Below are the redemption rates for a frequent flyer award ticket between Houston (HOU) and Atlanta (ATL). You will see how many air miles are needed to travel between HOU and ATL.
The calculations are based on the rates published by the frequent flyer programs; we currently track approximately 75 frequent flyer programs. The calculator checks every frequent flyer program in the system to see if the destination pair is served by that program and then shows the number of air miles needed for an award flight.
AAdvantage does not charge fuel surcharges in most cases, be it for American Airlines flights or flights on oneworld partner carriers.
British Airways and Iberia are the exceptions to this rule. BA redemption flights are usually accompanied by several hundreds of dollars in extra fees.
Be aware of some of the exceptions to the zone-to-zone award rates! If origin and destination of the award ticket are in the same zone, transit through another zone will incur additional redemption charges.
Round trip in Economy Off-Peak (rate calculated via DFW) 21,000
Round trip in Economy Peak (rate calculated via DFW) 24,000
Round trip in Premium Economy Off-Peak (rate calculated via DFW) 30,500
Round trip in Premium Economy Peak (rate calculated via DFW) 36,000
Round trip in Business Off-Peak (rate calculated via DFW) 41,000
Round trip in Business Peak (rate calculated via DFW) 48,000
Round trip in First Class Off-Peak (rate calculated via DFW) 82,000
Round trip in First Class Peak (rate calculated via DFW) 96,000
Off-peak rates are only for BA flights.
Taxes and fees are always paid in cash when redeeming flights with Executive Club. The fuel surcharges are broken out and can be expensive. In the UK APD (Air Passenger Duty) is an extra fee added; this fee is significantly higher in business and first class. Non-BA flights may be available for much lower rates since some airlines cannot break out fuel surcharges. Examples of flights that do not incur fuel surcharges are:
LAN to South America
American Airlines to South America or within North America
Round trip in First Class / Business Elite Level 1 65,000
Round trip in Economy Level 5 65,000
Round trip in Business Level 2 65,000
Round trip in Business Level 3 75,000
Round trip in Business Level 4 90,000
Round trip in First Class / Business Elite Level 2 90,000
Round trip in Business Level 5 110,000
Round trip in First Class / Business Elite Level 3 120,000
Round trip in First Class / Business Elite Level 4 135,000
Round trip in First Class / Business Elite Level 5 150,000
Delta flights do not incur fuel surcharges. Generally, flights originating in the USAdo not have fuel surcharges broken out. But there are some exceptions such as Aeroflot (SU) and Air Europa (UX) to Europe as well as China Airlines (CI), China Southern (CZ) and China Eastern (MU), these airlines all charge significant YQ.
Korean Air Lines (KE) and Virgin Australia (DJ) are good options for the Pacific rim. Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR) and AeroMéxico (AM) are good choice for Latin America. To avoid fuel surcharges to Europe, use KLM (KL), Air France (AF), and Alitalia (AZ).
Surcharges on Flying Blue award tickets are generally significant. They consist of various items such as fuel surcharges, charges for security or facilities, and taxes and other smaller fees. The final cost of all surcharges is also dependent on which airlines are being used and what the destinations are (some countries do not allow fuel surcharges). The most significant cost is usually the fuel surcharge, which can be 2x as much as the taxes. Trans-continental flights usually incur several hundreds of Euros in surcharges. Inter-European flights sometimes have surcharges that are as much as an all-in flight paid in cash.The surcharges are the same across all booking classes.
A notable exception are Delta flights originating in the USA, fuel surcharges are not broken out on these flights.
TAM Fidelidade does not charge fuel surcharges on its award flights. As per government regulation, flights originating in Brazilcannot break out fuel surcharges. The programs can, however, charge airport taxes and fees on award tickets, which can be significant.
The rule about Brazil applies to all programs, not only TAM Fidelidade and GOL Smiles, so that award flights coming from Brazil, booked through any program, are often a very good bargain on any program.
Round trip in Economy (must be multi-carrier) (rate calculated via DFW) 30,000
Round trip in Business (must be multi-carrier) (rate calculated via DFW) 60,000
Taxes and fuel surcharges are levied on redemption tickets issued by airberlin's topbonus program. The fees can be high especially on short flights. However, topbonus has the option of paying for these fees with miles. Domestic fees can be covered with 7,500 miles per flight and international fees with 12,500 per flight.