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How To Find the Cheapest Award Redemption for a Flight

Chances are, like most frequent flyers, you have points in a hundred million frequent flyer programs, and it’s time to get from London to New York. Citi ThankYou points? British Avios? 😱 😱

TravelCodex has a nifty Award Maximizer tool that will find the cheapest redemption across different frequent flyer programs for a specified route. Because why spend 30,000 miles on United when it’s possible to only spend 10,000 miles on Virgin Atlantic and keep all those 20,000 points for another rainy day?

No one in the world has time to remember 52 award redemption charts.

Currently, the tool only supports frequent flyer and reward programs listed below. It is definitely not a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all the programs out there, but it does cover a wide enough array to make it useful.

(If anything, it can be a decent gauge. Most airlines usually have similar pricing to other airlines in their alliance. For instance, ANA pricing can be indicative of its Star Alliance partners, but it doesn’t always follow along that rule.)

Airline Alliance
Air Canada Aeroplan Star Alliance
Air France/KLM Flying Blue SkyTeam
Alaska Mileage Plan Rebel Alliance1
American AAdvantage OneWorld
ANA Mileage Club Star Alliance
Avianca LifeMiles Star Alliance
British Airways Avios OneWorld
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles OneWorld
Delta SkyMiles SkyTeam
EVA Infinity MileageLands Star Alliance
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank OneWorld
Korean Air SKYPASS SkyTeam
Lufthansa Miles & More Star Alliance
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Star Alliance
United MileagePlus Star Alliance
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Rebel Alliance2

[There is no actual Rebel Alliance, for what it’s worth.]

2 footnotes

  1. Alaska has its own partners, though it tends to pair with a lot of OneWorld airlines.
  2. Like Alaska, Virgin Atlantic has its own partners.
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