Mile Value Calculator

Sorry. The plug in I was using was taking too much of the site’s resources. Here’s the formula:

cents per mile value of award = 100 * (value of award – taxes & fees paid) / (miles used + miles foregone)

Plug in the four values and figure out how good your redemption is!
An explanation of how to use this calculator can be found here.

And a video of me explaining how and why to use it is here:

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  7. First of all, a big thanks to you for putting out all this useful information on your site. Really appreciated.

    Would love to get your expert input on my itinerary. And to see if I can squeeze further value out of this –

    Outbound: JFK-SFO-HNL-ICN-REP (HNL as a 3 day stop-over)
    Return: BKK-FRA-EWR

    Miles used – 650000
    Taxes: 88.61

    I would have preferred to snag a free 1-way (EWR-SEA for instance) instead of the stop-over, but was not able to get it to work on United.com website.

  8. Wow, now this is a slick tool. I’ve wanted to create something like this, so I’m glad to see you’ve already done it. I’ve nailed some sweet deals by moving Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest.

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  25. calculator doesn’t appear to be on the page any longer :(

    • Yes, I had to remove the plugin because it was causing my whole site to crash. I am looking in to new plugins that I can use. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  26. Hey Scott, any chance this will come back? Thanks.

  27. Is it basically (Ticket value+taxes/fees) / Miles (Used+Foregone)?

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  29. Please help. I can’t access the mile value calculator itself. Articles about it and explaining it yes. But not the actual calculator. The top tabs or links that you show in the articles arer not the same at the top of your blog that I am seeing in my browser (Chrome). Your help would be appreciated.
    STEVE

    • I had to remove it because it was causing the site to crash. The formula is (value of ticket – taxes and fees) / (mile used + miles foregone)

  30. Did I do it right? Flight is from LAX to Detroit with a stop in Dallas.

    Value – $400 (actual tickets are $487-556)

    Tax + Fees = $10

    Miles for Award = 50,000

    Miles Foregone = 4,486

    The number I get is .007157, but the formula says to multiply by 100 which is .71. So that is .71 of a cent right? Not 71 cents?

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