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Milez Calculation and Comparison

Below are the redemption rates for a frequent flyer award ticket between San Francisco (SFO) and Zurich (ZRH). You will see how many air miles are needed to travel between SFO and ZRH.

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.

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How to read the results:

  • The lowest rate for award flights is found in the system and listed at the top of the results tables.
  • The "Transfer Rates" button calculates the number of points needed to convert and transfer from a partner loyalty program (hotel and credit card programs).
  • The info button  gives you some extra information about the program in question.
  • "Login" links to the frequent flyer program's login page.
  • "Apply" links to the frequent flyer program's application page (to join the program).
  • "Check Rates" links to the frequent flyer programs own calculator or rates tables.
  • If the program is distance based and a connection is necessary, the calculator will find the most advantageous connection and calculate the flight distance through that connection.

From:San Francisco, USA (San Francisco International -- SFO)
To:Zurich, Switzerland (Zurich Kloten -- ZRH)

Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance  Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance
Round trip in Economy 60,000
Round trip in Premium Economy 75,000
Round trip in Business 110,000
Round trip in First Class 140,000
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16 October, 2018
The fees and surcharges on the direct one-way flight in Economy from ZRH to SFO on UA45 (United Airlines) are CAD 67.80.

16 October, 2018
The fees and surcharges on the direct one-way flight in Economy from SFO to ZRH on UA44 (United Airlines) are CAD 7.30.

23 August, 2018
The fees and surcharges on the direct one-way flight in Economy from SFO to ZRH on LX39 (Swiss) are CAD 7.30.

07 December, 2017
There are many possible itineraries to travel from San Francisco (SFO) to Zurich (ZRH) on Star Alliance carriers. The fees and surcharges also vary widly!

  • The most attractive award redemption would be the direct Swiss (LX) flight to Zurich (ZRH). The fees for the one-way to Switzerland are only CAD 7.
  • But connecting to the Swiss (LX) flight in Chicago (ORD) is also very interesting as the fees do not change, despite the connection, ie. CAD 7.
  • Also very attractive are options that use SAS (SK) as the cross-Atlantic carrier, for example San Francisco-Copenhagen-Zurich for CAD 30 in total fees.
  • Using United (UA) to get to London Heathrow (LHR) and then Swiss to Zurich  incurs fees of CAD 39.
  • A connection in Canada with an all Air Canada (AC) route costs quite a bit more: CAD 259.
  • And finally a route consisting of Air Canada and Lufthansa flights can be as almost CAD 700 for a one way, e.g. through Montreal (YUL) and Frankfurt (FRA).


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.
We are tracking the following 78 frequent flyer programs:
AAdvantage [AA only] Aer Lingus AerClub Aeroflot Bonus / SkyTeam Aerolíneas Argentinas Plus Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance Air Algérie Plus Air Caraïbes Préférence Air Mauritius Kestrelflyer Air Tahiti Nui Club Tiare Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Alfursan (Saudia) Amigo (Avianca Brasil) / Star Alliance ANA Mileage Club Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) Asiana Club BalticMiles (AirBaltic) British Airways Executive Club / oneworld Caribbean Airlines Loyalty Clubs Club Premier (AeroMexico) Delta SkyMiles / SkyTeam Dynasty Flyer (China Airlines) / SkyTeam Eastern Miles [dom] (China Eastern) Egyptair Plus / Star Alliance Emirates Skywards Etihad Guest EuroBonus (SAS) Eurowings Boomerang Club EVA Air Infinity MileageLands Finnair Plus Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam Flying Returns [int'l] (Air India) FlySmiles (SriLankan Airlines) GarudaMiles Gulf Air Falconflyer Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club [dom] Hawaiian Miles Iberia Plus Icelandair Saga Club JAL Mileage Bank [int'l] Jet Airways JetPrivilege [dom] JetStar Classic Flight Rewards [QFF] King Club (Kingfisher Airlines) Korean Air Skypass Kuwait Airways Oasis Club LATAM Fidelidade Multiplus / oneworld LATAM Pass LifeMiles (Avianca, TACA) / Star Alliance Mabuhay Miles (Philippine Airlines) Malaysia Airlines Enrich / oneworld MEA Cedar Miles Meridiana Club Miles & Bonus (Aegean) / Star Alliance Miles & More (Lufthansa)  / Star Alliance Miles & Smiles (Turkish Airlines) MilleMiglia (Alitalia) / SkyTeam OK Plus (Czech Airlines) / SkyTeam Oman Air Sindbad Miles PhoenixMiles [dom] (Air China) Privilege Club (Qatar Airways) Qantas Classic Awards [QFF] Royal Brunei Royal Skies Royal Orchid Plus (Thai Airways) S7 Priority SAA Voyager / Star Alliance Safar Flyer (Royal Air Maroc) ShebaMiles (Ethiopian) Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Sky Pearl Club [dom] (China Southern) TAP Victoria topbonus (airberlin, NIKI) Tunisair Fidelys UIA Panorama Club United Mileage Plus / Star Alliance Velocity Frequent Flyer (Virgin Australia) / Redemption Table 1 Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus Plus VIPorter Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Xiamen Airlines Egret Club [domestic]