This time around, you can earn ~54,000 Wyndham Rewards points for as little as $150. Those 54,000 points can be converted to ~21,600 traditional airline miles or ~16,200 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. Even if you don’t like airline miles or the Southwest Companion Pass, you will end up with enough points for three free nights at a midtown Manhattan hotel. Best of all, the confusing “must click through email” clause has been taken out of the fine print.
Check out my guest post “Getting the Most Mileage out of Your Miles” published on the UsingMiles blog today. The post contains a table summarizing the best redemption values offered by the four major US-based airlines for international travel. If you are a newcomer to the miles & points world, this could be helpful to you in setting a travel goal and focusing your efforts on achieving that goal efficiently. For our advanced readers, this could be a good reference tool for future trip planning.
Again, the generous FREE LIFETIME premier membership (normally $29.99/year) offered by UsingMiles to all TravelByPoints readers is still available, and you can learn more about it in this post or sign up here.
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Now that you have accumulated a sizable collection of miles and points in various programs and have learned how to manage them with the spreadsheets I provided in our “Miles & Points 101” series, you might still wonder when your hard-earned miles and points are set to expire. This post is meant to provide a quick reference for the expiration policies of major airline, hotel, and credit card loyalty programs, via a few tables with links to the official program rules.
At the end of the post, you will have an opportunity to sign up for a limited-timeFREELIFETIME premier membership for Usingmiles.com (valued at $29.99 per year!), a loyalty website that helps you manage all of your loyalty and reward programs in one place.
Two of our dear friends are flying to Niagara Falls for their 3rd wedding anniversary today. As loyal Avis and AA fans, they casually mentioned that they were getting 500 AA miles for their 3-day Avis rental. Unable to convert them over to Hertz with a $30 discount, I set out to see if I could find them a better deal with Avis. A quick Google search led me to a current promotion that almost sounded too good to be true!
During our recent South America adventure, we each flew over 16,000 miles with 10 segments. Had we had to pay for those flights, it would have cost over $20,000 for 3. You CAN replicate our entire itinerary (in economy) for less than 75,000 miles/points per person (or 35,000 for Machu Picchu only), originating in North America (even if you live in Hawaii, Alaska, or Canada)!
Our Cost for 3 Adults (all miles & points came from credit card sign-up bonuses):
220,000 BA miles (including a few long-haul segments on LAN Airlines’ flat-bed premium business seats)
6,120 Southwest points (3 tickets from Los Angeles to Las Vegas)
$580.22 (taxes, fees, and 2 tickets between Las Vegas & Los Angeles on AA)
A 3rd seat disappeared during the process of booking, so we had to split on the way to Lima. TravelWhimsy and I flew to Lima (LIM) via Los Angeles (LAX), and mom flew to LIM on AA via Miami (MIA).
Our Twitter reader Chris asked us for help with planning his upcoming 6-day/5-night trip from Washington DC to London in October with his girlfriend to celebrate his graduation from graduate school (Congrats, Chris!). I thought that this topic might be helpful to some of our other readers who might be considering a similar trip.
This past Saturday, Travel Whimsy and I scored two award seats in the coveted Envoy Suites offered by USAirways. We are going to Paris in February 2013 to celebrate our 10th anniversary!
Our itinerary includes first class seats between Las Vegas and Philadelphia, and the Envoy class between Philadelphia and Paris. Had we had to pay cash for the tickets, they would have cost over $5,500 each. Our cost? 55,000 USAirways miles + $190 in taxes and fees each!
Besides getting credit card sign-up bonuses, using your credit cards to pay for all your purchases, and making sure you credit your flights and hotel stays to frequent traveler programs, what else is there for you to do? Here is a quick list of things you can do, most of which will be covered in more detail in future posts.
The publicly available application link I posted in the “What Credit Card(s) Should You Get?” post is now showing only 40,000 sign-up bonus points. However, there are still active links that will give the 50,000 offer. Please apply here if you’d like. Again, I do NOT receive any commission if you do decided to apply for the card. I have updated the link in the original credit card post, too.