Best High Value Flight Redemptions With Credit Card Points

Best High Value Flight Redemptions With Credit Card Points In 2024

Let’s jump right in to some of my favorite low cost, max value redemptions that are possible with credit card points! These are redemptions I would personally make and recommend to people! Note that not all of these cost charts explicitly mention the associated taxes and fees that come with an award redemption. These fees vary by route so it’s hard to give exact numbers.

Since these redemptions are so good, the competition for them is high and they will probably be hard to find. If you are struggling to find them, take a look at some of my tips for finding award flights.

Table of Contents

ANA Business and First Class Between the US and Japan


Best Booking Program

The best program to book ANA is Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Unfortunately, Virgin does pass on fuel surcharges, so expect $200+ in fees for a one way ticket.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between west coast and JapanBusiness45,000 miles
Between west coast and JapanFirst72,500 miles
Between central/east coast and JapanBusiness47,500 miles
Between central/east coast and JapanFirst85,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West Coast and CentralEast Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 105/106)Washington D.C. (IAD) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 101/102 & NH 7028/7029)
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (NH 5/6)Chicago (ORD) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 111/112 & NH 7006/7009)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 107/108 & NH 7011/7010)Chicago (ORD) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (NH 11/12)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (NH 7/8 & NH 7012/7013)New York (JFK) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 109/110)
Seattle (SEA) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 117/118)
Honolulu (HNL) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 185/186)
Honolulu (HNL) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (NH 183/184)
Houston (IAH) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 113/114)

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Virgin Atlantic is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Citi TYP, Chase UR, Capital One Miles, and Bilt Rewards.

How To Book

You must call Virgin Atlantic at 0344 209 2722 to book the award.

Notes

  • Virgin passes on fuel surcharges. Expect to pay $200+ one way for each award ticket
  • The Room/The Suite are only offered on routes with the 777 (JFK)
  • Virgin Atlantic is only good for booking direct flights to/from Japan. Not recommended to use Virgin when your final destination is not Japan/US
  • Virgin Atlantic often has transfer bonuses from all point currencies

Japan Airlines Business and First Class Between US and Japan


Best Booking Program

The best program to book Japan Airlines is through American Airlines AAdvantage Program. Booking through Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is not as cheap but in certain cases can be a better deal if you can take advantage of Alaska’s free stopover benefit. Both Alaska Airlines and American Airlines do not pass on fuel surcharges so you can expect to pay <$100 in fees for a one way award ticket.

Cost

Booking Through American Airlines Cost
RouteCabinCost
Between US and JapanBusiness60,000 miles
Between US and JapanFirst80,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip
Booking Through Alaska Airlines Cost
RouteCabinCost
Between US and JapanBusiness75,000 miles
Between US and JapanFirst110,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West Coast / CentralEast Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Tokyo (HND) | (JL 15/16)New York (JFK) <> Tokyo (HND) | (JL 3/4 & JL 5/6)
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (JL 61/62)New York (JFK) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (JL 8005/8006)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Tokyo (HND) | (JL 1/2)Boston (BOS) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (JL 7/8)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (JL 57/58)Chicago (ORD) <> Tokyo (HND) | (JL 9/10)
Seattle (SEA) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (JL 67/68)
San Diego (SAN) <> Tokyo (NRT) | (JL 65/66)
Dallas (DFW) <> Tokyo (HND) | (JL 11/12)
East Coast To Japan in Business For Only 60k Miles Booking Through American Airlines
JAL First Class For 110k Miles Booking Through Alaska Airlines

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Unfortunately no credit cards can transfer to American Airlines. The only credit cards that earn AAdvantage miles are Citi AAdvantage cards or the Barclays Aviator cards. There’s also Bask Bank which can earn AAdvantage miles.

Bilt Rewards is the only program that can transfer to Alaska Airlines. The other credit cards that earn Alaska miles are the Bank of America Alaska Visa personal card and business card.

How To Book

You can book online at alaskaair.com and aa.com.

