Airline Award Charts

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This page links to different airline award charts.  Award charts will show you how many miles you will need to spend to take your trip.  Award prices can vary greatly on certain routes, so it is helpful to do some price comparisons before you book.

For example, a coach flight from the US to the Caribbean costs 17,500 United Airlines miles each way.  But if you’re flying from Miami to Jamaica in coach, you would only need 4,500 British Airways miles each way.

By taking advantage of British Airways distance based award chart, you can save lots of miles on shorter flights!  Compare the difference in award levels between airlines to redeem the least amount of miles for Big Travel with Small Money!

Don’t worry if you don’t have miles in many programs, because by reading Million Mile Secrets you’re on the path towards earning lots of miles in many different programs!

Directly below are US based airline award charts and you can scroll down or click here for Non US Airline award charts.

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US Airline Award Charts

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AirlineAward Chart Links
Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines Award Chart

Alaska Airlines Partners

Alaska Airlines Partner Award Chart

10 Ways to Use Alaska Airlines Miles
American Airlines
American Airlines Award Chart (Flights Booked By March 21, 2016)

American Airlines Award Chart (Flights Booked After March 21, 2016)

American Airlines Partners

American Airlines Partner Award Chart (Flights Booked Before March 21, 2016)

American Airlines Partner Award Chart (Flights Booked After March 21, 2016)

How to Book American Airlines Award Flights Like a Pro
Delta Airlines
• Delta chose to remove its award chart as of February 7, 2015. All awards are priced individually based on various factors through its website.

Delta Airlines Partners

Frontier Airlines
Frontier Airlines Award Chart
Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines Award Chart

Hawaiian Airlines Partners

Hawaiian Airlines Partner Award Charts
JetBlue Award Information

JetBlue Partners
How to Use Southwest Points

Southwest Hotel Partners
United Airlines
United Airlines Award Chart

United Airlines Partners

United Airlines Partner Award Chart

The Ultimate Guide to United Airlines Miles
Virgin America
• Virgin America Points Have a Fixed Value

Virgin America Partners

Virgin America Partner Award Calculator


Non US Airline Award Charts

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AirlineAward Chart Links
Air Canada
Air Canada Award Chart

Air Canada Partners

Air Canada Partner Award Chart
Air France
Air France Award Calculator

Air France Partners

Air France Partner Award Calculator
ANA Award Chart

ANA Partners

ANA Partner Award Chart
Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines Award Chart

Asiana Airlines Partners

Asiana Partner Award Chart
British Airways
Wandering Aramean British Airways Avios Calculator

British Airways Award Calculator

British Airways Partners

British Airways Award Chart for 2 or more oneworld Airline Awards

How to Book British Airways Award Flights Like a Pro
Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific Award Chart

Cathay Pacific Partners

Cathay Pacific Partner Award Chart
Emirates Award Calculator

Emirates Partners

Emirates Partner Award Chart (click the partner airline to see the award chart)
Etihad Award Calculator

Etihad Partners
EVA Air Award Charts

EVA Air Partners
Garuda Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia Mileage Calculator

Garuda Indonesia Partners
Korean Air
Korean Air Award Chart

Korean Air Partners

Korean Air Partner Award Chart
Lufthansa Award Calculator

Lufthansa Partners

Lufthansa Partner Award Chart
Qantas Award Chart

Qantas Partners

Qantas Partner Award Chart
Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways Award Calculator

Qatar Airways Partners

Qatar Airways Partner Award Chart
Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines Award Chart

Singapore Airlines Partners

Singapore Airlines Star
Alliance Partner Award Chart
Thai Airways
THAI Airways Award Charts

Thai Airways Partner Award Chart
Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic Award Calculator

Virgin Atlantic Partners

Virgin Atlantic Partner Award Chart

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  3. Are these award charts still curret as of Nov. 2011?
    thanks, Pat

  4. We have created a calculator based on the various programs’ award charts, please check out our site 🙂


  5. Thanks, D, although you may want to update the BA links to the new Avios!

  6. millionmilesecrets
    I have recently started a job in Indonesia. I would like to get the most travel rewards from the least number of flights. Jakarta, Singapore or Kuala Lumpar seem to be the only Hub Cities that I can get to directly from Balikpapan where I live.
    The shortest flight back to North America (Vancouver, Can) seems to be with China Southern Airways. I also want to have access to the Lounge in Singapore. There is one in Terminal. I can also fly Business Class once a year. I am just trying to find out if there is a strategy I can develop to get free flight/ upgrades, lounge access etc quickly.
    Thank you!

