Valuable Airline Miles for US Residents

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Valuable Airline Miles for US Residents

(“Partner awards allowed” – Example: Alaska Airlines miles can be used to book flights with designated partners by calling Alaska Airlines)

Major Players:

  • Alaska Airlines – Mileage Plan
    • Hubs: Seattle, Portland, Anchorage, Los Angeles
    • No alliance, but many partners
    • Partner awards allowed – includes Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, Air France, Aero Mexico, LAN, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qantas, and a few other airlines
    • One way awards allowed – starting at 12,500 miles
    • Credit card option:
      • Bank of America – Alaska Airlines Visa Signature
  • American Airlines – AAdvantage
    • Hubs: Dallas, Chicago, Miami, JFK, LAX
    • One World Alliance
    • Partner awards allowed – includes Iberia, Cathay Pacific, LAN, JAL, Qatar Airways, Qantas, among others
    • One way awards allowed – starting at 12,500 miles
    • Credit card options:
      • Citibank – AAdvantage World MasterCard (Executive or Platinum Select)
  • British Airways – Executive Club
    • Hub: London Heathrow, London Gatwick
    • One World Alliance
    • Partner awards allowed – see American Airlines partners
    • One way awards allowed – starting at 4,500 miles
    • Credit card option:
      • Chase – British Airways Visa Signature
  • Delta Air Lines – SkyMiles
    • Hubs: Minneapolis, Detroit, LaGuardia, JFK, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo
    • Sky Team Alliance
    • Partners awards allowed – includes Air France, KLM, China Airlines, Alitalia, among others
    • Round-trip awards required – starting at 25,000 miles
    • Credit card options:
      • American Express – Delta SkyMiles (Gold, Platinum, or Reserve)
  • United Airlines – MileagePlus
    • Hubs: Denver, Newark, Chicago, Washington Dulles, Cleveland, Houston, LAX, San Francisco, Tokyo
    • Star Alliance
    • Partner awards allowed – includes Air Canada, Asiana Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, among others
    • One way awards allowed – starting at 12,500 miles
    • Credit card options:
      • Chase – United MileagePlus (Awards or Explorer)
  • (US Airways – Dividend Miles)
    • Hubs: Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington Reagan, Phoenix
    • Star Alliance – US Airways merges with American Airlines in March of 2014 – US Airways miles become AA miles (One World Alliance)
    • Partner awards allowed – see United and AA partners
    • Round-trip awards required – starting at 25,000 miles
    • Credit card option:
      • Barclays – US Airways World MasterCard

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Budget Airlines:

  • Frontier Airlines – Early Returns
    • Hub: Denver
    • No alliance – no partners
    • Round-trip awards required – starting at 20,000 miles
    • Credit card option:
      • Barclays – Frontier Airlines World MasterCard
  • Hawaiian Airlines – HawaiianMiles
    • Hubs: Honolulu, Kahului
    • No alliance, but many partners
    • Partner awards allowed – includes ANA, AA, China Airlines, Korean Air, JetBlue, Virgin America
    • One way awards allowed – starting at 7,500 miles for inter-island flights
    • Credit card option:
      • Barclays – Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard
  • JetBlue – TrueBlue
    • Focus Cities: Boston, Newark, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, San Juan (PR)
    • No alliance, but many partners
    • Partner awards allowed – includes BA, AA, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, JAL, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Etihad, among others
    • One way awards allowed – starting at 5,000 miles
    • Credit card option:
      • American Express – JetBlue Card
  • Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards
    • Focus Cities: Denver, Dallas, Houston, LAX, Phoenix, Atlanta
    • No alliance – no partners
    • One way awards allowed – starting at 1,800 miles
    • Credit card option:
      • Chase – Rapid Rewards Plus Visa
  • Spirit Airlines – Free Spirit
    • Hub: Fort Lauderdale
    • No alliance – no partners
    • One-way awards allowed – starting at 2,500 miles
    • Credit card option:
      • Bank of America – Spirit Airlines World MasterCard
  • Virgin America – Elevate
    • Hub: San Francisco (secondary: LAX)
    • No alliance, but partner awards allowed – Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia
    • One way awards allowed – starting at 2,500 miles
    • No current credit card option
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