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Definitions

This is basically a TLDR version of our valuation method page. Take a look here if you’re just curious what our acronyms mean. Take a look there if you’re still curious.

ACRV: Average Consumer’s Redemption Value. The average of the domestic/international values. This is the metric to use if one consider’s oneself relatively hands-off when it comes to the points and miles game. In other words, if you typically book flights around a specific time table/city pair and don’t spend much time digging for awards, this is for you.

Domestic/Intra-region value: This is the average value of our hypothetical redemption basket, specific to the given carriers region, reduced by our reduction factor.

International Value: This is the average value of our hypothetical redemption basket, looking only at long-haul, inter-regional flights, reduced by our reduction factor.

MSR: Minimum Spend Requirement. Typically to satisfy a signup bonus requirement.

NLS: No Longer Supported – This is likely because the loyalty program value is so low, we consider it worthless. Or, it may be because their online booking system doesn’t actually work well enough to use.

Non-Zero: This is the average value of all bookable awards for a given period. It does not take into account a reduction factor and, as the name implies, ignores zeros. This is the metric to use if you plan flights around award availability, and will remain flexible in the face of (sometimes) overwhelming frustration.

ROS: Return On Spend

Entirely Supjective INDVIDUAL REDEMPTION Tiers
A+ Exceptional >0.06
A Great $0.04-0.06
B Good  $0.03-0.04
C Average  $0.02-0.03
D Acceptable  $0.01-0.02
F Terrible  <$0.01
Entirely Subjective PROGRAM Tiers
A+ Exceptional  >0.02
A Great  $0.0634-0.0200
B Good  $0.0124-0.0163
C Average  $0.0089-0.0123
D Acceptable  $0.0050-0.0088
F Terrible  <$0.005