On this page we publish the updates we make to the milez.biz calculator. Any time we add new data or we change the way the calculator works we will post an update here.
8 January, 2014
New United Rates Added
United Mileage Plus is making some sweeping changes to the redemption rates of its program. The large majority of rates are being increased; the new rates come into effect on February 2, 2014.
The milez.biz calculator has both the old and the new rates currently available on its system. You can therefore compare the two directly; both old and new rates are listed side by side and labelled accordingly.
The changes impact both the standard United rates as well as the Star Alliance partner rates. Rates within North America remain largely the same, but other than that members will likely have to spend more miles to get to their destinations. Especially the business and first class rates will be increased significantly.
6 January, 2014
Updated Aeroplan Rates
increased some of its ClassicFlight rewards levels at the beginning of the year. This affects primarily flights between North America and Asia in business and first class. These rates have been updated in the milez calculator. For historic and comparison purposes the old rates will remain visible as well for another month.
For an example of changed rates see:Vancouver (YVR) to Auckland (AKL)
or Toronto (YYZ) to Seoul (ICN)
The good news is that all one-way reward flights are now 50% of the return rate (it used to be 67%).
5 November, 2013
Virgin America Partner Programs
The following Virgin America
airline partner programs have been added to the system:
- Virgin Australia
- Virgin Atlantic
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
Elevate members can redeem their air miles on all of these airlines. Most of the programs have zone based award charts (Virgin Australia being the exception).
Some of the award rates are quite attractive and many of the surcharges seem to be reasonable as well, but it's worth checking them.
Redeeming Singapore - LAX with Singapore Airlines is a nice option (only USD 65 fees).
We don't have the regular Virgin America award rates on the system as they are directly related to the cash cost of a ticket. However, both KrisFlyer (Singapore Airlines) members and Emirates Skywards members can redeem Virgin America flights, for example, see what LAX to San Francisco costs with KrisFlyer and Emirates Skywards.
22 October, 2013
Qatar Airways Joining oneworld
American Airlines and British Airways have had a partnership with Qatar Airways
for a while but QR is joining the oneworld
alliance officially this month. We have already added the new Qatar Airways destinations and routes to all our oneworld calculations. This adds a few new destinations and many new flight routes to the system.
For example, London to Teheran
can now be reached through Doha on oneworld flights. We will add the Qatar oneworld rates as soon as they become available as well.
6 September, 2013
United Airlines Rates More Granular
The milez.biz calculator now distinguishes between United Mileage Plus
Star Alliance and regular United Mileage Plus rates. Both rate calculations determine the required miles by zone and many rates are the same, but there are a few differences. The regular rates have saver
award rates, you can find both of those in the calculation results.
The main distinction between the two programs is that United has a number of airline partners
that are not covered by the Star Alliance program. All these partner destinations have been added to the calculator. United's non-Star Alliance partners are:
- Aer Lingus
- Cape Air
- Great Lakes
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Island Air
- Jet Airways
17 July, 2013
New Star Alliance Program Added
EVA Air recently joined the Star Alliance network and we have now added the redemption rates for its frequent flyer program Infinity Mileage Lands to our calculator. Both the Star Alliance and the standard EVA Air and UNI Air rates can be queried.
We have also updated the Star Alliance redemption rates for the LifeMiles program (Avianca, TACA) that were recently adjusted.
23 April, 2013
New Interface to Availability Engine
To help our users in their searches for award flights, we have added a direct interface to the availability engine at awardtravelr.com
. Awardtravelr.com allows users to perform searches for award seats across the three main airline alliances. Click on the grey "availability" button to in the search results to start a query for available seats.
10 April, 2013
American Airlines Partner Destinations
We have added the destinations of the American Airlines partners
to the AAdvantage award rate calculations:
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Air Pacific
- Air Tahiti Nui
- Alaska Airlines
- El Al
- Gulf Air
- Jet Airways
You can now query AAdvantage rates not only for American Airlines and oneworld destinations but also for all the destinations reached with the partners above.
We have also added the new partnership between Emirates and Qantas. The Emirates destinations have been added to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Classic Awards and Emirates members can query the rates of the Qantas partnership as well.
8 April, 2013
New SkyTeam Program Added
We have added Xiamen Airlines' Egret Club
to the milez.biz calculator. This not only includes the rates for the routes flown by Xiamen Airlines but also the rates for all the SkyTeam
destinations. The domestic Xiamen Airlines rates are calculated by distance flown (e.g. Xiamen - Beijing
) and the SkyTeam rates are based on zones. The addition of Xiamen Airlines adds a few more routes to the SkyTeam universe.
We have also added the recently announced Singapore Airlines - Virgin America
partnership.This partnership allows KrisFlyer members to redeem flights with Virgin America. For example, members can use Virgin America to get from LAX to Cancun
21 February, 2013
Two New African Programs
We have added two new African programs to our global redemption rates comparison and calculation tool. Air Algérie and Arik Air (Nigeria) have relatively well developed networks in North Africa and West Africa, respectively.
- Air Algérie Plus is the frequent flyer program for the national airline in Algeria. It has a well developed domestic nework and also many connections to France (e.g. Oran - Marseille) and destinations in the Sahel zone (e.g. Algiers - Bamako).
- Arik Wings is the frequent flyer program for Nigeria's Arik Air. Domestic (Abuja - Port Harcourt) and regional (Lagos - Banjul) rates look interesting.