Below are the redemption rates for a frequent flyer award ticket between Seoul (ICN) and Honolulu (HNL). You will see how many air miles are needed to travel between ICN and HNL.
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.
Surcharges on Aeroplan award tickets can be significant. They consist of various items such as fuel surcharges, sundry charges (such as for security, facilities and passengers), taxes (HST in Canada, airport taxes etc.) and other smaller fees (e.g. airport fees). The final cost of all surcharges is also dependent on which airlines are being used and how many legs the itinerary has. The most significant cost is usually the fuel surcharge. Trans-oceanic flights usually incur several hundreds of dollars in surcharges.
Fuel surcharges do not apply to all Star Alliance airlines, the following carriers incur a fuel surcharge when booking through Aerolpan: Air Canada, Adria, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, THAI.
Round trip in Economy (rate calculated via NRT) 55,000
Round trip in Premium Economy (rate calculated via NRT) 82,500
Round trip in Business (rate calculated via NRT) 110,000
Round trip in First Class (rate calculated via NRT) 165,000
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
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).
Round trip in Premium Economy (Classic Awards) 200,000
Round trip in Business (Classic Awards) 250,000
Round trip in Economy (Flex Awards) 300,000
Round trip in Premium Economy (Flex Awards) 400,000
Round trip in Business (Flex Awards) 600,000
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.
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.
Fuel surcharges (YQ) are added for most international itineraries on most partner airlines. However, surcharges vary from airline to airline, for example Asiana Airlines (OZ) surcharges are lower than others such as Lufthansa (LH). No surcharges are collected if you redeem Aegean miles to travel on Air New Zealand (NZ) departing from New Zealand or on flights within the USA/Canada/Mexico on UA/US/AC.
Miles & More adds fuel surcharges and other fees to the miles required for an award ticket. These fees can be prohibitively expensive.General agreement seems to be that award flights in business and first class are still good bargains, whereas award flights in economy class can sometimes be more expensive than all-in tickets purchased for cash.
It is worth looking for Star Alliance flights operated by American or Brazilian airlines as they may not have fuel surcharges. LOT Polish flights do not incur a fuel surcharge.
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.
One way flight awards with Miles & more are 50% of the round trip rates. They are rounded down to the next 1,000-mile threshold.
Round trip in Economy (must be multi-carrier) (rate calculated via NRT) 65,000
Round trip in Business (must be multi-carrier) (rate calculated via NRT) 130,000
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.