A comprehensive directory of award charts for key frequent flyer programs

GUIDE: Using Points
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME TO READ: 5 minutes
POSTED: October 12, 2017
UPDATED: December 7, 2017
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Relevant to Multiple Programs

You have been working hard to build up your points balances, have read our best uses of points guides, and now have your eye on a specific redemption.

But have you been in the same situation as me that you just can’t work out where to easily find the correct price on the frequent flyer program’s website? Given the myriad of tables and links that they publish, it can seem to be an attempt to confuse and discourage us from using our points for free/discounted travel.

Well, I’ve had that problem a number of times before too, so I’ve collated the links to the award charts for key frequent flyer programs used in New Zealand into just one place – here.

Why this guide is important

First of all, understand that those in the US win in the global frequent flyer game – all distances are measured in miles, not kilometres.

To calculate the distance between two airports, I’d recommend Great Circle Mapper.

Some frequent flyer programs like Qantas and Velocity have their own calculators, which are a little more exact for their redemptions but GCMap won’t be far off.

Auckland-Sydney

GCMap calculates Auckland to Sydney as 1,345 miles while Velocity puts it at 3 miles shorter – not a big deal in the scheme of things, but it can make a difference if you’re right between one award bracket and another

If you want to compare pricing across a number of programs at once, you may consider a tool like AwardAce but note that they are not always 100% accurate, so be sure to come back to this list to confirm the correct pricing on the program’s official site.

Lastly, devaluations by programs are announced periodically (the first half of 2017 saw Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Avianca LifeMiles, Malaysia Airlines Enrich and MilagePlus all change their redemption values), so we will update this guide with links to the most current award charts so that you are able to accurately plan your award travel.


Air New Zealand Airpoints

Flights with Air New Zealand and on select codeshare routes are easy to figure out – 1 Airpoints Dollar will equal $1 NZD worth of flight value. There is no need to bother with award charts.

To redeem with one of their partners, including other Star Alliance airlines, you’ll need to refer to their partner award chart. This chart will also apply to any Air New Zealand leg combined with a partner redemption.

United

It’ll cost you less Airpoints Dollars to fly United to San Francisco than with Air New Zealand

Qantas Frequent Flyer

Qantas has four award charts depending on which airline/s you are flying with:

Did you know it is cheaper to fly the same distance on Emirates than on most other Qantas Frequent Flyer partner airlines?

Velocity Frequent Flyer

Compared to Qantas, Velocity has just two award charts, again depending on which airline you are flying with:

  • Table 1 (cheaper): for travel on Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand (Trans-Tasman services), Alitalia, Delta Airlines, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Samoa
  • Table 2 (more expensive): for travel on airberlin, Air New Zealand (New Zealand domestic and long-haul services), Capital Airlines, Etihad, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and South African Airways

Check out our guide to Velocity’s partners for changes affecting redemptions on Air New Zealand, HNA Group airlines (Hong Kong Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines), Singapore Airlines and Virgin America in the second half of 2017.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Alaska has a quite simple and attractive award chart for travel on its own aircraft as well as partners such as Qantas, Fiji Airways, and Cathay Pacific:

American Airlines AAdvantage

AAdvantage keeps it easy-to-understand with just two award charts for:

British Airways Executive Club

My recommendation is to cut through all the muddle and use the following award chart broken down by distance and peak/off-peak pricing:

Note: all non-British Airways and Iberia partner flights are always priced at the peak level.

Avios redemptions can be hard to price if just using the BA website but buying Avios for last-minute redemptions in Qantas Business and Economy Class can represent excellent value

British Airways no longer publishes an award chart and has a really poor Avios calculator.

It is further complicated by peak and off-peak pricing for British Airways and Iberia flights. You can view the calendar by going to this page and clicking on the ‘Working out the cost’ tab and then ‘Learn more and view the British Airways peak and off-peak calendar’.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Of Asia Miles’ four award charts, you really only need to be interested in the:

  • Asia Miles Awards Chart: for travel on one carrier or two carriers (Cathay Pacific must be included in the latter)

If you want to go around the world, then you might want to check out the:

Etihad Guest

Etihad Guest doesn’t publish an award chart for Etihad flights, so to calculate the redemption cost of your flight, go to the:

For Virgin Australia flights, see the fixed-price:

For all other partners like American Airlines and Jet Airways, go to the:

JAL Mileage Bank

Japan Airlines has a number of award charts, of which the most useful may be the ones for:

Note that there are discounted redemptions if you fly on certain days of the week.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

KrisFlyer has the most award charts out of all of the programs listed here but the most important three are:

While the 15% online booking discount was removed in March 2017, KrisFlyer no longer applies fuel surcharges to redemptions on Singapore Airlines flights

If you’re travelling on Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic or another partner airline, check out the:

If you want to go around the world, then you might want to check out the:

United Airlines MileagePlus

United has a quite handy:

but you can also check out the following award chart for travel following MileagePlus’ devaluation:

Note that there is a difference between pricing on United and non-United (i.e. Star Alliance) flights.


Summing up

Being able to accurately price an flight redemption is important, especially when aiming transfer the correct amount of points from flexible points currencies like American Express Membership Rewards.

Feel free to comment below if you become aware of any updated award charts for any of the programs above, or any new programs altogether that you feel should be included.

A comprehensive directory of award charts for key frequent flyer programs was last modified: December 7th, 2017 by Matt Moffitt