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.

 

 

Malaysia Airlines Enrich / oneworld

8 February, 2013

Malaysia Airlines Joins oneworld

Members of Malaysia Airlines' Enrich program currently enjoy a 15% discount on award flights booked online at the Malaysia Airlines website.

http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/hq/en/enrich/redeem-enrich-miles/how-to-redeem.html

What's more, Malaysia Airlines recently joined the oneworld alliance. This allows Enrich members to redeem flights with all the oneworld partners and it adds a number of new destinations to the oneworld universe. Our calculator has been updated so that you can now compare and calculate Enrich rates with rates of other programs.

31 January, 2013

Flexibility Key to Finding Award Seats

Michael Clinton, president, marketing and publishing for Hearst Magazines, describes the trials and tribulations of trying to get the desired free seats through his frequent flyer miles. See his article in the Huffington Post here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-clinton/travel-tactics-for-flying_b_2575792.html

The key to being able to use your miles is flexibility, be it flexibility with routing, flexibility with the destination or flexibility with the carrier. 

29 January, 2013

Help Finding Seats on Award Flights

If you have a bunch of miles and are not sure how to go about transforming your miles into airline tickets, you may want to read this article from the NY Times:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/travel/how-to-get-a-seat-out-of-your-award-miles.html?_r

Various experts give the readers advice on how to go about actually using all those miles you've collected. Some of the strategies include:
  • Booking flights last minute
  • Looking for promotions
  • Booking flights in the off-season
  • Accepting indirect itineraries

We might add comparing rates on milez.biz as well!




Emirates Skywards[OLD] Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

16 January, 2013

Emirates / Alaska Redemption Partnership

Starting January 16, 2013, Emirates and Alaska Airlines are expanding their partnership to include award flight redemption. Members of Emirates Skywards and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan will be able to redeem their points for flights on each other's routes.

Link to the Alaska Airlines award rates:
http://www.alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/using-miles/award-chart-Africa.aspx

Link to the Emirates award rates:
http://www.skywards.com/partner_details.aspx?id

Milez.biz will add the partner rates to its calculator as soon as possible.

[OLD v1] Velocity Frequent Flyer (Virgin Australia)

13 January, 2013

Earn Even While You Burn

This is a first ... members of Virgina Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program will start earning frequent flyer points even when they purchase their ticket with miles. This will allow members to maintain or reach status more easily.

http://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/about-us/media/2013/EARN-WHILE-YOU-BURN-VELOCITY/

topbonus (airberlin, NIKI)[OLD] Etihad Guest

8 January, 2013

Cash for Etihad Guest Miles

Etihad Guest members can now convert their hard earned miles into cold hard cash thanks to the PointsPay system developed by Swiss company LoyLogic. So if redeeming a flight is not feasible or if members simply want to use their miles on merchandise they now have full flexibility to do so.
http://www.etihadairways.com/sites/Etihad/global/en/guestrecognition/visitor/Pages/pointspay-pay-with-etihadguestmiles.aspx

Etihad is currently the only frequent flyer program that offers this possibility, but it seems that air berlin's program topbonus may soon jump on board as well. German news magazine FOCUS recently published an article on the subject:
http://www.focus.de/finanzen/banken/kreditkarten/neues-bonusprogramm-so-gehen-meilen-jaeger-mit-flugmeilen-einkaufen_aid_893026.html

TAP VictoriaEmirates Skywards

6 January, 2013

New Partnership Between TAP and Emirates

Starting December 21, 2012, members of TAP Victoria can redeem flights on Emirates and members of Emirates Skywards can redeem flights on TAP Portugal.

Here is the announcement on Route-News.com:
http://www.routes-news.com/news/item/879-tap-portugal-and-emirates-announce-codeshare

To calculate and compare rates between Dubai and Lisbon, click here.

Virgin America ElevateSouthwest Rapid Rewards

12 December, 2012

New Loyalty Model Looming?

An article in USA Today, quoting Randy Petersen and Gary Leff amongst others, is drawing attention to the fact that a majority of frequent flyer programs could soon shift from miles based systems to points based systems, the model already used by Southwest and Virgin America. In this type of system all seats that are for sale on a flight are available for redemption and members convert their points into the dollars needed to buy for ticket. Earning miles will also be tied more closely to actual tickets purchased from and flights taken with an airline, in order to better reward loyal customers.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2012/12/12/rewarding-frequent-fliers/1765313/

PhoenixMiles [dom] (Air China)

29 November, 2012

Shenzhen Airlines New Star Alliance Member

Shenzhen Airlines is the newest member of the Star Alliance family. The Air China/Shenzhen Airlines destinations are included in our Star Alliance roster shortly. Phoenix Miles are already included in the calculator.

For example: Shenzhen - Beijing

Release on Star Alliance website:
http://www.staralliance.com/en/about/airlines/shenzhen_airlines/

Hawaiian MilesVirgin America Elevate

21 November, 2012

Hawaiian and Virgin America Partner

Member of Hawaiian Miles can now redeem flights on Virgin America and, vice versa, Elevate members can redeem on Hawaiian Airlines. This adds a number of new routes and destinations to either program.

Read the press release here.

 

 

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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]