Airline Peak & Off-peak Award Charts: The Ultimate Guide [2023]

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Aer Lingus is Ireland’s flag carrier. Aer Lingus is owned by the same company that owns British Airways, IAG, and its frequent flyer currency is known as Avios.

Each calendar year, Aer Lingus publishes its off-peak and peak periods. The off-peak periods constitute two-thirds of the year, whereby you can book award flights for fewer Avios.

Additionally, Aer Lingus has a distance-based award chart along with peak/off-peak pricing. You can redeem Aer Lingus Avios for great value, especially if booking during off-peak dates.

Aer Lingus’s off-peak dates for 2023 are as follows:

  • January 6, 2023 – March 30, 2023
  • April 17, 2023 – June 8, 2023
  • September 4, 2023 – December 15, 2023

Now that we’ve pieced together the seasonality, let’s talk briefly about how many points you’d save by booking off-peak. Here’s Aer Lingus’s award chart for one-way flights:

Zone Origin Destinations Off-peak Economy Peak Economy Off-peak Business Peak Business
Zone 1 Belfast Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds Bradford, London, Manchester, Newquay 4,000 4,500 N/A N/A
Cork Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Paris 4,000 4,500 N/A N/A
Donegal Glasgow 4,000 4,500 N/A N/A
Dublin Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Bristol, Brussels, Cardiff, Donegal, Doncaster, Dusseldorf, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kerry, Leeds Bradford, London, Manchester, Nantes, Newcastle, Newquay, Paris, Rennes 4,000 4,500 N/A N/A
Shannon Birmingham, Bristol, London, Paris 4,000 4,500 N/A N/A
Zone 2 Belfast Palma 6,500 7,500 N/A N/A
Cork Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Geneva, Lisbon, Malaga, Munich, Nice, Palma  6,500 7,500 N/A N/A
Dublin Alghero, Alicante, Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Bologna, Copenhagen, Faro, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, Munich, Murcia, Nice, Palma, Perpignan, Pisa, Prague, Pula, Salzburg, Santiago de Compostela, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich 6,500 7,500 N/A N/A
Shannon Barcelona, Faro, Malaga 6,500 7,500 N/A N/A
Zone 3 Belfast Alicante, Faro, Malaga 8,500 10,000 N/A N/A
Cork Dubrovnik, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife 8,500 10,000 N/A N/A
Dublin Agadir, Athens, Bourgas, Brindisi, Budapest, Catania, Corfu, Dubrobnik, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Izmir, Lanzarote, Malaga, Naples, Rome, Santorini, Split, Tenerife 8,500 10,000 N/A N/A
Shannon Lanzarote 8,500 10,000 N/A N/A
Zone 4 Dublin Rhodes 10,000 12,500 N/A N/A
Zone 5 Dublin Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Hartford, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington 13,000

20,000

50,000

60,000

Shannon Boston, New York
Manchester New York
Zone 6

Dublin Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle 16,250

25,000

62,500

75,000

Manchester Barbados, Orlando

Suppose you wanted to fly from Miami (MIA) to Dublin (DUB) in Aer Lingus business class on September 18, 2023. Assuming you find availability on this date, you’ll be traveling on off-peak dates, meaning you’ll pay 62,500 Avios one-way as opposed to 75,000 Avios (the peak season price).

Let’s also suppose that the departing segment of your trip falls on peak dates while the returning flight falls on off-peak dates. In this case, you’d simply pay the peak price one-way and the off-peak price the other way.

Aer Lingus’ system is pretty straightforward, but you can save up to 12,500 Avios each way by planning your off-peak travel accordingly.

All Nippon Airways

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All Nippon Airways’ Mileage Club loyalty program is a fantastic overall program. Although its online user interface is somewhat dated, ANA has so many fantastic redemptions that you can’t miss out on.

ANA Mileage Club takes some time to learn about, but once that time is invested, you’ll find yourself digging up value redemption after value redemption.

Hot Tip: You can start racking up ANA miles pretty easily by following our guide on how to earn lots of ANA Mileage Club miles!

You can only book round-trip award bookings with ANA, so keep that in mind, too.

However, you can book one-way award bookings on ANA using Virgin Points via Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club.

Most airlines split up their peak/off-peak dates into a simple binary system, whereby a date is either a peak or off-peak date. ANA has 3 seasonality periods — low season, regular season, and high season.

