Pros and cons of SkyTeam Elite Plus when based in Australia

By victort | Aug 23, 2017, 08:35 PM
Due to hit Skyteam Elite Plus by end of the year and just wandering if anyone in this forum has any status with Skyteam? And from your experiences what are some pros/cons holding it based in AU? I'm specifically based in SYD. Is it worth attaining long term?

Thoughts?

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By Dredgy | Aug 23, 2017, 09:17 PM
Relatively useless in Australia, too few carriers from Skyteam. I have status on Korean, which is an airline I enjoy flying with and has a convenient timing for me out of Brisbane, but the flight is never full so the guaranteed seat perk is redundant and I am never flying another a Skyteam carrier so the lounge access perk is moot as well. And not enough carriers to book great reward flights out of Australia (though if booking flights overseas only, I find skypass a great program and skyteam a great alliance to redeem on)

I'll probably be flying China Southern a bit in the future, so maybe it will change. At least you have Delta out of Sydney, so let m know how it goes for you.
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By The Evil Muppet | Aug 24, 2017, 05:24 AM
Due to hit Skyteam Elite Plus by end of the year and just wandering if anyone in this forum has any status with Skyteam? And from your experiences what are some pros/cons holding it based in AU? I'm specifically based in SYD. Is it worth attaining long term?

Thoughts?

Cheers.

Which airline do you hold status with? We can't be much help without knowing that and where you're planning to travel.
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By ChrisCh | Aug 24, 2017, 08:41 AM
I find one of the biggest downsides to be the lack of lounge access on domestic flights, particularly given the length of some domestic flights (especially in the US, Russia, and closer to Australia, even Vietnam).

It's rubbish that you can literally be a top-tier frequent flyer, and yet your 'reward' when you fly on domestic itineraries with SkyTeam is to walk past the lounge and sit out in the terminal to wait for your flight.

Of course, if you primarily take international flights, or (overseas) domestic flights connecting to same-day international flights, lounge access isn't usually a problem. :)
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By MRYJDrake | Aug 24, 2017, 12:06 PM
Evil Muppet, I'm assuming the cookie monster because he doesn't share, raises a good point... Which airline with Skyteam? I don't recall seeing much about them on here.. Chris is there a post comparing the Skyteam Loyalty Programs on here? I'd be very interested in checking it out.
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By victort | Aug 24, 2017, 12:59 PM
Hey guys, sorry didn't think it was relevant - but VNA (Lotusmiles). And mainly international flights out of SYD. 

Thanks all for your input so far :)
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By dimi | Aug 24, 2017, 10:35 PM
One benefit of SkyTeam is much greater business award availability from Australia to Asia/Europe, compared to OneWorld.
That is clearly a problem with QFF
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By tris06 | Aug 25, 2017, 02:39 AM
I actually recall their are p
lenty of skyteam carriers flying out of SYD.    Delta, Vietnam, Garuda, Korean, China southern, China Eastern, Xiamen, China airlines. 8 carriers are plenty to choose from and I think the destinations number direct flight would be 11/12. Some airlines offer double daily as well. CI is going A350 double daily from December, CZ might be double daily from CAN.

Domestic lounge access only if you have an international flight book within 24hr of the domestic flight.

I am CI emerald member Australian Expat hometown BNE.
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By victort | Aug 25, 2017, 10:40 AM
Yeah reason why i've recently got status with Skyteam is because of the routing esp with Vietnam Airlines - i travelled recently to Vietnam and Japan (Tokyo and Osaka). Due to fly China Southern in December to BKK via CAN. So have found their routes and timings to be perfect for me.

You're right @tris06 - since flying my first time with Skyteam have done a bit of research and found there are actually a good variety of airlines and routes available for international travel.

I know it would almost be useless for domestic travel in AU - which is where my QFF kicks in.
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By xtfer | Aug 25, 2017, 03:00 PM
I had it for a year and never used it once, but I suppose it depends where you need to fly to.
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By MikeAir | Aug 25, 2017, 04:27 PM
I'm a platinum (Skyteam Elite plus) with Garuda based in SYD.  I use lots of the skytem carriers to China and the UK.  I like the alliance and feel they try harder than my  NZ Elite with star alliance or Gold with QF (oneworld)  I always get reward flights no problem.  Lots of choice out of SYD.  VN GA DL KA China southern, eastern .....  In reality if you are travelling J or P it does not make much difference.
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By victort | Aug 28, 2017, 08:11 AM
I think with the big factor for me to retain are the Chinese/Asian carriers upping their presence in AU plus their increased network base for my international travels.
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