Tool For Finding Least Mileage Needed For Paricular Award Travel?
It seems to me that there are almost as many different award "fares" as revenue fares for any given route.What I mean is that, since each loyalty program has its own reward chart, territory definitions, etc., the cost -- in miles/points -- for any given route varies widely. Is there are tool out there that tells you which programs charge what amount for a particular itinerary so that one doesn't have to check each program (or memorize it all as gleff seems to have done)? If not, if someone creates such a tool, I will be the first to sign up.
Location: Massachusetts, USA; AA Plat (2.86MM), DL GM and Flying Colonel (0.93MM); SPG Gold
Originally Posted by ckpeter
Yes. Generally speaking, award seats on one airline can be redeemed by any other mileage program in the same alliance (plus any other airlines that may be partners).
Occasionally, an airline may choose to make more seats available to its own members, but even that only applies to a minority of seats available.
Some airlines open seats to their own members sooner than to partner members. In at least one case this has been justified by saying the airline's own system allowing bookings a year (maybe minus a day or two) in the future while the partner's system only goes out eleven months - but whatever the real reason, it has the effect of locking partners out of the most desirable award flights.
Location: Austin, TX -- AA PLT 2.8MM+ (life PLT); IHG PLT Ambassador; UA Gold
Originally Posted by HoKo
Cool tool, very useful. Have you published access to the new tool with updated zones yet or are you waiting till it's completed?
Also, how are you dealing with airlines such as DL that have low,medium, high award prices depending on date?
I don't have a site to host anymore so haven't published anything new (SLF took over the old app years ago)
The tool doesn't check availability or routing it just shows how many points are needed between two airports (it works best for zone-based awards). The miles required for distance based awards (eg. oneworld) can be calculated but you must put in the intermediate airports. It does show both offpeak/peak AA awards though for example.