ANA uses seasonality only for ANA flights. Seasonality does not apply to partners like United Airlines. The following is a chart that depicts the most updated seasonality dates for flights between Japan and Europe/North America until early 2024:

ANA Seasonality Periods 2023 2024
Low Season (L) January 4 – February 28
April 1-26
January 4 – February 29
Regular Season (R) March 1-31
May 15 – July 20
August 28 – December 17
March 1-31
High Season (H) January 1-3
April 27 – May 14
July 21 – August 27
December 18-31
January 1-3

Keep in mind that there are different seasonality periods depending on what regions you’re flying to/from, and even for domestic flights. For example, Hawaii has a slightly different set of dates to the above as it is in Zone 5, while the rest of North America is in Zone 6. You can find out more here.

For flights between North America and Japan, here’s the round-trip award chart:

Cabin Class Low Season Price Regular Season Price High Season Price
Economy 40,000 50,000 55,000
Premium Economy 62,000 72,000 77,000
Business 75,000 85,000 90,000
First 150,000 150,000 165,000

So, if you choose to fly on ANA business class round-trip from New York City (JFK) to Tokyo (NRT) departing on January 10, 2023, and returning on January 31, 2023, you’ll pay the low season price — an incredibly low 75,000 ANA miles.

On the other hand, flying during high season on the same route will cost a decent 90,000 miles. This represents a 20% hike in prices just for flying during different times.

Bottom Line: In order to figure out the price you’ll pay for a specific ANA flight during a specific date range, you’ll need to figure out the seasonality of the route first. Then, you can figure out the award price by matching the award chart pricing with the correct seasonality and route. Keep in mind that this only applies if you intend on using ANA miles on ANA flights. 

American Airlines

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American Airlines does offer off-peak awards, and these off-peak awards are often fantastic deals. However, American Airlines only does this for economy flights.

Additionally, qualifying tickets include partner airlines and aren’t limited to flights operated by American Airlines. That being said, American Airlines has off-peak economy tickets for many regions, and these tickets are called “MileSAAver off-peak.”

Hot Tip: In order to minimize your out-of-pocket costs at the hands of fuel surcharges, try to plan your travel solely on American Airlines flights. 

Here’s the exact breakdown of flights, separated by region.

Route MileSAAver Off-peak Dates MileSAAver Off-peak Cost MileSAAver Cost
Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada to Hawaii December 29, 2022 – March 12, 2023
August 11 – November 18, 2023
November 24, 2023 – December 10, 2023
20,000 22,500
Hawaii to Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada January 7 – March 19, 2023
August 18 – November 27, 2023
December 3-25, 2023
Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada to Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America April 21 – May 20, 2023
September 9 – November 18, 2023
12,500 15,000
Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada to/from Europe January 10 – March 14, 2023
November 1 – December 14, 2023
22,500 30,000
Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada to Japan January 1 – April 30, 2023
July 1 – November 30, 2023
32,500 35,000
Japan to Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada January 16 – April 19, 2023
May 2-31, 2023
September 1 – December 31, 2023
32,500 35,000
Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada to Korea January 1 – April 30, 2023
July 1 – November 30, 2023
32,500 35,000
Korea to Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada January 16 – May 31, 2023
September 1 – December 31, 2023
32,500 35,000
Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada to Asia Region 2 (China and Hong Kong) January 1 – April 30, 2023
July 1 – September 30, 2023
October 11 – November 30, 2023
32,500 35,000
Asia Region 2 (China and Hong Kong) to Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada February 1 – May 31, 2023
September 1-19, 2023
October 2 – December 31, 2023
32,500 35,000
Contiguous 48 U.S. states and Canada to South America 1 January 16 – June 14, 2023
September 7 – November 14, 2023
17,500 20,000

One thing that is important to note is the fact that the travel direction matters in order to determine whether a flight will be priced off-peak. As you can see, the off-peak bookings will save a small number of miles, usually around 2,500 miles.

The catch is you need to find MileSAAver award availability in order to get off-peak pricing on American Airlines flights. Additionally, there aren’t off-peak rates for the remainder of routes, which include flights between the South Pacific, Alaska, Canada, within the continental U.S., and South America Region 2.

Bottom Line: American Airlines offers off-peak pricing for economy flights, and these include partner airlines. You can save a small pile of points by booking during off-peak dates. Try to stick to American Airlines flights in order to reduce your taxes and fees as much as possible. 

