Below is a quick side-by-side comparison of the miles required for award tickets from various frequent flyer programs. This chart assumes that the continental U.S. is your departure point, and that your trip does not violate any blackout dates or restrictions. More miles may be required in order to fly during peak times, such as such major holidays. Conversely, some programs allow you to get award tickets for fewer miles if you are willing to travel during off-peak times.

This chart is unofficial, and is intended for comparison purposes only. To view the official award charts for these programs, visit the frequent flyer program websites on our links page.

Comparison of mileage required for a round-trip award ticket, departing from the continental U.S.

Program U.S., Canada Hawaii Mexico, Caribbean Central America Northern South America Southern South America Europe North Asia Southeast Asia India Middle East Africa South Pacific
American Airlines AAdvantage
25,000 45,000 (35,000) 35,000 (25,000) 35,000 (30,000) 35,000 (30,000) 60,000 (40,000) 60,000 (40,000) Japan: 65,000 (50,000), China: 70,000 70,000 90,000 90,000 75,000 75,000
US Airways Dividend Miles
25,000 40,000 35,000 (25,000) 35,000 60,000 (35,000) 60,000 (35,000) 60,000 (35,000) 60,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 70,000 80,000
Delta SkyMiles
25,000 40,000 35,000 35,000 45,000 60,000 60,000 70,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 80,000, South Africa: 100,000 100,000
United Mileage Plus (Saver Awards)
25,000 40,000 35,000 35,000 40,000 60,000 60,000 65,000 65,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 80,000

Updated on 5/8/2012

* Amounts in parentheses are for off-peak dates only