Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

by on June 14, 2011 · 37 comments

in Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska, American, Award Charts, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Continental, Delta, Emirates, Flying Blue, JetBlue, KLM, Qantas, United, US Airways, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic

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I thought it would be convenient to have a page that TPG readers can bookmark with links to the award charts for the major frequent flyer programs. This is by no means a final list, as I’ll continuously be updating the page (feel free to comment below with the links to any other program or ideas on ways to enhance this post). This list will be part of a resource page which I’ll be launching shortly. If you have any other ideas, please comment below.

Air Canada (Star Alliance)
Air Canada and Star Alliance Award Chart
Star Alliance Upgrade Chart
Partner list
Notes: Air Canada allows “around the world” routing, which means you can travel to Asia via Europe (and stop while in Europe). See Around The World rewards. Also, most awards increase on July 15, 2011.

Air France/KLM (Skyteam Alliance)
FlyingBlue Award Chart
Partner Award Chart
Skyteam Upgrades

Notes: FlyingBlue runs Promo Awards, that can be great values at 50% less miles needed. Air France is a transfer partner of American Express.

Airtran (soon to be a part of Southwest) – Award information.

Alaska Airlines
Alaska Award Chart
Partner Award Chart
Alaska Upgrades
List of Partners

American (Oneworld Alliance)
American Award Chart

American Upgrade Chart
Oneworld and Partner Award Chart

Distance based Oneworld multi partner Award Chart
Oneworld Upgrade Chart
List of partners

Notes: Amounts shown are for one-way flights. Note: Only American awards can be booked online – you must call to book partner awards, though I recommend using the British Airways and Qantas search engines to find Oneworld availability.

British Airways (Oneworld Alliance)
British Airways Award Chart
British Airways + 1 Oneworld Award Chart
One Oneworld Partner Award Chart
Multiple Oneworld Partner Award Chart
Upgrade Mileage Chart
List of partners: OneworldOther
Notes: I did an entire series on maximizing British Airways miles. They are also a transfer partner of American Express and the Chase Sapphire Preferred CardGeneral tipsPost 1 – Booking BA Awards, Post 2 – Booking Partner Awards, Post 3 – Oneworld Alliance, Post 4 – Taxes and Fees, Post 5 – Household Accounts, Post 6 – Companion Ticket, Post 7 – Using ExpertFlyer for Partner Award Availability, Post 8 – The Art of the Stopover, Post 9 – Leveraging Miles and Cash Redemptions, and Post 10 - Using to Find Oneworld Award Availability.

Cathay (Oneworld Alliance)
Cathay and Partners Award and Upgrade Chart (List of partners is available underneath the partner award chart)

Continental (Star Alliance)
Continental and Star Alliance/Partner Award and Upgrade Chart for travel booked before June 15, 2011
Continental and Star Alliance/Partner Award and Upgrade Chart for travel booked after June 15, 2011
List of partners
Notes: Starting June 15, Continental will allow one-way awards. Until then, you can instantly transfer Continental miles to United, before they merge at some point in 2012 (or possibly late 2011). Check out this post on recent upgrades. I also recommend using the ANA tool for complete Star Alliance availability. Continental is a transfer partner of American Express until September 30, 2011. Continental is also a transfer partner of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Delta (Skyteam Alliance)
Delta and Skyteam/Partner Award Chart
Upgrade Awards
List of Partners
Notes: One-way awards are the same price as roundtrip. Delta has three tiers and the online award engine is broken. See also : Maximizing Stopovers, Open Jaws and Transfers on Quirks and How to Work Around Them, Now Shows Delta Awards, 10 Tips on Using Delta SkyMiles. Delta is a transfer partner of American Express and they usually have 10-50% transfer bonuses.

Flight and Upgrade Calculator
List of partners

Frontier – Award Chart. Frontier is a transfer partner of American Express.

JetBlue - No award charts, points are a fixed value – around 1 cent per point. More info. JetBlue is a transfer partner of American Express.

Qantas (Oneworld Alliance)
Qantas and Partner Classic Flights Points Calculator / Chart
Upgrade Chart
Partner list

Singapore (Star Alliance)
Singapore Award Chart
Partner Award Chart
Singapore Upgrade Chart
Star Alliance Upgrade Chart
Partner list
Note: Singapore is an American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner.

Southwest- No award charts – fixed value, $1 towards flights is between 60 and 120 points. More info.

United (Star Alliance)
United and Star Alliance/Partner Award for travel booked before June 15, 2011
United and Star Alliance/Partner Award for travel booked after June 15, 2011
United Upgrade Awards after June 15, 2011
Star Alliance Upgrade Awards after June 15, 2011
List of partners
Notes: only has a few Star Alliance partners, so I recommend using to book awards. I also recommend using the ANA tool for complete Star Alliance availability.

US Airways (Star Alliance)
US Airways Award Chart
Star Alliance/Partner Award Chart
US Airways Upgrade Chart
Star Alliance Upgrade Chart
Partner list
Notes: is bad at showing partner awards. All SaverPass awards on should be bookable using US Airways miles – you just have to call in to secure them. I also recommend using the ANA tool for complete Star Alliance availability.

