Which of these airlines has the best loyalty program to focus on?

Which of these airlines has the best loyalty program to focus on? (Airport has all 3 present pretty equally) Is it worth getting a credit card to boost points

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  1. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I love Delta so much bros

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Delta by a fricking mile.

      This. Delta is comfy af. I was pleasantly surprised by their app.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Comfort + on Delta is legit the best bang for your travel buck. The free booze and extra leg space are well worth the couple hundred dollars for long haul flights.

  2. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Delta by a fricking mile.

  3. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    None of the above. Get an Amex card or Chase card that has transfer partners and use foreign airlines over domestic when you can. All us airlines are dogshit

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      This is true, but sometimes we have to fly domestic. In that case Delta is probably the best. I had such a bad experience with United I swore never to fly with them again

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      This is the real answer

      If you fly domestic it's almost unnecessary. Get a card for your preferred airline that gives you free checked baggage and go from there.

  4. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    United had a great program 15 years ago, but have gutted it. US is better. Never looked into delta. Unless the difference is Xbox Hueg, though, consider going with the airline with the most flights out of your local airport(s).

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      American, not US, had a brain fart there.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      the difference between Delta and American is pretty significant in terms of quality.

  5. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    it really just matters where you're trying to go and what hubs you live near.

    I would advise being a bonus prostitute if you don't need your credit for a mortgage anytime soon. I went like this:

    United Card - 60k
    Chase Ultimate Reserve (transfer to United) - 60k

    Barclays AA Card - 60k
    Citi AA Card - 60k

    Delta Silver Amex - 90k
    Amex Plat - 150k
    Amex Gold - 80k

    These are the bonuses for spending x dollars within the first 3-6mo. Open and close these cards before you pay more than one annual fee. Certain hotel programs transfer points into miles as well if you need to top up to get the tickets.

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    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

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      Anonymous

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  6. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    American is probably the easiest to earn status on because you can get one of their credit cards and spend your way all the way to the top tier without ever flying, but I think Delta is the best quality once you get on the aircraft.
    However, if your airport is a hub or focus for one of those you might be better off focusing on another. The reason is you will never beat businessmen on getting class upgrades and they will use the airline with the most flights available.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      >American is probably the easiest to earn status on because you can get one of their credit cards and spend your way all the way to the top tier without ever flying, but I think Delta is the best quality once you get on the aircraft.

      yeah, earning status on American is like getting a bronze medal in the special olympics. Delta quality is really fricking good compared to any other airline in the US. i sound like a shill but ive flown so many other airlines and Delta really does blow them all out of the water in every aspect. customer service, carryon sizes, flight quality, everything. unless i'm doing just a quick hopper flight with no checked bag, i'm doing Delta.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Delta = best inflight
        AA = easiest status
        United = best global alliance, but this only matters if you fly across the pond
        Jetblue bros, what's going on with you nerds?

  7. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I'm Canadian so I'm forced to collect miles for Air Canada (complete shit btw, same alliance as United). The few times I've flown Delta the experience has been significantly better experience across the board.

    Asian airlines are still goated tho.

  8. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Look at the alliance as well. Delta is part of Skyteam which is the worst of the three. AA is Oneworld and United is StarAlliance, both a lot better than Skyteam.

  9. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    YMMV based on your home airport, where you want to go, etc.

  10. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Looks like im flying delta boys. Should be platinum by the end of the year

  11. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    delta

  12. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Deltchads stay winning. We’re even gonna get free WiFi soon 🙂

  13. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    you book whatever is cheapest every single time. if you think "loyalty" was a program that even slightly benefitted the customer the airlines would do it? it is a scam.

    by all means sign up for each alliance and get the points but never ever ever ever ever ever book a more expensive ticket because of loyalty. sadly many people do this because they covet make-believe chuck-e-cheese airlines points more than real money, this is due to psychological tricks by the airlines. money > points/status and its not even close.

  14. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Loyalty programs are trash, as another anon pointed out you should focus on a real credit card company and then pointsmaxx through them for either multiple free economy flights per year or one great business flight for long haul flights.

    You do this by going all in on one company and getting their cards to accumulate points via their multipliers. The ones to get are:
    >Chase
    Freedom Unlimited, Freedom Flex, Sapphire Preferred/Reserve
    >Capital One
    Savor and Venture X (must use $300 yearly for travel or isnt worth)
    >Amex
    Blue, Gold and Platinum (rip annual fees)

    You want a card company that partners with airlines accessible to you in your hub (remembering that british air partner lets you transfer points to one world alliance airlines) and then you want to transfer points from your card directly to a partner airline that has your desired flight at the cheapest point cost possible since airlines typically give you more cents per point that the actual card company will (with chase sapphire giving highest value at 1.25 and 1.5 cents per point and others typically at 1 cent per point). Play with the math for all partner airlines to see what the best deal is. Your delta card is shit if delta wont fly where you want, even if it gets you cheap/free loyalty upgrades.

  15. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Choose a loyalty program by looking at the alliance they belong to.

    It's often pretty obvious which airlines in the alliance you're likely to want to fly with.

    For me it's Oneworld because I use Qatar, Cathay and Finnair a lot for longhaul so those lounges are the ones I want access to, then I also have a Virgin Atlantic membership to redeem on ANA and Delta but no status at the moment. I just redeem by moving some Amex MR points to Virgin if I need to.

    As others have said, Amex is great to have because you can leave the MR points sitting with Amex until you need to use them and then move them to popular alliances. Or you can wait until they have a transfer promo where you might get 25% extra and take advantage of it.

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      The problem with amex is the annual fees. The amex trifecta costs like 800-950 annually just to have the cards, mostly thanks to the platinums massive fee. Chase already gives you the 25% boost with their $95 sapphire card and the other two are free. Capitol one's venture x is good but they've got less partners and shit points redemption in comparison, but as a standalone their card credits and point accumulation are the best bang for buck by a mile (especially because of their 10k miles per anniversary credit)

      • 12 months ago
        Anonymous

        AMEX Plat just isn't worth it these days. Stick with Gold and BBP.

  16. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Delta Reserve Amex is useful, because it offers you a companion ticket up to first class once per year. The Delta Platinum Amex offers a companion ticket, but only for economy, which is fine for many travelers.

    If you fly Delta with a friend, spouse, etc, once per year the card pays for itself. Last year I paid $800 for two first class tickets, saving close to $800 for the second ticket (you still pay fees).

    The United Club Visa Infinite card is good, as well, if you value priority security, priority boarding, and United Club lounges. Their lounges are average, but they can be a godsend for terrible airports that have Priority Pass lounges, which can be oddly located or crummy.

    If you fly with someone else even once per year, and opt to receive priority security, that’s around $75 x 4, so $300 lost just for one round of flights. If you connect in JFK and EWR a lot, where security can sometimes take 2-3 hours, this card is also a godsend. I forgot to get the priority security option once, and had a normal economy ticket, so I spent close to three hours standing in line. After getting this card, I get through EWR and JFK security in less than 15-20 minutes max almost every time.

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