Comprehensive Spread Sheet of 8 Star Alliance Award Charts: Cheapest Awards to Hawaii, Alaska, within USA

You can use any type of Star Alliance miles to book any Star Alliance flight. The 27-member alliance has more than a dozen frequent flyer programs, many of which offer good or great deals on some routes.

I've taken the time to make a comprehensive spread sheet of eight programs' award prices from North America:

United (on United flights and on partner flights)
Copa
Asiana
Singapore
Avianca LifeMiles
Air Canada Aeroplan
Lufthansa Miles & More
ANA

These programs were chosen because they all have at least some awards that are really cheap.

Award Flights to Europe Next Week and All Summer

Award space is still available on several Star Alliance flights to Europe this summer!

Tons of space is bookable with United miles, Lufthansa miles, or miles from any other Star Alliance carrier.

A lot of people are contacting the MileValue Award Booking Service saying they'd love to head to Europe this summer but are resigned to waiting until next summer if there's no space.

US Airways to Have Oneworld and Star Alliance Partners Starting March 31, How to Take Advantage

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Earn 40,000 bonus miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee*
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One companion certificate good for up to 2 guests to travel with you on a US Airways

Booking Awards While Avoiding Fuel Surcharges with Aeroplan Miles to Central/South America

Part I Europe
Part II Asia
Part III Africa/Middle East
Part IV Australia/New Zealand
Part V Central/South America

Air Canada Aeroplan miles are roughly line with other award charts for travel to Central and South America, though a bit better value than United miles for awards to Southern South America (e.g. Brazil and Argentina).

Air Canada charges 60,000 miles (30k oneway) for roundtrip business class awards to Central & Northern South America and 85,000 miles (42.5k oneway) for first class awards.

Booking Awards While Avoiding Fuel Surcharges with Aeroplan Miles to Australia/New Zealand

Part I Europe
Part II Asia
Part III Africa/Middle East
Part IV Australia/New Zealand
Part V Central/South America

Air Canada Aeroplan miles were once a solid value for business class travel between the continental US/Canada and Oceania.

Booking Awards While Avoiding Fuel Surcharges with Aeroplan Miles to Africa/Middle East

Part I Europe
Part II Asia
Part III Africa/Middle East
Part IV Australia/New Zealand
Part V Central/South America

After Aeroplan’s summer 2013 devaluation, its award chart for travel to Africa and the Middle East (especially) became expensive relative to other carriers.

Aeroplan Roundtrip Award Chart from US/Canada

Sadly, United’s recent devaluation and Delta’s double devaluation brought Air Canada Aeroplan miles in line with the likes of United and Delta.

American's chart is decently priced for business class travel to the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

Booking Awards While Avoiding Fuel Surcharges with Aeroplan Miles to Asia

Part I Europe
Part II Asia
Part III Africa/Middle East
Part IV Australia/New Zealand
Part V Central/South America

Europe is an absolute award chart bargain compared to Aeroplan's mileage requirement for Asian travel. After Aeroplan's summer 2013 devaluation, its award chart for travel to Asia became very expensive relative to other carriers.

Sadly, United’s recent devaluation and Delta’s unprecedented double devaluation brought Air Canada Aeroplan miles in line with the likes of United and Delta.

Rare TAM First Class Space Now Bookable

One of the most impossible premium cabin awards to find is now bookable!

Star Alliance carrier TAM has released excellent first class award space between its hub in Sao Paulo, Brazil and New York-JFK & Miami. In all my experiences at our Award Booking Service, I've never seen a TAM first class award seat....ever.

Check out the searches below using the ANA tool for two passengers. Both are during peak travel dates to South America: the World Cup this summer and in December when the weather is delectably hot.

How to Request United to Manually Sell Award Seats

Here's how I got United to "manually sell" me award seats for an itinerary. While this technique is not possible in most circumstances, in my case, it turned no award into my dream award!

I was in the midst of constructing a simple roundtrip itinerary from the US to Europe when I ran into some big trouble.

United's online award calendar displayed Austrian award space on the only day I could return to the States.

United No Longer Displays Singapore Award Space. Here’s How to Find It

Per this thread on Flyertalk, United.com no longer displays Singapore Airlines award space. This abrupt announcement might seem like terrible news to award bookers, but it's more of an inconvenience than anything else.

United.com is the easiest way to search for Star Alliance award space. It's far from a perfect booking tool, however.