Do I have to buy miles from each airline to fulfill the typical 25,000-mile minimum?
I’m hoping to save as much money as possible on the airfare for this trip next October.
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But because of the particular combination of programs in which you have accumulated miles, there may be a way to get a tad closer to a free trip.
It delivers flight search results in all three “currencies” and tells you which itinerary promises the best value—and why. At press time, it still didn’t feature American Airlines or Southwest. We’re told it has plans to incorporate them soon.) Travelers can also find more comprehensive listings for cash-versus-points searches on Point Hub, which also offers Point Finder, a personalized feature that makes sure to inform you of any additional perks given by airlines such as extra points or even upgrades on a particular route.
Dear Tim, I currently have frequent flyer miles with United, Continental, Delta, and US Airways, and I’m starting to plan a surprise trip for my wife.
Staying on top of your many mileage, hotel, and rental-car programs is one of the biggest headaches for frequent travelers.
Ditto figuring out whether or not you’ve accumulated enough points to book a first-class ticket for your next big getaway.
A free ticket would be a nice bonus, but I don’t know how to go about it. Tom Dear Tom, Generally speaking, there is no easy or cost-effective way to transfer miles among different programs.
And purchasing miles to “top off” an account is generally prohibitively expensive, especially if you need more than a few miles.
I have about 28,000 miles combined, with over 16,000 from United.
How do I go about getting these miles transferred to one account?
But luckily, online mileage trackers have stepped in to help, letting travelers input their various member ID’s and passwords to conveniently consolidate all of their programs in one place.
Besides displaying your latest balances, these services also notify you of all upcoming expiration dates, which is essential for keeping (and amassing more! Each site has its own edge: Mile Blaster is particularly good at tracking your miles and alerting you whenever your points are about to expire, while Award Wallet smartly provides users with a convenient wallet-size card listing all of their loyalty numbers.