We all love to earn miles and we know many ways through which we can accumulate the miles and earn a free trip. However, after accumulating enough miles, you may be wondering how to make the most of these rewards. Below are a few effective and expert techniques, which will help you to redeem miles for free travel.
International First Class
Generally, you might have to pay thousands of dollars if you want to fly in international first class. However, if you have enough reward points you can fly in an international first class for free.
A travel blogger, Ariana Arghandewal stated, “I recently booked a vacation to Asia for myself and four family members, using a combination of points and miles. We traveled to Singapore, Bali, and Hong Kong in mixture of business and first class. The airfare alone would have set us back $12,000 per person. Instead, we redeemed just around 125,000 miles per person. We stayed at some of the best hotels in each city and received elite benefits like club lounge access and amazing room upgrades.”
This is another way to make the most of your miles. Many trip hackers suggest booking award tickets either immediately or at the very last minute. Grant Thomas, a BoardingArea blog, explains: “When it is time to search and book your award ticket, you have the greatest chance of success if you book way in the future (10–12 months before your flight) or last minute (one to two weeks before your flight). This does not work 100% of the time or during holiday travel, but it works pretty consistently.”
Most experts support the above statement, but they encourage redeemers to look for saver-level award seats as they can be purchased using less reward points.
Jonathan Sacks, a blogger use this amazing hack to earn Avios, which is the British Airways Club Currency. Earning Avio and redeeming them can earn you reward flight for short but pricey trips. “While everyone wants to redeem miles for exotic destinations, it can be hard to find those awards. For only 4500 Avios, you can fly on any Oneworld Alliance flight of up to 650 miles, Sacks, says.
You can earn Avio either by purchasing airline’s co-branded card or by transferring the points from other reward credit cards.