Where to find award charts

How to calculate award pricing for key frequent flyer programmes in New Zealand

GUIDE: Using Points
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME TO READ: 5 minutes
POSTED: May 9, 2019
UPDATED: May 9, 2019
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 where do you find these ‘award charts’?

Have you been in the same situation as me that you just can’t work out where to easily find the correct price for a redemption on the frequent flyer programme’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 programmes 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—the distances for most programmes are measured in miles, not kilometres.

Air New Zealand Airpoints is the interesting exception to this rule, with their partner chart being measured in kilometres. Kiwis are forever the trendsetters, so I am not too surprised by this move.

To calculate the distance between two airports, I’d recommend Great Circle Mapper. You can switch between miles and kilometres, depending on which award chart you’re looking at.

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

GCMAP example

GCMap calculates Melbourne to Hong Kong as 4,591 miles whilst Velocity puts it at 50 miles longer. That’s only an issue if the figures are near the cusp of a change in award zone, in which case you should go with what the official programme says

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

Lastly, devaluations by programmes are announced periodically – like Singapore Airlines and United MileagePlus in April 2019, as just two examples. Given that, I aim to update this guide with links to the most current award charts so that you are able to accurately plan your award travel.


Award charts for popular programmes for travellers in New Zealand

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:

Virgin Australia partners

  • Table 1 (cheaper): for travel on Virgin Australia, Alitalia, Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Delta
  • Table 2 (more expensive): for travel on Capital Airlines, Etihad, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and South African Airways

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

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.

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

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

Note the following:

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Asia Miles revamped its award charts in June 2018.

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

Etihad Guest

This programme 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 Hainan Airlines, go to the:

JAL Mileage Bank

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

Korean Air SKYPASS

Korean Air have two award charts that you need to know about:

Be sure you familiarise yourself with on/off peak periods.

This is a niche programme, so you may also like to start with our guide on award pricing and confirming route availability.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

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

Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class

Krisflyer does not apply fuel surcharges to redemptions on Singapore Airlines flights

If you’re travelling on 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 MilagePlus

United has dynamic pricing for their own flights, but still fixed pricing for their partners, which can be found using the:


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 programmes above, or any new programmes altogether that you feel should be included.

Where to find award charts was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Daniel Kinnoch