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Differs for every person and how they redeemSimple value equation = Value of redemption/ points used Example: Flight to Europe in Coach is around $750 and you want to use American miles Off-peak 40,000 miles, your value is 1.875 cents per mile Peak SAAver is 60,000 miles, value drops to 1.25 cents per mile Anytime AAward: 120,000, value drops to .625 cents per mile!
Sign up for everything!Track everything using sites like AwardWallet and UsingMilesDon’t let your miles expire -It happens, but it doesn’t have to! You don’t need to get on a plane to keep them active Online shopping and dining out Some programs don’t expire like Delta SkyMiles Take the pledge!
Double EQM’s on AmericanDelta $150 Mistake FaresMistake Fares Flyertalk, FlightDeal and AirFareWatchdogBe quick - Use Twitter! Follow @TPG_Alerts
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Credit Cards: Come tomorrow!Dining Out: Rewards Networks OpenTable Restaurant.comOnline Shopping Portals: 10-20 points per $1Buying Miles: Sometimes it’s a good deal – bonus promos Example: 90,000 US Airways miles business class to Asia costs only $1,620 with 100% bonus promo Note: Know your program, and have a specific redemption in mind and do the math! Some promos are not worth it like on American or Delta transfer promos. Good for top ups
Transfer from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase UltimateRewards or StarwoodHousehold AccountsShare Miles PromosMaximizing One-Way AwardsNote: Most airlines allow you to book award tickets foranyone, so no need to transfer
Pay bills, utilities, rent, mortgage, etc. using prepaid cards thatact as debit cards or even checking accountsLoad these cards using points-earning credit cardsFor more information check out my Bluebird Series
There’s no availability – this is a lie! Use it to your advantageand use partnersWebsite doesn’t workFees are too highThe airline doesn’t fly where I want to go – use your options! For example: US Airways doesn’t fly to Asia but you can redeem miles to get there by redeeming on United, Singapore, ANA, Thai, Asiana…you can get almost anywhere!
Oneworld Use Qantas.com.au then call the airline you want to bookSkyTeam Don’t use Delta.com, Use Airfrance.us and search for Classic AwardsStar Alliance Awards Use United.com – Saver Awards generally bookable in any Star Alliance currency Example: Flights from LAX to JFK – 70,000 miles round trip in first class Same flight is only 50,000 US Airways miles.
ExpertFlyer.com Can Search for award seats, upgrades, and set seat alerts 69 airlinesUse a Booking Service Book Your Award: www.bookyour award.com Points Pros: www.pointspros.com
Transfer/Layover: Less than 24 hours international, 4 hoursdomesticStopover: More than 24 hours international, 4 hours domesticOpen Jaw: Returning to/from different citySample Routing:US Airways to Australia via AsiaMy Oktoberfest Trip: JFK-Munich, Munich-Berlin, Berlin-JFK for68,000 Amex points in businessAeroplan to Asia via Europe and the Pacific
Aeroplan (Air Canada): 2 stopoversAmerican: 1 Stopover at US gateway on internationalitinerariesBritish Airways: As many as you want but you pay for eachone a la carteDelta: 1 stopover or open jaw (ways to get around)United: 1 stopover or open jawUS Airways: 1 stopover and 1 open jaw
American: Don’t fly British AirwaysBritish Airways: Don’t fly American, British Airways or Iberia toLondon; JAL or American to Tokyo; Qantas to Australia; RoyalJordanian (no close-in fees)Delta: Avoid award originating outside North America, no close-in feesUnited: Low fee structure, avoid close-in feesUS Airways: Low fuel surcharges, big phone ticketing, change,cancellation and close-in feesBook more than 21 days in advance to avoid fees
Cheaper than changing purchased ticketsAmerican and United will let you change dates and routing aslong as origin and destination are same. Redeposit fee: $150Delta and US Airways: $150 for changes or to redeposit milesBritish Airways: $40 to change or cancel and redepositTip: Don’t cancel if you don’t need to- wait for flightchanges/cancellations to avoid feesTip: Having elite status reduces fees
1. Cash & Points Redemptions – stretch points and hedge against foreign currencies specifically Starwood, Hilton, Club Carlson2. Free night stays like Starwood’s Fifth Night Free3. Discounted Awards: Priority Club PointsBreaks, Marriott PointSavers4. Using Points for Upgrades: Hyatt example, up to 4 nights in a Regency or Club room for just 3,000 points5. AXON/GLON Hilton discounted awards6. Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses7. Elite Status From Crdit Cards8. Quarterly Promos9. Leveraging Elite Status: Starwood and Hyatt are my favorite10. Transfer to Airline Miles
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Used United.com to find a business class ticket on South AfricanAirways – JFK-JNB-CPT (destination)-JNB (stopover)-IAD-JFK.Booked it with US Airways miles.Total: 110,000 miles + $127 in taxes and fees instead of $8,775,7.8 cents per mile!
The Westin Cape Town Rate was $220, but used Cash & Points to pay 4,000 points + $60, 3.5 cents per Starpoint Upgraded because of elite status to a Junior SuiteHilton Cape Town Rate was $114 so I paid instead of using 30,000 points or a free night from my Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card Points Earned: 2,280 base points + 50% Diamond Bonus + 1,000-point Diamond point amenity + 1,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles for Double Dipping (converted to Hilton points) – Total = 8.560 points for $228.Hyatt Regency Johannesburg Rate $335 a night, or 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points – rate per point 4.2 cents
12 night South Africa Trip of a Lifetime for: ~$3,000 and 126,000miles/points. Retail value: $12,698