Notes

  • First Class only offered on the 777 (LAX/JFK/SFO)
  • Not as good value when including intra Asia segment
  • Free cancellation except for $12.50 partner booking fee
  • Alaska offers free stopovers

Star Alliance Business and First Class Between US and Europe


Best Booking Program

The best program to book Star Alliance flights between US and Europe is Avianca Lifemiles. Avianca charges reasonable fees departing from the US but charges much more in fees when departing from Europe. For example IAD -> MUC will have an additional $26 in fees but the reverse MUC -> IAD will have an additional $137 in fees! This is not including the extra $25 fee charged when making award bookings online.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US and EuropeBusiness60,000 / 63,000 miles
Between US and EuropeFirst87,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West CoastEast Coast
Lufthansa Business from Long Angeles (LAX) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | (LH 450/451 & LH 456/457) | 63,000 milesLufthansa First from Washington D.C. (IAD) <> Munich (MUC) | (LH 414/415 & LH 9280/9281) | 87,000 miles
Lufthansa Business from San Francisco (SFO) <> Munich (MUC) | (LH 7995/7996 & LH 458/459) | 63,000 milesLufthansa Business New York (JFK) <> Frankfurt (FRA) | (LH 400/401 & LH 404/405) | 63,000 miles
Swiss Air Business from San Francisco (SFO) <> Zurich (ZRH) | (LX 38/39 & LX 3208/3209) | 63,000 milesSwiss Air Business from New York (JFK) <> Geneva (GVA) | (LX 22/23) | 63,000 miles
Swiss Air Business from Los Angeles (LAX) <> Zurich (ZRH) | (LX 40/41) | 63,000 milesSwiss Air Business from Miami (MIA) <> Zurich (ZRH) | (LX 64/65) | 63,000 miles
United Business from San Francisco (SFO) <> Paris (CDG) | (UA 984/990) | 63,000 milesUnited Business from New Jersey (EWR) <> London (LHR) | (UA 883/934 & UA 15/110 & UA 17/904) | 60,000 miles
United Business from Los Angeles (LAX) <> London (LHR) | (UA 230/231 & UA 923/935) | 63,000 milesUnited Business from New Jersey (EWR) <> Brussels (BRU) | (UA 998/999) | 63,000 miles
Scandinavian Business from Los Angeles (LAX) <> Copenhagen (CPH) | (SK 931/932) | 63,000 milesScandinavian Business from Boston (BOS) <> Copenhagen (CPH) | (SK 927/928) | 60,000 miles
Scandinavian Business from San Francisco (SFO) <> Copenhagen (CPH) | (SK 935/936) | 63,000 milesScandinavian Business from Chicago (ORD) <> Stockholm (ARN) | (SK 945/946) | 63,000 miles
Lufthansa First Between Washington D.C. and Munich For 87k Miles
United Airlines Business Between London and LA for 80k Miles
Swiss Air Business Between San Francisco and Zurich for 63k Miles
Scandinavian Business Between Boston and Copenhagen For 60k Miles

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Avianca is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Citi TYP, and Capital One Miles.

How To Book

You can book online at lifemiles.com. You can change the language to English using the button with the circular flag in the upper right hand corner.

Notes

  • Not good for complex layovers
  • Expensive cancellation and change fees
  • Additional taxes and fees can get expensive departing from Europe

Starlux Airlines Business Class Between The US and Taipei


Best Booking Program

The best program to book Starlux Business Class is Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US and TaipeiBusiness75,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Taipei (TPE) | (JX 1/2)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Taipei (TPE) | (JX 11/12)
Seattle (SEA) <> Taipei (TPE) | (JX 31/32)
Seattle route launching on August 16, 2024
New York To the Maldives For Only 70k Miles on QSuites!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Bilt Rewards is the only program that can transfer to Alaska Airlines. The other credit cards that earn Alaska miles are the Bank of America Alaska Visa personal card and business card.

How To Book

You can book online at alaskaair.com.

