Knowing how much an award costs with each airline loyalty program — and which programs collect fuel surcharges — can help you maximize the value of your frequent flyer miles. Sometimes one program will charge thousands of miles less than another or offer a more convenient itinerary.
Begin by entering your origin and destination airports below:
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- Air Canada Aeroplan
- Air France/KLM Flying Blue
- Alaska Mileage Plan
- American AAdvantage
- ANA Mileage Club
- Avianca LifeMiles
- British Airways Executive Club (Avios)
- Cathay Pacfic Marco Polo Club (Asia Miles)
- Delta SkyMiles
- Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Korean Air SKYPASS
- Lufthansa Miles & More
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- United MileagePlus
How It Works
Using the form at the top of this page, enter the three-letter IATA airport codes for your origin and destination. The Award Maximizer will match these to the award charts of 14 different airlines and return the cost of an award ticket. Note that sometimes an airline may have different prices for its own flights and flights operated by a partner. Discounts are displayed for short-haul awards and some seasonal awards.
The results page also has icons next to each loyalty program, which represent transfer partners to move points from another program such as Starwood Preferred Guest, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards. Hover your cursor on the icon to view the exact transfer rate.
Finally, links are provided at the bottom of each loyalty program to help you find award space and book a ticket. These walk through information like applicable fees, routing rules, alliance partners, and how to find award inventory. (Some resources are in progress.)
Here’s an example of a the results for United MileagePlus after searching from Seattle (SEA) to Hong Kong (HKG). MileagePlus has different prices for travel on United Airlines and on Star Alliance partners. The regions matching Seattle (Mainland U.S.) and Hong Kong (South Asia) are indicated, which may be helpful for identifying mistakes.
Be advised that an airline may publish an award to a geographical region, but it may not operate flights to the exact airport you requested. I have attempted to exclude most of these erroneous results. To confirm that a city is served by regularly scheduled flights, a tool like ITA Matrix or OpenFlights.org may be useful.