Sunday, May 12, 2013

Top 25: World’s best airlines for booking flights with frequent flier miles

World’s best airlines for booking flights using frequent flier milesWhen it comes to booking flights using your frequent flier miles, which airlines offer the best availability? The topic was recently covered by IdeaWorksCompany, with interesting results.

As part of the company's fourth annual ‘Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey’, more than 7,500 booking queries were entered into 25 airline frequent flier programme websites in March 2013.

The top routes for each airline were checked to assess reward seat availability, with a minimum of two seats needed for each outbound and inbound reward reservation query.

The survey results are listed below, with ‘% of total availability’ in brackets next to each airline (representing the frequency of queries which produced one or more available flights for a roundtrip pair of travel dates).

Note that the first three airlines are tied in first place with an impressive 100% score. In addition, the 5th, 13th and 20th positions are also tied.

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“Ongoing consolidation and capacity cuts continue to squeeze reward seat availability, and yet frequent flier programmes find ways to grow their membership and drive redemption,” said Daniel Farrar, CEO of Switchfly.

“While often viewed as a programme’s primary redemption benefit, reward seats need not be the final frontier. Travelers banking a percentage of the trillions of miles outstanding today have interesting options as more programs start to think ‘outside the cabin’ to include rewards through joint ventures and alliance partners, hotel nights, rental cars, other travel and retail purchases and even cash.”


  1. This is really interesting. SQ features highly. I didn't expect that.

  2. BA should not even be on the list. They have embargo dates that makes it impossible to schedule the flight as you wish. On the other hand AA is one of the easiest to use.


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