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Category Archive: Redeeming miles

Jul 12

Why JetBlue May Be The Best Airline For Families

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Airlines want you to view miles as a fungible currency. According to them, you should be able to use them for whatever you want, whenever you want, like money (as long as that whatever/whenever is travel-related). But when I go to a store, there’s nothing to stop me and my wife from combining our money …

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Jun 19

Going, Going, Gone? Using Your Miles For Auctions.

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Airlines have a problem. It’s a good problem, but still a problem: Frequent flyer programs have become too popular. The carriers are making so much money selling miles to their partners* that  they can’t stop, leading to overwhelming demand from the customers who own the miles and have nothing to do with them. One thing …

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Apr 07

American Is Selling Miles. Should You Be Buying?

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Years ago, when I first started writing this blog, I was virtually 100% opposed to buying miles directly from the airlines.* Over time, I have not exactly become a fan of it, but have softened my stance somewhat. They’re a good way to round up your balance if you are close to an award, and …

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Feb 08

Credit Card Christmas in February

It’s credit card Christmas, as a remarkable three airline cards are offering 50,000 mile sign-up bonuses. We’ll occasionally get one or two at the same time, but we rarely have three simultaneously. Credit Card Bonanza You’ve got several choices if you want an enhanced bonus, so I’d take advantage of it now. Among your choices: …

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Jan 26

Everything We Know about Valuing Points Is Wrong

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One of my favorite topics is discussing how much individual points are worth. I have X points in program Y and an award costs Z points. Find enough instances of Z and you can come up with a pretty good idea of how much points are worth in a system. If I find 10 hotel …

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Jan 16

American Airlines Just Destroyed Their Best Mileage Award

With all the sturm und drang of the past several weeks, American slipped a change through. It was not a particularly well-publicized move, but it was one that put severe restrictions on one of the most valuable aspects of the program. It’s going to get a bit wordy, but it’s one that matters. Easy Upgrades …

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Jul 10

Delta Launches Award Travel Sale

Mileage Sale In case you feel like burning some Delta miles, they’re launching a fare sale. Delta eliminated its award chart, so we don’t know how much of a sale it is, of course. Get some options here.     Hat tip to VFTW where I first saw the news. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email …

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Jun 24

JetBlue Will Match Your Virgin America Points Balance

Every once in a while, an airline or hotel decides to do something that makes absolutely no financial sense. Today was JetBlue’s turn. The Points Match Forget a status match. Today, JetBlue announced a points match. Got points with Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program? Good. JetBlue will match them. At least they were smart …

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Jun 22

Reader Question: Pay with Points Or Cash?

Reader Question: We are currently booked at the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok for a total of 120,000 HHonors points for five nights, at 30,000 points per night, plus the fifth night free on an award stay bonus. We could also pay with a combination of points and cash, which would cost us 60,000 points, plus approximately $260 …

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Jun 18

Free And Easy Points & Miles

I do a lot of posts about ways to earn big points or miles, but they usually involve, you know, work, which I am opposed to. So today’s post will be about a couple of ways to pick up points, but they will require no more than a few taps of your keyboard. 500 Points from Marriott Follow …

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