Frequent Flyer Points vs. Retail Price Analysis for SYD - LON / NYC

Frequent Flyer Points vs. Retail Price Analysis for SYD - LON / NYC

Published: Feb 2014
POINTS vs. RETAIL

Departing from Sydney in Business Class & Return

You have frequent flyer points but how much are they worth?

Let us show you. Here we compare the number of frequent flyer points vs. the retail prices to fly from Sydney to London, and Sydney to New York – both very popular and iconic destinations. When you redeem your points to fly, you also need to pay fuel surcharges, fees and taxes. This is normally a hidden surprise at the time of booking. Hence we have calculated what iFLYflat calls the ‘cents per points value index’, showing the value of each point. This helps you work out how much points are worth and determine the maximum amount of surcharge you can pay and still get a good deal.

Cents per points value index = Retail price of the ticket (less) tax payable when redeeming points ÷ Number of points to redeem

SYDNEY to LONDON RETURN

Points Needed Airline Retail Ticket Prices

₵ Cents per point value index

6.74 - > 102,000 Points Malaysia Airlines $8246

4.10 - > 190,000 Points Singapore Airlines $8709

3.51 - > 175,000 Points Cathay Pacific $7234

3.21 - > 200,000 Points British Airways $7593

3.05 - > 250,000 Points Virgin Australia $8194

2.82 - > 155,000 Points China Southern $5379

2.72 - > 256,000 Points Emirates $8531

2.72 - > 170,000 Points Thai $6159

2.65 - > 256,000 Points Qantas $8227

2.53 - > 281,608 Points Etihad Airways $7691

SYDNEY to NEW YORK RETURN

Points Needed Airline Retail Ticket Prices

₵ Cents per point value index

5.41 - > 110,000 Points Japan Airlines $6830

4.37 - > 175,000 Points Cathay Pacific $8363

4.35 - > 160,000 Points Asiana Airlines $7804

4.33 - > 215,000 Points Singapore Airlines $10657

3.71 - > 160,000 Points United Airlines $6061

2.82 - > 256,000 Points Qantas $8214

2.65 - > 250,000 Points Virgin Australia $6641

2.36 - > 280,000 Points Emirates $7784

2.18 - > 305,000 Points Delta $6772

2.11 - > 370,438 Points Etihad Airways $8004

Apart from flying, airline points can be earned and transferred from certain credit cards. Each airline point is different, some points are easier to accumulate than others, some airlines have more seats available for points to book and others are nearly impossible, some airlines have a better flying experience than others. This is where it can get more complex and services like iFLYflat and Credit Card Compare can help some people get the most out of their points potential.

Points Transfer to Carriers

Qantas

Virgin Velocity

Virgin Atlantic

Air New Zealand

Malaysia Enrich

Singapore/ KrisFlyer

Cathay/ Asia Miles

Etihad

Emirates

Thai

Westpac

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ANZ

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Commonwealth Bank

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Citibank

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American Express

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Woolworths

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Virgin Money

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1. All values in AUD. 2. This represents the points required for flying on the airline’s own plane. 3. Points needed to fly on an airline alliance partner may be different to the amounts quoted. 4. Each airline point is independent and cannot be combined. 5. Each credit card product will have specific features, which may include reward points caps, different transfer ratios to airlines and ability to transfer to certain airlines only. Check your card for its features and benefits.

FLYER TIPS

What is more important than earning more points, is to understand which are the right frequent flyer and credit card points that best suits you. This can make all the difference. Not all points are created equal, some points are easier to earn than others, some airlines will require lower points to fly between A and B, may have more seats available and a better flying experience.

- Steve Hui

iFLYFLAT

CREDIT CARD TIPS

The fastest way to earn frequent flyer points is with the sign up bonus most banks run to attract new customers. Make sure you’ve got a good card which allows you to generate points at a good earn rate. Use our comparison site to check for points tiering and capping, both of which are ideally avoided.

- David Boyd

CREDITCARDCOMPARE.COM.AU