I was talking to Might Travels, after linking to them yesterday, and they mentioned a tool they have that I was unaware of.
It is basically a tool that will let you know how many miles a trip will take, and when to use the miles rather than purchase the ticket.
I recently used miles to go to Austin. Here’s what the calculator says about that:
It is recommending I buy a ticket if it is less than $360, or use miles if it is above. The ticket I was looking at was coming up at $500, so I went for the award trip.
I didn’t use this when making my calculation, but it sure would have been easier than agonizing over it. It also shows you the miles on different carriers, just in case you want to save the #1 recommendation, or you don’t have those miles.
The tool also works for hotels:
I’ve been playing around with this planner and I recommend checking it out. It’s a really cool tool!