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The early Super Bowl XLIX champs: American AAdvantage and Southwest Rapid Rewards

by on Mon January 19, 2015 • No Comment

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If you’re a Seahawks or Patriots fan headed to the Super Bowl in Phoenix this year, but not ready to pay close to $1,000 in airfare, consider double checking your mileage account.

Phoenix is a great city to head to a Super Bowl if you hold miles because of US Airways and Southwest’s big operations at Sky Harbor Airport. That means some good opportunities to spend a reasonable amount of miles to get to the game.

We checked Monday morning availability for flights to Phoenix on Super Bowl weekend that had 2 or more award seats available.

The winners and losers…

  • American AAdvantage and Southwest Rapid Rewards are the champs, both offering options for 12,500 miles or less that get you from Seattle or Boston to Phoenix by Saturday.
  • US Airways Dividend Miles has 12,500 mile options from Boston on Saturday, but is charging 30,000 miles from Seattle.
  • Delta SkyMiles is the loser here, with a minimum of 32,500 miles one way from both Seattle and Boston, not a strong showing for the airline that wants to be Seattle’s next hometown airline. But it’s not much worse than Alaska MileagePlan which offers one nonstop flight for 30,000 miles on Friday, but no options on Thursday or Saturday.

All prices are one-way. US Airways does not allow one-way award tickets, but prices each direction separately as a one-way.

Seattle to Phoenix

Alaska Mileage Plan

No flights Thursday, January 29 or Saturday, January 31, but 30,000 miles on Friday, January 30.


American AAdvantage

12,500 miles on Saturday thanks to partner flights on Alaska and US Airways

Delta SkyMiles

32,500 miles on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday


Southwest Rapid Rewards

As low as 11,265 points on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

United MileagePlus

25,000 miles on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

US Airways Dividend Miles

30,000 miles on Saturday, 50,000 miles on Thursday and Friday.

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Boston to Phoenix

American AAdvantage

12,500 miles on Saturday

Delta SkyMiles

32,500 miles on Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

JetBlue True Blue

25,600 points on Saturday

Southwest Rapid Rewards

13,089 points on Saturday. 68,372 points on Thursday and Friday.

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United MileagePlus

25,000 miles Thursday, Friday, or Saturday

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US Airways Dividend Miles

12,500 miles Saturday, 50,000 miles Thursday and Friday

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