This morning I published my first comparison of tools designed to help people find the programs that let you book awards for the least miles. Several readers then reminded me of a tool called Milez.Biz which I had forgotten to include in the comparison. That was a big miss since Milez.Biz looks promising.
I ran the same Philadelphia (PHL) to Johannesburg (JNB) search on Milez.Biz. Here is the table I presented this morning, but with Milez.Biz results included on the far right (note that I also added Virgin Atlantic which should have been included in the previous post):
|AwardAce||FlyerMiler||Travel Codex||Award Calc||Miles.biz|
|American Airlines Aadvantage||150||150||150||150||150|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||150||150||150||150|
|Alaska MileagePlan KLM, BA||140, 155, 160||155 to 160||125||140,160|
|ANA Mileage Club||104||170||104||104||104|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||145||145, 170, 190||140|
|JAL Mileage Bank||100||130 to 160|
|Korean Airlines SKYPASS||120||120||120|
|Lufthansa Miles & More||185||185||185|
|United MileagePlus||160||140 to 160||140 to 160||140 to 160||140 to 160|
On first blush, the addition of Miles.biz doesn’t look all that impressive. It missed the best available price on Alaska, Alitalia, and JAL. That said, it was the only tool besides the Award Calculator that found that you can use 120K Virgin Atlantic miles to book round trip business class on Delta (if lightning strikes and you find round trip saver level award availability).
More impressive, Milez.biz returned a huge number of results for my search: 49 separate programs! That’s far more coverage than the competitors which ranged from 8 to 15 results. Thanks to Milez.biz’s thoroughness, it identified more cheap results than were found previously. In addition to the results shown above, Milez.biz found the following programs in which a round trip business class award is available for less than 140K miles:
- Aegean Miles & Bonus: 110K
- China Airlines Dynasty Flyer: 120K
- Czech Airlines OK Plus: 120K
- Gol Smiles: 105K
- Turkish Miles & Smiles: 135K
As I mentioned this morning, there is more that I want from tools like these than just a list of the cheapest mileage options. I want to know about award booking rules, fuel surcharges, and more. I will delve into that kind of thing in future posts, and I’ll include Milez.biz in those analyses.