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.

 

 

Accra (ACC) to Windhoek (WDH) with Miles from AAdvantage [oneworld / Partners]

6 December, 2016

Due to the fact that flying from Accra (Ghana) to Windhoek (Namibia) cannot be done wholly within Africa, the AAdvantage Africa-to-Africa does not apply. A recent article on MightyTravels.com points this out; just a one-way redemption is actually 60,000 miles in economy, plus USD 400 in surcharges! The same destination pair can be redeemed much advantageously with United Mileage Plus.
Roundtrip in Main Cabin20,000
Roundtrip in Business / First35,000
  Share Your Knowledge

Cape Town (CPT) to Plaisance (MRU) with Miles from AAdvantage [oneworld / Partners]

6 December, 2016

The Cape Town to Mauritius destination pair is one of the few intra-African routes that can be redeemed for the 20,000-mile round trip fare advertised in the AAdvantage award charts. Sadly this flight only operates once a week. Read more in this article from MightyTravels.com. Surcharges for this flight are USD 300.
Roundtrip in Main Cabin20,000
Roundtrip in Business / First35,000
  Share Your Knowledge

New York (JFK) to Milano (MXP) with Miles from MilleMiglia Alitalia

28 November, 2016

Surcharges are very reasonable with Alitalia - just around $300 all-in for a US - Italy in business class. See the article below on this redemption and how to leverage the Amex points bonus.

http://milecards.com/1588433346/alitalia-business-class-for-58k-amex-points-with-40-bonus/
Roundtrip in Economy50,000
Roundtrip in Business80,000
  Share Your Knowledge

New York (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA) with Miles from United Mileage Plus / Star Alliance

27 November, 2016

One of the best ways to enjoy Lufthansa's first class product, especially since United Mileage Plus does not pass on fuel surcharges.This is also a great opportunity to visit the First Class Terminal (FCT) in Frankfurt. You may need to wait until late to book this as the seats become available only a short period before the travel date but you can book the itinerary one-way for half the cost in miles.

Source: https://upgradedpoints.com/redeem-united-mileageplus-miles-for-max-value/
Roundtrip in Economy60,000
Roundtrip in Business140,000
Roundtrip in First Class220,000
  Share Your Knowledge

New York (JFK) to Bangkok (BKK) with Miles from United Mileage Plus / Star Alliance

27 November, 2016

In order to use Star Alliance partner Thai Airways first class cabin you need to connect somewhere in Europe (for example Zurich or Milan) as Thai does not fly to the USA.

Source: https://upgradedpoints.com/redeem-united-mileageplus-miles-for-max-value/
Roundtrip in Economy80,000
Roundtrip in Business180,000
Roundtrip in First Class280,000
  Share Your Knowledge

San Jose (SJC) to Tokyo (NRT) with Miles from United Mileage Plus / Star Alliance

27 November, 2016

San Jose to Tokyo is an example for using All Nippon Airways (ANA) to get to Japan from the USA. Try either first class or business class to get the full ANA experience.

Source: https://upgradedpoints.com/redeem-united-mileageplus-miles-for-max-value/
Roundtrip in Economy70,000
Roundtrip in Business160,000
Roundtrip in First Class220,000
  Share Your Knowledge

Beijing (PEK) to Nandi (NAN) with Miles from United Mileage Plus / Star Alliance

27 November, 2016

According to upgradedpoints.com getting from China to Fiji is a great use of your United miles. A round-trip in economy is only 30,000 miles!

Source: https://upgradedpoints.com/redeem-united-mileageplus-miles-for-max-value/
Roundtrip in Economy35,000
Roundtrip in Business75,000
Roundtrip in First Class95,000
  Share Your Knowledge

Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) with Miles from United Mileage Plus / Star Alliance

27 November, 2016

Try to find an award seat in Air New Zealand's premium cabins, this is an excellent way to spend your miles!

Source: https://upgradedpoints.com/redeem-united-mileageplus-miles-for-max-value/
Roundtrip in Economy80,000
Roundtrip in Business180,000
Roundtrip in First Class260,000
  Share Your Knowledge

Montreal (YUL) to Johannesburg (JNB) with Miles from Aeroplan (Air Canada) / Star Alliance

21 November, 2016

There is a great article on traveling from Montreal to South Africa with Aeroplan miles on MilesOpedia.com [in French]. Here are some highlights:
  • The key is to avoid the high Air Canada and Lufthansa surcharges, which will easily be more than CAD 700 for this itinerary.
  • Use Swiss through Zurich (ZRH) to get to Johannesburg (JNB). Total fees for a one-way with Swiss are only approximately CAD 75
  • Another inexpensive (ie. low surcharges) option is to travel through Toronto (YYZ) and Addis (ADD), using Ethiopian Airlines. Fees for this route are also around CAD 75.
  • A good option for the return trip would be United Airlines via Washington Dulles (IAD). Fees here are about CAD 85.
Roundtrip in Economy100,000
Roundtrip in Premium Economy130,000
Roundtrip in Business150,000
Roundtrip in First Class210,000
  Share Your Knowledge

Miami (MIA) to Dublin (DUB) with Avios from Aer Lingus AerClub

16 November, 2016

According to Head for Points Aer Lingus is adding a new route between Dublin and Miami in September 2017. AerClub avios can be used for this new route but the flights must be booked via the British Airways call centre. Fees for this flight will be around GBP 75 for the round-trip. Apparently off-peak prices are not available for this destination.

Source: http://www.headforpoints.com/2016/11/16/aer-lingus-launching-miami-flights/
Roundtrip in Economy Off-Peak32,500
Roundtrip in Economy Peak50,000
Roundtrip in Business Off-Peak125,000
Roundtrip in Business Peak150,000
  Share Your Knowledge

 

 

Previous page   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45   46   47   48   49   50   51   52   53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60   61   62   63   64   65   66   67   68   69   70   71   72   73   74   75   76   77   78   79   80   81   82   83   84   85   86   87   88   89   90   91   92   93   94   95   96   97   98   99   100   101   102   103   104   105   106   107   108   109   110   111   112   113   114   115   116   117   118   119   120   121   122   123   124   125   126   127   128   129   130   131   132   133   134   135   136   137   138   139   140   141   142   143   144   145   146   147   148   149   150   151   152   153   154   155   156   157   158   159   160   161   162   163   164   165   166   167   168   169   170   171   172   173   174   175   176   177   178   179   180   181   182   183   184   185   186   187   188   189   190   191   192   193   194   195   196   197   198   199   200   201   202   203   204   205   206   207   208   209   210   211   212   213   214   215   216   217   218   219   220   221   222   223   224   225   226   227   228   229   230   231   232   233   234   235   236   237   238   239   240   241   242   243   244   245   246   247   248   249   250   251   252   253   254   255   256   257   258   259   260   261   262   263   264   265   266   267   268   269   270   271   272   273   274   275   276   277   278   279   280   281   282   283   284   285   286   287   288   289   290   291   292   293   294   295   296   297   298   299   300   301   302   303   304   305   306   307   308   309   310   311   312   313   314   315   316   317   318   319   320   321   322   323   324   325   326   327   328   329   330   331   332   333   334   335   336   Next page

 
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]