Asiana Airlines

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Asiana Airlines has deservedly garnered a great reputation with its loyalty program Asiana Club. In addition, Asiana Airlines continues to be a top airline of choice to earn miles on, thanks to its attractive (and niche!) ways to redeem for maximum value.

Asiana Airlines has off-peak and peak pricing only for its own flights. It also has different peak season dates departing on your exact route. Lastly, you can avoid peak season surcharges if you’re an Asiana Club Diamond Plus or Platinum member for both award bookings and upgrades.

Asiana Airlines charges 50% additional miles for flights during high season, so you’ll absolutely want to avoid flying during popular times. Here is the peak season chart for 2023:

Route Peak Dates Off-peak Dates
International flights departing from the Americas May 12 – July 4, 2023
December 7-31, 2023
Every other date
International flights departing from non-Americas locations January 1-8, 2023
January 20-24, 2023
February 24 – March 1, 2023
May 4-8, 2023
June 2-6, 2023
July 21 – August 20, 2023
September 27 – October 4, 2023
December 29-31, 2023
Every other date
Domestic South Korea flights January 1, 2023
January 20-26, 2023
February 19 – March 1, 2023
May 4-7, 2023
June 5-6, 2023
July 23 – August 19, 2023
September 27 – October 5, 2023
October 9, 2023
December 25, 2023
December 31, 2023
Every other date

The award chart for Asiana Airlines flights is as follows for one-way flights:

Type of Ticket Route Economy Peak Economy Business Peak Business Business Smartium Class Peak Business Smartium Class
Nonstop Domestic Flight 7,500 5,000 –  –  –  – 
Korea ⇄ Japan, China/Northeast Asia 22,500 15,000 33,750 22,500 37,500 25,000
Korea ⇄ Southeast Asia 30,000 20,000 45,000 30,000 52,500 35,000
Korea ⇄ Southwest Asia 37,500 25,000 56,250 37,500 67,500 45,000
Korea ⇄ US, Oceania, Europe 52,500 35,000 78,750 52,500 93,750 62,500
Connecting via South Korea Japan ⇄ China/Northeast Asia 33,750 22,500 45,000 30,000 52,500 35,000
Japan, China/Northeast Asia ⇄ Southeast Asia 41,250 27,500 52,500 35,000 63,750 42,500
Japan, China/Northeast Asia ⇄ Southwest Asia 45,000 30,000 60,000 40,000 75,000 50,000
Japan, China/Northeast Asia ⇄ US, Oceania 56,250 37,500 82,500 55,000 101,250 67,500
Japan, China/Northeast Asia ⇄ Europe 56,250 37,500 82,500 55,000 101,250 67,500
Southeast Asia ⇄ Europe 63,750 42,500 93,750 62,500 116,250 77,500
Southeast Asia ⇄ Southwest Asia 52,500 35,000 78,750 52,500 97,500 65,000
Southeast Asia ⇄ US, Oceania 63,750 42,500 93,750 62,500 116,250 77,500
Southwest Asia ⇄ US, Oceania 71,250 47,500 105,000 70,000 131,250 87,500
Oceania ⇄ US 78,750 52,500 120,000 80,000 150,000 100,000
Oceania ⇄ Europe 78,750 52,500 120,000 80,000 150,000 100,000

For example, let’s say you want to fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) via Seoul (ICN) on Asiana Airlines, using Asiana Club miles, departing on July 3, 2023, and returning on August 10, 2023. The first segment is the peak season, while the returning segment is during the off-peak season.

Furthermore, these flights have Business Smartium Class installed, which is Asiana’s best long-haul business class seat. This means that you’ll pay 150,000 miles plus 100,000 miles for the returning flight during off-peak season. You’ll definitely want to be careful to avoid peak season if you can since a 50% price hike is huge.

Bottom Line: Asiana Airlines raises prices for peak season award tickets by 50% across the board. Therefore, if flying on Asiana Airlines while redeeming Asiana Airlines miles, you should book off-peak tickets when you can. 

British Airways

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British Airways employs a distance-based award chart with multiple zone brackets. In addition, there’s off-peak and peak pricing. British Airways also has multiple award charts, but British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus are the only airlines eligible for off-peak pricing.

