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 Sydney (SYD) with Miles from Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

12 December, 2016

Singapore Airlines serves the New York JFK to Sydney route with the A380 (via Frankfurt and Singapore). Singapore Airlines allows one-way redemptions and you can get a 15% discount by booking online to bring the cost for traveling in the first class suite down to 112,625 miles! Fees and surcharges for the one-way journey will be around USD 200-300.

Source: https://www.topmiles.com/blog/article/74/how-to-book-singapore-airlines-first-class-suites-for-under--500
Roundtrip in Economy Saver120,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Saver190,000
Roundtrip in Economy Standard220,000
Roundtrip in Business Saver236,000
Roundtrip in Suites / First Saver304,000
Roundtrip in Business Standard360,000
Roundtrip in Suites / First Standard560,000
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Montreal (YUL) to Tokyo (HND) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

11 December, 2016

Montreal to Tokyo (HND) will cost approximately CAD 120 in surcharges for the round trip.
Roundtrip in Economy75,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy125,000
Roundtrip in Business150,000
Roundtrip in First Class210,000
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Montreal (YUL) to Casablanca (CMN) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

11 December, 2016

Despite the new Air Canada Rouge direct route from Montreal to Casablanca, this is not a great option for your miles since the surcharges will be around CAD 525.
Roundtrip in Economy80,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy135,000
Roundtrip in Business165,000
Roundtrip in First Class230,000
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Montreal (YUL) to Lisbon (LIS) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

11 December, 2016

The surcharges to get to Lisbon from Montreal are prohibitive if you are using Air Canada and Star Alliance partner TAP (approximately CAD 775 for the round trip). Using Swiss through Zurich would be a much better option.
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy75,000
Roundtrip in Business110,000
Roundtrip in First Class140,000
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Montreal (YUL) to Malta (MLA) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

11 December, 2016

Malta (MLA) has a direct connection to Istanbul (IST) with Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines. And Turkish also flies to Montreal. This means that you can get this itinerary for very low surcharges (approx. CAD 70 for the round trip).
Roundtrip in Economy75,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy90,000
Roundtrip in Business115,000
Roundtrip in First Class160,000
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Vancouver (YVR) to Montreal (YUL) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

11 December, 2016

It is difficult to find availability on the direct Air Canada flight between Montreal and Vancouver. However, if you can find seats it is a pretty good  use of your miles, even with the surcharge of roughly CAD 160 for the return trip. The cash cost for this ticket can easily be over CAD 900.

Connections through Toronto and Calgary are also possibilities.  
Roundtrip in Economy25,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy40,000
Roundtrip in Business50,000
Roundtrip in First Class70,000
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Singapore (SIN) to Hong Kong (HKG) with Avios from British Airways Executive Club / oneworld

11 December, 2016

The one-way surcharge for the direct Cathay Pacific flight from Singapore to Hong Kong is USD 19.
Roundtrip in Economy Off-Peak17,000
Roundtrip in Economy Peak20,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Off-Peak25,500
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Peak30,000
Roundtrip in Business Off-Peak34,000
Roundtrip in Business Peak40,000
Roundtrip in First Class Off-Peak68,000
Roundtrip in First Class Peak80,000
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Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Hong Kong (HKG) with Avios from British Airways Executive Club / oneworld

11 December, 2016

The one-way surcharge for the direct Cathay Pacific flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong is USD 19.
Roundtrip in Economy Off-Peak17,000
Roundtrip in Economy Peak20,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Off-Peak25,500
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Peak30,000
Roundtrip in Business Off-Peak34,000
Roundtrip in Business Peak40,000
Roundtrip in First Class Off-Peak68,000
Roundtrip in First Class Peak80,000
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Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Tokyo (HND) with Avios from British Airways Executive Club / oneworld

11 December, 2016

The one-way surcharge for the direct Cathay Pacific flight or the direct JAL flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo Haneda (HND) is USD 19.
Roundtrip in Economy Off-Peak (rate calculated via HKG)34,000
Roundtrip in Economy Peak (rate calculated via HKG)40,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Off-Peak (rate calculated via HKG)51,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Peak (rate calculated via HKG)60,000
Roundtrip in Business Off-Peak (rate calculated via HKG)68,000
Roundtrip in Business Peak (rate calculated via HKG)80,000
Roundtrip in First Class Off-Peak (rate calculated via HKG)136,000
Roundtrip in First Class Peak (rate calculated via HKG)160,000
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Taipei (TPE) to Hong Kong (HKG) with Avios from British Airways Executive Club / oneworld

11 December, 2016

The one-way surcharge for the direct Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Taipei (TPE) is USD 19.
Roundtrip in Economy Off-Peak8,000
Roundtrip in Economy Peak9,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Off-Peak11,500
Roundtrip in Premium Economy Peak13,500
Roundtrip in Business Off-Peak15,500
Roundtrip in Business Peak18,000
Roundtrip in First Class Off-Peak31,000
Roundtrip in First Class Peak36,000
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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]