Mile Value Leaderboard

All numbers listed are cents per mile/point. This list will become comprehensive as I analyze more programs. Click on the program to see my in-depth analysis:

 

  1. US Airways Dividend Miles                                           1.95
  2. United Mileage Plus                                                        1.81
  3. American Airlines AAdvantage                                    1.77
  4. British Airways Avios                                                      1.70
  5. Southwest Rapid Rewards                                             1.43
  6. Delta SkyMiles                                                                  1.22

 

 

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  11. Just want to get new posts by email.

    • A lot of people get them that way–I think by signing up for the RSS feed at milevalue.com/feed. I don’t have a separate list set up to send email though. Maybe I should look into it, but I’m internet-illiterate.

    • What you want is an RSS-to-email service. These tend to go out of business eventually. A current one is “Blogtrottr.”

      • I think I have one. If you type in your email on the left side of the screen, you get one email a day with the latest posts.

  12. Ive got 70,000 hawaiin airlines miles. Don’t need hotel points. What’s value of hawaiin airlines compared to united or American?

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  28. Hey, just wondering if you have valued Starpoints for their value at Starwood hotels. I see above you note that the current valuation is for transfer and flying but SPG has a pretty good set of hotels and was wondering how you would value their use for them. Thanks!

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  33. I have to meet the $5,000 spending requiements by next week to get my Chase Ink 25,000 point bonus. Any suggestions on how I can do that in a week? Thanks

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  35. I personally believe that SPG points are the most valued because the flexibility of the program, nights and flights etc. Anyway I was wondering how the Chase points are rated so high on the list? I did start accumulating them again. BY the way your blog is really interesting and I wish I spoke to you at the FTU meetup. I saw you there but wasnt very faimilar with your blog.

  36. Scott, the value of a Chase Ultimate Reward point doesn’t appear on the Mile Value Leaderboard. Is this a glitch for me, or does this need a tweak? Thanks!

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  41. In your Mile Value Leaderboard you seem to only value coach tickets. If you look at business or first class international travel, the values will be quite different – with some points worth $.10 or more.

    • Click the links, and you’ll see how I valued them. I’m mainly valuing them on premium cabin redemptions, but not at the sticker price of those because I wouldn’t spend $10k on a ticket, so valuing a mile at 10 cents is intellectually dishonest.

  42. I know people don’t think much of Delta miles, but I find that they frequently provide good value. We live on the east coast and my wife’s parents live in Bozeman, MT, which has limited flight options (e.g., AA does not fly there, so those miles do me no good). I just redeemed 40,000 Delta miles for a ticket that would have cost $1,052.60. The flights are 1-stop in both directions and have a total flight time of 5 1/2 – 6 hours (layovers are 45-50 minutes in MSP). I could have bought tickets for different flights for about $725, but those tended to include 6:00 a.m. flights in one direction or the other, have 2-stops in both directions, and have total flight times of 8-9 hours (due to 2 – 2 1/2 hour layovers). I don’t know exactly how to value this redemption, but because I do assign some value to my time and convenience, I would probably value Delta miles higher than others — due to the opportunity for awards like this — even recognizing that they are generally worth less than other airline programs.

    • Since everyone has idiosyncratic redemption preferences, everyone has a different value and a different pecking order for miles’ worth. Mine are based on my preferences and what I perceive to be common preferences (like value in business class to Europe.) Thanks for your perspective and data point.

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  46. I know that you like US miles for their generous routing rules, but UA doesn’t nail you to the wall for any changes, allows you to easily book LH F (vs the ridiculously arduous process with US), allows half price one ways, also has award sweet spots (they just aren’t ex-USA). The one ways are particularly helpful when booking for 2–gives you lots of flexibility to find more availability. I would trade the 240k US miles in my account for UA miles at 1.95:1.81 in a heart beat. I’d do it at 1:1 in a heart beat.

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    Idea for an addition to the Resources section: a list of links to the major airlines’ award booking websites with up to date sub-lists detailing which partners are bookable on each. Delta just added Alitalia, for instance.

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  54. I’d love to see Alaska added to your list if you get the chance!

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  57. What do you think if the Capitol One Venture card as a value proposition compared to Amex

  58. Any change to united post-devaluation?

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  60. Hi, I am enrolled in two airlines from Oneworld- Iberia and Qatar. I would like to start accumulating miles from Oneworld members in one of these 2. Which one you would suggest considering that I am based in Brazil and flying to US or Europe is very much same distance and time. I also use Chase Sapphire CC and would like to help it top my airmiles. Thanks.

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