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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.

Detroit (DTW) to New York (JFK) with Miles from Delta SkyMiles / SkyTeam

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide DTW-JFK is one of the better Delta SkyMiles redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (almost 20%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

Detroit (DTW) to Newark (EWR) with Miles from Delta SkyMiles / SkyTeam

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide DTW-EWR is one of the better Delta SkyMiles redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (almost 20%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

New York (JFK) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) with Miles from Delta SkyMiles / SkyTeam

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide DFW-JFK is one of the better Delta SkyMiles redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (about 8%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

New York (LGA) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) with Miles from Delta SkyMiles / SkyTeam

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide DFW-JFK is one of the better Delta SkyMiles redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (about 8%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) with Miles from Delta SkyMiles / SkyTeam

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide ORD-LAX is one of the better Delta SkyMiles redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (about 9%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

Chicago (ORD) to Miami (MIA) with Miles from Delta SkyMiles / SkyTeam

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide ORD-MIA is one of the better Delta SkyMiles redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (about 6%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

Chicago (ORD) to San Francisco (SFO) with Miles from Delta SkyMiles / SkyTeam

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide ORD-SFO is one of the better Delta SkyMiles redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (about 9%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide ORD-LAX is one of the better United Mileage Plus redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (about 9%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

Chicago (ORD) to Miami (MIA) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide ORD-MIA is one of the better United Mileage Plus redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (almost 17%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015

Chicago (ORD) to San Francisco (SFO) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide ORD-SFO is one of the better United Mileage Plus redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (almost 10%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here

26 June, 2015