AA. I switched to Continental/United.

But in Dallas, it's a no brainer. Stick with AA. Get their Amex or Citi card, too. Also sign up for the AA dining program. And join up on FlyerTalk.com's AA forum; they give you tons of tips on earning and redeeming miles. You won't have as many difficulties as I did since you won't have a lot of layovers, coming from a hub.

Collect as many as I did, and you can go here www.peterisland.com.
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Lil tip, if you are SERIOUS about the miles, ALWASY do the little "Buy xxx Extra Miles Now For $xxx" as they add up and it is usually an extra $50 or $100 here and there but when it comes time to upgrade to 1st class for that 4 hr flt to LA from Chi, it is WELL worth every penny

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Lil tip, if you are SERIOUS about the miles, ALWASY do the little "Buy xxx Extra Miles Now For $xxx" as they add up and it is usually an extra $50 or $100 here and there but when it comes time to upgrade to 1st class for that 4 hr flt to LA from Chi, it is WELL worth every penny
I don't agree with that. I think if you really want extra miles, put in the planning time in year 1 to get yourself to Gold status. Do a challenge to get there (search for the rules on the FT Wiki). Once you have status, the bonus miles will add up. That's a better way to spend your $200 in my opinion. I also think the credit card is worth the annual fee (about $85). There's also a card that's about $300/yr but it also gets you access to the Admiral's Club, which would cost you about the same to join. I don't think the AC is really worth your money if you fly from hub to hub, but if you typically have layovers on your routes or you fly routes which often expereince delays, it's very worth it.
The AC is the only AA product that has good service, and is clean.
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I like this one, but sometimes you get foreigners flying with you, germans and russians


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I don't agree with that. I think if you really want extra miles, put in the planning time in year 1 to get yourself to Gold status. Do a challenge to get there (search for the rules on the FT Wiki). Once you have status, the bonus miles will add up. That's a better way to spend your $200 in my opinion. I also think the credit card is worth the annual fee (about $85). There's also a card that's about $300/yr but it also gets you access to the Admiral's Club, which would cost you about the same to join. I don't think the AC is really worth your money if you fly from hub to hub, but if you typically have layovers on your routes or you fly routes which often expereince delays, it's very worth it.
The AC is the only AA product that has good service, and is clean.
Everyone has their approach - It has worked numerous times for me and come in handy when I was say, 2000 pts shy: and the extra $150 got me to 1st class when the diff in tix price would have been over $900 - That and if you do it every time, they just add up and all of a sudden, you have a free tix

Just my approach

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Everyone has their approach - It has worked numerous times for me and come in handy when I was say, 2000 pts shy: and the extra $150 got me to 1st class when the diff in tix price would have been over $900 - That and if you do it every time, they just add up and all of a sudden, you have a free tix

Just my approach
I don't often fly flights longer than 2.5 hours, so you're right-- not as worth upgrades for me.

Bottom line is it's important to track and project your miles, and spend the time maximize your ROI. However you go about it....
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I do Chi to LA and even OC a lot so those 4 hr flights are killers - Not to mention the 12 hr flights from Miami to Buenos Aires - 1st Class is a must there

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I do Chi to LA and even OC a lot so those 4 hr flights are killers - Not to mention the 12 hr flights from Miami to Buenos Aires - 1st Class is a must there
My most frequent route was San Antonio to Baltimore, generally through Ohare. Now my most frequest route is Houston to San Antonio (driving it sucks). It's hard to earn miles on those short hops.
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