Best Frequent Flyer Award Values

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A list, by frequent travel program, of the best valued frequent flyer award currently available.

Airline Programs

Alaska Mileage Plan

  • 90,000 - World Business Class US to Asia (on NW)
  • 80,000 - World Business Class US to Europe (on NW)
  • 75,000 - Business F US to S. America (on CO)
  • 100,000 - Business US to Australia (on Cathay or Qantas)
  • 30,000 - US to Mexico (on AS with GREAT availability)

Air Canada Aeroplan

  • 25,000 - North America with Stopover allowed anywhere (AC Metal only)

Air France/KLM Flying Blue

  • varies - One-way awards (for half the miles of a round-trip award)
  • 25-50% off "Webawards" updated every 3 months or so for specific destinations booked online only. Check the FB special offers page to see the latest destinations. Except for intra-European awards, feeder flights (i.e. from/to LHR, FRA, ATH...) to AMS or CDG are included (possible to add ATH to a CDG-NGO award or AMS-BOS, but not to a CDG-FCO or AMS-TXL award...). These awards are only for travel during certain 3 month periods sustainable furniture and are non-changeable non-refundable.

Alitalia MilleMiglia

  • 50,000 - US to Armenia/Azerbaijan/Israel/Jordan/Syria

American Airlines AAdvantage

AA Award Chart

  • 25,000 - US49 to/from Caribbean/Mexico off-peak
  • 30,000 - North America to/from Central America/Northern South America off-peak
  • 40,000 - North America to/from Southern South America off-peak
  • 50,000 - North America to/from Japan off-peak

BMI Diamond Club

  • cash and miles- possible to redeem Star Alliance awards for half the mileage and the rest for a fixed cash amount. Also available for C and F

British Airways

  • 25,000 - US to London (RT upgrade from Premium Economy to Business Class)

(details: https://www.britishairways.com/travel/ecredeemupgradecash/execclub/_gf/en_us )

  • 20,000 - UK to Israel, Cyrpus, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria

Delta Skymiles

  • 50,000 - Economy class Europe to Hawai'i

(Now 70,000 miles under the new award scheme - I mean chart... Any good values left on DL?!)

120,000 - Business Class North America to Asia (use Delta's partner airlines for best Business Class value)

Lufthansa Miles&More

  • 15,000 - FlySmart economy intra-Europe award only for travel booked within 2 weeks of departure (beware of high fuel charges included in the taxes)


United Mileage Plus

  • 5,000 - an intra-island r/t award ticket on Island Air (formerly available with Aloha) (No longer 5k... 10k now.  :( - 8Jan09)
  • 20,000 - intra Asia (no longer)
  • 7,000 - day pass at any Red Carpet Club
  • 90,000 - Business class ticket from North Asia to Africa (No longer 90k... 120k now.  :( - 8Jan09)

(Doesn't leave much, eh?)

SAS EuroBonus

  • 12,000 - r/t in Economy between Scandinavian countries (also between Scandinavia and the Baltic countries). This also applies to Longyearbyen/Svalbard.

US Airways

Off-Peak Awards:

25,000 Coach/50,000 First Class - Between the continental U.S. or Canada and the Caribbean 9/1/2008 to 9/30/2008

35,000 Coach/60,000 Envoy - Between North America or Hawaii and Europe 1/15/2009 to 2/28/2009

Hotel Programs

Starwood Preferred Guest

  • certain properties allow cash and points redemptions


Credit Card Programs

American Express Membership Rewards

  • 150,000 - 12 free Southwest one-way tickets and a Companion Pass for a year

-AMEX NO LONGER PARTNERS WITH WN-  :(

Alliances

below is the outdated information, you detail you could go to any one of the SA member's website to download the award chart. as far as i know it takes 120,000 to 140,000 - Business US to Asia.

Star Alliance

  • 90,000 - Business US to Asia
  • 25,000 - Coach intra S. America
  • 20,000 - intra Europe (includes places like Russia, Cyprus and Turkey)