  7. are there currently any lounge specials for AA in miami florida? i’m traveling from there to DR in December and want some where for me and the misses to put our feet up before the flight

  8. So when we use Delta Skymiles to pay for a portion of the ticket (miles and the rest on a Delta credit card), we do not accumulate any miles as a result because we used some miles (no matter how small)?

  9. Hi Darius
    Amex is offering Special Offer: receive 40% more Avios when you transfer Membership Reward points between August 28, 2012 and September 27, 2012. Is that a good translation? what are avios miles valued at? Also do you have a referral link for the BA card? Thanks

  10. i have 300,000 BA miles, do you know how many i need for a free 1st class ticket from USA to London?

  11. I have received an offer to open USAirways credit card(Barclays) which should give me 40k miles + 5k miles for redeeming miles.
    USAirways also has 100 % bonus for buying miles currently.I was thinking of buying enough to get me to 80K.(Is this a sound strategy?)

    I was looking at their award redemption chart and * alliance redemption chart.

    Here are my questions:

    1) USAirways doesn’t fly to where i plan to fly(DTW-BOM) so their website doesn’t even allow to search for flights.So how to book a flight? I know i can call the call center to book for $40.Is this the only way and is it hard to redeem(by calling) to destinations where USAir doesn’t fly ?

    2) Is it always 80K(economy) for roundtrip as shown on partner redemption chart OR do they have different redemption rates depending on the date of travel ?

    3) This might be a stupid question but there are rumors of merger with AA.Does that mean US Air will be out of * alliance ?

    I am new to miles and any advice is highly appreciated.

    • @Sachin – You get 40K miles sign-up bonus and pay 5K less miles when you redeem for a US Air flight. US Air doesn’t fly from DTW to India, but you could fly on Lufthansa from Detroit to Frankfurt and then to Mumbai. Or use Star Alliance airlines to fly to India. It is always 80K in coach at the low award level. If US Air merges, it likely will leave Star Alliance, but I don’t expect that to happen for at least 1 year.

      See this post on how to use the ANA tool to search for Star Alliance flights.

  12. 1. I’d like to use my British Air miles to fly round trip Israel to NYC, How can I minimize the fuel charge? Can I avoid UK with a Partner Airline to minimize the fee?
    2.I also have enough miles on American Airlines for round trip Israel to NYC. Any suggestion how I could book British Airlines and my wife book American Airlines and fly together (One World Alliance flights)
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

  13. Daraius,
    Thanks for the advice.I opened a FF account with ANA but it doesn’t let me search for star alliance flights without any miles in my ANA account.
    I am a loss to find a work around.

    Are you suggesting that USAir also had different redemption levels like United/AA etal?

  14. My AA miles card is almost impossible to book to Italy, because they only have so many seats on the planes or you have to book a long long time before traveling, or plan on spending several hundred dollars to stay overnight between flights.
    I have tons of miles now, that I seem to only be frustrated when using them.

    I have been so frustrated, I have enough for a business class trip but end up sitting up in coach instead and paying for another airline. This has happened far too many times. Any suggestions to which one to switch to?
    I would like to use my miles without restrictions with as little as a month notice without having to use multiple flights.

  15. Hi D. Your US airway chart is down for the 2nd link. And I don’t understand the difference

    • @cindee – Award booking usually requires a lot of flexibility. It could help to hire an award booking service to book the flights for you. You don’t pay them unless they find the flights for you.

      – The link loads for me! The 2nd chart lists the miles you’d pay for travel on US Air’s Star Alliance Partner’s such as United, Thai, ANA etc. if you redeem US Air miles for flights on those airlines.

  16. hey there- I just saw an offer for Platnium Amex that says: Earn 100K Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 during your first three months of Card membership– for avios- this roughly converts to 66,666 points at a 1.5 point to 1 Avios rate– I am trying to fly to Route: SFO-DXB- which under Avios you need roughly 45,000 Avios. Under Amex rules, there’s 1:1 conversion rate for Singapore, which flies to Dubai both on their own route: 95,000 on saver, 190,000 on standard. I can’t seem to calculate using alliance flights? (maybe my computer) Please advise what you think the best route may be. Thanks!

  17. I want to fly to 3 destinations(India, Vegas and Hawaii) from DFW whatever possible. What is the best miles to use for each of them. I have 100K AAdvantage, 50K UR, 25K SPG, 100K Southwest, 50K avios. Any suggestions pls?

  18. I am am booking from US to Canada, Taxes are $5 but on return ticket from Canada to US taxes are higher ($64)? Can you please suggest why?

    • @nav – You could use Southwest or Avios for the trip to Vegas and perhaps AA miles for a free one way in Hawaii. Read milevalue for free oneway awards or an award booking service may be able to help you.

