airline miles http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14463/all en-US Why You Should Sign Up for Airline Rewards Even If You Don't Travel Much http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/she_is_a_self_starter.jpg" alt="She is a self-starter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you've got a busy job that never sends you on trips. Or you're terrified of flying. Or you have small kids whom you dread dragging onto an airplane. Sign up for some frequent flyer accounts anyway. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>Why bother if you're not going to be earning miles by buying airplane tickets? Because there are a lot of ways you can accumulate miles besides flying. Once you have all those miles, you can save up for a dream trip or one amazing vacation per year. And if you truly plan to never fly, you can even spend your miles on stuff other than flights.</p> <h2>How to earn miles without flying</h2> <p>My friends say they can't understand how I travel for free through frequent flyer miles, when they have never flown enough times to earn a single free flight. My answer is that I haven't bought enough plane tickets to earn free flights either. I earn the bulk of my miles right here on the ground. There are so many ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-tons-of-frequent-flyer-miles-without-flying?ref=internal" target="_blank">earn frequent flyer miles without flying</a>.</p> <h3>Credit cards</h3> <p>The fastest and easiest way to accumulate frequent flyer miles is by getting a new credit card. Just today, I signed up for a card that will pay me 40,000 miles after my first purchase of any amount. Typically, a new card will pay a similar or larger bonus after you meet a required minimum spend in the range of $1,000 to $5,000.</p> <p>These cards will also pay you one or more mile per dollar you spend. If you are responsible for running a household of multiple people, like I am, you may find it easy to accumulate 3,000 or more miles per month paying for things such as groceries, kids' day care or activities, gas, etc. Even without the sign-up bonus, that would amount to more than 30,000 miles per year &mdash; enough for a round-trip domestic flight on most airlines or a one-way ticket to Europe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a>)</p> <p>By combining bonuses and points for my monthly spend, I've been able to get my whole family to Australia and back, among other trips &mdash; with few of those points coming from actual flights.</p> <h3>Online shopping</h3> <p>You may find it more rewarding to use an airline shopping portal than a rebate site, such as eBates, when making online purchases. During the past two years, I earned about 5,000 miles each year through online purchases, and I am not a big shopper.</p> <h3>Other partner purchases</h3> <p>Rental cars and hotel stays are also good ways to accumulate frequent flyer miles without flying. Don't forget to put down your frequent flyer number at check-in.</p> <p>Also, you can often get a mileage bonus for switching cable companies or signing up for a new phone plan. I currently get just over 400 miles after I pay my bill every month, which will net me another 5,000 miles this year.</p> <p>Finally, don't forget to register all your credit cards with airline dining programs, so that you can get miles for eating out at participating restaurants without even thinking about it.</p> <h2>What to do with the miles</h2> <p>The best value for miles is generally flying &mdash; especially international flights in business or first class. So if you don't travel much, but you would like to take a trip one of these days, saving up for a really great one is a smart move. Don't worry too much about the miles expiring, because most programs <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-frequent-flyer-miles-that-are-about-to-expire?ref=internal" target="_blank">push the expiration date back</a> every time you make a transaction, including earning more miles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a>)</p> <p>If you abhor flying and never plan to redeem your miles by taking a flight, you're probably better off choosing a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-rewards-credit-cards-really-work?ref=internal" target="_blank">cash-back credit card</a> as your main card. But that doesn't mean you have to pass when the only rewards offered for signing up for a new service or making a transaction are miles. There are lots of ways to spend those miles other than flying. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-to-making-the-most-of-your-reward-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Tricks to Making the Most of Your Reward Miles</a>)</p> <h3>1. Book travel that doesn't involve an airplane</h3> <p>On <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-11373616" target="_blank">Points.com</a>, you can transfer miles from some frequent flyer programs into an Amtrak account. Just note the exchange rate. For instance, if you want to convert Hawaiian Air miles to Amtrak, you will end up with only one Amtrak point for every five Hawaiian points you cash in.</p> <p>You can book a car/hotel package, including activities, with miles on American Airlines Vacations, or pay for a cruise with miles through United.</p> <h3>2. Subscribe to a magazine</h3> <p>If you are the kind of person who still likes having paper magazines on your coffee table, the site MagsforMiles.com can be an affordable way to subscribe. For example, to get a year of my favorite, Sunset, would cost me only 600 Hawaiian Air miles. Since these miles are worth about 1.2 cents each, that's a year of the magazine for about $7, which is not a bad price, especially if you're looking to spend a few &quot;pocket change&quot; miles that will never amount to a larger transaction.</p> <h3>3. Go shopping</h3> <p>Delta allows members to <a href="https://marketplace.delta.com/" target="_blank">exchange miles for retail items</a> such as Tumi bags as well as vouchers for the $100 Global Entry fee, or even gift cards for the airline. United allows you to redeem miles for <a href="https://partner.audiencerewards.com/mileageplus/index.cfm" target="_blank">tickets to Broadway shows</a>, among other things.</p> <h3>4. Get gift cards</h3> <p>Points.com will exchange many kinds of airline miles for gift cards, which could be helpful if you need to get a birthday gift for someone and are short on cash. The individual airline sites may also have information about trading miles for gift cards. However, be sure to check the rates and make sure you're not throwing away large amounts of miles for small value cards.</p> <h3>5. Donate to charity</h3> <p>Each airline has its own list of charities to which you can donate miles. If you were going to give cash anyway, this can be an efficient way to get the miles off your hands while helping the organization. The only drawback is that, unlike a cash gift, a miles donation is not tax deductible.</p> <h3>6. Send a loved one on a flight</h3> <p>Many airlines will charge you a fee to transfer your miles to another person, but there's a way around that: You can use your miles to book a flight for someone else just as you would book it for yourself. So even if you plan to never set foot onboard a plane, you can send your niece on a graduation trip or pay for your mom to come visit you.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhy-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhy%2520You%2520Should%2520Sign%2520Up%2520for%2520Airline%2520Rewards%2520Even%2520If%2520You%2520Don%2527t%2520Travel%2520Much.jpg&amp;description=Why%20You%20Should%20Sign%20Up%20for%20Airline%20Rewards%20Even%20If%20You%20Don't%20Travel%20Much"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Why%20You%20Should%20Sign%20Up%20for%20Airline%20Rewards%20Even%20If%20You%20Don%27t%20Travel%20Much.jpg" alt="Why You Should Sign Up for Airline Rewards Even If You Don't Travel Much" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop">How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Which Airline&#039;s Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-more-value-out-of-american-airlines-miles">How to Get More Value Out of American Airlines Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-understanding-airline-flight-routes-can-score-you-better-rewards">How Understanding Airline Flight Routes Can Score You Better Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel airline miles airline rewards rewards points shopping tips travel miles travel tips Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:30:09 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2127517 at http://www.wisebread.com How Understanding Airline Flight Routes Can Score You Better Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/how-understanding-airline-flight-routes-can-score-you-better-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-understanding-airline-flight-routes-can-score-you-better-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_happy_passenger_flying_in_the_airplane.jpg" alt="Young happy passenger flying in the airplane" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you want to earn rewards that can only be used at a store that has no locations near you? Of course not. Likewise, the best airline rewards program for you may depend on where you live, what airlines service your local airport, and where you want to go. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Understanding airline routes</h2> <p>Nearly all airlines today operate with a so-called hub and spoke network. This means almost all of their flights go to or from one or more of their key cities, called hubs. If you live in a hub city, then you'll have access to nonstop flights to dozens of destinations using that airline. But if you live in a city without a hub, you'll only have direct service to some or all of their hub cities. That means that if you want to travel to a destination other than a hub, you'll have to change planes.</p> <p>Most of the time, having to change planes is the difference between taking a quick morning or evening flight, and having to dedicate an entire day to travel. And that's when everything goes smoothly. Every time you change planes, you increase the chances of missing a flight or having your luggage delayed or lost. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards That Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a>)</p> <h2>A short list of airline hubs:</h2> <p><strong>American:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Charlotte</p> </li> <li> <p>Chicago O'Hare</p> </li> <li> <p>Dallas-Fort Worth</p> </li> <li> <p>Los Angeles</p> </li> <li> <p>Miami</p> </li> <li> <p>New York La Guardia</p> </li> <li> <p>New York JFK</p> </li> <li> <p>Philadelphia</p> </li> <li> <p>Phoenix</p> </li> <li> <p>Washington National</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Delta</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Atlanta</p> </li> <li> <p>Boston</p> </li> <li> <p>Cincinnati</p> </li> <li> <p>Detroit</p> </li> <li> <p>Los Angeles</p> </li> <li> <p>Minneapolis</p> </li> <li> <p>New York La Guardia</p> </li> <li> <p>New York JFK</p> </li> <li> <p>Salt Lake City</p> </li> <li> <p>Seattle</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>United</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Chicago O'Hare</p> </li> <li> <p>Denver</p> </li> <li> <p>Houston Bush Intercontinental</p> </li> <li> <p>Los Angeles</p> </li> <li> <p>Newark</p> </li> <li> <p>San Francisco</p> </li> <li> <p>Washington Dulles</p> </li> </ul> <p>In addition to these major airline hubs, there are plenty of smaller airlines that offer service from focus cities. For example, JetBlue offers many flights out of New York JFK, Boston, and Fort Lauderdale, while Alaska Airlines has a large presence in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Also, Frontier is a discount carrier with a hub in Denver.</p> <p>Finally, Southwest is the only major carrier that doesn't offer a hub and spoke route system. Instead, it operates to numerous destinations from each city it serves. Nevertheless, its largest operations are in secondary airports where it dominates traffic, such as Chicago Midway, Houston Hobby, Baltimore Washington International, and Dallas Love Field. In addition, it has major hub-like operations in airports such as Denver, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland, Phoenix, and Orlando. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-with-airline-companion-tickets-and-3-bad-ones?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards With Airline Companion Tickets</a>)</p> <h2>How to find out which airlines best serve your city</h2> <p>You could look up the route maps of every airline and compare them, but that would be impractical. Instead, the best tool for this job is actually Wikipedia. If you go to the Wikipedia page for any airport, it will include a table of airlines and the destinations served nonstop from that airport. For example, if you go to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartsfield%E2%80%93Jackson_Atlanta_International_Airport" target="_blank">the Wikipedia page for Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport</a>, you'll notice that Delta operates a hub that serves over 300 destinations, while American and United only serve less than 10 cities each. However, you might also see that Southwest serves over 30 cities from Atlanta as well.</p> <p>Wikipedia pages also list the top destinations for flights from that airport. For other destinations, you could determine the number of flights between two cities by doing a search on the airline's website. This is important because you may need to know if a city is just served seasonally, or very infrequently, or if the airline offers multiple flights per day.</p> <p>By understanding how airline flight routes work, you can choose to participate in the frequent flyer programs that best meet your needs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-maximize-your-airline-mileage-redemptions?