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Collecting air miles is one of the best ways to afford more travel opportunities, but sometimes the miles seem impossible to use. The Points Guy’s Julian Kheel reveals tips on how to ensure you get the free flights you want, when you want them.
When you go on holiday, using air miles for your flight is a great way to save money. But sometimes the miles can be limiting, with flights unavailable on the dates you want to travel or flight routes that start in a specific city, which is not necessarily where you’ll be travelling from. Julian Kheel, senior editor at online travel platform The Points Guy (TPG) flies at least 100,000 miles a year and has an easy and effective tip to avoid this problem.
“Points and miles are one of the most popular ways to fly for free,” he tells us. “And if you want to use your points and miles to the maximum value, you don’t want to be collecting them from a particular airline, but rather using ‘flexible points,’ which are offered by the major banks such as Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate and Citi Thank You.”
Instead of opting for a credit card associated with any specific airline, Kheel suggests going for a general rewards credit card where the points collected can be used for anything. This way your flight options aren’t as limited.
“The reason these points are more valuable than standard airline miles is that the points can be converted into airline miles or even hotel points for multiple airlines and hotels. Effectively, you’re collecting a dozen or more options as opposed to one.”
These rewards points can be turned into airline miles but also used as cash, meaning you can use them to actually purchase the airfare even when mileage tickets are not available.
Say goodbye to paying for airfare and save that money for the holiday.