Tagged: Airline Miles

The Penny-mile Free-night Wyndham Rewards Promotion Is Back and Even Better!

[Update (October 18, 2012): Offer terms have changed. Read today’s update first. You might get lucky, but proceed at your own risk.]

It’s a wonderful day for all of us interested in earning more Wyndham points that can be transferred to your airlines of choice. Yes, the recently expired 16,000-bonus-point-per-stay Wyndham offer I first wrote about on August 14, 2012 is BACK and even BETTER!

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.

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My Guest Post on UsingMiles – Getting the Most Mileage out of Your Miles

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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Alert – Opportunity to Buy AAdvantage Miles for Less Than a Penny Each via Avis Car Rental (Before 8/31/2012)

Usually, you can earn 50 airline miles a day for your car rentals. Occasionally, you can also earn 500-1,500 bonus miles for a rental of 3+ days. I normally rent from Hertz for ~$10-15/day with taxes and fees included, and credit a short weekend rental to Southwest Airlines (600 points = ~$10, or $20 if you have the companion pass).

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!

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How You Can Use Less Than 75,000 Miles & Points to Replicate Our Recent Trip to Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Santiago, and More!

This is part 2 of a series of posts devoted to our whirlwind tour of Peru & Chile.

  1. Less than $1,000 per person all-in for our 11-day tour in Peru & Chile
  2. How you can use <75,000 points to replicate our itinerary to visit Machu Picchu, Easter Island, and more
  3. How to prepare for altitude sickness in Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
  4. What to bring for your trip to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and/or Easter Island
  5. How many different sets of tickets do you have to buy for that one-day visit to Machu Picchu?
  6. How to Create Your Own Machu Picchu “Inka Trail” Experience in One Day
  7. Using the Tambo del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Resort, as Your Base for Your Visit to Machu Picchu
  8. Tour Guide #1 – Sabino for Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Peru
  9. Tour Guide #2 – Silvia for Puno, Lake Titicaca, Sillustani, Peru
  10. How We Did Lima, Peru in One Day
  11. Tour Guide #3 – Sergio for Easter Island, Chile
  12. Taking Advantage of an Airport Hotel for Our Walking Tour of Santiago, Chile
  13. Airport Lounge Access + LAN International Business vs. Economy
  14. Budgeting for Your Next Big Dream Vacation
  15. You Won’t Believe What Happened on Our Way Home!

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).

 

 

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Pay Cash or Use Miles for Your Plane Tickets? Thanksgiving Vacation in Shanghai for $694?

Reader Question: How Do I Use Miles & Points to Plan a Trip for Two to London?

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.

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Business/First Class Tickets to Paris, Anyone?

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!

US Airways Envoy Suites

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!

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Miles & Points 101 – What Else Can You Do to Increase Your Miles & Points Balance?

Before we start, here is a quick index of the “How to Get Started” series:

  1. Things to Think about Before You Start;
  2. What Is a Mile or Point Worth?
  3. Is Your Credit Going to Take a Hit?
  4. What Credit Card(s) Should You Get?
  5. How Do You Keep Track of Everything?
  6. What Else Can You Do to Increase Your Mile & Point Balance?

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.

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Alert – Chase Sapphire Preferred Bonus Dropping

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.

Update 4/13/12: The 50k offer has expired, feel free to check out MillionMileSecrets’ Credit Cards Page for latest offers.