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.

 

 

Charlotte (CLT) to New York (JFK) with Avios from British Airways Executive Club / oneworld

1 November, 2014

Short-haul US trips can be great deals for Executive Club members. Charlotte to New York is such an example. An added bonus is that these US flights do not incur fuel surcharges.
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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New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

27 October, 2014

According to travelisfree.com the Flying Blue redemption from North America  to Israel (zoned in Europe 3) is one of the best ones around. One-way flights with Delta Airlines cost about USD 23 in surcharges and the availability is pretty good too.
Here is the article: Unveiling Flying Blue (Air France + KLM) Miles 101 and Best Uses
Roundtrip in Economy50,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy85,000
Roundtrip in Business106,000
Roundtrip in First Class400,000
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Cancun (CUN) to New York (JFK) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

27 October, 2014

Mexico is part of the North America zone in the Flying Blue program. This means you can travel to Cancun (CUN) for only 12,500 miles one-way in economy. The surcharges are about EUR 36.
See the article on travelisfree.com.
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New York (JFK) to Honolulu (HNL) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

27 October, 2014

The Hawaii to North America redemption is low compared to other programs. A routing from JFK through LAX to Honolulu incurred EUR 5 in one-way surcharges.
Unveiling Flying Blue (Air France + KLM) Miles 101 and Best Uses
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Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

27 October, 2014

Air France has a direct flight from Los Angeles to Tahiti and there seems to be pretty good award availability on it.
Unveiling Flying Blue (Air France + KLM) Miles 101 and Best Uses
Roundtrip in Economy51,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy102,000
Roundtrip in Business128,000
Roundtrip in First Class480,000
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Madrid (MAD) to Tenerife (TFN) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

27 October, 2014

The Canaries used to be in their own zone but now they are zoned in Europe 3. A direct round trip flight from Madrid with Air Europe has very reasonable taxes of about EUR 43.

Unveiling Flying Blue (Air France + KLM) Miles 101 and Best Uses
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Los Angeles (LAX) to Noumea (NOU) with Miles from Flying Blue (Air France, KLM) / SkyTeam

27 October, 2014

Interesting pricing for Los Angeles to Noumea (Tahiti) through Sydney in the Flying Blue calculator. No additional cost is added even if the flight connects in Australia. The one-way surcharges list as about EUR 70.

http://travelisfree.com/2014/10/27/unveiling-flying-blue-air-france-klm-miles-101-and-best-uses/
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Cologne (CGN) to Marrakech (RAK) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

There are not many flights worth redeeming within Europe and Miles & More, due to the high fuel surcharges. Germanwings flights, however, incur relatively low surcharges and are worth looking into. The example from Cologne to Marrakech has fees of about EUR 32 for the round trip.
See the article here on meilenoptimieren.com [in German].
Roundtrip in Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business70,000
Roundtrip in First Class125,000
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New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

Try using United's business class "Premium Service" for this trans-continental flight. One-way fees are less EUR 2! This needs to be booked by phone.

Here's the article:
Miles & More Tutorial Teil 1 – Top 16 Miles & More Prämienflüge
Roundtrip in Economy25,000
Roundtrip in Business35,000
Roundtrip in First Class50,000
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Warsaw (WAW) to Chicago (ORD) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

LOT has direct flights from Poland to Chicago and New York. These can be booked with Miles & More miles and fees are very reasonable at EUR 117 for the round trip.

Here's the article:
Miles & More Tutorial Teil 1 – Top 16 Miles & More Prämienflüge
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Business105,000
Roundtrip in First Class170,000
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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]