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Switching airline frequent flier progams?

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Switching airline frequent flier progams?

Here's the deal. I am a US Airways Divident Miles account holder. In the past few years I've been able to reach the "Silver" level consistently, but this year I'll be a bit short of the mark. I stated with US Air because they flew out of Colorado Springs and had a wide variety of destinations (thru Phoenix). US Air, however, doesn't fly out of the Springs any more, so it's not my primary airline of choice anymore. Now I travel United Airlines more often. Here's the question: since I'll be losing my sivler status anyway, is it worth it for me to start a new frequent flier program with United? Both (US Air and United) are in the same "Star Alliance" network. I still have about 18K miles w/ US Air.

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1. Re: Switching airline frequent flier progams?

You could contact United's frequent flyer call desk , sometimes airlines will "status match", eg if you can prove you are a particular status with one airline, they will immediately give you a higher status than if you had just joined, and as long as you fly some qualifying number of flights with them, you will retain that.

Another thing you can do is ask this same question on the United forum in the flyertalk web site.

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I don't believe airlines will status match within their alliance. Bad for partnerships to steal each other's customers.

You can't do much with 18K miles in your bank. It would be better to build that to the minimum award level (probably 25K) rather than to orphan them by switching now. Just credit the mileage from your United flights to your US air account. When you hit the 25K, take another look and see which program would suit you best and make the switch then.

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3. Re: Switching airline frequent flier progams?

Tev is right. No match within the alliance. You can credit your UA flights this year to your US account to make Silver then start over at the beginning of the year with UA. Your US status will still be recognized by United.

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You might just be out of luck. I don't mean that to sound ugly, but the new United program has a lot of their mid tier flyers screaming bloody murder. It does have some new twists. Is Alaska or Frontier viable for you if you don't anticipate much more than your silver mileage you flew at US air ?

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5. Re: Switching airline frequent flier progams?

If your flying is still going to be within Star Alliance then just stick with creditting to the US Airways account.

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6. Re: Switching airline frequent flier progams?

I agree with the others, stick with USand just credit all of your *A miles to this account.

Perks with Silver status are limited and will be recognised with all airlines.

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