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.

 

 

Detroit (DTW) to New York (LGA) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide DTW-LGA 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 23%!).

Consult the Consumer Report chart here
Roundtrip in Economy MileSAAver ? 500 miles15,000
Roundtrip in Business/First MileSAAver ? 500 miles30,000
Roundtrip in Economy AAnytime Level 140,000
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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Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to New York (LGA) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide Dallas to New York 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 13%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes 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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Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to New York (JFK) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide Dallas to New York 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 13%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes 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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Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Newark (EWR) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide Dallas to New York 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 13%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes 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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Las Vegas (LAS) to New York (JFK) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide Las Vegas to New York 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 for the top US routes 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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Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide LAX  to JFK 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 20%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes 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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San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) with Miles from AAdvantage [AA only]

26 June, 2015

According to the Consumer Reports Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide SFO to JFK 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 20%).

Consult the Consumer Report chart for the top US routes 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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Toronto (YYZ) to Zurich (ZRH) with Miles from LifeMiles (Avianca, TACA) / Star Alliance

8 June, 2015

The fees quoted on the LifeMiles site for the redemption of the YYZ-ZRH-YYZ itinerary are reasonable:
  • USD 162 for economy class tickets
  • USD 183 for business class tickets
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Business126,000
Roundtrip in First Class174,000
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Vancouver (YVR) to Frankfurt (FRA) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

29 May, 2015

To avoid the high Air Canada and/or Lufthansa surcharges (they can be over CAD 600), try routing through San Francisco (SFO) or Chicago (ORD) with United Airlines (UA) flights. Taxes and surcharges should then be under CAD 200.
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy75,000
Roundtrip in Business110,000
Roundtrip in First Class140,000
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New York (JFK) to Cleveland (CLE) with Avios from British Airways Executive Club / oneworld

29 May, 2015

The direct American Airlines flight from JFK to Cleveland (CLE) does not have premium economy and business seating classes. AA does not offer these on domestic flights.
Roundtrip in Economy Off-Peak13,000
Roundtrip in Economy Peak15,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Off-Peak19,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Peak22,500
Roundtrip in Business Off-Peak25,500
Roundtrip in Business Peak30,000
Roundtrip in First Class Off-Peak51,000
Roundtrip in First Class Peak60,000
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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]