I've no status or pref for any airline today. Will be traveling from NYC to Seattle every week for 3-4 months. What airline should I begin to build loyalty towards? Will likely be flying business

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Choose based on most convenient airport and best flight times.

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United all the way. Best loyalty program bar none

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Agreed but LGA-SEA is delta hub to hub. Probably easier than connecting with United somewhere on a transcon route like this. In another scenario I would definitely have recommended United. Went from no status with them to 1K this year

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Any with direct flights and good traffic from your city.

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If you were flying economy, I'd have said Alaska. But since you'd be flying business, consider Delta for sure if they have lie flat seats. Otherwise, Alaska is good too.

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I find Delta/American/United.Jet Blue business class are worlds better than Alaska. Business class on Alaska gets you slightly more leg room, non-lie-flat seats, and tablets to watch movies on.

Look to see if your firm offers any status challenges.

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Alaska. their MP program is among the most underrated out there. Go with AK on the SEA- EWR Route

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Definitely delta in NYC but always try to fly into LGA instead of JFK. JFK is so much further to get into the city.

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Delta

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Delta is a good option

I haven’t heard a consensus for best NYC airline (like American for CLT or Delta for ATL). Following!

Additional context -- closest airports to my place in NYC are JFK and LGA (not doing EWR)

Based on this info probably Delta

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Seattle is a Delta hub, and would have the most flights. If you are flying business class, then you should get delta diamond in 13 weeks or so. Remember you only have until December 31 until your mqm resets.

Alaska or Delta

I wouldn’t bother looking for status challenges.. if you’re already booked into business and are traveling that much, you won’t need status and the status you will get will accrue overnight.

Agree with SA1. At 5500 miles for 11 weeks x2 for Business, OP will just miss Diamond but will roll the over 40k MQMs into the next year and hit Platinum miles by end of Jan if the project goes that long. I’d keep the Fast Track powder dry.

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I am a big Alaska fan but remember they are a primarily a west coast airline
They do have some flights to other cities but they are from/to the west coast. So if in the future you want to use your miles for NYC to Miami it will be next to impossible to use Alaska miles

If you plan to use your miles for international travel then Alaska is the best (Cathay Korean qantas British emirates plus I hear redemption on SG air is in the works)

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Alaska has a lot of lucrative partner international reward redemption opps

Jet blues mint first class is amazing

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