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.

 

 

Washington (IAD) to Seattle (SEA) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

All US domestic flights with United Airlines can be redeemed for the same 25,000-mile fee in economy for a round-trip. The surcharge for a one-way segment is less than EUR 2. Washington to Seattle is one of the longer itineraries that qualifies.

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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Perth (PER) to Nandi (NAN) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

Australia and Fiji are in the same Miles & More Oceania zone. The itinerary from Perth to Fiji can be booked via Auckland with Air New Zealand. The fess for the one-way trip from Perth to Nandi are EUR 56.

Here's the article:
Miles & More Tutorial Teil 1 – Top 16 Miles & More Prämienflüge
Roundtrip in Economy30,000
Roundtrip in Business55,000
Roundtrip in First Class75,000
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Houston (IAH) to Buenos Aires (EZE) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

If you use United Airlines to get to South America from North America you avoid fuel surcharges. The fees on this itinerary are approximately EUR 10.

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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Boston (BOS) to Honolulu (HNL) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

The are very low domestic fees (EUR 2) for United Airlines flights apply to Hawaii as well, even though these islands are in their own award zone. The 40,000-mile economy redemption is therefore a very attractive deal, especially from the east coast.

Here's the article:
Miles & More Tutorial Teil 1 – Top 16 Miles & More Prämienflüge
Roundtrip in Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business70,000
Roundtrip in First Class125,000
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Vancouver (YVR) to Auckland (AKL) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

This is a pretty good redemption according to meilenoptimieren.com, if you can find availability. The fees to get from Vancouver the New Zealand are approximately EUR 80 for the round-trip. The Air New Zealand allows a stop over in Honolulu as well.

Here's the article:
Miles & More Tutorial Teil 1 – Top 16 Miles & More Prämienflüge
Roundtrip in Economy80,000
Roundtrip in Business135,000
Roundtrip in First Class210,000
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Honolulu (HNL) to Seoul (ICN) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

Several airlines fly from Hawaii to Asia. Asiana Airlines is the Korean carrier that connects with Seoul (ICN). Fees for this direct flight are about EUR 110 one-way.

Here's the article:
Miles & More Tutorial Teil 1 – Top 16 Miles & More Prämienflüge
Roundtrip in Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business70,000
Roundtrip in First Class125,000
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Honolulu (HNL) to Beijing (PEK) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

Several airlines fly from Hawaii to Asia. Air China is the Chinese carrier that connects with Beijing (PEK). Fees for this direct flight are only about EUR 10 one-way.

Here's the article:
Miles & More Tutorial Teil 1 – Top 16 Miles & More Prämienflüge
Roundtrip in Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business70,000
Roundtrip in First Class125,000
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Sao Paulo (GRU) to Frankfurt (FRA) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

Due to the Brazilian law prohibiting fuel surcharges a round-trip redemption starting in Brazil is very advantageous, even with Lufthansa. The fees are about EUR 108.
However, if you start the trip in Germany the fees jump to EUR 500!

Other direct Star Alliance options from Sao Paulo include: Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, Zurich.

Here's the article:
Miles & More Tutorial Teil 1 – Top 16 Miles & More Prämienflüge
Roundtrip in Economy80,000
Roundtrip in Business135,000
Roundtrip in First Class210,000
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Addis Ababa (ADD) to Accra (ACC) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

Ethiopian Airlines is a great Star Alliance partner for flights in Africa. The round trip flight between Ghana and Ethiopia has about EUR 153 in surcharges (economy or business).

http://meilenoptimieren.com/miles-and-more-tutorial-teil-1-die-besten-wege-miles-and-more-meilen-einzulosen/ [in German]
Roundtrip in Economy30,000
Roundtrip in Business55,000
Roundtrip in First Class75,000
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Sao Paulo (GRU) to Johannesburg (JNB) with Miles from Miles & More (Lufthansa) / Star Alliance

21 October, 2014

The Sao Paulo to Johannesburg itinerary is one of the few direct flights available between South America and Africa in the Star Alliance universe.The fees for Miles & More members are quite low too, they are EUR 27 per leg both in economy and business class. The flight is operated by South African Airways.

Source: 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]