British Airways’ peak and off-peak dates for 2023 are as follows:

Off-peak Dates:

  • January 11 – February 3, 2023
  • February 5-9, 2023
  • February 14-16, 2023
  • February 21-24, 2023
  • February 26 – March 24, 2023
  • March 27-29, 2023
  • April 4-5, 2023
  • April 11-13, 2023
  • April 19-27, 2023
  • May 2-25, 2023
  • May 31 – June 1, 2023
  • June 6-9, 2023
  • June 12-16, 2023
  • June 19-22, 2023
  • June 26 – July 6, 2023
  • July 11-12, 2023
  • July 18-19, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023
  • August 1-2, 2023
  • August 7-9, 2023
  • August 14-16, 2023
  • August 21-23, 2023
  • September 5-8, 2023
  • September 11-15, 2023
  • September 18-22, 2023
  • September 25-29, 2023
  • October 2-19, 2023
  • November 1-December 8, 2023
  • December 11-13, 2023
  • December 26, 2023

If your travel dates fall outside of these dates, your award ticket will be priced as a peak flight.

British Airways’ peak and off-peak calendars consist of wide bands, but they also contain multiple single-date occurrences for off-peak dates. Once you’ve identified the seasonality of your travel dates, you’ll want to figure out how much your flight will cost.

To accomplish this, you’ll also need to figure out what the total distance of your flight is. Great Circle Mapper is a valid resource to gauge your flight distance.

Zone (Miles) Economy Premium Economy Business First
Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak
Zone 1 (1-650) 4,750 5,250  —  — 7,750 9,000  —  —
Zone 2 (651-1,151) 7,250 8,250  —  — 13,500 15,750  —  —
Zone 3 (1,152-2,000) 9,250 10,750  —  — 17,750 20,750  —  —
Zone 4 (2,001-3,000) 10,000 12,500 20,000 25,000 31,250 37,500 42,500 50,000
Zone 5 (3,001-4,000) 13,000 20,000 26,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 68,000 80,000
Zone 6 (4,001-5,500) 16,250 25,000 32,500 50,000 62,500 75,000 85,000 100,000
Zone 7 (5,501-6,500) 19,500 30,000 39,000 60,000 75,000 90,000 102,000 120,000
Zone 8 (6,501-7,000) 22,750 35,000 45,500 70,000 87,500 105,000 119,000 140,000
Zone 9 (7,001+) 32,500 50,000 65,000 100,000 125,000 150,000 170,000 200,000

Let’s take an example flight from Boston (BOS) to London (LHR) in British Airways first class on March 15, 2023. Since this date falls into the off-peak category and the flight distance is 3,265 miles according to Great Circle Mapper, you will pay 68,000 Avios for this flight. This represents a savings of 12,000 Avios compared to a peak flight.

British Airways gives customers the option of picking an Avios and cash combination that best suits their wallet.

For example, a flight from New York (JFK) to London (LHR) falls into Zone 5. So, in theory, an economy peak ticket should price out at 20,000 Avios + some cash. However, when you search, the first price BA gives you is significantly more at 30,000 Avios and + £47 ($65).

To see the Avios amount that matches the redemption chart above, you have to click on more pricing options. Then you’ll see you can select an option which suits you best.

Before selecting a pricing option, it’s worth bearing in mind that while paying more Avios and less cash might seem like a better deal, you could actually end up paying more when taking into consideration the true value of the Avios.

Image Credit: British Airways

Hot Tip: See our guides on the top ways to earn lots of British Airways Avios, and then make sure you’re redeeming them for the best value possible!

Iberia

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Iberia is Spain’s flag carrier. The airline happens to be owned by the same company that owns British Airways and Aer Lingus (discussed in earlier sections of this guide), but interestingly, the peak and off-peak calendars don’t match when using Avios from different frequent flyer programs.

Additionally, Iberia uses peak and off-peak dates for flights on Iberia, Iberia Express, and Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum. For all other airlines, a different award chart will apply and seasonality is not used.

The 2023 off-peak dates are as follows:

2023 Off-peak Dates:

  • January 10 – March 30, 2023
  • April 2-4, 2023
  • April 11-27, 2023
  • April 30, 2023
  • May 3-11, 2023
  • May 14, 2023
  • May 16 – June 6, 2023
  • June 9-10, 2023
  • June 12-21, 2023
  • September 18 – October 10, 2023
  • October 13-14, 2023
  • October 16-19, 2023
  • October 22 – November 3, 2023
  • November 6-7, 2023
  • November 10-11, 2023
  • November 13-30, 2023
  • December 3-4, 2023
  • December 7-9, 2023
  • December 11-14, 2023
  • December 24-26, 2023
  • December 31, 2023

All other dates that don’t appear in the above list are peak dates.

