Friday, May 15, 2009

Distance based award chart are not bad at all!

I always thought using distance based awards are big waste to my miles until I am planning this circle Europe Trip using AA oneworld OW35Y chart. you can fly up to 4000 miles and 16 segments with stopover at every city(u can only stopover once and transit twice at same city) for 35K miles in Economy.

The new rule includes all flying miles in the mileage calculation, but still not that bad. Here is my plan:

prg-bud-cdg(open jaw)mxp(stopover)-hel(stopover)-arn(stopover)-hel-waw(stopover)-bud(stopover)-prg

total flying miles 3994.


Peter said...

Hi, sounds a great deal if you travel several cities in EU. You book this online or call an agent? I would like to do the same thing, but need to have a thorough plan first. Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

u can not do it online, have to call AA agent.

what u need to is go to to plan ur trip first, then go to britishairways website to search availability, then call AA to book

Seth said...

There are a couple other programs that offer similarly good options for distance-based rewards. And there are some absolutely miserable ones, too.

ANA offers Virgin Atlantic flights from the Northeast to London in Upper Class for 63K return, compared to 100K for the exact same flights redeemed from Continental (Virgin themselves are in between.

Iberia also does a distance-based reward chart for their partner flights and has similar rates (33,600 points in Y for up to 4,000 miles). The problem comes when you try to go anywhere particularly far, especially RTW tickets. Those get crazy expensive in a hurry.

Tmtravelworld said...

I do notice ANA award chart and mentioned sevaral times on my blog, but the problem with me is getting ANA miles.

1 I don't have credit card that earns Membership rewards.

2 I don't fly with them, even if I do, the miles earning is too slow compare to United or BMI.

but if u have lots of membership reward points, ANA is a really good option to transfer.