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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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As usual, The Points Guy has pored over all of the current bonus offers and compiled a list of the best cards for October. The list usually doesn’t change much from month to month, but it’s always good to know when one of the cards offers a bigger bonus or adds more perks!
The best cards this month are:
For more details on each card, read more.
Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program recently announce to its members they can now redeem miles for ClassicFlight and Market Fare awards in the Premium Economy cabin (this includes larger seats, meal service, enhanced amenities as well as priority airport services).
American citizens can also sign up for Air Canada’s co-branded Aeroplan TD Visa Signature program and earn a sign-up bonus of 25,000 miles.
Please note, Aeroplan miles will not expire as long as there is at least one accumulation or redemption of miles every 12 months.
To read more about this new offer, check out The Points Guy’s recent article.
Get the most out of your everyday business and personal purchases by earning Chase Ultimate Rewards Points. There are three different Chase cards available, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus, used to earn points that can then be redeemed for airline miles, hotel points or cash! Want to learn additional ways to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points? Visit cardwatchdog.com/blog/ to check out the varying earning potentials of the aforementioned cards and take advantage of all the perks that Chase offers you!
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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With so many different types of travel rewards programs today, it can be tempting to choose just one for simplicity’s sake. However, this may not be the best strategy. According to this article from The Points Guy, diversifying your rewards program portfolio, just like you would your investments, is a great way to maximize the flexibility of your points.
The Points Guy received a question about the value of collecting hotel points instead of airline miles in the wake of many airlines devaluing their rewards. His answer states that instead of focusing solely on one or the other, travelers should instead enroll in programs with points that are transferrable between hotels and airlines. This way, members can choose to redeem their points for flights or lodging, whichever would be most valuable to them at any given time. Having flexibility with rewards programs also allows members to avoid being hurt by point devaluations from either airlines or hotels.
There are many credit cards that allow points to be transferred between hotel and airline partners, including:
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