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 Panama City (PTY) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

2 May, 2015

When you travel from the USA to somewhere in Central America you can build a Caribbean stop over into your itinerary at no extra cost. Between New York and Panama City you might stop in Puerto Rico or St. Maarten. Panama City makes sense since it's the hub for Copa Airlines. There are no fuel surcharges on this itinerary.

Source: http://travelisfree.com/2015/05/02/best-use-of-lufthansa-miles-2/
Roundtrip in Economy35,000
Roundtrip in Business60,000
Roundtrip in First Class85,000
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Honolulu (HNL) to Babelthuap (ROR) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

2 May, 2015

The Hawaii to Oceania redemption costs 40,000 miles for a round trip ticket in economy. Miles & More allows stopovers on this do that you could add in Guam (GUM) on the first leg and Yap (YAP) on the return leg, without any extra charge!

Source: http://travelisfree.com/2015/05/02/best-use-of-lufthansa-miles-2/
Roundtrip in Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business70,000
Roundtrip in First Class125,000
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Paris (CDG) to Bangkok (BKK) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

28 March, 2015

Overall fees for the round-trip flight in economy class between Paris and Bangkok will be between EUR 200 and 300.
See the article on voyageforever.com [in French].
Roundtrip in Economy72,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy144,000
Roundtrip in Business180,000
Roundtrip in First Class640,000
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New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

28 March, 2015

According to voyageurforever.com the fees for a round-trip journey between New York and LA are only EUR 5. Availability seems to be pretty good too!
See the article on voyageforever.com [in French].
Roundtrip in Economy29,000
Roundtrip in Business72,000
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Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

28 March, 2015

The redemption is from North America (LAX) to Asia 2 (BKK), but you may get a routing through Europe at no extra cost. You can even interrupt your trip and create a North America - Europe - Asia trip with one redemption.
See the article on voyageforever.com.
Roundtrip in Economy75,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy136,000
Roundtrip in Business186,000
Roundtrip in First Class640,000
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New York (JFK) to Honolulu (HNL) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

27 March, 2015

According to voyageurforever.com the fees for a one-way journey between New York and Honolulu on Delta Airlines are only EUR 5.
See the article on voyageforever.com [in French].
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Los Angeles (LAX) to Noumea (NOU) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

27 March, 2015

According to voyageforever.com you can book this for a one-way fee of 15,000 miles and even add a connection in Sydney (with stop-over)! Taxes and fees for the one-way trip are EUR 74.

(The award flight from LAX to Sydney on its own would be 50,000 miles)

See the article on voyageforever.com [in French].
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Dakar (DKR) to Marrakech (RAK) with Miles from United Mileage Plus / Star Alliance

27 March, 2015

Even though you have to connect in a zone outside Africa to get from Senegal to Marrakech, United honours the Africa-to-Africa rate on this itinerary! Read a trip report on TAP flight from DKR to RAK via Lisbon (LIS).
http://www.mightytravels.com/2015/03/tap-portugal-economy-class-review-dakar-dkr-to-lisbon-lis-and-on-to-marrakech-rak-tp1480-tp1451/
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Vancouver (YVR) to Stockholm (ARN) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

16 March, 2015

Try to leverage the surcharge-free flights to Stockholm from Chicago. SAS, United Airlines and Swiss all have flights from ORD to Europe for very low fees. And SAS has a direct flight to ARN!
Read more at canadiankilometers.boardingarea.com.
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy75,000
Roundtrip in Business110,000
Roundtrip in First Class140,000
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Tokyo (HND) to Singapore (SIN) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

16 March, 2015

Singapore Airlines does not charge fuel surcharges and both Singapore and Tokyo are in the same redemption zone (Asia 1) so that the round trip redemption is a pretty good deal, and only incurs approximately CAD 60  in surcharges.
Read more at canadiankilometers.boardingarea.com.
Roundtrip in Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business80,000
Roundtrip in First Class110,000
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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]