You can go to Brunei, a small kingdom hidden away in Southeast Asia, by using miles from Air Canada, United, or U. Therefore, book your award with a stopover in Auckland (for example) and then to Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, or Tonga. For the exceptions, miles can get you close—and then you travel overland to your final destination, or fly on the one airline that goes there. Ask Your Question Below I often get behind on responding to site comments (although I do read all of them, and I reply to all emails).For two days, I’ll answer any question or review any draft itinerary that comes from a comment on this post.Meanwhile, I’ll be working on a plan to get my second million miles from American Airlines… *** Update: I’m finished answering questions on this post, but I’ll still help whenever I can on Twitter.
Here are a few links to current ones: If you don’t see the one you want, just Google “[airline name] frequent flyer award chart” or check the website for the specific program.
Miles are also wasted for low-value redemptions and expensive “Standard” awards designed by the airlines to reclaim your hard-earned mileage currency. Use your miles only for “Saver” awards that would otherwise cost a lot of money. The basic goals of award redemptions are a) always consider partner airlines when redeeming miles, and b) always try to get the best possible value for your miles.
To accomplish both of these goals, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the tools of the trade: will tell you how many miles are required for any particular redemption. Route maps are fun for dreaming and education—you need to have a destination in mind, and you need to educate yourself on how you can get there.
Except for a few special cases, once the miles are in your airline loyalty program, your only sensible option is to spend them from there (Some programs do let you transfer your points to someone else, but normally with very high fees that are rarely worth while.
A few programs let you transfer out, often to hotel programs, but almost always at very poor rates so you'd loose 90-odd % of your miles in the process) There are a handful of exceptions though, and Virgin Australia is one of those! You can transfer (for a small penalty) to Singapore Airlines, see this blog for a good overview, or the terms and conditions.
Every program has one except Delta, which lives in a world of its own (long story).