Notes

  • Non saver availability is plentiful but costs 175k miles one way
  • Free cancellation except for $12.50 partner booking fee
  • Alaska offers free stopovers

Delta One Business Class Between The US and Europe


Best Booking Program

The best program to book Delta One Business Class is through Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Virgin Atlantic has two award charts for Delta. There is a dedicated award chart for flights between the US and the UK and another one for non UK routes. The sweet spot is for non UK routes because it’s 50,000 miles one way in Delta One Business class and ~$5 in fees.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US and Europe (non UK)Business50,000 miles
Central and East Coast US and UK (standard season)Business47,500 miles
Central and East Coast US and UK (standard season)Business57,500 miles
West Coast US and UK (standard season)Business67,500 miles
West Coast US and UK (peak season)Business77,500 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West CoastCentral / East Coast
Salt Lake City (SLC) <> Amsterdam (AMS)Atlanta (ATL) <> Barcelona (BCN)
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Paris (CDG)New York (JFK) <> Rome (FCO)
US To Europe In Delta One Business Class For 50,000 Miles!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Virgin Atlantic is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Citi TYP, Chase UR, Capital One Miles, and Bilt Rewards.

How To Book

You can book online at virginatlantic.com.

Notes

  • Partner Delta availability can be hard to find
  • Virgin Atlantic has transfer bonuses often from all point currencies

United Airlines Polaris Business Class Between The US and Australia


Best Booking Program

Award travel between the US and Australia is notoriously difficult so this may be harder to find availability but it’s a great deal.

The best program to book United Airlines Polaris business class is Avianca Lifemiles. You can book through ANA for cheaper but it’s more difficult and has more restrictions so I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re experienced.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US West Coast and AustraliaBusiness80,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Sydney (SYD)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Brisbane (BNE)
Los Angeles To Sydney In Business Class For 80,000 Miles!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Avianca is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Citi TYP, and Capital One Miles.

How To Book

You can book online at lifemiles.com. You can change the language to English using the button with the circular flag in the upper right hand corner.

Notes

  • Not good for complex layovers
  • Expensive cancellation and change fees
  • Lifemiles has frequent transfer bonuses from Amex, Citi, and Capital One

Eva Air Business Class Between The US and Asia


Best Booking Program

This is a more niche redemption but Eva Air has a terrific sweet spot through their own Infinity MileageLands program. You can fly between the US west coast and anywhere in Asia for 75,000 miles in business class. If you’re in central or east coast US, the cost is 80,000 miles which is still a terrific deal.

While it may be more inconvenient adding a layover in Taipei, the good thing is that Eva Air has a fantastic business class experience. Another big benefit is that Eva Air has really good award availability through its own program as compared to partners like United and Air Canada.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US West Coast and AsiaBusiness75,000 miles
Between Central/East Coast US and AsiaBusiness80,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West CoastCentral/East Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Singapore (SIN)Houston (IAH) <> Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Jakarta (CGK)New York (JFK) <> Bangkok (BKK)
** includes layover in Taipei (if final destination is not Taipei)
New York To Bangkok In Business Class For 80,000 Miles!
Los Angeles To Singapore In Business Class For 75,000 Miles!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Eva Air is a 1:1 transfer partner with Citi TYP and a 1:0.75 transfer partner with Capital One Miles

How To Book

You can book online at evaair.com.

Notes

  • You can technically book Star Alliance partners through Eva Air too but it’s prone to have issues and not recommended
  • The extended award availability is good for getting more than 1 seat on a flight where you can book the first seat through Aeroplan then a second seat through Infinity MileageLands

Cathay Pacific Business Class Between The US and Asia


Best Booking Program

This is another niche redemption but Finnair has a terrific sweet spot for booking Cathay Pacific business class through their Finnair Plus program. You can fly between any of Cathay’s US hubs and anywhere in Asia for 75,000 miles and ~$200 in fees in Cathay Pacific business class.

The biggest downside to this is that Finnair is at the mercy of Cathay releasing business class award availability to partners. You’ll have an easier time finding award availability paying more miles and booking through Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
US and AsiaBusiness75,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West CoastCentral/East Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Singapore (SIN)Chicago (ORD) <> Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Jakarta (CGK)New York (JFK) <> Bangkok (BKK)
** includes layover in Hong Kong (if final destination is not Hong Kong)
Hong Kong To New York In Business Class For 75,000 Miles!
Manila To New York In Business Class For 75,000 Miles!
Taipei To New York In Business Class For 75,000 Miles!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Finnair is a 1:1 transfer partner with Capital One Miles. However, Finnair uses Avios as its point currency and you can transfer Avios from British Airways, Qatar, Iberia, and Aer Lingus to Finnair. All major credit card currencies transfer directly 1:1 to one of these 5 Avios programs.