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Maximize Your Airline Mileage Redemptions</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-understanding-airline-flight-routes-can-score-you-better-rewards&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520Understanding%2520Airline%2520Flight%2520Routes%2520Can%2520Score%2520You%2520Better%2520Rewards.jpg&amp;description=How%20Understanding%20Airline%20Flight%20Routes%20Can%20Score%20You%20Better%20Rewards"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20Understanding%20Airline%20Flight%20Routes%20Can%20Score%20You%20Better%20Rewards.jpg" alt="How Understanding Airline Flight Routes Can Score You Better Rewards" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-understanding-airline-flight-routes-can-score-you-better-rewards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much">Why You Should Sign Up for Airline Rewards Even If You Don&#039;t Travel Much</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-flights-using-fare-alerts">How to Save Money on Flights Using Fare Alerts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-streamline-your-travel-rewards-strategy">How to Streamline Your Travel Rewards Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-great-seat-on-southwest">How to Get a Great Seat on Southwest</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Which Airline&#039;s Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline flight routes airline miles airline rewards airlines booking flights booking travel travel tips Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:30:05 +0000 Jason Steele 2103696 at http://www.wisebread.com Which Airline's Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value? http://www.wisebread.com/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-649524042.jpg" alt="which airlines have the best frequent flyer miles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you understand the concept of foreign currencies and their value when converted to U.S. dollars, you can understand the idea of trying to place a value on rewards points that you earn from various loyalty programs. Each airline's &quot;currency&quot; is worth so much in dollars and cents. Knowing that value can help you decide which airline rewards programs to concentrate your efforts on, or determine whether an award flight is a good deal given how many points it will cost you.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the trend in recent years has been for the major airlines to devalue their points in various ways. But that doesn't mean it's not worth collecting them. Travelers can still find great deals by using frequent flyer miles to score free flights. And if you have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">co-branded airline credit card</a>, that can help you rack up points even faster.</p> <h2>Valuing points and miles is complicated</h2> <p>On the surface, it's not that difficult to come up with a value for an airline's rewards points. A point or mile is only worth as much as what you can redeem it for. To assign a value to your miles, you need to look at what kinds of flights you can redeem them for, how many miles are required, and how much you'll have to pay in additional taxes and fees. For any particular flight, you would look up the cash price of the flight and subtract the cost of the taxes and fees that you'd have to pay to use your miles. Next, you can divide this amount by the number of required miles for that flight to reach the value per mile.</p> <p>But it's a little more complicated than that. You also have to take into account the availability of award seats at the lowest mileage levels. For example, airlines might publish an award chart that lists business class flights to Australia for a certain number of miles. This could be an extremely good use of your miles, but if they almost never make award seats available at that price, you can't really use that award as an example of how much your miles could be worth.</p> <p>That's what makes points valuations more of an art than a science. There are a number of factors that make up the typical value of a rewards point, and valuations won't be the same for any two people. It is nevertheless helpful to figure out rough estimates of points values to serve as a rule of thumb when evaluating your options.</p> <p>Over the last 10 years, I've spent a tremendous amount of time researching and booking award flights on behalf of myself, my friends, my family members, and people who pay me for this service. Here are my estimates of the value of the points and miles from the major domestic frequent flyer programs.</p> <h2>American Airlines AAdvantage</h2> <p>American Airlines AAdvantage was one of the first frequent flyer programs ever created. One of its strengths is its competitive <a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-program/miles/redeem/award-travel/flight-award-chart.jsp" target="_blank">award chart</a>, which shows a fairly reasonable number of miles required for MileSAAver awards (the lowest mileage tier) on some popular routes. MileSAAver flights generally require fewer points than other types of award flights, which tend to be more flexible.</p> <p>For example, the chart shows MileSAAver award flights in economy class to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean for just 30,000 miles, round-trip, which compares favorably to many of the airline's competitors. Business class awards to Europe are only 115,000 miles, round-trip, and American even offers off-peak MileSAAver awards to some destinations that can be a real bargain. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which American Airlines Credit Card Should You Get?</a>)</p> <p>However, there are two problems with the current American Airlines AAdvantage program. First, the airline has dramatically curtailed the availability of MileSAAver award flights in recent years, especially on intercontinental business and first class flights. If you are saving your American Airlines miles to fly a long distance in the front of the plane, you are likely to be disappointed when you try to redeem them.</p> <p>Next, American's primary international partner, British Airways, can impose large fuel surcharges on its award flights. These fuel surcharges, which were rebranded as &quot;carrier imposed charges&quot; after fuel prices retreated to historic lows, can add hundreds of dollars to the price of an award ticket. It can sometimes cost more to redeem your miles than it would to just buy a ticket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-british-airways-points-on-us-flights?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use British Airways Points on U.S. Flights</a>)</p> <p>Therefore, I consider American Airlines miles to be worth about one to two cents each for economy class travel, and only about two to three cents each toward their extremely scarce first and business class award seats. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-more-value-out-of-american-airlines-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get More Value Out of American Airlines Miles</a>)</p> <p><strong>Valuation: </strong><br /> 1&ndash;2 cents per point for economy class.<br /> 2&ndash;3 cents per point for premium class seats.</p> <h2>Delta Air Lines SkyMiles</h2> <p>Booking award travel with Delta can be frustrating. About three years ago, Delta took the unprecedented step of removing its award chart from its website. How many miles does Delta charge for award seats? You'll never know until you search the website for one particular flight, and the price you get could be anything.</p> <p>Sometimes they offer award seats for very few miles, but often these are short flights that are being heavily discounted anyway. On the other hand, it's not uncommon to see Delta offering premium class international awards for the outrageous price of several hundred thousand miles, each way. But occasionally, Delta offers &quot;sales&quot; where you can receive better value from your miles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-delta-skymiles-credit-card-has-the-best-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Has the Best Value?</a>)</p> <p>When you redeem your miles for partner awards, it can sometimes still be possible to receive a decent value in cents per mile. Unfortunately, Delta miles are typically worth little more than one cent each toward most flights, and possibly as much as two cents each toward some partner flights. However, the sheer unpredictability and unaccountability of the SkyMiles program makes earning these miles a very poor investment.</p> <p><strong>Valuation: </strong><br /> 1 cent per mile on most flights.<br /> 2 cents per mile on some partner flights.</p> <h2>United MileagePlus</h2> <p>United's MileagePlus program is not immune to the frequent devaluations that affect other airline programs, but at least United publishes its <a href="https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/mileageplus/awards/travel/awardTravel.aspx" target="_blank">award chart</a> and notifies customers well in advance of any changes.</p> <p>The strengths of this program include its 28 Star Alliance partners, including Air Canada, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Austrian, ANA, and Air China. Furthermore, all of these partners are searchable online and award availability can be excellent.</p> <p>But when it comes to award availability on United flights, you can sometimes find a decent amount of economy class seats, but fewer seats in business class. However, with the right credit card you can receive additional access to the lowest priced award seats. Therefore, I'd value United miles at around 1.5 to 2 cents each for economy class domestic flights, and 3 to 4 cents each for seats in international business class. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which United MileagePlus Credit Card Should You Get?</a>)</p> <p><strong>Valuation: </strong><br /> 1.5&ndash;2 cents per mile on domestic economy.<br /> 3&ndash;4 cents per mile on international business class.</p> <h2>Southwest Rapid Rewards</h2> <p>Southwest operates what is called a revenue-based program, which means that it closely ties the number of miles required for an award ticket to the price of the flight. Rapid Rewards points are consistently worth 1.4 to 1.7 cents each for flights in its lowest fare class, called &quot;Wanna Get Away.&quot; But if you need to use your points to purchase tickets from one of their higher fare classes, &quot;Anytime&quot; or &quot;Business Select,&quot; you'll receive much less value per point. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-domestic-frequent-flyer-program-southwest-airlines-rapid-rewards-premier-credit-card?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card</a>)</p> <p><strong>Valuation:</strong><br /> 1.4&ndash;1.7 cents per mile for Wanna Get Away fares.<br /> 1.1 cents per point towards Anytime fares.<br /> 0.95 cents per point for Business Select.</p> <h2>JetBlue</h2> <p>JetBlue's TrueBlue frequent flyer program is revenue based, much like Southwest's. However, the value of JetBlue points will vary between nearly 1 cent each and about 1.8 cents. In general, you are more likely to get more value per point from international flights as well as those in their premium class, which they call &quot;Mint.&quot; You can also expect to receive about 1.5 cents in value from JetBlue's vacation packages.</p> <p><strong>Valuation:</strong><br /> 1&ndash;1.8 cents per mile for domestic economy.<br /> 1.5 cents per mile for JetBlue vacation packages.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhich-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhich%2520Airline%2527s%2520Frequent%2520Flyer%2520Miles%2520Have%2520the%2520Best%2520Value_.jpg&amp;description=Which%20Airline's%20Frequent%20Flyer%20Miles%20Have%20the%20Best%20Value%3F"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Which%20Airline%27s%20Frequent%20Flyer%20Miles%20Have%20the%20Best%20Value_.jpg" alt="Which Airline's Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-tools-that-help-you-find-free-award-flights">4 Tools That Help You Find Free Award Flights</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-more-value-from-united-airlines-miles">How to Get More Value From United Airlines Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much">Why You Should Sign Up for Airline Rewards Even If You Don&#039;t Travel Much</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-more-value-out-of-american-airlines-miles">How to Get More Value Out of American Airlines Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline miles frequent flyer miles travel miles travel rewards travel tips Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:30:10 +0000 Jason Steele 2102253 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get More Value Out of American Airlines Miles http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-more-value-out-of-american-airlines-miles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-more-value-out-of-american-airlines-miles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_selfie_airport_879828668.jpg" alt="Woman cashing in flight miles for travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer program was one of the first ever created. Over the decades and through the acquisitions of both TWA and US Airways, it had a reputation of being one of the most valuable programs offered.</p> <p>But in recent years, travel rewards experts have lowered their valuations of AAdvantage miles as the airline began requiring more miles for award seats, and made fewer seats available at the lowest mileage levels. Now many travelers are sitting on large amounts of American AAdvantage miles and wondering how they can still get value from them.</p> <h2>Try partner airlines</h2> <p>While it's true that American is not releasing many award seats at the lowest mileage levels, which it calls &quot;SAAver Awards,&quot; the situation is much brighter at its partner airlines. When you redeem your miles for flights operated by an American Airlines partner, you can still pay the lowest &quot;SAAver&quot; award prices.</p> <p>American is part of the OneWorld Alliance, which includes British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Russia's S7 Airlines. In addition, American has commercial agreements with Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines and its merger partner Virgin America, Cape Air, El Al, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Airways, Jetstar, Seabourne, and WestJet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards with Airline Partners</a>)</p> <p>However, you can only redeem miles online for flights operated by Iberia, Alaska, British Airways, Finnair, Hawaiian, Qantas, and Royal Jordanian Airlines. To book flights on other partner airlines, you will have to call American Airlines.</p> <h2>Look for sweet spots</h2> <p>While many of the award prices have gone up in recent years, a few have gone down, seemingly so that the airline can paint the changes as positive in some small way. For example, SAAver award flights to Mexico and the Caribbean are just 30,000 miles round-trip, which is fewer than many other airlines. SAAver awards to northern South America are just 40,000 miles round-trip, and American has an extensive network of flights there. Finally, flights to Japan and Korea in business class are just 120,000 miles round-trip, which is competitive considering the distances involved. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maximize-the-value-of-your-airline-miles-and-points?