What’s the best way to search for flights using points? I’m trying to see how many points different flights would be but I’m new to all of this. I tried going directly to a few carrier sites and they either required me to already have a rewards membership and/or enough points before I could even search or their sites were slow and unreliable (would error out and I’d have to start over).

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For example- I’m not going to transfer CC points to an airline before/unless I know it’s a good deal but I’m having difficulties finding flights by points.

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In my experience, you just have to make an account with the airline you want to search. Takes just a minute. Annoying bc you have to check each individual carrier when deciding who to use. I usually check Google flights to see my options for the date/time I want and then go to the carrier sites to compare the mileage prices.

That’s helpful, thank you. Although see my comment below about not even being able to search on some carrier sites (e.g. Lufthansa).

I'm not aware of any carriers that require you to have enough point just to search, but my experience is limited to aa, delta, United, jblue, ba, ac, sw, Turkish, and Iberia.

Lufthansa says I need min 7k points before I can make a booking so I can’t even search. I’m trying to find a flights within star alliance. United seemed straight forward but too high of points.

AwardHacker will tell you roughly how many points are required through each program

Use UA app/website or cowtool for star alliance award availability (though there is still slightly different availability between each partners)

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