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Using award points and miles can be a tricky business. There are websites dedicated to the ins and outs of award travel, and there are some people who are experts in the field and never pay for flights! But if you are new to the game, it can be overwhelming, but it’s definitely worth taking the time and effort to learn how to do it. To get you started, here is an article with some of the easiest awards to book. Once you master these, you’ll be well on your way to earning, redeeming, and flying…all over the world!
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Uber is known for its smart and easy way to catch a ride in hundreds of cities all over the world. Now, Uber has partnered with several credit card companies to offer bonus points and credits.
Capital One Quicksilver card holders will enjoy 20% off Uber rides from now until next April. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers 2x points on all Uber rides. Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn up to 4 points per $1 spent with Uber!
With more cities offering Uber, and more companies partnering with them, now is the time to start earning rewards with Uber! If you haven’t tried them yet, you can usually get a free ride to check them out. For details on all the Uber perks, check out The Points Guy or visit uber.com.
Tired of only earning 1 or 2 points or percent back on purchases? Different cards return a number of dissimilarly-valued rewards based on what and where you’re buying, card limits, rewards program, minimum spend, to name a few variants.
Believe it or not, there are a variety of corporate American Express cards that allow you, barring your company’s internal travel policies, to link your corporate Amex Card to your personal Membership Rewards card(s) for only $95 a year.
Thinking of making a trip to Vienna, Austria this summer? You may never have a better opportunity than this! For an exclusive time, United Airlines is offering MileagePlus members the ability to earn double miles on nonstop direct flights from New York/Newark (EWR) and Vienna, Austria (VIE). Hurry because the offer ends September 30th. To learn more about this exciting offer, check out this article from frequentflier.com or read up on the terms and conditions to make sure you qualify, here.
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There are many well-known ways to earn airline rewards points, like using your credit card at certain restaurants, staying at particular hotels, and shopping at specific online websites, but if you’ve outgrown these basic strategies, it may be time for you to look into more advanced earning methods.
One example of an expert technique offered by The Frugal Travel Guy is to purchase a gift card at a retailer offering a high or bonus amount of reward points and then to use the gift card to buy whatever item you actually want to buy at a different retailer. He explains that instead of just paying for a coffee at Starbucks with his credit card, he would go to Staples and buy a Starbucks gift card with his Ink Bold card before heading over to Starbucks to use the gift card on the coffee. This way, he wound up earning 5 points per dollar instead of the 1 that he would’ve earned had he just paid with his credit card at Starbucks.
If you have the time to develop and execute advanced strategies like this one, then you have the ability to earn many times more reward points than you currently are. If you would like to get a jump start on earning extra by buying reward points or if you have unused points that you’d like to sell, contact us today!
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Frequent flyers and casual travelers alike must wonder what the points or miles they earn are actually worth in terms of monetary value. Interestingly, The Points Guy says that this is one of the most common questions that he gets from his readers. In order to finally answer their inquiries, he wrote a post in which he put a dollar value on one point or mile from each of two dozen rewards programs. He also promised to update this list monthly as values change due to partnerships and other factors.
The May 2014 monetary value of one point or mile on some of the most popular programs are:
Don’t see your rewards program listed here? Check out The Points Guy for the full list!
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