Since Iberia uses off-peak and peak pricing only on its own flights, we’re going to be referencing the award chart for Iberia flights only.

Here’s the Iberia Avios award chart for flights on Iberia:

Distance Economy Blue Full Fare Economy Premium Economy Business
Miles Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak
0-650 4,500 5,000 6,750 7,500 N/A N/A 9,000 10,000
651-1,150 7,500 8,250 11,250 12,500 N/A N/A 15,000 16,500
1,151-2,000 10,000 11,000 15,000 16,500 N/A N/A 20,000 22,000
2,001-3,000 11,000 12,500 16,000 18,750 N/A N/A 21,250 31,250
3,001-4,000 17,000 20,000 22,000 28,000 25,500 35,000 34,000 50,000
4,001-5,500 21,250 25,000 27,750 35,000 31,750 43,750 42,500 62,500
5,501-6,500 25,500 30,000 33,250 42,000 38,250 52,500 51,000 75,000
6,501-7,000 29,750 35,000 38,750 49,000 44,250 61,250 59,500 87,500
7,000+ 42,500 50,000 55,250 70,000 63,750 87,500 85,000 125,000
Exceptions
Air Shuttle N/A N/A 6,250 6,250 N/A N/A 13,500 13,500
Madrid-London 6,500 7,500 9,750 11,250 N/A N/A 12,750 15,000

For example, if you’re planning on flying in business class from San Francisco (SFO) to Madrid (MAD) on September 23, 2023, then you’ll be paying for an off-peak business class award for a flight that spans 5,811 miles. This corresponds to a 51,000 Avios price, which is significantly cheaper than the 75,000 Avios for a peak award.

Korean Air

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Just like its main competitor airline Asiana Airlines, Korean Air uses peak and off-peak pricing. Korean Air SKYPASS is a fantastic program to redeem miles on, with plenty of options ranging from Korean Air first class to Etihad first class.

Although there aren’t very many ways to accrue Korean Air miles from transferable points, there are still great ways to earn lots of Korean Air SKYPASS miles.

Korean Air employs a region-based award chart. Also, one-way flight redemptions are only allowed on Korean Air. For all partners, you must book round-trip if you want to use miles.

Hot Tip: Korean Air is one of the few airlines that still operate the A380. Check out our review of Korean Air’s A380 first class.

To determine whether or not your flights fall into peak season, you’ll need to know the route and the travel dates. Peak dates for Korean Air are:

Origin Destination 2023 Peak Dates
Korea Korea January 1, 2023
January 20-26, 2023
February 19 – March 1, 2023
May 4-7, 2023
June 5-6, 2023
July 23 – August 19, 2023
September 27 – October 5, 2023
October 9, 2023
December 25, 2023
December 31, 2023
Korea, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Oceania Korea, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, Africa, North America January 2-15, 2023
January 21-24, 2023
July 15 – August 5, 2023
August 19 – September 3, 2023
September 27 – October 9, 2023
North America Korea, Asia, Oceania, North America, South America May 12-14, 2023
May 18 – July 1, 2023
August 4-13, 2023
December 7-10, 2023
December 14-23, 2023

Korean Air’s round-trip award chart is as follows (one-way awards are half the price):

Routes Season Economy Prestige First
Domestic within Korea Off 10,000 12,000
Peak 15,000 18,000
Korea Japan, China/Northeast Asia Off 30,000 45,000 65,000
Peak 45,000 65,000 95,000
Southeast Asia Off 40,000 70,000 90,000
Peak 60,000 105,000 135,000
Southwest Asia Off 50,000 90,000 115,000
Peak 75,000 135,000 175,000
North America, Oceania, Europe/Middle East/Africa Off 70,000 125,000 160,000
Peak 105,000 185,000 240,000
Japan China/Northeast Asia Off 40,000 60,000 90,000
Peak 60,000 90,000 135,000
Southeast Asia Off 50,000 70,000 90,000
Peak 75,000 105,000 135,000
Southwest Asia Off 60,000 90,000 115,000
Peak 90,000 135,000 175,000
North America, Oceania, Europe/Middle East/Africa Off 70,000 125,000 160,000
Peak 105,000 185,000 240,000
China/Northeast Asia Southeast Asia Off 50,000 70,000 90,000
Peak 75,000 105,000 135,000
Southwest Asia Off 60,000 90,000 115,000
Peak 90,000 135,000 175,000
North America, Oceania, Europe/Middle East/Africa Off 70,000 125,000 160,000
Peak 105,000 185,000 240,000
Southeast Asia Southwest Asia Off 70,000 125,000 160,000
Peak 105,000 185,000 240,000
North America, Oceania, Europe/Middle East/Africa Off 85,000 150,000 190,000
Peak 125,000 225,000 285,000
Southwest Asia
North America, Oceania, Europe/Middle East/Africa Off 95,000 170,000 210,000
Peak 140,000 255,000 315,000
Southwest Asia* Off 25,000 45,000 60,000
Peak 37,500 67,500 90,000
Oceania North America, Europe, Middle East/Africa Off 110,000 195,000 240,000
Peak 165,000 290,000 360,000

