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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.)

Air Canada AeroplanStar Alliance
Air France/KLM Flying BlueSkyTeam
Alaska Mileage PlanRebel Alliance1
American AAdvantageOneWorld
ANA Mileage ClubStar Alliance
Avianca LifeMilesStar Alliance
British Airways AviosOneWorld
Cathay Pacific Asia MilesOneWorld
Delta SkyMilesSkyTeam
EVA Infinity MileageLandsStar Alliance
Japan Airlines Mileage BankOneWorld
Korean Air SKYPASSSkyTeam
Lufthansa Miles & MoreStar Alliance
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyerStar Alliance
United MileagePlusStar Alliance
Virgin Atlantic Flying ClubRebel 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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