Virgin America
Fixed value – see more information. Points are usually worth 1.6-2.1 cents towards airfare.

Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic Award Calculator
Virgin Atlantic Upgrades
Partner List
Note: Virgin Atlantic is a partner of American Express Membership Rewards, but it may make sense to transfer to Continental or ANA because they may have lower point thresholds and/or fees.

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  • Jack

    Tremendously helpful. Thanks!

  • anon

    very useful. thanks

  • Sam

    Very useful and helps a lot to find everything in one place. Keep up the good work TPG !!

  • Adam K

    Useful indeed thanks for consolidating it all

  • Joe

    This is great, thank you!

    Another resource that might be helpful is a page like this linking to route maps. I find myself stumbling around a lot on Google looking for them. In particular, I’d be interested in any cases where you know of a better route map that the one on the regular site… some, such as LAN for example, are near impossible to use, and I’d bet there are better ones somewhere else if only I could find them.

  • anon

    bookmarked this! thank you

  • Coloradodude

    Great idea, Just a thought,you might add an “award chart” link to the Categories tab on the right side of your web page.

  • gavinmac

    Great idea. Thanks. A single page with all the route maps might also be helpful.

  • Jason

    Nice! Even better, print them all to one long PDF file with tabs so we can put it in Dropbox. That way all award charts are available instantly from either your computer or smart phone (at least the iPhone).

  • David

    Into my bookmarks this goes!

  • AAP

    Thanks TPG – this is helpful. With the popularity of Amex MR points, travelers now have the ability to book award flights on airlines that provide the best redemption levels within an alliance (ex. United customers booking via Aeroplan or ANA instead). It would be helpful to see a single table that listed per airline the mileage required for redeeming awards for each region. This would be an easy way to compare the best redemption award rates across multiple carriers for similar routing. I had planned to do this but just have not found the time to do so :-)

  • M

    Bookmarking now…THANKS!

  • James

    Joe – there is a site that does this, although it is limited – for LAN in N/S America, try:

  • Karan

    Wjust curious, but what is the Cathay Companion ticket award? I saw it under the Cathay link

  • ken

    Many thanks – very helpful – please also consider adding a section/ page for each airline/alliance on how to book rewards on partner airlines.

  • Tom

    This is great and bookmarked. And way too many places to look. I need to go from Seattle to Buenos Aires. Does anyone happen to know which airline has the best deals in that direction. I can get any airline club miles. Thanks.

    PS I found this site through Discover Buenos Aires Blog.

  • glenn

    WOW, I have learned so much since finding and following your blog, thanks for all the information!
    p.s. I live in Tokyo and enjoyed reading your about your recent trip.

  • Ted

    This is awesome. Thanks.

    Anyone have experience with MR points transfer to Singapore Airlines and how long it takes for miles to show? Thanks.

  • The Points Guy

    Thanks all- glad you are finding this useful. I’m taking note of all comments, so keep them coming

    @Ted- usually about 24 hours. For more info

  • Jeffrey

    Thanks so much!

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  • Andrew

    You have started to note it on some, but can you notewho is a partner with AMEX MR, *wood and other CCs like Chanse sapphire.

    Even better, a chart for mileage transfers would be awesome.

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  • Pedrothefisherman

    VIRGIN ATLANTIC ARE THE WORST AIRLINE. Dont have to say this but feel a duty to let you all know.. sorry but they are PANTS. They have no US customer services you get put through to the UK. Hello time differnce issues. Plus they are not helpful at all and show no sympathy on issues they could easily fix or assist with. I will never fly them again.. Virgin america is ok.. but iits a differnt company. Be warned.. stay away from VA. Good luck :)

  • Gpapadop

    This is great, thanks! It would be even cooler if you can somehow add the following to it: 1)Award holds available? If yes, how long? 2) Fees for changes, close ticketing, etc…u catch my drift. Make it THE most comprehensive page for all awards…that we go here first:-)

  • courtney

    I’m interested in purchases a oneworld distance based award and am a bit confused. From the award charts above it seems that a business class ticket flying 25,000-35,000 miles will cost 190,000 if purchased from AA and will cost 280,000(140,000 x 2) miles if purchased from British Airways. Their economy tickets seem to be the same, so am I reading the BA chart correctly? thanks!

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  • Nisha Baxi

    wow i just discovered this site and i love this post. thank you thank you. do you have a post like this for hotels?

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  • Katleg

    I would love it if you could update this post as a lot of the links do not work anymore. Thanks!

  • Kurt

    The Star Alliance Upgrade Chart link under United is dead.

  • Malkounis

    Hello PointsGuy, I have a question is there a chart to show how many miles you need to fly with Virgin Atlantic partners, I don’t see it on Virgin’s webiste? Do you know of a link?

  • Luxpc

    Thanks a lot ! It is priceless info!

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  • TutuB

    This is an awesome list/article…any chance this can be updated?? Lots of dead links, etc.

  • Za

    US Airways needs an update (no longer star alliance)

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