*Direct flights only

If flying from New York (JFK) to Seoul (ICN) on Korean Air first class on December 17, 2023, your flight will fall into peak season. For this, you’ll pay 120,000 Korean Air miles one-way compared to 80,000 Korean Air miles for off-peak travel.

Virgin Atlantic

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Virgin Atlantic employs standard and peak seasons for Virgin Atlantic flights only, so they are not applicable to airlines like All Nippon Airways. Furthermore, Virgin Atlantic splits up seasonality calendars between Caribbean routes and all others.

For Caribbean routes, the standard (off-peak) season consists of the following date ranges:

  • March 6-29, 2023
  • April 19 – May 28, 2023
  • June 5 – July 14, 2023
  • September 5 – October 19, 2023
  • November 1 – December 8, 2023

On the other hand, Caribbean peak dates are on all other dates.

The rest of Virgin Atlantic flights follow these standard dates:

  • January 5 – March 23, 2023
  • April 18 – June 17, 2023
  • September 5 – October 19, 2023
  • November 1 – December 8, 2023

All other dates are peak dates for non-Caribbean flights.

Flights on Virgin Atlantic can be significantly cheaper if planning during standard dates. Here’s the Virgin Atlantic award chart for one-way, standard season bookings:

Route To/From U.K. Economy Classic Premium Upper Class
U.S. — Northeast (Boston, Newark, New York-JFK, Washington, D.C.) 20,000 35,000 95,000
U.S. — Midwest and South (Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Tampa) 25,000 45,000 95,000
U.S. — West (Austin, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle) 30,000 55,000 135,000
Nigeria and China 25,000 45,000 115,000
South Africa and Indian Ocean 25,000 50,000 115,000
Caribbean 20,000 35,000 115,000
India and Pakistan 20,000 35,000 75,000
Tel Aviv 18,000 32,000 56,000

And here’s the Virgin Atlantic award chart for one-way peak season bookings:

Route To/From U.K. Economy Classic Premium Upper Class
U.S. – Northeast (Boston, Newark, New York-JFK, Washington, D.C.) 40,000 55,000 115,000
U.S. – Midwest and South (Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Tampa) 45,000 65,000 115,000
U.S. – West (Austin, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle) 50,000 75,000 155,000
Nigeria and China 45,000 65,000 135,000
South Africa and Indian Ocean 45,000 85,000 135,000
Caribbean 40,000 55,000 135,000
India and Pakistan 40,000 55,000 95,000
Tel Aviv 22,000 40,000 66,000

Let’s take an example flight from London (LHR) to Las Vegas (LAS), which is on the U.S. West Coast. If you book a flight during peak season in Upper Class, you’ll pay 77,500 miles, as opposed to the standard price of 67,500 miles.

Final Thoughts

Overall, there are a lot of airlines that have unique peak and off-peak season policies. For the most part, airlines tend to limit the price variation from seasonality to their own airlines. For example, Asiana Airlines levies peak surcharges only on flights operated by Asiana and not on any other carriers.

An exception to this would be American Airlines AAdvantage, which makes off-peak pricing in economy available on partner airlines such as British Airways.

Keeping track of peak dates and booking travel flexibly to avoid peak season is a recipe for conserving your hard-earned points and miles. As a result, you’ll want to confirm that you’re getting the best value redemption prior to committing to a flight.

Now, you have a one-stop shop for a guide on the airlines that carry peak and off-peak policies for award bookings. Happy booking!

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