Copa ConnectMiles is a new mileage currency that just started last year as COPA decided to switch from United Mileage Plus. Many of us got a number of miles for free just by taking a COPA flight and got status matched as well.
I took a look at the COPA ConnectMiles Star Alliance award chart and it resembles United Mileage Plus closely. It’s really not exciting at all.
However there is one price that will immediately stand out – the pricing from South Africa to Central Asia is just 17,500 ConnectMiles in Economy. Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways are the two Star Alliance partners in Africa but Turkish Airlines also flies to many destinations.
So for instance flights from Lusaka (LUN) to Almaty (ALA) should price out at this level using Turkish Airlines.
COPA airlines does not charge fuel surcharges.
United Mileage Plus prices out this award with 30,000 miles.
There is no online award booking tool (yet) and reports from the brave few that got their award booked don’t sound pleasant. It’s a good idea to bring a friend with you when you call that is fluent in Spanish.
Here are the Copa ConnectMiles award rules as well.
Have you booked a Star Alliance Partner award with COPA?