Champagne, steak, cake and laying flat, does that sound like your average transatlantic flight?? The craziest part is that it's easy and it can quite literally be FREE, all thanks to miles. Since earning them is easy, we'll focus on the nitty gritty of which airline miles to use for the best experience, without breaking the mileage or piggy bank...
Some airlines require less miles and more cash, others more miles and much less cash. We'll examine both...
Business Class Without Pricey Surcharges...
Etihad Guest For Brussels Airlines Flights
Amazingly, for just 36,620 miles and $94 round trip, you can fly flat bed business class on Brussels airlines, direct from New York to Europe (or vice versa) by booking through their partner Etihad Guest. Best of all, you can use many credit card points to create Etihad miles instantly.
JAL Mileage Bank For Emirates Flights
42,000 One Way, 65,000 Round Trip with less than $200 in taxes for flights between New York and Milan on Emirates stellar A380 Business Class.
British Airways Avios For AirBerlin Or AerLingus Flights
37,500 One Way, 75,000 Round trip for AerLingus between Dublin and Boston. 60,000 One Way, 120,000 Round Trip between Dublin, Berlin, Dusseldorf and New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, all less than $200 in taxes.
Delta Skymiles For Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Alitalia Or KLM Flights
62,500 One Way, 125,000 Round Trip with less than $200 in taxes for flights between New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago and London, Paris, Amsterdam, Manchester, Nice, Rome, Venice.
United MileagePlus For United, Lufthansa, Brussels, Scandinavian And Swiss
57,500 One Way, 115,000 Round Trip On United with less than $200 in taxes, 70,000 One Way, 140,000 Round Trip On Lufthansa, Brussels, Scandinavian and Swiss from Germany, Switzerland, London to New York, San Francisco, Chicago + More with similar taxes.
American AAdvantage For American Airlines Flights
57,500 One Way, 115,000 Round Trip with less than $200 in taxes On American Airlines from New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, to London, Paris, Rome, Madrid + More
Business Class With Pricey Surcharges...
Virgin America For Flights On Emirates, Virgin Atlantic Or Singapore
35,400 One Way, 59,000 Round Trip with $147 in taxes for Singapore between New York and Frankfurt. 25,000 One Way, 35,000 Round trip with $1150 in taxes between New York and London or 30,000 and 50,000 between Los Angeles, Las Vegas or San Francisco and London on Virgin Atlantic. 33,000 One Way, 55,000 Round Trip with $1090 in surcharges on Emirates between New York and Milan.
Korean Airlines For Delta, Air France, Alitalia Or KLM Flights
40,000 One Way, 80,000 Round Trip with taxes between $400-800 from New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas + More to London, Venice, Rome, Paris, Nice, Amsterdam, Frankfurt.
Virgin Atlantic For Virgin Atlantic Flights
95,000 Round Trip London or Manchester To New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Chicago. 135,000 Round Trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami. All with surcharges around $1300 per person, less for one way from the US.
Singapore KrisFlyer For Singapore Flights
48,875 One Way, 97,750 Round Trip with $496 in taxes round trip, less departing one way from US from New York to Frankfurt on the award winning A380. As a matter of note, Suites is just 57,375 each way, for one of the best seats in the world.
British Airways For British Airways, American Or Open Skies Flights
50,000 One Way Off Peak, 100,000 Round Trip Off Peak, 60,000 One Way Peak, 120,000 One Way Peak With $915-1150 in taxes from London to New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Miami. West Coast is better with American miles.