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Updates to Calculator

On this page we publish the updates we make to the calculator. Any time we add new data or we change the way the  calculator works we will post an update here.

Use the award rate calculator to do a search on any route, or click here if you're looking for suggestions on how to use your miles.

Another Transfer Tool

In addition to calculating how many miles you will receive when you a transfer your credit card or hotel points to a frequent flyer miles program, you can now also determine how many points you need to transfer to reach a specific miles goal.

Just enter how many miles or avios you need and select your frequent flyer program and hotel or credit card program and click on "calculate".

6 February, 2017

More Transfer Options Added

We have added Best Western Rewards and Choice Privileges Rewards to our growing list transfer programs. You can see how many miles/avios you will receive from transfers on this page.

As well, we automatically figure out how many points you need to transfer from partner programs for each award rate calculation. Just click on the orange "transfer" button to see how many points are needed from each program on the award results page.

We have also brought the transfer rates and partners for American Express Germany up to date.

3 February, 2017

New Open Transfer Calculator

We have added a new transfer calculator that allows you to determine how many miles or avios you will get when you transfer your points into your frequent flyer programs. We try to keep track of as many relationships as possible.

Try out the new calculator here and see what your credit card loyalty points and hotel loyalty program memberships can do for you!

The new transfer calculator can be found here.

Also, we have added Ritz-Carlton Rewards to our transfer calculator. Ritz-Carlton members can transfer points to a long list of frequent flyer programs.

30 January, 2017

Aer Lingus AerClub Calculator Added

Aer Lingus' frequent flyer program AerClub uses the avios as its frequent flyer currency. The program is partnered with British Airways and Iberia of Spain, meaning that members can redeem flights on those route networks as well.

As with the other avios programs there are some attractive short-haul possibilities since the rates in economy off-peak start at 4,000 avios for a one-way redemption, for example Dublin to London. But even the distance to cross the Atlantic from Dublin is relatively short so that a Dublin-Boston or even Madrid-New York award ticket can be redeemed for only 26,000 avios round-trip in economy off-peak.

16 January, 2017

Alaskan Own Metal Switch to Distance Chart

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan recently introduced distance based charts for its own flights on the North American continent. This makes many short haul flights a bit cheaper than before. One-way flights can be redeemed for as little as 5,000 miles in the main cabin.

Previously the program had its award charts organized by zones and the least expensive redemption was 7,500 miles one-way.

14 January, 2017

New Page with Collected Redemption Intel

We've launched a new page that gives you access to anecdotal research we've done over time. We systematically collect information on every destination combination and frequent flyer program and this Intel Page is an attempt at making the information available to the general community.

As always we encourage you to send us your experiences and knowledge so that we can share with the miles collectors at large.

22 December, 2016

Flying Blue Rates Up to Date

Our Flying Blue calculator (KLM, Air France and SkyTeam) needed an update. Not only did the rates need some adjusting but there were also some small changes in the zones. Africa is now divided into two zones whereby the southern part of Africa is zoned together with the islands in the Indian Ocean; most of the rest of Africa has its own zone. There are a few countries in the north of Africa that fall into the Europe 3 zone.

Most of the rates that changed went up, especially the flex rates for business class. But a few of the short-haul rates in Europe actually decreased.

Flying Blue has very large North America zone that includes Mexico and the Dutch Antilles (including Suriname). You can theoretically fly from Anchorage to Paramaribo in Suriname for only 25,000 miles round trip in economy (that's a distance over 6,000 miles each way).

15 December, 2016

Alitalia MilleMiglia Update

The MilleMiglia Skyteam awards chart was recently devalued; we have updated our calculator to reflect this. We have also added an "Alitalia only" calculator, which has different pricing than the partner table. Round trips between North America and Europe have great value at 50,000 and 80,000 miles respectively in economy and business.

For example:

8 December, 2016

Big Etihad Update

Etihad Guest has redemption possibilities with over 20 airline partners. Etihad Guest members can use their miles to redeem flights on all these partners.We have done an update of our "own metal" Etihad calculator and we have added the following calculators for Etihad Guest miles. These partner programs all have their own redemption calculators:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Seychelles
  • airberlin
  • Alitalia
  • ANA - All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Etihad Regional
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • GOL
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • Korean Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Oman Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • South African Airways
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • Ukraine International Airlines UIA
  • Virgin Australia

Some of the Etihad calculators are based on an algorithm, meaning the actual distance flown is multiplied by a factor. This factor changes within the same program, depending on the distance. There can be some sweet spots in the award table, for example, with partner Czech Airlines it is cheaper to fly from Prague to Almaty (actual distance 2,920 miles) than it is from Prague to Erevan (actual distance 1,607 miles). 

16 October, 2016

New Zones Visualization Functionality

We have added a map visualization of the zones based frequent flyer programs. Select the frequent flyer program and then the zone to see all the destinations displayed on a map.


31 May, 2016