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
5 June, 2012
Strategies for Getting Free Flights
Scoring free flights is not reserved to only those people who have millions of frequent miles. Using your smarts and a few simple strategies may very well get you on many flights for free. Especially if your travel plans are flexible you have a very good chance of getting bumped and reimbursed for your troubles. If you play your cards right (e.g. book flights on busy routes and be prepared to be rerouted through alternative airports) there is a number of strategies that could prove very effective.
On PackaBagandGo.com Scott Ford describes how he was able to take 52 vacations last year — for free. And the following current article from foxbusiness.com gives you eleven travel tips on how you might be able to fly for free:
4 June, 2012
Study on Miles Redemption
Generally speaking value-oriented airlines have much better award seat availability than the full-fare carriers. In a study done by Switchfly
, frequent flyer programs like topbonus
(air berlin, NIKI) and Rapid Rewards
(Southwest Airlines) showed excellent seat availability for frequent flyer program members.
The study also looked at trends and indicates that member rewards are getting better across the board. Two full fare programs that were singled out for their improved seat availability were Executive Club
(British Airways) and United Mileage Plus
Article in the Chicago Tribune: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-31/business/ct-biz-0601-airlines-notebook-20120531_1_frequent-flier-programs-frequent-fliers-ceo-tom-horton
1 June, 2012
Using BMI Diamond Club Miles
As of today, June 1, 2012, members of BMI Diamond Club can no longer
use their frequent flyer miles for redemption of award flights on Star Alliance
carriers. BMI Miles can still be used with BMI's partner airlines:
- Jet Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
31 May, 2012
Etihad Guest Integrates Seychelles Plus
is integrating Seychelles Plus
, Air Seychelles' frequent flyer program. This means that members of Seychelles Plus are becoming Etihad Plus members and will now be able to redeem flights on the entire partner network. The change is effective June 16, 2012.
Milez.biz has made the necessary adjustments to the calculator to reflect this change.
Link to Air Seychelles site:http://www.airseychelles.com/en/home/welcome_to_etihad_guest.php
Redemption rates from Abu Dhabi to Mahe (Seychelles)
28 May, 2012
Availability of award flights is a critical factor when you try to maximize the usage of the miles you've earned. Not every program offers the same number of seats for redemption, follow the link below to see a nice overview of the seats available on the North American frequent flyer programs, compiled by milecards.com:http://milecards.com/4325/best-and-worst-airlines-for-miles-with-free-travel-in-2012/
5 April, 2012
Virgin (including Velocity Frequent Flyer from Virgin Australia and the Flying Club from Virgin Atlantic) is taking the concept of award flights to a new level, literally, sub-orbital spaceflight at 50,000 feet
can be reserved through Virgin Galactic
for 25,000,000 miles
Read up on the details of this unique offer here:https://shop.velocityrewards.com.au/Pages/SOR/AwardDetails.aspx?AwardId=23990
5 March, 2012
topbonus topdeal tickets
Go to the airberlin.de website to find out about the topdeal tickets
(Schnäppchentickets) available to topbonus members. Return tickets can be booked for as little 6,000 miles
Tickets must be booked online and only economy class is available.
25 February, 2012
Miles & More offers interesting rate reductions for award flights booked online
through its Fly Smart offers
. You may be able to save up to 50% off the regular published rates. These flights need to be booked on relatively short notice (2 weeks to 2 days before the flight).
E.g. economy class flights within Europe are available for 15,000 instead of 30,000 miles. Click here for the details on this offer
17 February, 2012
Save 2,000 Points
You can save up to 2,000 points by booking
your award flight online
with Finnair Plus. Check the Finnair Plus website for more details:
1 December, 2011
Reward Seat Availability
Air Transport World
(ATW) has published a report on global reward seat availability. The report is based on over 6,700 bookings made with 24 frequent flyer programs during March and April 2011 for travel in June-October 2011. The report can be purchased here: http://store.atwonline.com/Product.aspx?pid
The top five programs for seat availability were:
- GOL Smiles
- Southwest Rapid Rewards
- air berlin topbonus
- Virgin Australia Velocity rewards
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer