4 Tips To Make Mileage Awards Work For You

Friday, May 25, 2012, AM | 2 Comments

If you noticed lately, the airlines have put more and more restrictions on frequent flyer programs. Travelers must be savvy about earning and using mileage awards. You can find ways to make the mileage awards work for you. You may have acquired some of those miles through travel.

Many more of the mileage you may have earned by using credit cards with an affinity program that allows you to accumulate one frequent-flyer mile for every dollar spent.

Here are 4 tips you can use to make mileage awards work for you:

  1. Be flexible

    If you plan on going on vacation, “think of where everybody else wants to go and do the opposite,” suggests Tim Winship, editor-at-large for Smart Travel. Many websites such as Peter Greenberg and Best Fares also offer travel deals and current news about airlines.

  2. Avoid losing miles to airline bankruptcies

    This is what some people call earn and burn. The rules can change on you before you use the awards. So use them at the first chance you get. That includes hotels and car rental agencies. If you use your credit card, you might be able to earn more awards.

  3. Always read the fine print

    Review your travel patterns frequently. Learn which fees you might incur such as for checking baggage. Also know blackouts and mileage expiration dates.

  4. Compare airlines deals

    When you compare airlines, always compare the extra fees that you might incur. Also include the mileage you have earned when comparing deals.

In a Nutshell
Follow the above tips and you would avoid awards being expired. Also try to redeem them as soon as possible in case the airline goes bankrupt. Therefore the best way to protect your miles is to use them.

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  1. 2 Responses to “4 Tips To Make Mileage Awards Work For You”

  2. By Airline Miles on Feb 21, 2013, 9:27 am | Reply

    If anyone wanna sell their ailmiles for top dollars then they can connect me. I pay cash for your unused rewards.

  3. By Frequent Flyer Miles on Feb 25, 2013, 1:40 am | Reply

    Wow, great report. I always liked travel reports because it is better than other experimental reports.Thanks for such a post. I will keep visiting your site once a week. 🙂

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