Below are the redemption rates for a frequent flyer award ticket between Chicago (MDW) and Balikpapan (BPN). You will see how many air miles are needed to travel between MDW and BPN.
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.
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) 160,000
Round trip in Business (Classic Awards) 200,000
Round trip in Economy (Flex Awards) 240,000
Round trip in Premium Economy (Flex Awards) 320,000
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.