      @Dan – Likely because of increased taxes and fees for entering the US from overseas.

  19. My 75,000 miles expired in 21/1/2012. They asked me to pay $640 buy all back or $215 buy 50,000 miles back. Any other suggestion?

  20. What is the cheapest way for someone from mumbai to travel to dallas and return back. How many miles I can use to bring someone using AA or United or Avois points?For Economy or Business. Any appox idea. Also where should I go and search for. Shall I go to each of these sites listed above?

    • @nav – It is 80K on United/US Air and 90K on American Airlines. However you will pay fuel surcharges when redeeming AA miles for flights on British Airways (~$300K), so this is usually not worth it except in business/first with AA miles.

  21. When redeeming a 90k business north asia ticket on us airways, do you need the full 90k in the account or will 85k suffice for having the barclays card?

  22. HI, I would love some advice on how in the world I can redeem my awards miles. I know you cannot book until 331 days out, and I was on the ball the day I could possibly find flights, I began looking. I was able to find tickets flying to Australia Dec. 24th, but absolutely cannot find any flight to get us back home anytime starting with Jan 3, 4, 5, or 6th. I check up to 3 x’s per day. Can you tell me if it is because that is because those dates are heavily traveled dates, so they have not released any tickets? I was told that they for sure release at least some reward tickets every day, but I sure have not seen any.

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  24. I just tried booking 2 tickets to France using my American Airlines points. There were nearly $1400 additional in “taxes and fees”!! Is this normal??

  25. I’m new to the miles game, but am trying to at least get partially-discounted travel to South America this summer (MCI->JFK->Colombia, unless another destination in northern South America provides a better deal). I’m sure this is common knowledge to many people here, but could you clarify an aspect of the award-redemption process—namely, if I have miles with one airline company, do I have to look at their awards chart when calculating how much my miles are redeemable for or can I look at the chart of one of their partner airlines? I keep seeing people say that high-value rewards come from gaining points with one airline and redeeminging with another, but, as I said, I’m not sure which awards chart you have to look at. On, it said it needs to be the airline you earned the miles with, but, if that’s true, I’m not sure how you magnify the value for use on partner airlines. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • @yesleez – The 5K discount is only for flights on US Air, not partner airlines.

      @bj – Those are tough dates since it is peak season, but award availability keeps on changing so keep checking.

      @Grace – It could be that you are flying on British Airways which charges fuel surcharges, so not worth it unless in business or first class. Try searching for flights on American Airlines to London and then connect to British Airways to get to Paris.

      @Peter – You have to look at the award chart of the airline on which you have miles, but can redeem for flights on their partners. See this post for more information.

  26. Hey Big D,
    You’ve had some great trips, how about your thoughts on the ultimate RTW using Delta miles.
    Maybe hitting as many ‘bucket list’ type sites in the process: for me include The Great Wall, Machu Pichu, etc. or at least getting close enough someone could integrate another resource to achieve the highlights not close to the acceptable airports using Skymiles.
    Care to put your considerable skills to that sort of challenge? 😉
    Second question, do you see Skymiles tanking any time soon?

    • @Lanny – The 2nd question is easier – yes, Delta will likely move to a revenue based program and the miles may not be worth much. For RTW, check out Milevalue or Delta Points. I’d love to be able to help, but don’t have the time. Delta partners with airlines which can get you where you want to go.

  27. I am flying from Dallas to London this summer on business – I want to take my wife – what is the best way so we can both go business class? By coach and upgrade – How many points would that take? Are there better carriers to use for this? Ideally I’d like to add in a Dublin multi-leg on return.

  28. I was thinking American Airlines/British Airways

  29. Hello,
    Thank you for all the work you have done to make it easier to understand the ins and outs of redeeming miles. I have two questions:

    First, unless I am mistaken, your last response as to whether the above airline charts were current was in 2011. I know that a lot has happened since then. Are these charts current as of today, May 13, 2013?

    And second, I am new to points travel and I am wondering if there are general numbers or ranges of numbers of airmiles for US to US, US to Europe, and US to Asia travel that most of the airline loyalty programs falls within for an economy, business and first class seat? I know there categories like supersaver and anytime, but if you could offer a clear range of airmiles for each that most of the industry falls within, I would appreciate that greatly.

    Thank you!

    • @Jim – Using miles to upgrade tickets isn’t really worth it. Using miles for an award ticket is usually a better value, and it will cost 100K AA miles for a round trip in business class.

      – The links go straight to the airline websites and are current. It is 60K in coach and 100K in business for a round trip to Europe, and about 65K in coach and 110K in business class to the Far East. Thanks for reading!

