Consumer Reports (June 2015)

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Look for a check mark to decide: Use your frequent-flyer miles or pay cash. We’ve given check marks to trips we think are a good value because at least you get what you paid into the deal: 1 cent per mile. The values shown were estimated by dividing the lowest average airline fare for the route by the average of the highest and lowest mileage charge that each airline levied for award tickets in fiscal 2014. Assess your odds of getting that trip. The second column tells you the percentage of reward trips given on that route.

4 percent on United. American and Delta trailed, with 55 percent. But when the IdeaWorks team went back and tried only five to 15 days before departure, United’s rating jumped to 80 percent and the others declined. United apparently has policies that add more seats closer to departure, which ensures that they aren’t empty when the aircraft door closes, IdeaWorks concluded. Late booking can come with extra fees and higher point costs, though. Pick up the phone. Can’t get a seat? Ditch the Internet, where 90 percent of award bookings are made.

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