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.

 

 

Las Vegas (LAS) to Newark (EWR) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide LAS - EWR 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 16%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here
Roundtrip in Economy Saver25,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver50,000
Roundtrip in Economy Everyday65,000
Roundtrip in First Class Saver70,000
Roundtrip in Business Everyday100,000
Roundtrip in First Class Everyday140,000
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Los Angeles (LAX) to Newark (EWR) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide Los Angeles - New York 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 23%!).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here
Roundtrip in Economy Saver25,000
Roundtrip in Economy Everyday65,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver70,000
Roundtrip in First Class Saver70,000
Roundtrip in Business Everyday120,000
Roundtrip in First Class Everyday140,000
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Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide Los Angeles - New York 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 23%!).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here
Roundtrip in Economy Saver25,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver50,000
Roundtrip in Economy Everyday65,000
Roundtrip in First Class Saver70,000
Roundtrip in Business Everyday100,000
Roundtrip in First Class Everyday140,000
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Miami (MIA) to Newark (EWR) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide MIA - EWR 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 15%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here
Roundtrip in Economy Saver25,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver50,000
Roundtrip in Economy Everyday65,000
Roundtrip in First Class Saver70,000
Roundtrip in Business Everyday100,000
Roundtrip in First Class Everyday140,000
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San Francisco (SFO) to Newark (EWR) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide SFO - EWR 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 27%!).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here
Roundtrip in Economy Saver25,000
Roundtrip in Economy Everyday65,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver70,000
Roundtrip in First Class Saver70,000
Roundtrip in Business Everyday120,000
Roundtrip in First Class Everyday140,000
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San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) with Miles from United Mileage Plus

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide SFO - JFK 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 27%!).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes here
Roundtrip in Economy Saver25,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver50,000
Roundtrip in Economy Everyday65,000
Roundtrip in First Class Saver70,000
Roundtrip in Business Everyday100,000
Roundtrip in First Class Everyday140,000
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Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

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

Consult the Consumer Report chart here
Roundtrip in Economy MileSAAver25,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 140,000
Roundtrip in Business/First MileSAAver50,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 260,000
Roundtrip in Business/First AAnytime Level 190,000
Roundtrip in First Class MileSAAver100,000
Roundtrip in Business/First AAnytime Level 2110,000
Roundtrip in First Class AAnytime Level 1170,000
Roundtrip in First Class AAnytime Level 2190,000
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Chicago (ORD) to Miami (MIA) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide ORD-MIA is one of the better American Airlines redemption routes, meaning you get good value for your miles and seat availability is good as well (almost 12%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart here
Roundtrip in Economy MileSAAver25,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 140,000
Roundtrip in Business/First MileSAAver50,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 260,000
Roundtrip in Business/First AAnytime Level 190,000
Roundtrip in First Class MileSAAver100,000
Roundtrip in Business/First AAnytime Level 2110,000
Roundtrip in First Class AAnytime Level 1170,000
Roundtrip in First Class AAnytime Level 2190,000
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Chicago (ORD) to San Francisco (SFO) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

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

Consult the Consumer Report chart here
Roundtrip in Economy MileSAAver25,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 140,000
Roundtrip in Business/First MileSAAver50,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 260,000
Roundtrip in Business/First AAnytime Level 190,000
Roundtrip in First Class MileSAAver100,000
Roundtrip in Business/First AAnytime Level 2110,000
Roundtrip in First Class AAnytime Level 1170,000
Roundtrip in First Class AAnytime Level 2190,000
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Chicago (ORD) to Las Vegas (LAS) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

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

Consult the Consumer Report chart here
Roundtrip in Economy MileSAAver25,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 140,000
Roundtrip in Business/First MileSAAver50,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 260,000
Roundtrip in Business/First AAnytime Level 190,000
Roundtrip in First Class MileSAAver100,000
Roundtrip in Business/First AAnytime Level 2110,000
Roundtrip in First Class AAnytime Level 1170,000
Roundtrip in First Class AAnytime Level 2190,000
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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]