Yesterday’s post about redeeming frequent flyer miles was very popular so I thought I’d spend more time on tips for redeeming miles. And if anyone has specific questions, please let me know and I’ll address them directly in the comments section or in another post.
The first thing you want to do when you’re thinking of redeeming your frequent flyer points is understand the program you are redeeming with. There are a lot of great options that I don’t think most people know about. For example with American Airlines (One World Alliance), you can redeem miles based on the total number of miles you are traveling in the trip. Why is that a great option? It allows you to visit many locations. For example, you could string together an around the world trip in economy for approximately 120,000 – 140,000 miles or in business for 150,000 – 190,000. That may seem like a lot of miles, but if you use some of the credit card strategies discussed earlier, it is easier than you think. You can read all about redeeming AAdvantage miles in the Flyertalk Oneworld Awards Using American Airline Miles thread.
Flyertalk is a great resource for learning about how to use your frequent flyer miles. Here is the link to the list of all of the frequent flyer program threads. The people on Flyertalk are great. They will give you pointers on how you can use your miles, especially if you tell them you are a newbie. If you don’t want to figure everything out on your own and you are trying to book a complicated trip, you may want to consider a service offered by Points Pro ($150 for first ticketed traveler, $100 for others) or Book Your Award ($250 for first 2 travelers, $100 for others).
I couldn’t possibly talk about the best options for each program in this one post. But if you have questions, I will write about your question in a future post.