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Maximize the Value of Your Airline Miles and Points</a>)</p> <h2>Think about short-haul awards</h2> <p>Sometimes a very short flight can be expensive when you pay out of pocket, especially when you're flying to Canada. But for award flights of less than 500 miles within the contiguous 48 U.S. or Canada, you only need 7,500 miles each way. This covers flights like New York City to Toronto or Philadelphia to Montreal, as well as dozens of routes within the United States. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Look for MileSAAver off-peak awards</h2> <p>American lets you fly for fewer miles during periods that it deems to be &quot;off-peak.&quot; The discounts and travel periods depend on the destination. Some can be bargains. For example, an economy class flight to Europe is just 22,500 miles one-way off-peak, which is defined as January 10-March 14, and November 1-December 14. Flights to Hawaii are just 20,000 miles each way December 29-March 12, August 11-November 18, and November 24-December 10. Flights from Hawaii are the same price on January 7-March 19, August 18-November 27, and December 3-December 25.</p> <h2>Save miles with the right credit card</h2> <p>Not only can you earn additional miles with an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=internal" target="_blank">American Airlines credit card</a>, you can also save miles when redeeming an award. Some cards offer you 10 percent of your redeemed miles back, with a maximum of 10,000 miles per calendar year. Holders of most American Airlines cards can also save up to 7,500 miles round-trip when they book reduced mileage awards on select routes.</p> <p>American Airlines miles have lost some of their value over the years, but you can still make good use of them if you know how. By focusing on partner flights, award chart sweet spots, and other exceptional deals, your AAdvantage miles may be able to take you farther than you thought.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-get-more-value-out-of-american-airlines-miles&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Get%2520More%2520Value%2520Out%2520of%2520American%2520Airlines%2520Miles.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Get%20More%20Value%20Out%20of%20American%20Airlines%20Miles"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Get%20More%20Value%20Out%20of%20American%20Airlines%20Miles.jpg" alt="How to Get More Value Out of American Airlines Miles" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-more-value-out-of-american-airlines-miles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Which Airline&#039;s Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much">Why You Should Sign Up for Airline Rewards Even If You Don&#039;t Travel Much</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Tips for Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-tools-that-help-you-find-free-award-flights">4 Tools That Help You Find Free Award Flights</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline miles american airlines frugal travel rewards miles travel miles travel tips Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:30:08 +0000 Jason Steele 2089488 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_can_not_wait_to_get_on_that_plane.jpg" alt="I can&#039;t wait to get on that plane" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you're a beginner at traveling for free using miles and points, it makes sense to think of each program as a separate entity. Want to fly for free on American Airlines? Get some American AAdvantage miles. Want to stay at a Hilton for free? Start saving up Hilton Honors points.</p> <p>But once you've mastered the basics, you'll find that limitless opportunities arise when you start mixing and matching your programs, and adding in points from banks or credit card issuers, which can be traded for a variety of point types. When you start doing this, you not only gain more flexibility, but sometimes you're able to take advantage of deals and bargains that help you wring more value out of the points you have. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-cards-have-the-best-travel-redemption-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Credit Cards Have the Best Travel Redemption Value?</a>)</p> <p>For example, I will soon be using British Airways' Avios points to fly from California to Hawaii. Does British Airways fly from California to Hawaii? Nope. I'll be flying on Alaska Air. Alaska is a partner of British Airways, and accepts Avios for flights. Why use Avios? Because each airline has its own ways of calculating how many points different flights cost, and British Airways' system makes flights from the West Coast to Hawaii a better deal than I would get using Alaska Miles or other domestic carrier programs. Generally, booking a flight from the West Coast to Hawaii costs 12,500 Avios points each way, compared to 17,500 to 30,000 Alaska Airlines miles each way. Also, I happen to have plenty of Avios, but no Alaska Airlines miles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards With Airline Partners</a>)</p> <p>Here are the three main ways you can travel using points from different companies to get the best deal possible.</p> <h2>Use miles on a partner airline</h2> <p>The major airlines belong to large partnership programs. For example, United Airlines belongs to the <a href="https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/Marketing/CustComm/Promotions/Pages/AirlinePartners.aspx" target="_blank">Star Alliance</a>, allowing its MileagePlus members to use or earn United miles on 26 other airlines, including Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.</p> <p>Sometimes these mileage partners show up when you search for flights to book on an airline site, so you might not even notice that you're flying a partner airline until you get to the airport. Other times, you need to work a little harder. For my flight to Hawaii, for example, I will have to make the reservation by phone, because Alaska Airlines flights don't show up on the British Airlines booking site.</p> <p>Besides helping you get a good deal, this method can help you use your miles to access routes or destinations that aren't served by the airline with which you hold the miles. For example, last year I wanted to fly direct from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. I had accumulated a lot of American AAdvantage miles, so that's the &quot;currency&quot; I wanted to pay with. American doesn't fly to Sydney from San Francisco, but its partner Qantas does, so I used my AAdvantage miles to fly Qantas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Airline Loyalty Program Has the Best Value for Their Miles?</a>)</p> <h2>Transfer points from one program to another</h2> <p>You can't generally transfer miles from one airline to another, but you can often transfer points from a hotel loyalty program to an airline or from a credit card travel rewards program to an airline or hotel. These companies all have exchange agreements with select partners &mdash; and sometimes you can actually gain value by moving your points from one program to another. But beware, in some cases you lose value in the transaction.</p> <p>Before you start converting points, check the conversion rate carefully. Most of the time it'll be 1:1, meaning one credit card reward point can be converted to one airline mile. But other times, it might take two credit card rewards point to get one airline mile. Sometimes this is still going to be worth it to you, because that airline is the only one that will get you to your destination. But other times, it's better to consider another option that does give you a 1:1 ratio.</p> <p>However, another scenario is when you get a <em>better</em> value than 1:1. Some programs will give you a bonus for transferring your points. That's why it pays to shop around when <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?ref=internal" target="_blank">choosing a travel rewards credit card</a>.</p> <p>What if the airline you want to fly doesn't have a partnership with the points program you want to use? All's not lost. You can arrange a double transfer. A what now? Well, imagine you have a bunch of rewards points, but it doesn't transfer to the airline miles you want. But do a little digging and you notice that the credit card rewards program allows you to convert to a certain hotel program, which allows you to transfer those hotel points to its partner airline program, the very airline you want to fly. Unfortunately, many times this sort of double transfer will cause you to lose lots of value in your initial points. Especially since hotel loyalty programs generally have poor exchange rates. So consider the double exchange a last resort in most cases.</p> <p>It's always a good idea to search for a more direct strategy before resorting to a double transfer. Or if that sounds too complicated, try method three, below.</p> <h2>Spend points like cash on a travel portal</h2> <p>Credit card rewards programs have portals through which you can book flights on a variety of airlines (and hotels) using points. Usually, when going this route, your points will be converted to a discount on the cash price of the flight, and if you don't have enough points, you can pay the remainder in cash.</p> <p>The value per mile you get when shopping through the airline portals is often a little less than you would get by redeeming miles directly through an airline, but there is also an advantage to doing it this way: The airlines see your booking as a cash purchase, not a miles redemption. This means that you're not limited to the sometimes small number of award seats made available by the airlines, or by holiday blackout dates. Even better, when you book this way, you can earn miles on the flight. And some flights booked this way may be eligible for upgrades.</p> <p>Sometimes, the credit card portals sweeten the deal. Because I hold a premium card, for instance, I got a points rebate for my flight purchase, reducing the total cost of the trip. My card also gives me five points for every dollar I spend on the portal, so between getting miles for flying, a points rebate on some of the points I spent, plus five points for every dollar cash I paid, I considered this a win/win/win.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Flexible%2520Ways%2520to%2520Cash%2520In%2520Your%2520Miles%2520and%2520Points.jpg&amp;description=3%20Flexible%20Ways%20to%20Cash%20In%20Your%20Miles%20and%20Points"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Flexible%20Ways%20to%20Cash%20In%20Your%20Miles%20and%20Points.jpg" alt="3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much">Why You Should Sign Up for Airline Rewards Even If You Don&#039;t Travel Much</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop">How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Which Airline&#039;s Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-rewards-for-summer-travel">How to Use Rewards for Summer Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Shopping Travel airline miles airline points free travel frequent flyer miles shopping tips travel tips Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2062562 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_with_shopping_bags.jpg" alt="Woman with shopping bags" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early 2000s, taking inspiration from David Phillips, the guy who got more than a million airline miles by buying Healthy Choice pudding, I participated in a shopping promotion run by American Airlines. I had to make purchases through 25 different partners in order to receive 25,000 miles.</p> <p>In those days, that was hard to do because American just didn't have that many partners I could shop through, and many of the partners they had were specialty stores I wouldn't have otherwise visited, such as a fly fishing shop. More than 15 years later, it's a different story: Airlines have struck deals with so many retailers that you can purchase nearly everything you need through an airline shopping portal. Other programs, such as hotel loyalty programs, have shopping portals too.</p> <p>The mileage isn't a pittance, either. In fact, with minimal effort, I earned more than 3,000 American AAdvantage miles in the past month alone by shopping through the airline portal, and I could have done the same with almost any other airline or loyalty program. I didn't pay any more for my purchases than I would have otherwise. It's simply a process of clicking through to the shopping site you were planning on buying from anyway, from the shopping portal site first. This works the same way as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year?ref=internal" target="_blank">cash back sites</a>, like Ebates, but I am currently in a hurry to amass miles for a trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a>)</p> <p>Here's how to make airline shopping portals work for you.</p> <h2>1. Locate the portal for the loyalty points you want to earn</h2> <p>All the major airlines and programs have shopping portals, such as <a href="https://rapidrewardsshopping.southwest.com/button/" target="_blank">Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping</a>, <a href="https://shopping.mileageplus.com/" target="_blank">United MileagePlus Shopping</a>, <a href="https://www.aadvantageeshopping.com/" target="_blank">AAdvantage eShopping Mall</a>, <a href="https://www.skymilesshopping.com/" target="_blank">Delta SkyMiles Shopping</a>, and <a href="https://shoptoearn.hiltonhonors.com/loyrewards/earnmall/us/earnmallhome?" target="_blank">Hilton Honors Shop-to-Earn Mall</a>.</p> <h2>2. Sign up</h2> <p>It may not be enough just to have a frequent flyer number with an airline. For instance, to get miles for shopping Delta's portal, you have to enter your frequent flyer number and other personal information first.</p> <h2>3. Check out the shops</h2> <p>Peruse the portal's offerings and figure out if you can use it to do any of the shopping you were going to do anyway. For instance, I needed to replace a headlight on my car. I could have driven to an automotive supply store, or ordered it on Amazon, but because I was trying to collect miles, I clicked through an airline portal and purchased the bulb through AutoZone instead.</p> <p>With general purpose stores such as Walgreens, Walmart, Kohl's, and Target, these portals now allow to do almost all your shopping this way if you want.</p> <h2>4. Read offers carefully</h2> <p>One thing you need to keep in mind when using an online shopping portal is that the company offering the reward (in this case the airline) will be tracking your clicks when you move from the shopping portal to the retailer site. Because of this, most miles malls will warn in their fine print that the service won't work if your browser cookies are turned off or if you use ad-blocking software.