How To Book

You can book online at finnair.com.

Notes

  • Finnair’s award search is not the greatest. I’d recommend using Qantas’ award calendar search to get dates then plug the date into Finnair to search

Emirates Business Class and First Class Between The US and Europe


Best Booking Program

Emirates operates some famous fifth freedom routes involving the US that don’t have crazy high fuel surchages. If the A380 is operated on these routes, it’ll be the easiest and cheapest way to experience Emirates first class with the inflight shower!

The best program to book Emirates Business Class and First Class is through their Skywards Program. You can also book through Air Canada Aeroplan but Aeroplan uses dynamic pricing with Emirates awards and often times will not be cheaper than booking through Skywards.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between Newark and AthensBusiness87,000 miles
Between Newark and AthensFirst102,000 miles
Between New York (JFK) and MilanBusiness87,000 miles
Between New York (JFK) and MilanFirst102,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

East Coast
New York (JFK) <> Milan (AMS) | EK 205/206
Newark (EWR) <> Athens (ATH) | EK 209/210
New York To Milan In First Class For 102,000 Miles!
Newark To Athens In Business Class For 87,000 Miles!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Emirates is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Citi TYP, Chase UR, Capital One Miles, and Bilt Rewards.

How To Book

You can book online at emirates.com.

Notes

  • Emirates switches off between the A380 and 777-300 on these routes

Air France and KLM Business Class Between The US and Europe


Best Booking Program

The best program to book Air France and KLM Business Class is through their Flying Blue Program. Use the Air France version since it’s more reliable.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Air France Business Class between US and ParisBusiness50,000 miles
KLM Business Class between US and AmsterdamBusiness50,000 miles
Air France/KLM Business between US and EuropeBusinessStarting from 55,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West Coast and CentralEast Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Paris (CDG) New York (JFK) <> Amsterdam (AMS)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Madrid (MAD)Boston (JFK) <> London (LHR)
New York To Amsterdam For Only 50,000 Miles!
San Francisco to Madrid For Only 55,000 Miles!
Los Angeles To Paris For Only 50,000 Miles!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Flying Blue is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Citi TYP, Chase UR, Capital One Miles, and Bilt Rewards.

How To Book

You can book online at airfrance.us.

Notes

  • Air France/KLM use dynamic pricing so prices can vary based on date and route
  • Flying Blue allows free stopovers but you must call in to book
  • Award availability is usually pretty good 1 year out and you can find 4+ seats sometimes
  • Use the Air France calendar trick to easily search for award space
  • Flying Blue often has transfer bonuses from all point currencies

Qatar Airways QSuites To The Maldives or South Africa via Doha


Best Booking Program

The best program to book Qatar Business Class is American Airlines AAdvantage Program.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US and DohaBusiness70,000 miles
Between US and Maldives with layover in DohaBusiness75,000 miles
Between US and Cape Town with layover in DohaBusiness75,000 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West Coast and CentralEast Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 739/740 & QR 741/742)New York (JFK) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 701/702 & QR 704/705 & QR 9000/9001)
San Francisco (SFO) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 737/738)Chicago (ORD) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 725/726)
Seattle (SEA) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 719/720)Atlanta (ATL) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 755/756)
Dallas (DFW) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 729/730 & QR 731/732)Boston (BOS) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 743/744)
Washington D.C. (IAD) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 707/708 & QR 713/714)
Miami (MIA) <> Doha (DOH) | (QR 777/778)
Doha (DOH) <> Cape Town (CPT) is QR 1369/1370 and Doha (DOH) <> Maldives (MLE) is QR 675/676 & QR 670/675 & QR 672/673
New York To the Maldives For Only 70k Miles on QSuites!
Seattle to Cape Town For Only 75k Miles on QSuites!
Seattle to Doha On QSuites For Only 70k Miles and $7.65 in Fees!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Unfortunately no credit cards can transfer to American Airlines. The only credit cards that earn AAdvantage miles are Citi AAdvantage cards or the Barclays Aviator cards. There’s also Bask Bank which can earn AAdvantage miles.

