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Japan Airlines (JAL) Miles Award Charts & Rules

The Extreme Maximizing of JAL Miles

Whenever I've done posts comparing the prices across different programs I've already found that JAL Miles are among the lowest, but today I'll show you how to potentially double the value of these already great miles.

 

As you'll see, I first try to figure out the rules preventing me from abusing maximizing this program with stopovers, stops in my home town, open-jaws, etc... Once I figure out the rules, I have ideas for loop-holes, then I do tests. Then I either find "deals", or I find a new rule.

These fundamentals are things I'm going to apply to other distance based programs as I work my way across every program, which I'm dissecting for my day job.

 

No one reads this...

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Asia Miles Award Charts & Routing Rules

Asia Miles Award Charts & Routing Rules

Once again, I realized that there was no published Asia Miles partner award chart (which is different than the OneWorld Multi-Carrier Award Chart), and so I decided to make and quick publish the Asia Miles Partner Award Chart, alongside the Cathay and OneWorld Multi-Carrier.

Plus, I'll briefly communicate routing/stopover rules for each award chart.

Asia Miles is a transfer partner of Amex MR, Citi TY points, and Cap 1 (at 1,000:750).

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British Airways Avios: Award Efficiency Rating

British Airways Avios: Award Efficiency Rating

"Drew, what in the world is an award efficiency rating, and how does British Airways Avios have one? Did you just make this up?"

Yes, I did. But get used to it! Because I'm going to be doing posts with efficiency ratings more often!

And not just British Airways Avios, but for many programs. In fact, I got the idea working on an upcoming JAL post.

So this post is really just to introduce the concept of an "award efficiency rating".

Let me explain what it is, and what cool things you can discover from it (using Avios)...

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5 British Airways Award Charts

Explaining the 5+ British Airways Avios Award Charts

To compliment the recent post on Iberia's 7 Award Charts(!), I wanted to give all 5 of the British Airways Award Charts as well.

Given that you can transfer between them, that's 12 award charts you can "choose from"- (have to weed through).

Plus, BA Avios is one of the easiest mileage currencies to earn: you not only have the BA credit card, but can transfer from Amex MR, and Chase UR.

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The 7 Iberia Avios Award Charts

The 7 Iberia Avios Award Charts

While I'm working on award charts, I wanted another preliminary post that tackles one of the oddest airline programs - the Avios family.

Today I wanted to go over the 7 award charts for redeeming Iberia Avios, because the prices are often different than British Airways (BA) Avios.

There are ample earning opportunities - You can not only transfer to Iberia Avios from Amex MR and Chase UR. However, you can also transfer Avios between BA, Aer Lingus, and Iberia.

Plus, sometimes Iberia Avios can be used to avoid BA fuel surcharges.

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Japan Airlines (JAL) Miles Award Charts & Rules

Japan Airlines (JAL) Miles Award Charts & Rules

Right now I'm digging into JAL Miles and before I do a post on the best uses, I wanted to give an overview of their four award charts.

I have made condensed, easier to read charts and a map for JAL flights, and will generally explain which award chart you use for which redemption.

I also made a chart showing which chart is better under which distance range, the JAL Miles "OneWorld Award Chart" or the "Partner Award Chart".

I'll give a list of partners, and a brief overview of the rules.

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About Drew Macomber

Starting A New Chapter

I've got a big announcement... And I'm going to tell you about it, and I'm going to do it in my typical overly-honest way.

 

In 2010 I started a wordpress blog. In 2011 Carrie and I took our millions of miles (and little else) and booked a oneway ticket to Asia.

We really had no idea where that journey would take us. If you've followed along, you know that it took us all over the world. That journey - of full-time globetrotting and living in hotels for years - was nothing short of fantastic!

Read more
Japan Airlines (JAL) Miles Award Charts & Rules

Whenever I've done posts comparing the prices across different programs I've already found that JAL Miles are among the lowest, but today I'll show you how to potentially double the value of these already great miles.

 

As you'll see, I first try to figure out the rules preventing me from abusing maximizing this program with stopovers, stops in my home town, open-jaws, etc... Once I figure out the rules, I have ideas for loop-holes, then I do tests. Then I either find "deals", or I find a new rule.

These fundamentals are things I'm going to apply to other distance based programs as I work my way across every program, which I'm dissecting for my day job.

 

No one reads this...

Read more
Asia Miles Award Charts & Routing Rules

Once again, I realized that there was no published Asia Miles partner award chart (which is different than the OneWorld Multi-Carrier Award Chart), and so I decided to make and quick publish the Asia Miles Partner Award Chart, alongside the Cathay and OneWorld Multi-Carrier.

Plus, I'll briefly communicate routing/stopover rules for each award chart.

Asia Miles is a transfer partner of Amex MR, Citi TY points, and Cap 1 (at 1,000:750).

Read more
British Airways Avios: Award Efficiency Rating

"Drew, what in the world is an award efficiency rating, and how does British Airways Avios have one? Did you just make this up?"

Yes, I did. But get used to it! Because I'm going to be doing posts with efficiency ratings more often!

And not just British Airways Avios, but for many programs. In fact, I got the idea working on an upcoming JAL post.

So this post is really just to introduce the concept of an "award efficiency rating".

Let me explain what it is, and what cool things you can discover from it (using Avios)...

Read more
The 7 Iberia Avios Award Charts

While I'm working on award charts, I wanted another preliminary post that tackles one of the oddest airline programs - the Avios family.

Today I wanted to go over the 7 award charts for redeeming Iberia Avios, because the prices are often different than British Airways (BA) Avios.

There are ample earning opportunities - You can not only transfer to Iberia Avios from Amex MR and Chase UR. However, you can also transfer Avios between BA, Aer Lingus, and Iberia.

Plus, sometimes Iberia Avios can be used to avoid BA fuel surcharges.

Read more
Japan Airlines (JAL) Miles Award Charts & Rules

Right now I'm digging into JAL Miles and before I do a post on the best uses, I wanted to give an overview of their four award charts.

I have made condensed, easier to read charts and a map for JAL flights, and will generally explain which award chart you use for which redemption.

I also made a chart showing which chart is better under which distance range, the JAL Miles "OneWorld Award Chart" or the "Partner Award Chart".

I'll give a list of partners, and a brief overview of the rules.

Read more
About Drew Macomber

I've got a big announcement... And I'm going to tell you about it, and I'm going to do it in my typical overly-honest way.

 

In 2010 I started a wordpress blog. In 2011 Carrie and I took our millions of miles (and little else) and booked a oneway ticket to Asia.

We really had no idea where that journey would take us. If you've followed along, you know that it took us all over the world. That journey - of full-time globetrotting and living in hotels for years - was nothing short of fantastic!

Read more
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