Hi, I’ve been a lurker for years and I’ve searched high and low here and with google and hope you can help.
I fly 2-3 times a year from BNE to turkey (IST-ADB) and portugal through either Singapore, Abu Dhabi or bangkok airports. Its for work and many times is last minute, so I’m put on whatever seat/flight so unfortunately I can’t request the airline.
I have my domestic and some Etihad flights accumulating on Virgin (silver).
As virgin is not a member of star alliance, I can’t credit my turkish airlines flights anywhere useful.As they have the monopoly in Turkey, I have to fly with them from asia into IST then onto ADB. If I fly through BKK (Thai Air) I also cant credit anything useful back into velocity for status credits.
My question is, apart from Virgin, where should I direct these points? Last trip I opened Kris flyer miles so I could eventually transfer them to velocity but I think there may be a smarter move going forward? Obviously Turkish airlines would be the obvious choice as it’s easier to get gold status than some of the others, or, is there any way I can direct them back to Virgin?
I’m not really interested in redeeming points, I just want to up my status so with long haul flights I can utilize some lounges as an economy flyer.
I also fly to Porto, Portugal on some trips out of IST on which I fly TAP.
I’d love to know what you think?