How To Save Miles By Knowing Your Geography

Where are the Canary Islands? I mean, they’re technically part of Spain, but they’re off the coast of Morocco. So… what do you think?

canary islands

The point here is that none of the airlines agree with each other either. American Airlines, for example, considers them to be part of Europe, while United Airlines thinks they are in Northern Africa. One thing you may have just realized is that, in general, award from the U.S. to Europe are a lot cheaper than awards to Africa. So if you’re going to the Canary Islands, stick with American AAdvantage miles.

There are a handful of other destinations like this, where you can save a lot of miles just by choosing the right mileage program. Below I’ve listed all of the interesting discrepancies I’ve found so far. I’ll keep this list up-to-date as I add more mileage programs to this website.

Economy Class

Country Best Miles Next Best Miles
Mileage Program Cost Mileage Program Cost
Azerbaijan American 30,000 United 42,500
Bolivia American 20,000 United 30,000
 Canary Islands American 30,000 United 40,000
Venezuela United 20,000 American 30,000

Business Class

Country Best Miles Next Best Miles
Mileage Program Cost Mileage Program Cost
Azerbaijan American 57,500 United 70,000
Bolivia American 30,000 Singapore 50,000
Canary Islands American 57,500 United 70,000
Venezuela United 35,000 Singapore 50,000

First Class

Country Best Miles Next Best Miles
Mileage Program Cost Mileage Program Cost
Azerbaijan American 85,000 United 90,000
Bangladesh United 80,000 American 115,000
Bolivia N. South America 55,000 Singapore
United
70,000
Canary Islands Europe 85,000 United 85,000
China United 80,000 American 110,000
Taiwan United 80,000 American 110,000
Venezuela United 45,000 Singapore 70,000