Max Your Milez

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.

Please let us know if you know of any promotions that we could list here.
Past promotions are listed in our Max Your Milez Archive.

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 suggestion engine.

 

 

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

Emirates Skywards

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
  • Arsenal
  • Hamburger SV
  • New York Cosmos
  • Olympiacos
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Real Madrid

http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/emirates-frequent-flyers-get-football-tickets-opportunity/5/170404


British Airways Executive Club / oneworldjetBlue TrueBlue

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 and milepoint.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  

AAdvantage / oneworld / Partners -- til March 21, 2016[OLD v1] Dividend Miles (US Airways) / Star Alliance

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 was interviewed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/business/squeezing-frequent-fliers-is-a-likely-merger-outcome.html

[OLD] Qantas Frequent Flyer [Classic Awards]Emirates Skywards

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.

 

 

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We are tracking the following 79 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 Arik Wings Plus 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 Gol Smiles (GOL, Varig) 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 LANPass LifeMiles (Avianca, TACA) / Star Alliance Mabuhay Miles (Philippine Airlines) Malaysia Airlines Enrich / oneworld MEA Cedar Miles 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) TAM Fidelidade / oneworld 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]