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  31. Hello D,
    I have a US Air DM with 50,000 miles in my acct. I am trying to fly PHX to OGG but it requires 60,000 miles. Should I just pay for the flight and use miles another time or spend $350 to buy the remaining 10,000 miles needed (flight cost $650). I vacation several times a year so the miles won’t go to waste. Thanks Darren

    • @Darren – I’d wait for the US Air transfer bonuses where you can buy them for ~2 cents per mile. If you have the cash, it could be better to just pay for the flight. But if saving cash is more important, you could just buy the miles to save cash.

  32. D,

    I will be flying with my 2 children to Hawaii next summer and you mention that partner airlines seem to be better redemption options when using Delta miles. Not sure the best way to go about this?

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

  33. I have about 46,000 Jet Airways (JP) miles.

    I was wondering if I can redeem these on any flights within the US or Canada? How do I proceed?

  34. 1st just an fyi, Hawaiian Airlines in now in partnership with American Airlines. The current relationship with Delta Airlines will end July 31, 2013.

    I have been calling frequently trying to redeem miles on either AA or Delta from LAX to Paris or LAX to Rome. So far no luck at all. I have tried several dates in March, April, May and June with no luck. Is it really that difficult to redeem miles? Does it make any sense to check the same dates over and over again? If they don’t have seats on the dates you want then will they ever? Just wondering what the best thing is to do.

    My husband and I want to take his mother to Europe next year. We have enough miles for the 3 of us but I can’t find a flight. Are some days of the week nearly impossible to get award seats?

    Also, when booking 330 days in advance, does both the departure and return have to be less than 330 days or just the departure?

  35. Sorry, regarding the above questions, forgot to mention I am trying to book on either AA or Delta using Hawaiian Miles.

  36. Hi,
    I saw you told someone that their options for award travel to hawaii on Delta or partner airlines are limited. Could you expand on that? Delta has award flights from 40k to Hawaii and you can even get better deals by flying Alaska with delta miles.

  37. Hi,

    I’m a student from California moving to school in New York, so I am on the hunt for the most rewarding credit card that I can use towards flying back and forth to both coast. Which card do you recommend that has no black out dates, so I can use it for holidays, low annual fee, and has great bonus miles?

  38. Thanks so much for the link for rewards! I’ve been searching for that!
    Also, thank you so much for all the efforts you put into helping travelers out there save!

  39. Hi –

    We travel to India two times a year and would like to travel to other places as well in Europe. We use Emirates but no FF building up there because the miles roll off after a specified time. We have a Lufthansa Miles and More Card that (after 3 years) is now at 115K miles which is just enough for 1 RT ticket to India. Is Lufthansa MM Barclays any good as a FF credit card? I do not like it anymore. What card should I use?

    Thanks so much for your help!

  40. Hey D!
    Love your blog. I’m trying to do a RTW business class with my wife. We currently have 494,000 and need 520,000 for Delta. Can you advise what other currency can be converted to Delta? We have Ultimate Rewards, Amex Rewards available. Also, ready for a churn if needed. Already hold Delta Skymiles card and did the Fidelity deposit. Appreciate your thoughts to get the 30K needed for execution.
    Also, I think there is a team of dedicated booking staff via Delta. Is this adequate guidance v.s. a booking service?

    • @Yvonne – Thanks for reading!

      @Anja – I’d use the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Ink Plus/Bold cards because you can transfer the points to United and use United miles for flights to India.

      @LanchMahn – Thanks for reading! You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Delta, so you should be fine. An award booking service is MUCH more helpful than relying on Delta’s staff for such a complex itinerary.

  41. RE: booking service v.s. Delta’s service. Do you feel this way EVEN WITH the dedicated Delta dept. for booking Explorer Award itineraries? I just want to be sure we’re talking apples to apples. I had the idea they would work out the itineraries with you once you confirmed you had the miles to make it happen. Can you confirm what the booking service would bring to the table in this regard please?
    So many thanks for your insights and inspiration… (Emily’s too for putting up with you…;-) JK


  42. Hi,
    I am a jet privilege member,will i earn jp miles if i book flight on delta or us airways from london to usa and domestic flights in the usa. Thanking you ,
    yoginder patel.

