Advice needed: Which Star Alliance program?

By andrewjason81 | May 14, 2019, 08:45 PM
Here's my quandary:


I am a member of KrisFlyer and Thai FF programs. Silly, I know. I should only have one however there was a reason. Anyway, I am now living in HK and fly a bit within Asia but also my return trips back home to Melbourne/Adelaide so I would usually go with Qantas (yes I am a QF FF member) or Singapore Airlines. I also would be travelling to Europe.

I want to credit my miles with one program as I don't amass huge amounts so would prefer to accumulate and then reward myself with a cool business class reward (or upgrade). I have heard that United points don't expire (as they do with KrisFlyer and Thai) as long as one earns or burns points.


Is it worth crediting all future flights with United Mileage Plus? It is unlikely I would ever fly with United so would this be a problem?


Thanks in advance for your help.

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By Madhatter49 | May 14, 2019, 11:40 PM
Are you staying in HK for the long term? It makes sense to use the airline that you will be able to easily get most use of to build up some status with. Which in your case will be Cathay Pacific who also have just about the best service level in Asia, coming close to SQ as equally as good, depending on who you argue with that is. Both SQ and CX win all the awards regularly.

If you are flying to Adelaide sometimes too. It's the logical choice as they are the only one with direct flights there from HK. All other airline's will need a transfer in some location.

Although if you're moving to another city again down the track, it is worth considering how long you will be based there. From what I assume based on your post, I think that you have moved about a bit. So it's important to also consider where you could be based in the future too. To build up status with one home airline and then move to a different city again where a more suitable home airline will offer better deals would be frustrating I personally feel.
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By Madhatter49 | May 14, 2019, 11:46 PM
Sorry. Just realised that you specifically posted this in the *A forum as your post title says.

Then stick with SIA as they're going to be the most suitable. Why stick with a *A only option? That seems quite restrictive I think. As every trip you will need to transit via Singapore. Seems a whole lot more effort and likely higher cost for each trip than going to Oneworld and use CX.
The alliance itself shouldn't matter too much if you're looking long term.
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By andrewjason81 | May 15, 2019, 08:40 AM
Sorry. Just realised that you specifically posted this in the *A forum as your post title says.

Then stick with SIA as they're going to be the most suitable. Why stick with a *A only option? That seems quite restrictive I think. As every trip you will need to transit via Singapore. Seems a whole lot more effort and likely higher cost for each trip than going to Oneworld and use CX.
The alliance itself shouldn't matter too much if you're looking long term.

Thanks. I actually am also a QF member so I use them as much as possible BUT many times return flights to aus using QF or CX is about $25-30k round trip in $HKD but SIA is usually about $20k. That's why I also want to have a *A program to funnel all my SIA and TG points to :)
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By ChrisCh | May 15, 2019, 10:15 AM
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By jch | May 17, 2019, 12:17 PM
Asiana has the lowest annual requirement of ~30k miles every two years once qualified (40k). If you make it to Europe once a year and can jump on four Agean flights (i.e do some island hopping or transfer through Athens) then their requirement is only 12k. Advantage of crediting to Singapore would be to combine points with Virgin Australia, but their status requirement is 40k a year.
Last edited by jch at May 17, 2019, 12.23 PM.
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