Chart of Frequent Flyer Programs That Offer Lower Redemption Levels

Not all frequent flyer programs charge the same amount for a trip (you probably knew that). So I thought I’d start off the week with a chart of when you can save miles by using a different frequent flyer program to redeem miles for a flight. In other words, if you want to take a trip on Continental, is there a different program you should be using to actually redeem those miles?

In the chart below, I did not include any deals where you get charged a fuel surcharge, as paying $550 to save 10,000 miles seems silly. And, while this may not be fair, I’ve found LAN’s customer service (especially over the phone) is be so frustrating that I didn’t include them here, even though some of their mileage-based redemptions can be a good deal.

Let me know if there are any I’ve missed.

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  1. Jared,

    It was just recently reported on FT that the VS award for HA inter-island has been raised to 15k. I have not tested this but they have removed reference to the 6k from the website.

    Also, I believe the west coast to Hawaii awards (also on AS) using Avios are a minimum of 25k RT.