</p> <p>More rules may pop up when you select a store or specific offer. For example, certain products or brands may be excluded from the offer, or you may not earn miles if you use a coupon code.</p> <p>Some vendors on these malls are selling services or subscriptions, not actual products. These offers can be great because they might offer a larger amount of miles as a sign-up bonus, but pay particular attention to these offers to make sure you know how long you have to keep the subscription going in order to qualify for miles. For instance, I signed up for a wine club membership, but, failing to read the fine print, I canceled too soon and didn't get any miles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>5. Make the purchase and check your account</h2> <p>The great thing about this step is that you're probably using a credit card that also pays you a mile or more for every dollar you spend. When shopping through a miles portal, you get <em>both</em> the credit card rewards and the shopping rewards. A true double whammy!</p> <p>Although the terms of service may say you'll get your miles in a month or more, in my experience, miles showed up on my airline account just two days after making a purchase. This helps if you are close to booking an award flight and you just need a few more miles to make it happen. By contrast, if you are trying to get the extra miles through credit card spending, you'll have to wait for the month's billing cycle to end before the miles are credited. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a>)</p> <h2>6. If you don't get the miles, complain</h2> <p>Sometimes the miles you earned aren't credited to your account. Many of the portals have an email form just for reporting this. You should probably start by contacting the merchant, and then if they don't help you, contact the airline.</p> <h2>7. Remember that if you return the item, you could lose the miles</h2> <p>To be honest, so far I haven't had miles deducted from my account after having to return something, but the terms of service of the miles mall I was shopping warned that it could happen. Just make sure you return any items you are planning to, before you use the miles.</p> <h2>8. Check back for special offers</h2> <p>Either subscribe to email alerts or check the site regularly, because merchants offer special deals that might even make it worth it to try a product or service you wouldn't have otherwise bought. For example, I recently saw an offer for 1,500 AAdvantage miles for buying a $12 magazine subscription. Since 1,500 AAdvantage miles are worth about $22.50 at 1.5 cents a mile, and since it costs $29.50 to <em>buy</em> 1,000 miles directly from American, this deal would be a no-brainer if you just needed a few more miles to make an award &mdash; even if you never read the magazine.</p> <p>Even better, to encourage people to shop there, the portals sometimes offer bonus miles or sweepstakes if you shop at a certain number of stores during a specific time frame. For instance, I recently participated in a promo in which every $50 purchase I made got me an entry into a drawing to win 1 million miles. (I didn't win, as far as I've heard.)</p> <p>Southwest Airlines even has an extension you can install so that a button shows up on your browser when you're shopping to remind you to click through their portal.</p> <h2>9. Consider purchasing gift cards</h2> <p>If you don't have a specific purchase in mind at the moment, but you urgently need a few extra miles, you can take advantage of a rewards shopping portal by buying a gift card to use later. The beautiful thing about this is that when you spend your gift card, you can shop through the rewards portal again, getting rewarded twice for the same purchase. (Actually, three times, if you're using a credit card that rewards you per dollar spent on the gift card purchase.)</p> <p>However, you'll have to check the fine print again, because some stores don't pay miles on gift card purchases.</p> <h2>10. Compare deals before shopping</h2> <p>If you are racing to accrue just a few more United miles before booking a flight, stick to the United shopping portal. However, if you have a lot of loyalty programs and just want to maximize your earn, the site <a href="http://evreward.com/" target="_blank">ev'reward</a> will tell you who's offering the best deal at the moment. To use it, type in the name of the retailer you plan to shop, and ev'reward will give you a list of different portals and the reward rate each is currently offering. You can also browse by category, which is great if you know you want to order some coffee, for instance, and you're willing to buy it from any store offering the best reward.</p> <h2>11. Remember this trick if your miles are about to expire</h2> <p>Some programs will take away your miles if you don't earn or spend any of them for awhile. You can usually reset the clock if you make any transaction using your frequent flyer number, including an online shopping portal purchase. So if your miles are about to expire, just click through that airline's shopping portal and buy any little thing. Check your airline policy to make sure they use this rule. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-frequent-flyer-miles-that-are-about-to-expire?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Frequent Flyer Miles That Are About to Expire</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Earn%2520Airline%2520Miles%2520While%2520You%2520Shop.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Earn%20Airline%20Miles%20While%20You%20Shop"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Earn%20Airline%20Miles%20While%20You%20Shop.jpg" alt="How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-sign-up-for-airline-rewards-even-if-you-dont-travel-much">Why You Should Sign Up for Airline Rewards Even If You Don&#039;t Travel Much</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Which Airline&#039;s Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-travel-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny">5 Travel Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel airline miles earn miles flight miles miles and points save money on travel shopping tips travel tips Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:01:05 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2057008 at http://www.wisebread.com How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/football_player_498545428.jpg" alt="Man using credit card rewards to go to the Super Bowl" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Millions of Americans use their rewards credit cards to earn frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards, or just a little extra cash back. But Artie Lange, business owner and New York Giants fan, goes for a more unusual reward. His credit card is his ticket to the Super Bowl. When this 50-year-old father of four arrives at Houston's NRG Stadium, it will be the 12th consecutive Super Bowl he's attended using just credit card rewards.</p> <h2>Rewards Get Him to the Game</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Artie%20and%20his%20son%20on%20the%20Field.jpg" alt="" width="454" height="605" /></p> <p>Lange's Super Bowl attendance began 22 years ago when he started cajoling some of the well-connected clients of his business, which builds and renovates custom homes, to give him tickets each year. &quot;When you're 29, it's easy to ask people for tickets,&quot; he remembers. But after a while, he could tell that his annual pleas were starting to wear thin.</p> <p>Then, Lange discovered the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nfl-extra-points-credit-card-review?ref=internal" target="_blank">NFL Extra Points credit card</a>, which allowed him to earn rewards for his spending that could be redeemed for cash back, or for a variety of exclusive NFL purchases, including Super Bowl tickets.</p> <p>With the NFL Extra Points card, you earn two points per dollar spent on all NFL and team purchases, and one point per dollar spent on everything else. You also get a 20% discount on all purchases from NFLShop.com, and special financing on all eligible NFL ticket purchases. New cardholders earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $500 on their card within 90 days of account opening. There is no annual fee for this card.</p> <p>Lange uses his NFL Extra Points card for all of his personal purchases and many of his business expenses as well. By November every year, he's ready to go. When tickets were released in 2016, they sold out within hours. Once again, Artie Lange was able to redeem his points and book his trip to the big game in February.</p> <h2>How Many Points Do You Need?</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Our%20Seats.jpg" alt="" width="605" height="454" /></p> <p>For Super Bowl LI, Barclays offered three different ticket packages, each with the option to add hotel accommodations. That's a valuable option, as getting a hotel reservation in the host city for Super Bowl weekend is not only expensive, it can be almost as hard as getting the game tickets themselves.</p> <p>The options for this year were:</p> <ul> <li>175,000 points for two upper-level tickets, or 325,000 points including three hotel nights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>225,000 points for two mid-level tickets, or 375,000 points including three hotel nights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>275,000 points for two premium-level tickets, or 425,000 points including three hotel nights.</li> </ul> <p>Furthermore, Barclays invites all cardholders to a welcome brunch featuring an NFL player. This year it will be former quarterback and nine-time Pro-Bowler Warren Moon.</p> <h2>Other Ways to Use NFL Extra Points Card Rewards</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Arties%20Son%20On%20The%20Field.JPG" alt="" width="453" height="605" /></p> <p>The NFL Extra Points program offers unique awards beyond just Super Bowl tickets. You can redeem points for tickets to regular season games, starting at 25,000 points for two tickets and even playoff games. There is also a variety of exclusive opportunities available to cardholders that vary by team, including sideline passes, tickets to the coach's press conference, and the chance to be in the tunnel as the teams exit the locker room.</p> <p>And during the Super Bowl, cardholders can redeem points to attend events such as opening night with the media, a VIP player meet and greet, and a private kicking clinic with legendary kicker and four-time Super Bowl champ Adam Vinatieri.</p> <h2>Super Bowl Memories Worth Every Point Spent</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Super%20Bowl%20L.jpg" alt="" width="454" height="605" /></p> <p>As a New York Giants fan, Lange's favorite game was Super Bowl XLII in 2008, when his underdog team emerged victorious in a spectacular finish against the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. He also has great memories of going with his wife, who's been to 12 Super Bowls, and his son, who will be attending his 10th this year.</p> <p>Then there was halftime at Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002. &quot;As a New Yorker, there was nothing more memorable than U2 singing while all the names of the victims of 9/11 scrolled in the background.&quot; Lange says. &quot;I had three friends that died in the towers, so that brought me to tears and is burned into my brain.&quot;</p> <p>On a happier note, he and his three daughters got to go on the field during halftime of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in 2013, and watch Beyonce up close. As he recalls, &quot;The kids went crazy for that experience.&quot;</p> <p>Not everyone will be able to spend the amount needed on an NFL Extra Points card each year to join Artie Lange at the Super Bowl, but it's within reach for many small business owners. Others might save up their points over a few years for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, or just redeem fewer rewards points for a regular season game or other NFL experiences. But Lange's story proves that it's possible to use credit card rewards to attend the Super Bowl every year, and to bring home some incredible memories with it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls.jpg&amp;description=How%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls.jpg" alt="How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">The Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airline miles churning football free travel rewards sports Super Bowl Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Jason Steele 1882260 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Simple Ways to Save on Hotel Stays http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-ways-to-save-on-hotel-stays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-simple-ways-to-save-on-hotel-stays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_beach_vacation_538041934.jpg" alt="Woman finding simple ways to save on hotels" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Booking the right accommodations can make or break your stay &mdash; and your travel budget. So once you've taken the time to carefully research your hotel for your next trip, make sure you secure a good room and rate during your booking. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Hotel Booking Tips From Professional Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Use Rewards Programs</h2> <p>By now, you've probably realized that you should always be earning frequent flyer miles when you fly, but did you know this is also true for hotels? Many major hotel brands such as Hilton and Hyatt offer free loyalty rewards programs that let you accumulate points toward free nights just by staying at properties within their chain. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breakdown-of-benefits-and-value-of-the-best-hotel-rewards-programs-and-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Breakdown of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs</a>)</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t want to be tied down to one particular hotel chain, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-online-booking-sites?ref=internal" target="_blank">online booking sites</a> often have their own rewards programs that allow you to accumulate points and earn rewards by purchasing travel through them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-known-trick-to-getting-exclusive-travel-discounts-and-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Little Known Trick to Getting Exclusive Travel Discounts</a>)</p> <h2>2. Earn Elite Status</h2> <p>There's nothing complicated about earning elite status with a specific chain of hotels. To start, you'll want to focus on one chain of hotels that you like and book there consistently.</p> <p>However, you can speed up the process by using a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-with-free-hotel-status-upgrades?