At this time we have decided to discontinue valuation of Garuda Indonesia’s GarudaMiles program. Furthermore, we’re going to assign a semi-permanent value of $0.0008 per mile. This is due in part to a combination of several reasons:
1. One Cannot Book Partner Awards Online
Despite being a Skytraxx 5-star airline, Garuda Indonesia has one of the most archaic partner award booking processes we’ve ever seen. One must physically go into a Garuda ticket office. This leaves almost no opportunity for a US based traveler to make plans.
2. A Table without Fees is no Table at All
Providing a redemption table is nice, as it provides a very rough guide as to how many miles might be required to book an award flight. However it doesn’t do us much good when attempting to place a value on their miles as we deduct fees from the lowest available cash price. Considering we’ve see booking fees range from $5.60 on some US carriers all the way up to $500.00 plus, we didn’t want to guess.
So How Did we Arrive at $0.0008?
Though Garuda does not offer any partner award availability online, they do offer it for flights on their metal. Unfortunately, availability and routes were very limited. The very few routes we were able to find space on averaged a $0.0078 non-zero value and there was no inter-region availability. Thus, the discounted ACRV was $0.0008.