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Here at UPGRD.com we get emails from readers and from time to time we publish them (edited by blogger for brevity and privacy). This one is from reader VC:
I am a graduate student who has been doing some frequent budget travel to maintain a long distance relationship and have some future international travel plans for work. I would like to know what airline loyalty advice you can give me?I’ve got 70k Delta because my home base was/will be Atlanta, about 30k United and a little Southwest and 3k in American Airlines. I had a taste of first class on an international flight and it was great! I want to maximize these travel-for-work perks and get back to first class and I’m not sure which direction to go in.
Seems like VC doesn’t travel enough to make loyalty even worth it. If I were him I’d just go for the cheapest option or consider purchasing miles to pay for tickets.
If I were him, I wouldn’t worry so much about getting status. It doesn’t sound like he travels that much anyways. Just focus on the award miles. And if he has to fly Delta, I would agree with crediting all those flights to Alaska Airlines. At most on a cheap economy ticket, he’ll get 50% of actual flight miles by crediting to AS but that sure beats 5 x $ miles he would get by crediting to Delta.
And VC, spend those Delta miles already!!! Nothing good will come from you holding on to those.