On this page we are collecting additional information on how to best redeem your miles on award flights. The calculator allows you to compare the published rates across the various frequent flyer programs but we can't automate all the exceptions, bonus offers and specials that the frequent flyer programs make available, especially since many of them are time limited offers. Some of the promotions sometimes represent significant savings and need to be considered when you look at the redemption rates.
We will make an effort here to include as much of this information as possible. These items will also be listed with every frequent flyer program on the system, when you click on the info button in the search results.
if you know of any promotions that we could list here.
To start a cross-program calculation and comparison, use the widget in the right hand side bar. If you are looking for suggested destinations for your miles, try our
17 October, 2013
Men's Journal on Maximizing Miles
Here's a quick overview in Men's Journal
. It explains how you can triple your points and how re-ticketing a flight (even a redemption ticket) may be worth your while.http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/maximize-your-airline-miles-20131017
10 October, 2013
How About Football Tickets Instead of Airline Tickets?
As the interest for football (the soccer type) is ramping up again ahead the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Emirates Skywards
has come up with a way to satisfy its members who are also soccer fans. Starting at 2,000 miles
members can redeem tickets for home games at the following impressive line-up of clubs:
- AC Milan
- Hamburger SV
- New York Cosmos
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Real Madrid
10 October, 2013
JetBlue Members Can Pool Points
In a first for an American frequent flyer program, TrueBlue
- the frequent flyer program of JetBlue
- now allows members to pool their points. Up to seven people can combine their points and thus increase their possiblities of booking an award flight. Members of the British Airways
program (Executive Club) have had this option for a while.
Read more here in the Washington Post
12 April, 2013
Do You Know How Many Miles You Have?
According to a study released by the Points Guy (thepointsguy.com
) a majority of Americans don't know how many miles/points they have amassed in their various loyalty programs. This means that an enormous number of miles/points go unused. What's more about a third of the respondents in the study indicated that they found their programs confusing.
In order to maximize your miles it is critical to keep track of what you have available and you don't simply let your miles expire.
Article in the Daily Mail:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2307655/How-millions-fliers-treasure-trove-unused-air-miles.html?ito==feeds-newsxml
9 April, 2013
When Are Award Tickets Good Deals?
Read the article below in USA Today
to help you decide if redeeming miles is a good option for the flights you're considering. The author, Rick Seaney, has specific dollar thresholds for when he considers an award ticket a good deal and when not. The best mile deals, as always, are the business and first class long-haul trips. But it may even be worth using the miles on domestic flights, depending on the cost of the paid ticket.http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/seaney/2013/03/23/airfare-expert-when-to-redeem-miles-for-a-free-ticket/2010013/
9 April, 2013
Shift in How People Use Their Miles
According to a survey done in Chicago by GO Airport Express there has been a small shift in how people use their frequent flyer miles. A large majority (87%) still redeem their miles for flights. However, an increasing number of frequent flyer program members now use their miles and points to book stays at hotels. The hotel stays still represent a relatively small number overall but it may indicate a trend for the future.
Read more about this study in the Sacrament Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/01/5307791/more-travelers-using-frequent.html
4 March, 2013
Use the Right Tools to Maximize Your Miles
As mentioned in previous posts, one of the most important strategies to actually use your hard-earned frequent flyer miles is flexibility
. The more flexible you are (in terms of dates, carrier, destinations and routing) the greater are your chances of actually using your miles on flights.
It is also important to efficiently use all the tools available to you to fully exploit what your miles can do for you. Gadling.com posted an article today that touches exactly on that topic: http://www.gadling.com/2013/03/04/save-with-frequent-flier-miles-using-the-right-tools-attitude/
Note that milez.biz gets a nice mention in there :)Flyertalk.com
are the premiere online destinations to exchange experiences and interact with other frequent flyers. You may also try Awardtravelr.com
to find out about frequent flyer seat availability.
17 February, 2013
Changing Rules for Frequent Flyers in the USA
Members of frequent flyer programs in the USA have long enjoyed and continue to enjoy excellent member benefits. This means that they can actually still redeem award flights for free, or almost for free. In addition, thanks to credit card sign up bonuses and other miles collecting strategies it is easier to achieve the required number of miles without even a need to fly with a particular airline. Nonetheless, times are a-changing a little bit even in the USA, award seats may be harder to find and fees are starting to creep up as well.
Jane Wooldridge from the Miami Herald
has put together some noteworthy tips to help frequent flyers who may feel a bit disenfranchised. Read the full article here:http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/17/3232166/rules-for-frequent-fliers-are.html
13 February, 2013
American Airlines and US Airways Merger
The merger of American Airlines and US Airways is going to create the world's largest airline (by number of miles flown per passenger); the merged airline will carry the American Airline name. This also means that the companies' frequent flyer programs will be merged into one program. For some deliberations on how this merger may be beneficial, or not, read the article in the New York Times, for which Brian Kelly from ThePointsGuy.com
12 February, 2013
Qantas and Emirates to Partner
According to German publication BizTravel, Qantas
' and Emirates
' frequent flyer programs will join forces on March 31, 2013. This means that members of each program will be able to use their miles on flights on the other carrier.
Details here [in German]:http://biztravel.fvw.de/vielflieger-emirates-fluege-fuer-qantas-meilen/393/115163/4070
We will adjust our calculator as soon as possible when we get a hold of the redemption rates.