Save Time Searching for the Cheapest Award Seats With This New Tool!

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Trying to figure out how to get an award flight for the fewest number of miles or points?  It can be time-consuming (and confusing!) to check and compare different airline award charts.

Now, there’s a way to find out the number of miles required for your trip using miles from several different airlines.  All in 1 spot!

TravelCodex has created theHow Many Miles Award Tool.  It lets you search how many miles you need to travel between 2 cities using popular frequent flyer programs, like American Airlines, British Airways, and United Airlines.  

Save Time Searching For The Cheapest Award Seats With This New Tool

Save Time (and Frustration) Searching for Awards That Cost the Fewest Miles

I’ll show you how the tool works for both new and experienced travelers.  And share its limitations.

How Does The Tool Work?

By entering your departure and arrival cities, you can see how many miles it costs for an award ticket using 7 different airline frequent flyer programs:

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Delta
  • Singapore Airlines
  • United Airlines

It also takes into account upcoming changes, such as American Airlines’ award chart changing on March 22, 2016 and increased US short-haul British Airways prices on February 2, 2016. 

Most folks will be happy using Basic Mode to search, which tells you the number of miles required between 2 cities (and gives helpful routing and program rule advice). 

Expert Mode is for those who are already familiar with award rules, and who want to include the value per mile they’ll get in their searches.

How to Use the Tool

There’s no sign-up or fee to use the How Many Miles Award Tool.  But you do have to be familiar with the airport codes you want.  Use this site to easily search for airport codes.

Step 1:  Searching

Enter the airport codes of your departure and arrival cities in the boxes marked “From” and “To,”  and select Basic or Expert mode.  Then click “Submit.”

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I Searched in Basic Mode for the Price of Award Flights Between Cleveland (CLE) and Hong Kong (HKG)

Step 2:  Analysis

Basic Mode

Your award search results are listed alphabetically by airline, with number of miles required in coach, Business, and First Class.  Plus, you’ll see additional information regarding award chart changes, fuel surcharges, and routing rules.

Save Time Searching For The Cheapest Award Seats With This New Tool

Thankfully United Airlines Doesn’t Impose Fuel Surcharges to Asia

Better yet, it offers mileage costs for travelers wanting to use their miles to fly on partner airlines, such as using Alaska Airlines miles to fly on Emirates or Korean Air.

Save Time Searching For The Cheapest Award Seats With This New Tool

While Alaska Doesn’t Fly to Dubai, It Lists Its Partners That You Can Fly With Alaska Miles

Expert Mode

If you choose Expert Mode, you’ll see a dollar value of each award based on default (estimated) cents per mile for each airline.

If you disagree with the tool’s valuations, you can add your own.  For example, if you think American Airlines miles are worth 2 cents each instead of the 1.7 cents the tool uses, you can change the value at the top of the page.

It’s Easy to Edit the Point Values to Determine How Much You Value Each Flight

It’s Easy to Edit the Point Values to Determine How Much You Value Each Flight

This tool gives you an estimate of what your fight is worth in dollars.  But you might disagree depending on how you value your miles.

Save Time Searching For The Cheapest Award Seats With This New Tool

Expert Mode Lets You Create a Set Value for Each Mileage Program or Use Default Values Chosen by the Tool

Expert mode assumes you know the routing rules for each airline, so use this option with caution if you are new to our hobby.  

Limitations

This tool is a great resource for finding the price of awards.  But it does have missing pieces that would make it a 1-stop shop.

7 Airline Programs

Currently only 7 airline miles programs appear on the tool.  And while there are plans to add partners such as Lufthansa, ANA, and Air France/KLM, this may be a limiting factor if you don’t have miles saved in the original 7 programs.

Data Needs Updating

Because the tool was only recently created, it still has several discrepancies in data as pointed out by some users.  They’re being worked on, but it will take time to sort out the kinks.

Surcharges Omitted

Finally, the tool only lists that a fuel surcharge exists.  But it does NOT say the cost.  To find out, you’ll need to check the airline’s website.

You Can Easily Earn 70,000 American Airlines Miles With the Right Credit Cards

You Can Easily Earn 70,000 American Airlines Miles With the Right Credit Cards

Consider These Alternatives

Award Ace

Link:   Award Ace

Award Ace offers many of the same features as Travel Codex’s tool.  But includes other airline mileage programs such as Air Berlin, Cathay Pacific, and Japan Airlines (JAL).

It also uses a color-coded system to compare your options, making it easy to pick the cheapest option quickly.

Save Time Searching For The Cheapest Award Seats With This New Tool

Award Ace Uses This Handy Color Guide to Show the Cheapest Miles Options

Award Ace currently includes these airline frequent flyer programs:

  • American Airlines
  • Air Berlin
  • Air Canada
  • Avianca
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Japan Airlines
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • United Airlines

Award Ace also includes the transferable points programs (American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest), and if points transfer to the airline listed.

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For This Flight on British Airways, the Tool Highlights That Points Can Be Transferred From Chase Ultimate Rewards, Starwood, and AMEX Membership Rewards

Award Finder

Link:  Award Finder

To use Award Finder, you must download it to your Google Chrome browser.  And it requires you to log into your airline frequent flyer programs.

The program is currently limited to the following airlines:

  • ANA
  • Air Canada
  • British Airways
  • Japan Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qantas
Save Time Searching For The Cheapest Award Seats With This New Tool

The Award Finder Chrome App Has More Functionality, but Requires More Effort

I couldn’t get the search tool to work with my Singapore Airlines account.  However, it should show you how many miles a trip would cost, and how many seats are available as well.

If you prefer using individual airline award charts, or would like to log-in to find available award seats, you can find most major airline frequent flyer programs at our link

And remember, you can use paid websites like Award Nexus or ExpertFlyer to find available award seats on different airlines at once.

Bottom Line

The How Many Miles Award Tool allows you to easily search for the cheapest number of miles from 7 different airlines all in 1 place.

It includes award prices on partner airlines too.  And it reflects upcoming changes to frequent flyer programs like British Airways and American Airlines.

Experienced fliers can use “Expert Mode” to quickly see the value they’re getting for their miles and points.  But because the tool is new, there are still glitches.

You might also consider trying other tools such as Award Ace and Award Finder.

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3 responses to “Save Time Searching for the Cheapest Award Seats With This New Tool!

  1. Thank you for sharing the tool I created. Data for ANA and Flying Blue are actually ready to go, but I’m going to be a week or two late before I update the page to display them in the results. Errors are largely corrected; no new ones have been reported lately. I’ll see what I can do to include more information about fuel surcharges.

  2. Good stuff. How does this compare to http://www.flyermiler.com? This site appeared to be the best at the moment.

  3. Just to clarify, Award Finder doesn’t actually show you the amount of miles required. It is an award flight search tool. It may or may not show you how many seats are available depending on whether the underlying airline site shows it on their search result: BA – sometimes, EY – sometimes, JL – yes, others – No.

    I’m not sure when you last tried to search SQ but it is working as of Jan 21st

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