AwardAce Shows You How to Use Your Miles & Points
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Here’s a new way to see where your miles & points can take you!AwardAce is a website with detailed booking and program guides for lots of airlines, an interactive award map, and a pricing calculator that tells you how many miles you’ll need for your next award trip.
I’ll show you how AwardAce is a valuable (and free) companion to your miles and points!
Link: AwardAceAwardAce is a website filled with resources for folks who like to collect miles & points. So I thought I’d share it with Million Mile Secrets readers!
It’s simple to use. And has handy tools to make the most of several popular frequent flyer programs, including:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
- And many more!
Let’s take a look at what you can do with AwardAce.
1. Booking Guides
Link: Booking Guides
AwardAce has booking guides for 22 frequent flyer programs.
In this section, you’ll find:
- How to book an award flight online or by phone
- Phone numbers to call
- Which airline partners are available
- Step-by-step booking instructions with photos
- Pros and cons of each program
The photos and step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to understand. This is especially useful if you’ve still new to miles & points. Or if you like having all the information in one place!
2. Program Guides
Link: Program Guides
Whether you’re a beginner or an old pro in our hobby, you’re bound to find the program guides section useful.
Here, you’ll find:
- Each program’s credit card transfer partners
- Whether miles are earned based on price of a ticket (revenue-based) or miles flown (mileage-based)
- If award flights are based on zones with set prices, or distance with higher prices for longer flights
- When the miles expire
- Any fees to book or cancel an award flights
Currently, 22 programs are supported with this in-depth information. I can see referring to these guides often in the future!
3. Discover Destinations
Link: Discover Destinations
This might be my favorite feature!
Add your home airport and which program you like for collecting miles. Select the cabin you want to fly, and whether you want one-way or round-trip flights. AwardAce will show you a map of all the places you can visit with the miles you have!
While “Discover Destinations” is mostly just for fun, I encourage you to try it out. Because you might find an interesting result you hadn’t thought of. Or stumble upon a Sweet Spot and get a great deal on an award ticket!
4. Pricing Calculator
Link: Pricing Calculator
Lots of folks will find this most useful of all: a pricing calculator that shows you how many miles you’ll need for an award flight with several mileage programs!This is a huge time-saver for folks who collect several types of miles. When you enter your starting point and where you want to travel, you can easily see the award prices in each program based on what cabin you want to fly.
The prices in green are the cheapest. And the ones in red cost more.
See How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges
Another thing I like is how you can get an idea of fuel surcharges.
While AwardAce doesn’t tell you exactly how much you’ll pay (because it depends on factors like which airline you fly and where you connect), they do tell you when no fuel surcharges are added. And when they typically very high.
Low fees get one dollar sign ($). And high fuel surcharges get three ($$$). And because all the information is in front of you, you can decide whether it’s worth it to pay more miles and lower taxes. Or choose a program with the best all-around price!
Are There Drawbacks?
While AwardAce has a good thing going, not every mileage program is included (particularly some of the more obscure ones).
And with the pricing calculator, it’s great to see how many miles you’ll pay. But you have to click through each time to see which partners are available to you. It’s a small step (and I’m glad it’s available on the site!), but for beginners who aren’t familiar with all the partners, it can add some time to the process.
Add AwardAce to Your Toolkit
This is a fantastic resource that I can see myself turning to again and again. I like how cleanly and simply the website is designed. And how the team at AwardAce has put so much attention and care into compiling dozens of small details about each award program.
Plus, considering it’s completely free to use and gives you so much useful information, there’s no reason not to reference it to learn more about how your miles work – and where you can go with them!
Here are more guides to get the most out of your miles & points:
- Travel Codex Award Maximizer
- Ultimate Frequent Flyer Mile Award Calculator
- Wandering Aramean’s Avios Calculator
I had a great time playing around with AwardAce. There are several helpful sections, like booking and program guides, Discover Destinations, and the pricing calculator that show you in simple terms how to use your miles for award flights.
The website is easy to use and laid out well. It’s a great resource for beginners and old-timers alike. It’s free to use, and can give you fun ideas.
Do you already use AwardAce? Will you add it to your list of go-to reference sites?
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