The problem with [AirFrance] FlyingBlue’s replacement of an award chart with a Miles “calculator”, is that you don’t know which flights are the cheapest, until you think to search for the route… Then you find out the price.
So I set out to make an award chart of my own for FlyingBlue, which has required more grouping and generalization than I predicted. I’ll be posting the new Award Chart, and my findings soon.
However, while I was simultaneously working on the Maps of Least and Most Touristy Countries, I realized that I could also use maps to display award prices.
Thus, this post has a map for economy and business class award prices for each country (that was searchable with the calculator).
How It Works
The three cities from which I chose to display all miles prices are New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles.
They mostly represent three divisions for price differences: East, mid-west, and West. In general, when I search for miles prices from Seattle, it tends to be the exact same price as LA, so I use LAX as the example for the west coast.
Similarly, when I search flights in Denver, Chicago, or Houston, they tend to be the same price as Dallas, so I used DFW to represent the mid-west.
And while I use JFK to represent the east, I’ve found that there are sometimes differences in prices with Atlanta and Miami… especially when looking at flights to Latin America.
1) I didn’t do US and Canada because the prices vary greatly by city.
Plus, I’ll still be posting the award chart and other related info.
2) YMMV. Some countries do not show up on the calculator, but do show up in search results when you go to make an actual booking.
3) I do not include First Class prices, because they are so absurdly high, it’s not worth showing.
Award Prices from USA East
Award Prices from USA Mid:
Award Prices from USA West:
This may be less detailed than an actual award chart, but given that the grouping of countries and the difference in price for each city, this is the best way I can think of for displaying prices.
Because, while I plan on posting the award chart, “Africa” can mean different things depending on where you fly out of.
So hopefully this will be a good supplement.
Over all, I think there are some great prices!
Especially from NYC/East Coast, I think these are the best Europe prices. Basically all of Europe is teal, and 20,000 to 21,000 miles in economy.
And as you can see, that includes many countries in Northern Africa. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Israel, Armenia… Often for 21,000 to 25,000 miles!
Even better, sometimes routes are 50% with Promo Award sales.
Also great for business class. For example, all the routes are 53,000 miles in business class.
Another great deal is much of Africa in economy. Flights to South Africa, and much of the continent for 34,000 miles.
But! More to come on the new Flying Blue award chart later.