I haven’t seen this pulled together anywhere (forgive me if I missed it), but I’ve often looked for this:
I’ve pulled together the number of miles required for all major US airlines to destinations around the world from the Continental US, and pointed out any bargains in the group. You’ll see that Avios and LAN pop up a couple of times. You can view the Avios distance-based award chart here. LAN also has a distance-based award chart, which you can view here. With LAN, remember that you’re looking at Kilometers on that chart — divide that in half to get the number of miles required. You can transfer Starwood points into LAN, but keep in mind that 1 Starwood point gets you 2 LAN kilometers. The 5,000 point bonus is also doubled. So 20,000 Starwood points gets you 50,000 LAN kilometers.
All miles below are roundtrip.
I’ve also left out options with a fuel surcharge. ANA, for example, has a distance-based award chart with some good mileage values on it, but it’s pretty useless because of the fuel surcharges.
If I’ve missed anything in here, please let me know and I’ll be happy to correct.
|Destination (from North America)||Alaska Airlines||American Airlines||Delta Air Lines||Hawaiian Airlines||United Airlines||US Airways||Best Option
|North America (Coach)||25000||25000||25000||25000||20000 (under 700 miles); 25000||25000||Avios (on AA or Alaska): 9000 miles for trips up to 1300 miles
LAN (on AA): 12000 KMs (6000 miles) flights under 600 miles r/t; Aeroplan Short Haul is 15k;
US Airways (if you have their credit card) is only 20,000 miles within US
|North America (Business)||50000||50000||45000||50000||50000||50000||LAN/Avios for short-haul; Delta for all others|
|Hawaii (Coach)||40000||35000 (off-peak); 45000 (peak)||40000||40000||40000||40000||AA off-peak; US Airways with credit card; Avios from West coast|
|Hawaii (Business)||75000||75000||75000; 85000 in BusinessElite||80000||80000||80000||Avios from West coast|
|Caribbean (Coach)||35000||25000 (off-peak); 35000 (peak)||35000||35000||35000||25000 (off-peak); 35000 (peak)||AA/US Airways off-peak; Avios with nonstops|
|Caribbean (Business)||60000||60000||60000||70000||60000||50000 (off-peak); 60000 (peak)||US Airways off-peak; Avios nonstop|
|Central America (Coach)||35000||30000 (off-peak); 35000 (peak)||35000||35000||35000||35000||AA off-peak; Avios nonstop on AA|
|Central America (Business)||65000||60000||60000||70000||60000||60000||AA/DL/UA/US; Avios nonstop|
|Northern South America (Coach)||35000||30000 (off-peak); 35000 (peak)||45000||50000||40000||35,000 (off-peak); 60000 (peak)||AA off-peak; LAN (equivalent of 24000 miles)|
|Northern South America (Business)||60000||60000||90000||100000||70000||60000 (off-peak); 100000 (peak)||Alaska/AA/US (off-peak); LAN (equivalent of 50,000 miles)|
|Southern South America (Coach)||40000 (off-peak American); 50000 (LAN); 60000 (peak)||40000 (off-peak); 60000 (peak)||60000||50000||60000||35,000 (off-peak); 60000 (peak)||US Off-peak; LAN (equivalent of 35,000 miles)|
|Southern South America (Business)||90000||100000||100000||100000||100000||60000 (off-peak); 100000 (peak)||US Off-peak; LAN (equivalent of 75,000 miles)|
|Europe (Coach)||40000 (off-peak American); 60000 (peak)||40000 (off-peak); 60000 (peak)||60000||55000||60000||35,000 (off-peak); 60000 (peak)||US (off-peak); Hawaiian (via Delta); Flying Blue (one-way to Europe on Delta is 25k); Avios to Dublin on Aer Lingus (25k from Boston; 40k from Chicago/NYC)|
|Europe (Business)||75000 (Icelandair); 90000 (Delta)||100000||100000||110000||100000||100000||Avios via Aer Lingus to Dublin (50k from Boston; 80k from Chicago/NYC); Alaska (via Delta); Aeroplan is 90k to Western Europe|
|Africa (Coach)||80000||75000||80000 (100000 to South Africa)||80000||80000||70000||US Airways|
|Africa (Business)||120000||150000||120000 (140000 to South Africa)||160000||120000||110000||US Airways|
|Middle East/India (Coach)||80000||90000||80000||80000||80000||80000||Pretty Similar Across the Board|
|Middle East/India (Business)||120000||135000||120000||160000||120000||120000||Pretty Similar Across the Board|
|Northern Asia (Coach)||50000 (Japan, off-peak American); 60,000 (Cathay)||50000 (Japan, off-peak); 65000 (peak); 70000 (China)||70000||80000||65000||65000||AA's Japan off-peak|
|Northern Asia (Business)||100000 (Japan)/110000 (China)||120000||160000||120000||90000||US Airways|
|Southeast Asia (Coach)||60000 (Cathay)||70000||80000||80000||65000||80000||Alaska (Via Cathay)|
|Southeast Asia (Business)||100000 (Cathay)||110000||120000||160000||120000||120000||Alaska (Via Cathay)|
|Australia/South Pacific (Coach)||80000 (Delta; Air Pacific)||75000||100000||120000||80000||80000||American (via Qantas)|
|Australia/South Pacific (Business)||105000 (Delta)||125000||150000||210000||135000||110000||Alaska (on Delta)|