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Best/Worst airlines for rewards travel

So you’re ready to plan that summer vacation.  Why spend money on airfare if you’ve got rewards miles? But will you be able to cash in those rewards?  According to a 2015 report by Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey, here’s a look at the best and worst airlines for using rewards travel.

The big gainers this year were Alaska Airlines and Avianca. Alaska’s overall reward availability score has reached a respectable 80% due to a 21.4-point boost over last year’s result. And its score for long haul availability leapt more than 45 points. It’s an amazing statistic because most of the routes queried are oh-so-popular Hawaii routes. It’s not easy for an airline to allocate seats for these hot destinations because they are also easy to sell for cash fares. Likewise, Avianca boosted availability of rewards across the range of short-, medium-, and long-haul markets. And while its overall position hovers near the bottom of the chart, the result provides a meaningful improvement from 2014.

Check out the full report to find out which airlines are climbing and falling in the ranks.


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