  43. Hi Darius, my wife is flying Jet Airways all thru from EWR to BOM and then domestic flights within India. It allowed us to put her Mileage Plus account #, so I presume she will get the credit for flying Jet Airways in Mileage Plus! Just wanted to confirm with you. Cheers! Vijay

  44. Greetings from the UK; hope you don’t mind answering our question.
    My wife and I wish to celebrate her 75th birthday by flying from London to Australia next year.
    We don’t mind flying via USA or Asia but would want a stopover around halfway.
    We would like to treat ourselves by going business class with decent seats that lay flat.
    We have some Virgin Atlantic miles but intend buying more thru our Marriott Vacation club points system so really we can fly any airline group. The question is which quality airline would require the least miles for the return journey (allowing stopovers)? Many thanks, Ricky

    • @Ricky Smith – Welcome! I haven’t tested the routing rules from London, but you could try to book a dummy award flight on the United website and route via Asia where you should be able to get a stopover. You could fly on Lufthansa, Thai, ANA, Asiana to Asia and then continue to Australia and back. Good luck!

  45. our family would like to take a trip from LAX to Rome or Paris during spring break (April 2014) using American Airline miles. Unfortunately, when attempting to book using the AA web it only gives availability for AA or BA with a mandatory BA for at least one half of the trip which comes with hefty fuel surcharges of approximately $450. There has to be additional availability through other oneworld partners. If I use the Quantas web site would it show availability in April 2014 or does it require a phone call? Also, I’ll be using miles to cover my son and I, my wife will use miles to cover her ticket. I’ve never booked using miles from seperate accounts, I usually just use miles from one account. Any Tips?

    • @Anthony – shows most partners to Europe except for Iberia and Jet. I’d search for flights to London on AA and then connect on BA to Europe to avoid the surcharges. Or try finding flights to Spain on Iberia and then connect to Rome or Paris.

  46. Can you redeem British Airways and/or American Airlines miles for Alaska Airlines tickets? I see they are partners, but I’m not sure how that works.

  47. US Air Dividend Miles Partner link does not work.

  48. Can you redeem British Airway to TPE? It doesn’t show on their website. many thanks.

  49. Is there any way to get my frequent flyer # and possibly redeem the miles I have already used through out this year with US Air?

    • @Teresa – You can, but will pay high fuel surcharges. You can search for it on the British Airways website or call if you can’t find awards.

      @Stephanie – You can redeem the miles which you’ve already earned on US Air this year. I don’t understand your 1st question about getting your frequent flyer number. You should already have a frequent flyer number if you’ve earned miles with US Air.

  50. 3 of us wish to fly New Mexico, US to Perth, Australia in dec 2014. What is the best route to choose to maximize my AA miles?

    • @Alison – That is peak time and awards could be difficult. I’d consider whichever route has availability (and American Airlines doesn’t let you transit other regions on the way to Australia unless you pay extra).

  51. I want to fly from any major city in Texas (Houston is preferred over Dallas) to Seoul, Korea. I have yet to rack up any miles yet but have heard I can do so with certain credit cards. I’m fine with coach. What airline has the lowest number of miles/points required? And what kind of points/miles should I start collecting. I want to go in June 2014.

    • @Laura – I’d suggest collecting United or American Airlines miles for that trip. It is ~65,000 miles in coach for a round-trip. But both United & American Airlines partner with other airlines to go to Seoul and you can get a 1-way on each airline for half the amount of miles.

  52. D, this is one of the things I preach in my coaching programs (e-mentoring) and it made my life easier giving people your site as a resource. This is super cool, and as a mileage junkie myself, I really appreciate this information. We are looking for a different bank for our new venture to earn some miles outside of Delta and American, and this was a big help. Thanks so much for making such a clean, informative site.


  53. Your “US Air Dividend Miles Partner Award Chart” link is broken.

  54. Hi D,
    A friend referred me to your site and reading your speedy replies to everyone I’m on board. I tried reading as much as I could for this question but im worried about making a mistake. We are a team that will be doing alot of travel to London out of Texas and Oklahoma. I want to know what route you suggest we take as far as airline points and cards based on your experience and how many reward miles it costs for airfare. I myself easily spend 3000 bimonthly in dining and credit cards…

    • @Josiah – Welcome and thanks for reading. You could consider United and American Airlines miles. You’d pay fuel surcharges if you redeem American Airlines miles for travel on British Airways, so don’t redeem for coach travel on British Airways. You can avoid the fuel surcharges by redeeming American Airlines miles for flights on American Airlines, Air Berlin, US Air & Iberia.

  55. Thanks for the quick reply, I got approved for the Chase Sapphire Preferred! Should I apply for the barclays card under my wife, and would we be able to book both for flights with AA.

    • @josiah – Congrats! You get ~$440 in credit from the Barclays Arrival card and you can use that for any flight. If you apply for the US Air card, you can use them for flights on AA, and they will eventually become American Airlines miles.

  56. Darius thank you for your good work on the website…I want to travel to Europe/Italy in October and would like your input on the best credit card sign ups to get me there. I currently have AE Starwood and will use for hotels while there. Advice on which signups for me and my wife would be much appreciated!

