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
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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/
8 January, 2013
Cash for Etihad Guest Miles
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
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
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/
29 November, 2012
Shenzhen Airlines New Star Alliance Member
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: