Flight-by-Flight Intel

We collect anecdotal information about award flights, organized by destination pairings and frequent flyer program. The information we're interested in is:
  • What are the fees and surcharges that travelers needed to pay in order to book their award flight?
  • How was the availability of a given route(s) when it came to booking the award flight?
  • Are there tricks that program members used in order to optimize their redemption?
  • Which specific flights were used for the award ticket? Are some flights better than others?
  • How does this award ticket compare to other programs and how does it compare to a ticket bought with cash?
  • Are there specific sweet spots in the award tables that one should try to take advantage of?
  • Are there exceptions to the award tables where our calculations are not accurate?
  • What was your overall experience with a particular award ticket?
  • Was it worth cashing your miles in for a given flight?

Let us know if you have intel you would like to share; we're happy to link to your trip reports too! You can on the "comment" button for any of the miles calculations. Or you can just email us through the contact page. We're happy to link to your sources as well.

 

 

Denver (DEN) to Kahului (OGG) with Miles from Korean Air Skypass / SkyTeam

18 May, 2016

Korean Air's  SkyTeam award charts have some nice sweet spots. One of these is the ability to fly to Hawaii (part of the program's LARGE North America zone) for only 45,000 miles in first and business class (round-trip). The itinerary from Denver to Maui would be on Delta flights.

Source: http://thepointsguy.com/2016/06/how-to-book-award-flights-with-korean-air-skypass/
Roundtrip in Economy25,000
Roundtrip in Business45,000
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Duesseldorf (DUS) to Hong Kong (HKG) with Avios from British Airways Executive Club / oneworld

29 April, 2016

BA members can use avios on Cathay Pacific flights. According the Head for Points, there seems to be great business class availability specifically out of Duesseldorf. It is important to remember that there are no fuel surcharges when departing Hong Kong, so even if you are flying a round-trip, it's critical to book two one-ways to avoid the fees! The fees for the DUS-HKG leg are GBP 61, and for the HKG-DUS leg GBP 10.

Source: http://www.headforpoints.com/2016/04/29/cathay-pacific-avios-redemptions-to-asia/
Roundtrip in Economy Off-Peak (rate calculated via HEL)45,500
Roundtrip in Economy Peak (rate calculated via HEL)65,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Off-Peak (rate calculated via HEL)84,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Peak (rate calculated via HEL)122,500
Roundtrip in Business Off-Peak (rate calculated via HEL)150,500
Roundtrip in Business Peak (rate calculated via HEL)180,000
Roundtrip in First Class Off-Peak (rate calculated via HEL)221,000
Roundtrip in First Class Peak (rate calculated via HEL)260,000
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Amsterdam (AMS) to Hong Kong (HKG) with Avios from British Airways Executive Club / oneworld

29 April, 2016

Amsterdam (AMS) has the lowest fees for the Cathay Pacific flight from Europe to Hong Kong: GBP 29. The fees for the Europe-bound leg are only GBP 10 due to the law in Hong Kong prohibiting fuel surcharges.

Source: http://www.headforpoints.com/2016/04/29/cathay-pacific-avios-redemptions-to-asia/
Roundtrip in Economy Off-Peak39,000
Roundtrip in Economy Peak60,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Off-Peak78,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Peak120,000
Roundtrip in Business Off-Peak150,000
Roundtrip in Business Peak180,000
Roundtrip in First Class Off-Peak204,000
Roundtrip in First Class Peak240,000
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New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

14 April, 2016

The direct flight between Paris and New York will incur about USD 575 in surcharges for a business class flight. However, if you redeem on Delta (also direct), the fees drop to about USD 165! The difference in economy class is not as big, but still significant (USD 228 vs USD 119).

Guide to Flying Blue Award Flights (uponarriving.com)
Roundtrip in Economy44,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy91,000
Roundtrip in Business115,000
Roundtrip in First Class400,000
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Tel Aviv (TLV) to Houston (HOU) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

14 April, 2016

According to UponArriving.com flying to Israel is one of the most attractive redemptions on Flying Blue. Israel is zoned in Europe 3 and can therefore be reached with 50,000 miles (round trip) from North America. The fees for the round trip are USD 240 with Air France and KLM; flying with Delta and Aeroflot the fees drop to about USD 170.

Guide to Flying Blue Award Flights (uponarriving.com)
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Tel Aviv (TLV) to New York (JFK) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

14 April, 2016

According to UponArriving.com flying to Israel is one of the most attractive redemptions on Flying Blue. Israel is zoned in Europe 3 and can therefore be reached with 50,000 miles (round trip) from North America (125,000 miles in business class). The fees for the round trip in business class from New York are USD 135 (routed with Alitalia and Delta).

Guide to Flying Blue Award Flights (uponarriving.com)
Roundtrip in Economy50,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy85,000
Roundtrip in Business106,000
Roundtrip in First Class400,000
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Casablanca (CMN) to New York (JFK) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

14 April, 2016

According to UponArriving.com flying to Casablanca is a very attractive redemptions on Flying Blue. Morocco is zoned in Europe 3 and can therefore be reached with 50,000 miles (round trip) from North America (125,000 miles in business class). The fees for the round trip in business class from New York are just over USD 200 (routed with Alitalia and Delta).

Guide to Flying Blue Award Flights (uponarriving.com)
Roundtrip in Economy43,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy85,000
Roundtrip in Business106,000
Roundtrip in First Class400,000
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Houston (HOU) to Cancun (CUN) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

14 April, 2016

Flying Blue puts North America, Mexico and the Dutch Antilles in the same zone! The round-trip redemption to Cancun (with Delta and Aeromexico) has fees of about USD 110, but the miles needed are very low.

Guide to Flying Blue Award Flights (uponarriving.com)
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Oranjestad (AUA) to Miami (MIA) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

14 April, 2016

Flying Blue puts North America, Mexico and the Dutch Antilles in the same zone! The round-trip redemption between Miami and Aruba (with Delta) has fees of about USD 110, but the miles needed are very low.

Guide to Flying Blue Award Flights (uponarriving.com)
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Kralendijk (BON) to Houston (HOU) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

14 April, 2016

Flying Blue puts North America, Mexico and the Dutch Antilles in the same zone! The round-trip redemption between Houston and Bonaire (with Delta) has fees of less than USD 100, but the miles needed are very low.

Guide to Flying Blue Award Flights (uponarriving.com)
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We are tracking the following 78 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 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 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 LATAM Fidelidade Multiplus / oneworld LATAM Pass LifeMiles (Avianca, TACA) / Star Alliance Mabuhay Miles (Philippine Airlines) Malaysia Airlines Enrich / oneworld MEA Cedar Miles Meridiana Club 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) 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]