    • @Trent – thanks for reading! I’d suggest the United card with up to 50K miles and the Chase Ink Bold/Plus/Sapphire Preferred which you can transfer to other airlines. It is 60K Untied miles for a round-trip in coach to Europe.

  57. Hi,

    I live in California. I wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia and India with milage cards. I wanted to know which card or cards would be a good choice with the least amount of points needed.

  58. Thanks for the response. Which card would you recommend for United miles and Delta miles? Is there a good bonus offer right now for both of these cards?

    • @Hena – For United miles, I’d consider the targeted United offer with 50K miles. Also consider the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Ink Bold/Plus which earn Ultimate Rewards points which can be transferred to United miles. For Delta, I’d wait for a better offer on the Delta credit cards.

  59. I got the Citi AAdvantage card and along, I will get 30k miles to fly. I can get to 70k miles by around May/June. I wanted to book a one way ticket to Mumbai for around Thanksgiving or December first week flying out of Boston. From what I understand, my only routing is via London by BA or via Amman by RJ. I really want to avoid paying over $330 to BA. So my primary route is via Amman by RJ.

    Now here is the problem, AA search gives me a result of using 67.5k reward miles flying business class from BOS-JFK-AMM-BOM for Nov/Dec 2014. Why is this so? Is it because its too early to make any booking? AA does not give consistent results for Economy class (45k miles) when searching random dates. When it does, I get the following route BOS-ORD-AMM-BOM.

    Would it be fruitful if I call their customer service to know what’s going on?

  60. Hi,
    I was reading your very interesting blog. I am trying to decide what to do with 87,000 miles accumulated on AMEX business gold. I am going to cancel the account, and in order to not forfeit the miles I have to do something. I could transfer them to an airline for a charge (which one??) I also have Chase Ink.. and Skymile Delta card. Should I try to combine miles, but which one? As you mentioned before Delta is sort of hard when getting award tickets. I usually fly to Rome Italy, by the way. One more question. Are award tickets form different airlines to same destination more or less similar? Which one is the best or worst? Is there a tool online that compares them? Thank you so much for your time and consideration. ciao

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  62. Hi Daraius, I’ve been following your very helpful blog and am hoping you can answer a question I have about redeeming miles. I was going to use AAdvantage miles to fly to Fiji. I’m totally new at this so I called American and learned that I can fly RT for 75,000 miles but Fiji Airways doesn’t have any more seats available to book using points. My dates are cast in concrete so I’m not sure whether to wait in hopes that more seats will become available or just go ahead and pay for my tickets. I’d really appreciate any advice you can offer. Thanks! Kathryn

  63. My husband and I are looking to fly round trip from Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) to Las Vegas (LAS) Nov 29 – Dec 6. I am thinking of splurging for First Class. I have plenty of AA, United, Southwest miles, but only 70,000 US Air miles (35,000 in mine and 35,000 in hubby’s). If I fly Southwest, it’s no First Class, unless Air Tran would happen to still be around then, which I am doubting. Is the minimum I will spend to fly First Class 100,000 total? I also have the US Air credit card that says something about 5,000 discount, how does that work? We also have over 80,000 each in our Ultimate rewards. Anyone’s thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!!!!

    • @Darshan – You can also try Etihad and Quatar.

      @dali – You could transfer them to Delta, but as you noted it is hard to get flights on Delta. The best airline depends on your travel goals.

      @ Kathryn – It will be tough if you have set dates which can’t change. I’d consider asking an award booking service for help.

      @Tammy Horvath – Most US airlines charge ~50K for a roundtrip domestic First Class award in coach. You get a 5K discount if you have the US Air card and fly entirely on US Air. You also get 10% of your miles back with the AA card. You could book 1 ways on United and other 1-ways using your AA miles. Most domestic awards can be easily booked online at or

  64. We decided to use AA miles to fly first class from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas in Nov. If we use my husbands AA Platinum select credit card to book we will get 10% miles back, first bags checked free and priority boarding. The problem is I want to cancel his card to avoid the $95 annual fee due in Sept. The flight is 2 -3 months after that. If we cancel the card, does having a first class ticket paid for with AA miles get us priority boarding and one free checked bag each? The 10% back in miles will already be back in his account since that only takes 6 – 8 weeks, so no concern there. If we lose both free checked bags and priority boarding because he won’t have his card I guess I will need to bite the bullet and open another Citi card for myself. I closed both of mine back in Sept & Oct 2012. I have over 300,000 miles in my AA account and know I need to open a card before I use these but I was trying to clean my husbands miles out first so I’d have one less thing to keep track of. Bottom line: I don’t want to lose the free checked bags, priority boarding and 10 % back. What is necessary to accomplish this? Thanks in advance for always being there with great advice!!!!