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit card that gives you elite status</a>. Some give you a status boost just for being a cardmember. With others, you&rsquo;ll need to spend a certain amount on the card before you get elite status.</p> <p>Having elite status can get you perks like free breakfast, upgrades, Wi-Fi, bonus points, and welcome gifts. Be sure to mention your status when you complete the booking and inquire about special accommodations or amenities that may be available to you.</p> <h2>3. Take Advantage of Status Match</h2> <p>If you have earned a certain status with one hotel brand, you may be able to leverage this with other chains as well. Call another brand and find out if they will match your status. To qualify for some status match programs, you will have to provide documentation proving your status with the first hotel chain.</p> <p>Keep in mind that if you've used credit card spending to reach an elite status, this may not qualify you for elite status with another hotel brand.</p> <h2>4. Book Directly &mdash; By Phone</h2> <p>It may sound simple, but many people are hesitant to contact the hotel directly, especially in the Internet age where most bookings are done online. People have become accustomed to doing everything from their computers, but sometimes to get the best deal you actually have to call the hotel to book your stay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Easiest Way to Negotiate a Hotel Room Rate</a>)</p> <p>First, you'll need to do your homework to get an idea of the going rate online. Then call the hotel directly. Ask the reservationist to give you a better deal than what you found with a third-party booking site.</p> <p>Almost all hotels prefer you to book directly with them, since it saves them from paying a commission to an online booking website. Use this to your advantage and ask that they throw in an extra perk for booking directly, like a complimentary upgrade, a room with a view, or another incentive such as free early check-in or late check-out.</p> <h2>5. Communicate Early About Special Occasions</h2> <p>Always inform the hotel if you'll be celebrating any occasion during your stay. Hotels will usually try to accommodate with a free upgrade, and if you're visiting them during your honeymoon they may even throw in a welcome gift like champagne to show their appreciation for your business.</p> <p>Ideally, you should inform the hotel of your special occasion while you're making the booking, but it doesn't hurt to remind them while you're checking in.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-in-a-5-star-hotel-for-less-than-the-cost-of-a-motel?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">How to Stay in a 5 Star Hotel for Less Than the Cost of a Motel</a></p> <h2>6. Take Advantage of Last-Minute Deals</h2> <p>In general, it&rsquo;s best to reserve your room in advance. But if you have to book at the last minute, you can sometimes do so without having to pay top dollar. Websites like <a href="https://www.roomertravel.com" target="_blank">Roomer</a> and <a href="https://www.cancelon.com/" target="_blank">Cancelon</a> can help you secure a reduced rate from last-minute hotel cancellations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hotel-room-booking-tools-every-frugal-traveler-should-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Hotel Room Booking Tools Every Traveler Should Know</a>)</p> <h2>7. Use Coupons</h2> <p>Coupons can really reduce the cost of your booking, especially when you're booking a package or last-minute stay. Sites like <a href="https://www.groupon.com/" target="_blank">Groupon</a> are especially good for last-minute deals.</p> <p>See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travelers</a></p> <h2>8. Cash in Airline Miles to Buy Rooms</h2> <p>Have you been racking up thousands of airline miles that you&rsquo;re not sure how to use? You may be able to cash them in to pay for hotel rooms. Many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit cards</a> allow you to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-hotels?ref=internal" target="_blank">transfer points to hotel programs</a>, which you can then use to pay for your booking.</p> <h2>9. Write a Review for a Future Booking</h2> <p>Did you know you can earn a commission toward a future booking with <a href="https://www.yonderbound.com/" target="_blank">Yonderbound</a>? All you have to do is write a review on the Yonderbound website after your stay. Then, when someone books a stay at the property after reading your review, you can earn 70% of the website's commission, which works out to about 10% of the booking&rsquo;s list price.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-simple-ways-to-save-on-hotel-stays&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%20Simple%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Hotel%20Stays.jpg&amp;description=9%20Simple%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Hotel%20Stays" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Simple%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Hotel%20Stays.jpg" alt="9 Simple Ways to Save on Hotel Stays" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-ways-to-save-on-hotel-stays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/does-it-make-sense-to-stay-in-a-hotel-anymore">Does It Make Sense to Stay in a Hotel Anymore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations airline miles booking coupons elite status hotels rewards programs status match trips vacations Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:30:36 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1871078 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/toy_plane_map_65033677.jpg" alt="Learning miles secrets only frequent flyers know" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most frequent flyers are experts at collecting and redeeming miles for free travel. They know all the tricks for squeezing a bit more value from each point, where to find more award seats, and secrets to getting miles faster. These are the little known secrets for getting more miles and value so you can be on your way to your next <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=tavel">free vacation</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=travel">How to Get a Free Vacation through Credit Card Rewards in Less Than 9 Months</a>)</p> <h2>1. You Can Earn More Miles on the Ground Than in the Air</h2> <p>Even for frequent travelers, most airline miles are earned on the ground, not in the air. That's because <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">airline credit cards</a> award miles based on how much you <em>spend</em>, not how <em>far you fly</em>. That includes nonflying purchases. Use your card to pay for all your expenses and watch your miles add up.</p> <h2>2. You Don't Need an Airline Credit Card</h2> <p>Some of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">best travel rewards credit cards</a> aren't airline branded cards, but their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">points can be transferred to the airline miles</a> of your choice. This gives you more flexibility in choosing the card that offers the most points for the category you spend the most in. Choose a card that offers <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">bonus points for dining</a> if you frequent restaurants often. Get a card that offers <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">high grocery rewards</a>. This will help you earn more points faster.</p> <h2>3. Not All Redemption Opportunities Offer the Same Value</h2> <p>Frequent travelers know how to look for <em>value</em> when redeeming their miles. Planning ahead of time to grab the best award price and comparing different routes will get you a much higher value for your hard earned points.</p> <h2>4. Look for Award Flights on Partner Airlines</h2> <p>If you're searching for award seats on a particular airline, look up the partners that also accept that airline's miles, and search for flights through them. Sometimes award seats show up on a partner site search rather than the specific airline site you're looking to fly on. Sometimes fees are much lower for the same flight through a partner airline. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=travel">The Secret to Getting the Cheapest Award Flights</a>)</p> <h2>5. Look for Business and First Class International Flights</h2> <p>You might think that business or first class seats are out of your reach, but when it comes to miles, a seat in business class on an international flight that would normally cost two to three times the cost of a coach seat, might only be 50% more miles. Instead of using your miles for a few domestic flights, saving them for upgraded seats on an international flight would give you much more value for your points.</p> <p><em>Do you play the airline miles game? How do you wring out the most value?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Airline%20Miles%20Secrets%20Only%20Frequent%20Flyers%20Know.jpg&amp;description=5%20Airline%20Miles%20Secrets%20Only%20Frequent%20Flyers%20Know" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Airline%20Miles%20Secrets%20Only%20Frequent%20Flyers%20Know.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-the-most-from-your-airline-miles-in-these-5-overlooked-cities">Get the Most From Your Airline Miles in These 5 Overlooked Cities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline miles flights frequent flyers international points rewards vacation value Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Jason Steele 1764990 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid_dressed_as_pilot_000036134522.jpg" alt="Child learning how to donate or sell his airline miles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have a bunch of airline miles that you're not going to use? Hoping to get rid of them or help someone less fortunate? You've come to the right place. Here are six different ways that you can part with your hard-earned miles without violating the frequent flyer terms and conditions of airline loyalty programs.</p> <h2>Donating Miles</h2> <p>Good for you! You've decided to use your airline miles for a greater purpose. Note that donating your miles truly is an act of charity &mdash; that's because the IRS considers airline miles a gift to you from the airline, and donated miles are therefore not tax deductible.</p> <h3>1. American Miles for Kids in Need</h3> <p>(1,000 Miles Minimum Donation)</p> <p>Your AAadvantage Miles can be used to give an advantage to children and families in need of help. American Airlines supports a variety of child and family focused charities including Miles of Hope, Miles for Kids in Need, and more.</p> <p>Through these programs AA focuses on food, clothing, shelter, health, education, and employment. Their goal is to benefit organizations that provide a strategic focus on children and/or those afflicted by unexpected adversity.</p> <p>For more information, call 1-800-882-8880 or visit <a href="http://hub.aa.com/en/ju/donate">American's Giving webpage</a>.</p> <h3>2. United Charity Miles</h3> <p>(500 Miles Minimum Donation)</p> <p>United Airlines works with a number of charities that focus on youth, humanitarian, health, community, and military aid. There are nearly 50 charities to choose from including American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Americares, and many more.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="https://secure.unitedmileageplus.com/CharityMilesSSO.jsp">United donation page</a> for the full list of Charities.</p> <h3>3. Delta Donate Miles</h3> <p>(Minimum Donation Varies by Charity)</p> <p>By donating your Delta Miles you can help children and animals in need, struggling communities, and breast cancer patients. Delta has a wide variety of wonderful charities to choose from, but each one has its own minimum donation requirement.</p> <p>With charities in the U.S., Latin America and around the world, you can put your points where they are needed most. Head to <a href="http://www.delta.com/buygftxfer/displayDonateMilesLatAm.action">Delta's Donate Miles</a> page and check out their comprehensive and well-organized list of charities which include Make A Wish, Habitat For Humanity, UNICEF, and many more.</p> <h3>4. JetBlue True Giving</h3> <p>(500 Point Minimum Donation for most Charities)</p> <p>You can use your TrueBlue points to contribute to great causes all around the world. When you donate your points, they'll go directly to your chosen charity, and in turn, they will be able to use the points for JetBlue flights to help their cause.</p> <p>With many different charities aiming to help youth, education, families, communities, and the environment, you'll be able to donate your points to where they are needed most. Points can be donated locally or globally to more than 2.5 million causes in the True Giving database.</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://trueblue.jetblue.com/web/trueblue/charity">JetBlue's Charity Page</a> for a full list of programs and start making a difference today.</p> <h2>Trading or Transferring Miles</h2> <p>Most programs will allow you to gift miles to other users. Check with your program&rsquo;s options for transferring miles. If that&rsquo;s not available, there are still other ways to move your points.</p> <h3>5. Redeem or Transfer Miles Through Points.com</h3> <p>You can trade miles with other frequent flyers through <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-11373616-1368501104000">Points.com.</a> You can also transfer miles between frequent flyer programs, or redeem miles into Paypal credit, merchandise, dining, or gift cards.</p> <p>This may sound a lot like bartering miles, but airlines are okay with customers using Points.com because when you trade on this site, they're collecting fees every step of the way.</p> <p>While it is perfectly acceptable to trade your points in at Points.com, it's definitely not the best way to redeem them. You will not get as much as your miles are worth and you will be charged hefty fees, similar to the ones that airlines charge.</p> <p>If your miles are about to expire, or you're sure that you'll never use them, then this service could be right for you. But if you can use them on travel, you'll get much more bang for your buck.</p> <h3>6. Book Awards Tickets for Your Family &amp; Friends</h3> <p>Technically this is still a grey area when it comes to frequent flyer program regulations, but it is perfectly okay to fly your friends and family using your points, if they just so happen to give you something in return at the same time, that's a complete coincidence... right?</p> <p>Spending your miles on friends and family is a great way to use miles that would otherwise expire.