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.

 

 

New York (JFK) to Doha (DOH) with Miles from Privilege Club (Qatar Airways)

7 August, 2017

The North America to Middle East itinerary is a sweet spot in the Qmiles award chart. Not only is a round trip for 70 K in economy or 140 K in business very competitive for the New York to Doha flights, but the Qatar Airways on-board is also top-notch.
Roundtrip in Economy70,000
Roundtrip in Business140,000
Roundtrip in First Class210,000
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Toronto (YYZ) to Halifax (YHZ) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

22 June, 2017

Depending on the connections that are needed to travel between Toronto Pearson and Halifax the fees charged by Aeroplan can very quite a bit. The direct flight incurs fees of about CAD 84, but the fee can go up to CAD 122 if connections are needed (not all connections incur the same fees).

Business class and economy class have the same fees. So the total surcharges for a round-trip flight could be anywhere between CAD 164 to CAD 244.

Flight to and from the Toronto Island Airport (YTZ) can actually be a little cheaper.
Roundtrip in Economy25,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business50,000
Roundtrip in First Class70,000
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Toronto (YTZ) to Halifax (YHZ) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

22 June, 2017

A connection in Montreal is needed to travel between Halifax and Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto (YTZ). The fees per one-way segment vary between CAD 78 to CAD 143, depending on the additional connections that are needed.

Business class and economy class have the same fees. So the total surcharges for a round-trip flight could be anywhere between CAD 163 to CAD 286.

Flights to and from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) have similar fees.
Roundtrip in Economy25,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business50,000
Roundtrip in First Class70,000
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San Francisco (SFO) to Munich (MUC) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

20 June, 2017

The one-way journey from SFO to MUC can be booked for only CAD 15 in surcharges if booked through Turkish Airlines and connecting in Istanbul.

Business class seats can be difficult to find in the summer months, but United Airlines recently opened a good number of seats for the direct flight between San Francisco and Munich in the summer of 2017.  The one-way fees from the US West Coast to Europe are only CAD 7!

See an article on milecards.com here.
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy75,000
Roundtrip in Business110,000
Roundtrip in First Class140,000
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San Francisco (SFO) to Berlin (TXL) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

20 June, 2017

Flying from San Francisco (SFO) to Berlin one-way for 25,000 Flying Blue miles is a pretty good miles redemption. The fees for the one-way journey are approximately USD 100

Read a short trip report here:
https://www.mightytravels.com/2017/06/air-france-economy-review-san-francisco-to-paris-af-85-and-air-france-klm-lounge-san-francisco-review/
Roundtrip in Economy43,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy85,000
Roundtrip in Business134,000
Roundtrip in First Class400,000
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Washington (DCA) to Frankfurt (FRA) with Miles from United Mileage Plus / Star Alliance

9 June, 2017

There is pretty good business class availability for flights between Washington and Frankfurt in the summer of 2017; this includes both United (UA) and Lufthansa (LH) flights. The Lufthansa award fee is  a little more than the United flights because they need to be booked as a Star Alliance redemption.

See an article on milecards.com here.
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Business140,000
Roundtrip in First Class220,000
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Newark (EWR) to Hamburg (HAM) with Miles from Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer / Star Alliance

9 June, 2017

Business class seats can be difficult to find in the summer months, but Singapore Airlines' Star Alliance partner United Airlines recently opened a good number of seats for the flight between Newark and Hamburg in the summer of 2017.  Hamburg is a convenient destination for Northern Europe and the Mid-West and East Coast are easily accessible from Newark. There is a small chances that you will be on a flight with the new Polaris seats.

See an article on milecards.com here.
Roundtrip in Economy55,000
Roundtrip in Business130,000
Roundtrip in First Class190,000
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San Francisco (SFO) to Munich (MUC) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

9 June, 2017

Business class seats can be difficult to find in the summer months, but United Airlines recently opened a good number of seats for the flight between San Francisco and Munich in the summer of 2017. 

See an article on milecards.com here.
Roundtrip in Economy Saver60,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver120,000
Roundtrip in Economy Everyday140,000
Roundtrip in First Class Saver160,000
Roundtrip in Business Everyday310,000
Roundtrip in First Class Everyday380,000
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Newark (EWR) to Hamburg (HAM) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

9 June, 2017

Business class seats can be difficult to find in the summer months, but United Airlines recently opened a good number of seats for the flight between Newark and Hamburg in the summer of 2017.  Hamburg is a convenient destination for Northern Europe and the Mid-West and East Coast are easily accessible from Newark. There is even a small chances that you will be on a flight with the new Polaris seats.

See an article on milecards.com here.
Roundtrip in Economy Saver60,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver120,000
Roundtrip in Economy Everyday140,000
Roundtrip in First Class Saver160,000
Roundtrip in Business Everyday310,000
Roundtrip in First Class Everyday380,000
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Boston (BOS) to Copenhagen (CPH) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

27 April, 2017

Aeroplan members can redeem the direct flight on SAS between Boston and Copenhagen very inexpensively (CAD 45 one way). However, this particular route is served by an older Boeing 737 and does not actually have a business class cabin. So it is probably best to save your miles and book only economy. Most other destinations SAS flies to in North America (ARN-ORD or EWR-OSL) are served by the newer Airbus 330-300, which does have a business class cabin (and the fees are still low).
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy75,000
Roundtrip in Business110,000
Roundtrip in First Class140,000
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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]