I have a ton of miles in different programs. When I decide to book an award, I always review the award charts to figure out the sweet spots. However, that takes quite a bit of time. I know a lot of redemption charts off the top of my head, but sometimes I miss something. I found out about AwardAce on the weekend and I’m quite impressed with the tools they have.
What is AwardAce?
AwardAce compiles the award charts of multiple programs. When you search a city pair, it’ll spit out the miles required to redeem for such an award. I’ve previously used milez.biz, but I like the information display on AwardAce a lot more. You have the option to select class of service, one-way or round trip, and filter by alliance and transfer partners.
The results list the lowest and highest miles required for a redemption with different programs. For example, a search from Toronto to Dubai, one-way, in business class, yields the following results:
The image above shows Krisflyer requiring with the fewest amount of miles, at 57,500, followed by Elevate at 60,000. That surprised even me! As you can see, that’s a lower price than the 82,500 and 75,000 miles charged by Aeroplan and AAdvantage respectively.
Keep in mind that some miles are worth more than others. For example, I’d say 1 Elevate mile would be worth at least 1.5 Aeroplan in some circumstances. Thus, with the city pair above, the 60,000 miles required by Elevate may not be a better deal than Aeroplan.
As well, they have an approximate indicator of the taxes and potential fuel surcharges you have to pay, depending on which airline you’re flying. The taxes and fees display isn’t 100% accurate, but it’s a good guide if you have no idea and want to minimize your out of pocket cost.
When looking at the details with Aeroplan, for example, you can see:
- Transfer Partners are SPG and AMEX (but not Chase or Citi)
- Ethiopian (which is wrong), Lufthansa, and Austrian have higher surcharges than Turkish or United
Unfortunately, the engine isn’t advanced enough to give the cheapest redemptions for a complex multi-city award. When booking those awards, you’ll have to do some sleuthing of your own. I think this is tremendously useful for looking up the award prices for less common city pairs that I might need in the middle of a multi-city trip – for example closing an open jaw between SIN and DXB.
Check out AwardAce today!