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-with-airline-companion-tickets-and-3-bad-ones">Best Credit Cards that Offer Companion Tickets</a></p> <h2>The Bottom Line</h2> <p>I personally have never (and will never) sell my air miles to a broker and neither should you. There are just too many risks:</p> <ul> <li>Ticket confiscation;</li> <li>Reservation cancellation;</li> <li>Confiscation of all accumulated miles on your accounts;</li> <li>Strongly worded emails and accusations;</li> <li>Ban from rewards program.</li> </ul> <p>You can trade in your miles, use them to help make the world a better place, or fly your family and friends around the planet for a visit. Don't ever let your points go to waste. Use Points.com or credit card donation services to ensure that you're making the most of your unused miles.</p> <p><em>Have you ever donated or transferred airline miles?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-frequent-flyer-miles-that-are-about-to-expire">How to Save Frequent Flyer Miles That Are About to Expire</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls">How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">The Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airline miles charity donations rewards Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:00:46 +0000 Nick Wharton 1578552 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000052282084_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've been traveling and hacking flights since 2008, spending nearly eight years researching and finding secret methods to save money, earn points, and fly for free. These effective and easy-to-use tricks have saved me thousands of dollars over the years and now they can do the same for you.</p> <h2>1. Use Google Flights</h2> <p>If there ever was a single flight booking engine to rule them all, it would be <a href="https://www.google.com/flights/">Google Flights</a>. This incredible website will revolutionize the way you book flights and it can save you a ton of money along the way. Let's go over some of the main features of this booking site that blows others like it out of the water.</p> <h3>Two Months of Fares</h3> <p>A frequent flyer knows that there are always cheaper days of the week and times of the month to fly. Google Flights simplifies your fare search by showing you a calendar with two full months of fares. There's even a handy bar graph that makes it easy to see which day is the cheapest. I have found flights for nearly half price just by using this tool and flying on the right day of the month!</p> <h3>Destination Region, Not Just Destination City</h3> <p>Sometimes you want to go to Europe, but you want to be spontaneous. You'll fly to any city as long as it's cheap. Well, Google Flights will be your new best friend. Instead of having to input a destination city, you can input a destination region (ie: Europe). You can then open a map view of the entire continent which shows airfares on every major city and airport. With this trick, I found that I could fly to Paris for $150 less than if I flew to London on the same day. Using traditional methods of flight search, you'd have to separately search each city in Europe to find the cheapest flight and this could potentially take hours.</p> <h3>Happiness Factors</h3> <p>A good deal on a flight ticket is only a good deal if you're comfortable while you're in the air. Google has teamed up with Routehappy to include &quot;Happiness Factors&quot; in their search results. Now you can see if there is food, USB power outlets, TVs, video on demand, and Wi-Fi on your flight. The factors are shown using easy to spot icons right next to the fares in search results. You can even see how many inches of legroom you'll have!</p> <h3>Best Flight Recommendation</h3> <p>Google takes the guesswork out of choosing flights. Sometimes, customers are blinded by a cheap deal and they fail to notice that there is a 45-hour layover in Delaware. For an extra $40 you could have flown direct! Google automatically calculates the best flight for you based on a good balance of price and transit time. Brilliant. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use?ref=seealso">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a>)</p> <h2>2. Clear Your Cache</h2> <p>This is a big one, everybody! Have you ever noticed that when you return to check the cost of your flight day after day, the price just keeps going up? This is not a coincidence. Flight booking engines and airline websites store cookies in your browser. These cookies can monitor your browsing habits and they'll know when you return to their website to check flight costs again and again. They will then jack the price up to urge you to buy! It sounds criminal, doesn't it? Well it's not illegal and it happens all of the time on pretty much every booking website. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-getting-the-lowest-rate-from-travel-websites?ref=seealso">4 Secrets to Getting the Lowest Rate From Travel Websites</a>)</p> <p>To avoid getting charged extra every time you book a flight, simply clear your browser cache before booking anything online, or if you use Google Chrome as your browser, simply hit control-shift-N to open an &quot;incognito&quot; window which ensures cookie-free browsing.</p> <p>Note: Clearing the cache is different for every browser, here are instructions for the most common ones: <a href="https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183083?hl=en">Google Chrome</a>, <a href="http://agsci.psu.edu/it/how-to/clear-internet-explorer-8-ie8-browsing-history-cache">Internet Explorer</a>, <a href="https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-cookies-remove-info-websites-stored">Firefox</a>, and <a href="https://guides.instructure.com/m/4214/l/334964-how-do-i-clear-my-browser-cache-on-a-mac">Safari</a>.</p> <p>I recently booked a flight from Guatemala to Cuba and I noticed that each day before booking, the price kept going up. Luckily I utilized this simple hack and voila! The price magically went back down and I saved $250 on two tickets! Don't believe me? Check out the split image below. The bottom half is the flight before clearing the browser cache and the top half is the exact same flight, booked 10 minutes later using &quot;incognito&quot; mode.</p> <p><img width="605" height="456" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/flight%20prices.jpg" /></p> <p>If you didn't know about this hack before, then you've probably overpaid for pretty much every flight you've ever taken. Next time you book a flight, make sure you clear your cache or shop &quot;incognito.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Get Bumped</h2> <p>Is saving big money on flights not good enough for you? You want to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">fly for free</a>? No problem. You can get free flight vouchers so you don't have to pay for your future airfare at all. It's called &quot;getting bumped.&quot;</p> <p>Here's how it works: These days, there are so many people flying that airlines overbook their flights and bank on the fact that not everyone will show up to the gates come check-in time. Sometimes this works for them and they can overbook flights without a hitch, but other times they have to ask some passengers if they wouldn't mind taking the next scheduled flight instead. These passengers are &quot;getting bumped.&quot;</p> <p>Why is &quot;getting bumped&quot; such an awesome hack? Because if you get bumped, you'll be flown to your destination on the next scheduled flight, plus you'll receive a free flight voucher for your next holiday! That's right, your next flight will be free.</p> <p>But you shouldn't just cross your fingers and hope to get bumped. There are three things that you should do to better your chances.</p> <h3>Choose a Popular Flight</h3> <p>The more popular the flight route, the more likely it will be that the airline needs to bump passengers. Choose a destination city that is popular, and fly on the busiest day possible (usually Monday mornings, Friday afternoons, and around holidays).</p> <h3>Pack Light</h3> <p>Airline staff will try to choose the most convenient candidates for bump passengers. If they have to go fetch your bag from under the plane, they probably won't pick you. If you want to get bumped, try to pack only carry-on luggage.</p> <h3>Show Up Extra Early and Volunteer</h3> <p>Head to the check-in counter right when it opens and have a big smile on your face. Politely mention to the agent that you're in no rush, and you'd have no problem volunteering to take the next flight if they need you to.</p> <p>Now you just sit and wait with your fingers crossed. This hack may not work every time, but you can definitely get a few free flights if you keep trying.</p> <h2>4. Book at the Right Time</h2> <p>The &quot;right time to book&quot; has been a debate amongst frequent flyers since the invention of commercial air travel. How long before your departure date should you start shopping for flights? Are last-minute deals the best or is it better to plan in advance to get early bird discounts?</p> <p>According to a 2013 study conducted by CheapAir.com, the <a href="http://www.cheapair.com/blog/travel-tips/when-should-you-buy-your-airline-ticket-heres-what-our-data-has-to-say/">optimal time to book flights</a> is approximately 48 days (about seven weeks) before departure. The study also claimed that most airlines will charge hefty premiums for late bookings (within 14 days of departure) and for early bookings (more than five months in advance).</p> <h2>5. Become &quot;Cancellation Protected&quot;</h2> <p>Many flight booking engines have pretty strict flight cancellation policies that are often separate from the airline's policies. Sometimes you have to cancel your flight for unforeseen reasons and if you booked with an online booking site, you may be out of luck and out of money.</p> <p>Instead, find the flight using your favorite booking engine, get the flight number and date of the cheapest fare, and then go straight your chosen airline's website to book it. This way, you'll have a better chance of getting at least some kind of refund if you have to cancel down the road.</p> <p>Keep in mind, you can get refunds on many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-refund-when-something-is-non-refundable">&quot;non-refundable&quot; purchases</a> if you know how to ask.</p> <h2>6. Use Your Best Travel Rewards Credit Card</h2> <p>There's no reason why anyone should book travel without reaping the benefits of travel rewards and air miles from their favorite credit cards. Whenever you're paying for a holiday, trip or vacation, make sure that you're using your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">best travel rewards credit card</a>.</p> <p>Find the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-travel-rewards-credit-cards-really-work">best card for your travel preferences</a>, rack up your points and miles, and then <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards">redeem them for a free vacatio</a>n!&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">If you're a loyal flyer on a particular airline, a </span><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">co-branded airline card</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;"> will get you extra travel perks like priority boarding and discounts off in-flight purchases.</span></p> <h2>7. Use the Flight+Hotel or Flight+Rental Tab</h2> <p>You've probably seen that little tab at the top of flight booking websites that says Flight+Hotel or Flight+Car Rental. It looks like it's just an aggressive upsell, trying to get you to spend more money than you really want to, but it turns out, there are huge savings hidden beneath that tab.</p> <p>Flight booking engines offer customers big discounts on their flights, hotels, and car rental if they book them all together. Even if you don't want to rent a car for the duration of your holiday, give this little hack a try.</p> <p>In my sample booking, the cheapest flight from Toronto to London in July of 2015 was $1,524. I then searched the same flight using the tab on the British Airways website that says &quot;Flight+Car&quot; and found it for just $1,444 including a rental for the duration of the one week holiday. That's $80 less for the flight, plus a free rental car.</p> <h2>8. Pack Your Stuff to Avoid Extra Baggage Fees</h2> <p>Everyone wants to avoid going over the baggage allowance on flights. It's a good idea to always carry the maximum allowed size for your carry-on luggage, plus a purse, and a laptop bag. Most airlines allow all of these items as carry-ons and having all three is a loophole that will help you to avoid expensive fees at check-in. (You can sometimes sneak on with a plastic grocery bag as well!)</p> <p>If that nasty scale at the check-in counter is calling your luggage fat, take the heaviest things out and put them in your purse or daypack. Toss some things in the laptop bag and distribute the weight into your carry-ons so that you don't have to pay an extra cent for heavy checked luggage.</p> <p>Bonus hack: If you're traveling with golf clubs, stuff the golf bag with as much clothing as you can to lighten your other checked bag and avoid overweight charges. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers?ref=seealso">25 Secrets From the World's Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>9. Ask to Sit Close to the Emergency Exit</h2> <p>On most airlines, you are charged extra if you request the emergency exit seats because they have twice the leg room, but you can often get them for free. When you check in for your next flight, request that your seat is <em>close to</em> the nearest emergency exit row. This is free.</p> <p>As soon as the plane doors are sealed and you see an empty emergency exit seat, switch over to it. Because passengers are charged extra if they request exit seats before departure, there are usually a couple of empty ones available and once the plane is sealed, you don't have to pay to move into them.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso">15 Airport Hacks From Expert Travelers</a></p> <h2>10. Use the Multi-City Tab</h2> <p>Basically, the Multi-City tab can be found on almost all booking sites and it gives customers access to secret discounts for taking multiple flights at the same time. In my case, I needed to fly from Guatemala City to Havana and then on to San Jose, Costa Rica three weeks later. If I were to book these flights separately, they would have cost me $938, but booking the same trip using the Multi-City tab only cost me $710. That's a savings of $218. Use this tab when you're planning multiple flights in a specific time frame and you can save a lot of money.</p> <p><em>Do you know of some money saving flight hacks that I missed? Please share them with the world in the comments below!