    • @Tammy Horvath – The priority boarding and free bags is linked to the profile of the person who booked the tickets. That said, you should be able to get the priority boarding and checked bag (at least per the printed terms of the card) if you have a Citi AA card which is open for at least 7 days before the flight and have your frequent flyer number attached to the reservation. Canceling your husband’s card means that we won’t get these benefits, but you should get them if you have a Citi card. The Citi Executive card for 100,000 miles, lounge access, and the statement credit is a good deal currently!

  65. I really need help with using ATN miles but only have enough for one way. I also have united miles but I can’t find any flights out of PPT to SFO. any cheap ways to make this happen?
    My step kids want to come for Christmas..
    Thanks for your help!!!

  66. I just received notice from Bank of America that as of March 31, they are discontinuing the Alaska debit card program. I left Wells Fargo when they did that and am now looking for a good alternative to move to for a debit card program that will earn miles. They don’t necessarily need to be Alaska moles.

    What options do I have for a debit card that earns miles?

  67. I will be flying business class with Delta to and from the UK a number of times this year and internally within the UK. I am unsure of which mileage program to sign up with and have been told Alaska Air is a very good option especially as I have miles with BA on their program. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  68. I’m really confused! I’ll be flying with my family (4 of us) the east coast to Hawaii R/T next year. We have excellent credit. If we each get rewards cards (Barclay, Sapphire…) it seems like we should be able to rack up 160K miles and fly the entire family for free. But I want to make sure I do it right, and it feels so confusing I feel like I might screw this up! Or am I being unrealistic?

    Any advice would be great…

    • @ James – Alaska is a good option because they let you redeem miles with American Airlines and other airlines as well.

      @ Ken – The Arrival card will get you ~$440 towards any flight, but you will have to pay the difference. If you use miles, you are subject to finding award seats. I’d go to the United or American Airlines site and see if they have flights on the days you want to travel. And then apply for the cards.

  69. Hi Good day, I’m from Brazil and I want to go from Sao paulo to Orlando on vacation with my wife, I do not have any mile, and want to buy, is this safe? works that way? there are insurance shopping sites such mile? thank you

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  71. I am trying to find the most economical flight for my son. He is set to study abroad in Barcelona for 6 weeks beginning May 26, 2014. What is the quickest way to accumulate frequent flyer miles? Also, does anyone know of any other discounts that may be available for college students?

    Any help will be appreciated.

  72. I have about 145,000 USAIR Dividend Miles that I am planning to use to fly Business Class from Boston (or NYC if need be) to Delhi, India next February. Now that US has left Star Alliance for OneWorld, do I have any other options than paying British Air’s high fuel surcharges? Are there other airlines that I can use my US AIR Dividend Miles to get from BOS/NYC to Delhi?

  73. Hi – I am trying to use my 148,000 United miles for a flight from SFO to Lisbon for Sept 2014. I am so confused trying coordinate this trip, I am losing interest. Do I buy an economy ticket than upgrade or just use the United website and hope they come up with a business class seat? Thanks for your help

  74. In the summer of 2015 I will be flying with my two children from Miami, Fl. to London for five days and then on to Tel Aviv, Israel, and returning in reverse order, or from Tel Aviv to NYC to Miami.
    Previously, I had a British Airways card, but was very disappointed to see high fuel air surcharges even using miles. I have 160,000 miles with Delta and also have 50,000 miles with AA. Not sure which way to start saving for the trip. Suggestions would be appreciated!

  75. Hello Daraius!

    Do you know what is the easiest solution to my current dilemma?

    I have ~30k miles with Alaska Airlines and ~50k miles with American Airlines. I know these two airlines are partners (via OneWorld Alliance).

    I’d like to somehow consolidate the points so I can book a trip from California to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific. Any ideas on how this can be done?

  76. Thanks for the above pingback to “getting started series” on another blogger

  77. How do I go about redeeming miles earned from one airline on another airline in the same alliance ? For example, if I apply for the Citi 100k AA offer, how do I redeem those miles on another airline. Thanks.

  78. Hi D, for some reason Australia is not listed in any of the region on the award charts. Do you know what region they are in. Thanks

  79. Thanks Daraius

  80. Why do you have to use more American Express points to fly on a free or ungraded ticket?

  81. Mark Killington

    Whoa this page is looking sharp!
    My compliments!

  82. WTF!?
    After saving for years towards an Explorer award I’m finally ready to start planning, only to find out the program has been discontinued with no notice. I have waited all this time to gather sufficient points because I must travel business or first (I’m a disabled Vietnam vet).

