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Copa ConnectMiles

Program overview 

ConnectMiles is a loyalty program of Copa Airlines, Panama’s main carrier and Star Alliance member. Copa used to be part of Mileage Plus, but recently split on its own. Unless you are based in Panama, the program does not offer anything of interest.


Star Alliance 

Program website 

Approximate miles value 


Miles validity 

2 years without activity 

Program accrual

One mile for every mile that you fly

Limit on amount of miles you can purchase 

No limit

Waitlist option


Courtesy Hold for award reservation

Not allowed 

Do you need to open an account to check availability?


Stopover option 

1 stopover on a round-trip ticket 

Family account


Upgrade option


Online booking 

Yes, but not all partners are available online 

Airline partners 

Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Aeromexico, GOL, Emirates, KLM

Credit card partners

No transfer partners/ US co-branded  credit cards

Hotel partners 

Marriott Bonvoy (3:1, 3 days transfer)

Co-Branded credit card in the US 


Point/Miles Conversion Chart


  • Star Alliance member
  • No fuel surcharges on Emirates 
  • 1 stopover for a round trip award ticket 
  • Mixed cabin awards 


  • No credit card transfer partners or co-branded cards in US
  • Service fees for redemptions and changes
  • Copa service is mediocre; no flatbed seats in Business Class 
  • Booking fee for award reservation booked within 21 days of departure (USD $25-75) 

Excellent for   

  • Emirates Business Class from the US to Dubai for 80,000 miles one way. 
  • Copa flights from the US to Central America through Panama for 30,000 miles in Business one way. 

Insider Tip 

  • Emirates First Class awards cannot be booked with partner programs.
  • Copa Business Class is still not flatbed so while prices may be attractive it is not as valuable for long-haul flights since you are in a recliner.
  • If you are looking to fly Copa, Avianca Lifemiles followed by Aeroplan are good places to start the search.

Do you use this program? Share your experience and tips in the comments below. Your thoughts would be very valuable to us!



Comments: 1
Evan 04 May 2022 at 18:26:16 #
Other Con: no permanent "Million Mile" benefits for those who have accumulated more than 1 million miles on ConnectMiles