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Flight%2520Booking%2520Hacks%2520to%2520Save%2520You%2520Hundreds.jpg&amp;description=10%20Flight%20Booking%20Hacks%20to%20Save%20You%20Hundreds"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Flight%20Booking%20Hacks%20to%20Save%20You%20Hundreds.jpg" width="250" height="374" align="middle" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">The Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds">10 Travel Destinations for People Who Hate Crowds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline miles airline tickets credit cards flight booking flying travel vacation Mon, 07 Sep 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Nick Wharton 1548205 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/world_travel_000003712634.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Airline frequent flyer programs have their good times and their bad times, and no one wants to earn miles with a carrier that suddenly decides to devalue their miles or change their awards requirements. Thankfully, there is a type of credit card that allows cardholders to transfer their rewards to several different airlines at their choosing. So cardholders need not commit to earning miles to a single airline program. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=5x">Best Airline Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>These flexible point transfer programs have been increasing in popularity as consumers want more flexibility and freedom to choose which airline to fly when redeeming their rewards. To choose the best flexible points transfer card for your needs, you should examine the features and benefits of these cards, and which airline miles you can transfer your points to.</p> <p>Here are the top credit cards that offer point to mileage transfers.</p> <h2>Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card</h2> <p><img src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/chase-sapphire-preferred-card-110716.png" class="img-exempt" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" alt="" width="154" border="0" height="97" /><a href=" http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=38&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xcardbutton" target=" rel=" style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" class="img-exempt img-button" alt="" /></a>The Chase Ultimate Rewards program features six airline transfer partners and four hotel programs. Although this doesn't seem like a generous number of airline partners, the selection is among some of the more valuable programs. For example, Southwest and United are exclusive transfer partners to this program, and others like Korean and British Airways offer partner awards with Delta and American Airlines respectively.</p> <p>Chase also allows points from their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-freedom-visa-review-200-cash-back-bonus">Chase Freedom&reg; card</a> to be transferred to their <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=38&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xname" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sapphire Preferred&reg; card</a>, which allows points from Freedom to be transferred to travel partners as well. Freedom cardholders cannot do this without a Sapphire card.</p> <p>Earn 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants &amp; 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide. Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That&rsquo;s worth $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards&reg;. There is an introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=38&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xend" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to learn more and apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card today!</a></strong></p> <h2>The Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express</h2> <p><img style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/amex-everyday-credit-card-111115.png" width="154" border="0" height="97" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" target=" rel=" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=2&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xcardbutton"><img alt="" class="img-exempt img-button" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=2&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xname" target="_blank">Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express</a> offers points in the American Express Membership Rewards program, which features 17 different airline transfer partners. Most of these transfer partners offer a 1:1 transfer ratio. This is one of the few cards that offer a flexible point transfer program without an annual fee.</p> <p>Cardholders earn one point per dollar spent, and 2x points for spending at US supermarkets (up to $6,000 per year in purchases, then one point after) and 1x points on other purchases. In addition, cardholders will receive a 20% bonus during each statement period that they make at least 20 purchases (less returns and credit). New cardholders can earn 10,000 bonus points when they use their card to spend $1,000 on purchases within their first three months of cardmembership. Terms apply. <a href="https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card-application/apply/prospect/terms/amex-everyday-credit-card/26129-10-0/?print#terms-details">See rates and fees.</a><strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=2&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xend" target="_blank">Click here to learn more and apply for the Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express today!</a></strong></p> <h2>Hilton Honors&trade; Card from American Express</h2> <p><img style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" class="img-exempt" alt="" src="http://imgsynergy.com/product_creatives/12c94a4343608acb8b32ef071ae36105.png" width="154" border="0" height="97" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" target="_blank" title="Hilton Honors&trade; Card from American Express" alt="Hilton Honors&trade; Card from American Express" rel="nofollow" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=10&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xcardbutton"><img alt="" class="img-exempt img-button" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>Hilton Honors points can be converted to miles with over 40 airline partners, at around a 10:1 ratio. It's not great, but the card offers generous points for purchases. The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=10&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xname" target="_blank">Hilton Honors&trade; Card from American Express</a> earns 7x points per dollar spent at Hilton Portfolio hotels or resorts, 5x points at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants, and U.S. gas stations, and 3x points elsewhere. For a limited time, earn 75,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you use your new card to make $1,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of card membership. Offer ends 06/27/2018. Terms apply. There is no annual fee. <a href="https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card-application/apply/prospect/terms/hilton-honors-credit-card/26129-10-0#offer-terms">See rates and fees.</a><strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=55&amp;pid=10&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xend" target="_blank">Click here to learn more and apply for the&nbsp;Hilton Honors&trade; Card from American Express today!</a></strong></p> <h2>IHG&reg; Rewards Club Premier Credit Card</h2> <p>IHG points can be transferred to over 30 airline partners, with a transfer ratio of 10,000 points to 2,000 miles in most cases. The IHG&reg; Rewards Club Premier Credit Card earns 10 points per dollar when you stay at IHG hotels, 2 points at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, and 1 point on other purchases. New cardholders can earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, plus 5,000 bonus points after you add your first authorized user and make your first purchase in the first three months from account opening. Additional benefits include Platinum Elite status and a Global Entry or TSA Pre✓&reg; Fee Credit of up to $100 every four years. The annual fee is $89.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Info about the IHG&reg; Rewards Club Premier Credit Card from Chase has been collected independently by Wise Bread. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Best%20Credit%20Cards%20that%20Transfer%20Points%20to%20Airline%20Miles_0.jpg&amp;description=5%20Best%20Credit%20Cards%20that%20Transfer%20Points%20to%20Airline%20Miles" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Best%20Credit%20Cards%20that%20Transfer%20Points%20to%20Airline%20Miles_0.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-for-travel-purchases">Best Credit Cards for Travel Purchases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-might-be-the-best-travel-rewards-program-no-matter-what-airline-you-fly">This Might Be the Best Travel Rewards Program (No Matter What Airline You Fly)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airline miles best credit cards points transfer travel Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:00:11 +0000 Jason Steele 1455616 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun, Creative Uses for Airline Miles http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-creative-uses-for-airline-miles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-creative-uses-for-airline-miles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_000041408032.jpg" alt="Woman happy with using airline miles in cool ways" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Airline miles. Most of us have a few ways of racking them up, either through credit cards, loyalty clubs, or frequent flyer programs. Depending on which way you earn your miles, they can be worth <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better">several cents per mile</a>, with one cent per mile being the average.</p> <p>The question is, what do you do with all those miles once you've collected a bunch? After all, 100,000 miles is a cool $1000, and can be acquired quickly with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">double miles card</a> and some business and personal trips.</p> <h2>1. Do Something Thrilling</h2> <p>How do you fancy doing a tandem skydive? What about doing three laps in a stock car or Indy race? Maybe a hot air balloon ride, fighter pilot experience, or scuba diving is your thing. Airline miles can now be turned into memories you will never forget. Some of them run as little as 10,000-11,000 miles, and others, they're over 650,000 miles. It all depends on how much of your breath you want taken away. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-adventurous-things-you-should-do-before-you-die?ref=seealso">15 Adventurous Things You Should Do Before You Die</a>)</p> <h2>2. Turn Them Into Magazines</h2> <p>If you really want to stretch your airline miles, why not turn a few thousand in for some subscriptions to big magazines and newspapers? The price is so cheap, it's almost free. Many annual magazine subscriptions are under 2,000 miles, or $20. When you consider the average price at the newsstand is $4-$5, that's a steal. Newspapers also take part, and you can use local papers. Simply enter your zip code, and you'll get airline mile quotes for your local papers, usually for 13 weeks and above.</p> <h2>3. Donate to Charity</h2> <p>If you're feeling philanthropic, airline rewards can easily be donated to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good">whole host of charities</a>. It's not limited to the big ones, but some of the smallest charities in your local area. Just enter your zip code, and the area of interest you'd like to help out with. The miles will be turned into cash donations, and of course, they are tax deductible.</p> <h2>4. Get the Latest Music, Movies, and TV Series</h2> <p>Airline miles are now so flexible, you can use them on digital media downloads. Whether it's the latest albums, songs, eBooks, audiobooks, movies, or TV series, you can easily exchange the miles you have accrued for hours and hours of great entertainment. Just check out the offers page of your airline miles website.</p> <h2>5. Bid in Auctions</h2> <p>Most of the airline miles reward sites have an auctions section now. For instance, United is currently accepting mileage bids on VIP experiences with sports stars, and tickets for opening night at Doctor Zhivago on Broadway. Of course, if you don't win, you don't lose the miles, so you can bid again on something else. It's quite an invigorating way to use the miles.</p> <h2>6. Upgrade to Business or First Class</h2> <p>It can cost many thousands of dollars to buy a first class ticket to Europe. But when you use your miles, it's nowhere near as expensive. For instance, <a href="http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2014/09/19/many-miles-take/">take a quick look at this chart</a>. A typical upgrade to business class, from economy, is coming in at around 50,000 miles. You can take your long haul flight from a sardine can experience, to something much more pleasurable indeed. American Airlines <a href="http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/redeemMiles/mileage-upgrade-chart.jsp">charges just 25,000</a> miles to go from a full fare ticket to a business seat.</p> <h2>7. Get a Better Hotel Room</h2> <p>Airline miles aren't just for air travel. Most miles you accrue can be transferred to hotel loyalty programs, be it Starwood Preferred Guest, Hilton HHonors, or Marriott Rewards. So, next time you check in, see if you can use some of your miles to get a much better room. It can cost as little as 6,000 miles to go from a standard room to a very fancy suite.</p> <h2>8. Take a Cruise</h2> <p>Turn your award miles into another vacation, at very little cost to you. These days, you can redeem your airline miles for tickets to cruise lines including Norwegian, Royal, Celebrity, Carnival, and Princess. And the cost? How about four nights in the Bahamas for under 25,000 miles? In fact, the average cost of a night on board a cruise ship is between 9,000 and 10,000 points. That's cheaper than a mediocre hotel room in the mid-west.</p> <h2>9. Pay Off Your Credit Card</h2> <p>Some credit cards have programs that can give you cash credits to your statement or even cold hard cash. With the former, you make travel related purchases with your credit card, and then use your miles to put that money back on the card at a later date. It's basically like using your miles to go shopping without worrying about using points to redeem flights or stays..