    I have 210,000+ miles (all credit card purchases) and planned to peg right about the 34,999 miles. What is the equivalent? Or is there one? Or am I screwed into a trip to Calgary 🙂 ?

    I cannot believe this, you set your sites and…

  83. Addendum – I also have about 200,000 Amex Rewards points that i was to use for hotels, etc.

  84. I’m 1K with United, have a ton of miles, but I’m trying to figure out the best way to get my family of five to Venice in Aug 2015 using miles. I’m hoping to get us all in Business, but I can’t seem to find any business saver tickets. Any thoughts on flying somewhere else (close to Venice) that might give me a better chance of finding business class seats? Thanks!

  85. I am flying From ORD – DAC on Turkish Airlines next month. I already have AA and United millage but don’t have any Turkish miles. After this trip, my future trip will be mostly within USA and to Europe. My question to you is, should I earn my miles towards Turkish Mile&Smile program or get the millage credited to United Millage plus program.?

  86. First- Awesome website.. Thanks a million.. second need some help. I have 17k mileson British Airways Avios. Need another 3000 points to complete a purchase. To purchase it costs 100$. Is there a cheaper way to buy the points other than opting for the Avios Card? like transfer from other airlines points?

    thanks in advance

  87. Hi there,

    I travelled from Australia to Americas in 2014 using US Airways Dividend miles. They used to offer bonus miles of upto 100% until the merger with AA. However, the bonus miles have been substantially reduced now, resulting in a higer price for purchase of miles. I paid about USD2200 for round trip business travel from Melbourne to Toronto with a free stop over in LA.

    Any idea if there is any such offer available from travel from Australia to Europe (mainly London, France, Germany or Italy) via any of the mileage offers?


  88. @mms. Korean link is broken

  89. Hi, Presently I have Citi Platinum Select Card and Barclay card.. as a result I have some thousand miles in AAdvantage program.. But i am looking for info like.. How many cents each mile will be costing.. is that standard value or will it change based on booking? how will I be able to know how miles i need to plan for next trip.

    The links you provided me is little lengthy and I am trying my best to understand but not yet understood completely. This is like a research for me.

    And, presently I have AAdvantage miles.. and I am planning to take American Express miles card (Not yet decided on card type).. If I take American express miles card, will I be able to combine my AA miles with the miles i am going earn with amex card?

    Thanks in advance.

  90. You have a link to Delta Airlines awards chart, but when I use it, there is no chart.
    I’ve been to Delta’s website and clicked on their link to their awards chart and don’t find one there either.
    The only way I get any response is to put in a specific date and destination, then I can generate what appears to be a standard, rack-rate, quote in either dollars or miles for that specific date and destination.
    What I was hoping to see is something tells me how many miles I need for a airline ticket from US to Europe, using miles, and/or using cash and miles.
    If what I am seeing using Delta’s site now are the going rates, then the loyalty program miles are virtually worthless.
    I must be missing something.
    Where is the real Delta Awards chart?

  91. We used to use this page all the time as a source for scouring the award charts when trip planning. We got so tired of spending all that time though and created a tool that did it for us (thank you computer nerdy hubby!) While we did it for us, a lot of other people have been using it now, so hopefully it can help others as well. FlyerMiler.Com Enjoy!

  92. My only cheap option to move to Europe from Puerto Rico SJU is Norwegian Shuttle in November and the cheapest flight is SJU-LGW in November $413. Do you have any ideas to travel from SJU to Europe and Asia more cheap…

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  94. I am trying to use around 60k Amex points to fly to Iceland from Los Angeles July 28th and return August 6th or 7th. I cannot seem to be gaining any traction through the Amex Travel site and want your advice on how to best utilize the points. Please let me know. Thanks!

  95. The Garuda mileage calculator link seems to be broken.

  96. I want to fly from Monterrey MX to Orlando Florida in September… I have 32,000 miles with AA and a AA credit card… and 73,000 km with Skyteam… Is 1 roundflight in each of them… What strategy would you recommend?? Earning some miles by doing something? Then buying some miles???

  97. I want to close a credit card and have 298,036 frequent flyer miles which expire 9/16/2017. I do not want to take a trip. I understand I can redeem these miles for gift credit cards with various shopping centers. I also understood that I could do this through your site, but I don’t see where. Please advise…

  98. If I want to move citi thank you points to combine with Hawaiian air miles, or vice versa, what is the best way to do so?

  99. Thanks for this list.

    I was wondering if you could make any sense of Aegean Air’s chart. Their website seems worthless. I would appreciate your help.

  100. I would like to earn miles to fly from Detroit to Phoenix in January but i don’t want to get into debt to do it. Any suggestions?