How To Book

You can book online at aa.com.

Notes

  • American Airlines doesn’t allow free stopovers on award bookings

Star Alliance Business Between US and Asia via ANA


Best Booking Program

The best program to book Star Alliance Flights or partner flights to Asia is through ANA Mileage Club. Although ANA offers amazing redemption rates, the drawbacks of booking through them are that you have to book a round trip and that they have pretty steep fees.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US and East AsiaBusiness115,000 miles
Between US and East AsiaFirst215,000 miles
Between US and Southeast AsiaBusiness135,000 miles
Between US and Southeast AsiaFirst245,000 miles
**All prices for round trip

Example Routes

West Coast and CentralEast Coast
Eva Air Business From Los Angeles (LAX) <> Taipei (TPE) | (BR 25/26)Asiana Airlines Business From New York (JFK) <> Seoul (ICN) | OZ 221/222 & OZ 223/224)
Singapore Airlines Business From San Francisco (SFO) <> Singapore (SIN) | (SQ 31/32 & SQ 33/34)ANA Business From Chicago (ORD) <> Tokyo (HND) | NH 111/112 & NH 7006/7009
Los Angeles to Singapore Round Trip In Business Class For 130k Miles!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Amex MR is the only credit card program that can transfer to ANA.

How To Book

You can book online at ana.co.jp.

Notes

Star Alliance Business Between US and Asia via Aeroplan


Best Booking Program

One of the best programs to book Star Alliance Flights or partner flights to Asia is Air Canada Aeroplan. Air Canada has very reasonable fees with most award tickets charging <$100 in fees.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US and East AsiaBusiness75,000 miles
Between US and Southeast AsiaBusiness87,500 miles
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West CoastEast Coast
Eva Air Business From Seattle (SEA) <> Taipei (TPE) | (BR 25/26)Singapore Airlines Business From New York (JFK) <> Singapore (SIN) | (SQ 23/24)
ANA Business From Los Angeles (LAX) <> Tokyo (HND) | (NH 105/106 & NH 7542/7543 & NH 125/126)Asiana Business From New York (JFK) <> Seoul (ICN) | (OZ 221/222 & OZ 223/224)
Singapore Airlines Business Class From New York to Singapore For 87.5k Miles
Eva Air Business Class From Los Angeles to Taipei for 75k Miles
Eva Air or ANA Business Class From San Francisco to Bangkok for 87.5k Miles
Asiana Airlines Business Class From Seattle to Seoul For 75k Miles

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Air Canada Aeroplan is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex MR, Chase UR, Capital One Miles, and Bilt Rewards.

How To Book

You can book online at aircanada.com.

Notes

  • Stopover costs 5,000 miles
  • Can combine partners on same itinerary

Turkish Airlines Business Class Between the US and Istanbul


Best Booking Program

The best program to book Turkish Airlines is their own program: Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles. There are 2 award charts: a promotional award chart (which has the much cheaper rates) and the regular award chart. Flights with promotional award pricing are very hard to find. The majority of flights returned online will show the regular award chart pricing. Turkish Airlines does impose some pretty steep fees that can be more than $200.

Cost

RouteCabinCost
Between US and TurkeyBusiness65,000*
*Prices shown are for promotional award chart pricing
**All prices for one way trip

Example Routes

West CoastEast Coast
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Istanbul (IST) New York (JFK) <> Istanbul (IST)
Turkish Airlines Business Class From San Francisco To Istanbul For 65,000 Miles!

Credit Card Transfer Partners

Turkish Airlines is a 1:1 transfer partner with Capital One, Citi, and Bilt.

How To Book

You can book online at turkishairlines.com. If adding a stopover or booking other Star Alliance partners, you must call their office at 1-800-874-8875.

Notes

  • Promotional pricing awards are very difficult to find
  • Can only book online if the entire itinerary is flown on Turkish Airlines
  • Allows free stopover

Conclusion


There are some really incredible value redemptions that can be made with points. In my opinion, these are probably the most popular and most worth it redemptions out there. So the next time you’re lost on how to use your points, consider using your points on one of these amazing awards!

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