</p> <h2>10. Get Cool Merchandise</h2> <p>What kind of cool stuff? Well, what do you want? Airline miles can be turned into great purchases, with categories including apparel, accessories, automotive, tools, baby gear, electronics, gadgets, home and garden, sports, outdoors, toys, collectibles, and more. I recently used rewards to get a fantastic hybrid coffee maker that uses both pods and regular filters. It's also great fun to browse. Of course, make sure you're not paying over the MSRP for anything. Some items are marked up considerably. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-wasting-your-credit-card-rewards-on-one-of-these-stupid-things?ref=seealso">Are You Wasting Your Credit Card Rewards on One of These Stupid Things?</a>)</p> <p><em>Now, have you done something cool with your airline miles that isn't on this list? Let us know. </em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-fun-creative-uses-for-airline-miles&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Fun%2C%20Creative%20Uses%20for%20Airline%20Miles.jpg&amp;description=10%20Fun%2C%20Creative%20Uses%20for%20Airline%20Miles" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Fun%2C%20Creative%20Uses%20for%20Airline%20Miles.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-creative-uses-for-airline-miles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-fly-to-europe">The Cheapest Way to Fly to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline miles flying frequent flyers loyalty clubs rewards programs Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:00:08 +0000 Paul Michael 1386037 at http://www.wisebread.com The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards with Airline Partners http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_airport_000040747052.jpg" alt="Woman at the airport waiting for her flight" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you getting the most value from your airline miles?</p> <p>Many travelers are disappointed when the airline they have earned their miles with is unable to offer them an award seat to their destination, or is charging far more miles than they expected.</p> <p>But what most people don't realize is that many airlines belong to a web of alliances and partnerships that allow you to use your miles to book award flights on other carriers. Here is how this system works.</p> <h2>Airline Alliances</h2> <p>There are three major global airline alliances operating today: Star Alliance, SkyTeam Alliance, and oneworld. Those who belong to the frequent flyer program of one carrier may redeem their miles for flights <em>on any alliance partner</em>.</p> <h3>Star Alliance (27 carriers)</h3> <ul> <li>Adria</li> <li>Aegean</li> <li>Air Canada</li> <li>Air China</li> <li>Air India</li> <li>Air New Zealand</li> <li>ANA</li> <li>Asiana Airlines</li> <li>Austrian</li> <li>Avianca</li> <li>Brussels Airlines</li> <li>CopaAirlines</li> <li>Croatia Airlines</li> <li>EgyptAir</li> <li>Ethiopian</li> <li>Eva Air</li> <li>Polish Airlines</li> <li>Lufthansa</li> <li>Scandinavian Airlines</li> <li>Shenzhen Airlines</li> <li>Singapore Airlines</li> <li>South African Airways</li> <li>Swiss</li> <li>TAP Portugal</li> <li>Thai</li> <li>Turkish Airlines</li> <li>United</li> </ul> <h3>SkyTeam Alliance (20 carriers)</h3> <ul> <li>Aeroflot</li> <li>Aerolineas Argentinos</li> <li>AeroMexico</li> <li>AirEuropa</li> <li>AirFrance</li> <li>Alitalia</li> <li>China Airlines</li> <li>China Eastern</li> <li>China Southern</li> <li>Czech Airlines</li> <li>Delta</li> <li>Garuda Indonesia</li> <li>Kenya Airways</li> <li>KLM</li> <li>Korean Air</li> <li>Middle East Airlines</li> <li>Saudia</li> <li>TAROM</li> <li>Vietnam Airlines</li> <li>XiamenAir</li> </ul> <h3>oneworld alliance (15 carriers)</h3> <ul> <li>airberlin</li> <li>American Airlines</li> <li>British Airways</li> <li>Cathay Pacific</li> <li>Finnair</li> <li>Iberia</li> <li>Japan Airlines</li> <li>LAN</li> <li>TAM Airlines</li> <li>Malaysia Airlines</li> <li>Qantas</li> <li>Qatar Airways</li> <li>Royal Jordanian</li> <li>S7 Airlines</li> <li>SriLankan Airlines</li> </ul> <h2>Using Partners to Maximize Miles Value</h2> <p>There are different ways to access award flights for an airline's partners to redeem your miles. Some require additional digging if an airline doesn't offer partner award seats through their website.</p> <h3>How it Works</h3> <p>There are many ways to leverage an airline's alliance membership and partners to maximize value from your miles. For example, United is part of the Star Alliance. So if you have United miles, then you can redeem them for flights that include one or more Star Alliance partners. In fact, an award trip booked with United Miles doesn't even have to include any flights on United Airlines itself. In addition, travelers can earn mileage credit on United when they purchase a ticket to fly on any of the Star Alliance partner carriers.</p> <p>In addition to these global airline alliances, many airlines have other partnerships with carriers that are part of a different alliance, or are independent of any alliance. For example, American, Delta, and British Airways are each partnered with Alaska Airlines, which is not a member of any of the three global alliances. Delta also has partnerships with Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and Hawaiian Airlines, none of which are members of SkyTeam or another airline alliance. However, some of these partnerships only allow travelers to earn miles, not to redeem them for awards. For example, United is actually partnered with Amtrak, so you can earn miles when you book connecting train service from United between the Newark airport and Philadelphia, Wilmington, Stamford, or New Haven, but you can't redeem United miles for Amtrak tickets.</p> <h2>How to Claim Award Seats</h2> <p>First, you have to learn which airlines are partnered with the frequent flier programs you belong to, including both alliance and non-alliance partners, which will be listed on each airline's website.</p> <p>Then, you need to determine how to search for available award seats among the partners. Some airlines, like United, will display most partner award seats when you search online, but others such as US Airways will not display any. And when a partner flight is not visible online, that means that you must call the airline to book an itinerary that includes it.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the staff at airline call centers might not be as motivated to find partner award seats as you will, so <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers?ref=inarticle">award travel enthusiasts</a> have discovered ways to perform these searches on their own.</p> <p>One way is to use another alliance member that has a better website. For example, American's website will show available awards for several oneworld partners, while the US Airways website shows none. Therefore, you might search American's website to find partner awards, then you can call US Airways to book an award and politely suggest the available award flights that you have already found.</p> <p>In other instances, you can leverage these partnerships to save reward points and miles. For example, if you had points or miles in a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">travel rewards credit card</a> that allowed you to transfer them into a loyalty program, and you wanted to fly from San Francisco to Hawaii, you could transfer them to miles with United Airlines, which would require at least 40,000 miles round-trip. Instead, you could transfer them to British Airways which requires only 25,000 miles. Of course, British Airways doesn't fly between San Francisco and Hawaii, but it is a oneworld alliance partner with American and a non-alliance partner with Alaska, both of which offer service from the Bay Area to Hawaii.</p> <p>You would save 15,000 miles by understanding how to get award seats through a partner carrier.</p> <h2>Spend American Miles to Fly to Italy on a Spanish Carrier</h2> <p>Last spring, I had plenty of American Airlines miles, and I wanted to take a family trip to Italy. Although American serves Italy, it had few award seats available, and none during the summer when we wanted to travel. Nevertheless, I knew that American's website did not display awards for some of their partners, including Iberia Airlines of Spain.</p> <p>So I signed up for a frequent flyer account with Iberia, searched for award seats on its website, and found the flights that I needed to Italy on Iberia flights via Spain. Finally, I called American to book the award seats. In fact, it is very likely that these seats were still available during the peak season precisely because they did not appear on American's website, and were never seen by tens of millions of American frequent flyers. So it really pays to look for these &quot;hidden&quot; partner awards, as they are far more likely to be available.</p> <p>When travelers learn how to leverage airline partnerships, they will find that their frequent flyer miles can take them farther than they may have thought.</p> <p><em>Have you leveraged carrier partnerships to get the most out of your miles?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-frequent-flyer-miles-that-are-about-to-expire">How to Save Frequent Flyer Miles That Are About to Expire</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/airline-credit-card-or-flexible-rewards-card-whats-the-best-way-to-earn-a-free-flight">Airline Credit Card or Flexible Rewards Card: What&#039;s the Best Way to Earn a Free Flight?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline alliance airline miles airlines frequent flyer rewards Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:00:07 +0000 Jason Steele 1329720 at http://www.wisebread.com The Cheapest Way to Fly to Europe http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-fly-to-europe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-cheapest-way-to-fly-to-europe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-141733285.jpg" alt="travel" title="travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone loves a quick holiday in Europe. Okay, probably not <em>everyone</em>, but find me a person who would turn down a free flight to Europe, and I'll stand corrected. Many of my friends, family, and colleagues, who know my obsession with travel and miles, will ask what are the best deals for flying to Europe. There are several options available to you, the traveler, that I'm happy to detail below! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>American Airlines</h2> <p>A member of the OneWorld Alliance, American Airlines isn't the most <em>exciting</em> airline to fly to Europe, but there is a reason why I am recommending it first on this list. While normal award flights can cost 60,000 miles on American, during their &quot;off-peak&quot; times, roundtrip flights will only cost you 40,000 miles. This is a <em>great deal</em>. And, on top of that, American allows you to build in a stopover in the North American gateway city, so you could possibly spend a week in New York during a stopover before jetting off to Europe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers?ref=seealso">Secrets From Frugal Frequent Traveler</a>s)</p> <p>The best way to earn miles in this program (short of actually flying them) is to get one of their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get">AAdvantage credit cards</a>. There are three card products you can choose from -- and get some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">bonus miles for signing up</a> while you're at it!&nbsp;</p> <h2>ANA</h2> <p>It seems a little weird to recommend an Asian carrier for flights to Europe, but when that airline is in the Star Alliance, one of the three major air alliances, it makes it easy to redeem points through partners. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-miles-and-points?ref=seealso">Beginner&rsquo;s Guide to Miles and Points</a>)</p> <p>ANA's Mileage Club uses distance-based awards, so this recommendation is for our East Coast readers. Using Mileage Club points, you can fly East Coast to London for 38,000 miles. Taxes vary depending on the airline that you end up flying on, but you can check the ANA website for costs.</p> <h2>Air France/KLM</h2> <p>Flying Blue, the program of Air France and KLM, offers a special award called <a href="http://www.flyingblue.com/promo-awards.html">Promo Awards</a>, which allows you to fly much more cheaply than you would have otherwise. This all comes with the caveat that you must be located close to one of their gateway cities in order to capitalize on this deal. For example, this month, the Promo Awards offered from North America include Boston-Europe on Air France or Houston-Europe on KLM for the low roundtrip price of 37,500 miles. These offers change every month, and are valid for two months out from when you book.</p> <h2>US Airways</h2> <p>US Airways offers off-peak awards as well. Though a smaller window than the American Airlines example mentioned above, for only 35,000 miles, you can fly between North America and Europe between January 15th and February 28th. This is a very, very low rate, and with so many cities that US Airways flies to from the States (Phoenix, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and DC are all hubs), you are sure to find a flight during this off-peak time. With its partnership with American Airlines, you can get US Airways award flights through the AAdvantage credit cards.</p> <h2>Bottom Line</h2> <p>This all may seem a bit overwhelming for the newbie award flyer, but in time, it will all begin to make sense. There are many types of award miles out there; it's best to familiarize yourself with the major ones so that you make better decisions with your hard earned miles. I know that it took me months of pouring over award charts to discover the &quot;hidden pockets&quot; of travel goodness that I shared with you above. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frequent-flyer-rules-to-go-farther-on-fewer-miles?ref=seealso">Frequent Flyer Rules to Go Farther on Fewer Miles</a>)</p> <p>And, as I mentioned a few times above, credit cards are a fast, quick and easy way to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">earn travel miles</a> for whichever program you are looking to utilize. With so many credit cards now offering free foreign transaction fees, essentially eliminating one major annoyance from travel in the past, it makes monetary sense to carry at least one card in your wallet. Always know your spending habits, though. For some people, it may be dangerous to carry a credit card with a high limit!</p> <p><em>There are many options between Europe and North America, in terms of award flights. Which ones above interested you? Did I miss any that you have found in your research? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">The Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airline miles europe travel frequent flyers rewards travel Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:24:34 +0000 Mark Jackson 1137292 at http://www.wisebread.com