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Some points and miles redemptions are just better than others. We've put together a list of 12 travel redemptions from our team that represents some of the best value and should make your friends and family jealous. Our list is in no particular order, but we've saved what we think is the easiest and a favorite for last.
12 Travel Redemptions You'll Be Angry You Haven't Booked
ANA has multiple award charts, each with their own benefits. If you want to go around the world, with a ton of flexibility, their round the world chart will do it for as little as 105,000 miles. ANA is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, so earning ANA miles is a piece of cake.
We put together New York to Seoul to Istanbul to Vienna to Zurich to Frankfurt to Brussels to London and back to Newark. In all, 17,362 flight miles for 105,000 miles — 100% in business class and you have one year to complete the trip. (back to list)
Caviar, fine champagne, your own private suite — OH AND A SHOWER IN THE SKY for just 105,000 JAL miles, round trip! Transfer SPG points at a ratio of 1:1.25, so 80,000 SPG points will do it. Enough for an extravagant meal, a nap, and a hot shower before you take on Milan. (back to list)
South Korean airlines Asiana and Korean both offer flights in business class on their partners from the US to Europe for only 80,000 miles in business class! That said, there are plenty of great options for using points and miles to get to Europe in business class. (back to list)
Say what you will about Southwest; heck, they don't even fly to my home airport; however, unlimited Buy One Get One is nothing to turn your nose up at. The Southwest Companion Pass is widely regarded as the holy grail of domestic US travel. If there are two seats on a Southwest flight, you and your companion are in. Better yet, BOGO works on Award tickets too! (back to list)
How come shorter flights don't always go with smaller prices? Supply and demand. This is particularly the case in Japan but works great for flights from London to Paris and other short hops. British Airways' Avios program has an ultimate sweet spot for short flights at only 4,500 Avios (miles). (back to list)
Fancy a Safari but want to get there without breaking the bank or your back? How about first class to South Africa for only 70,000 miles each way and feel free to stop in Hong Kong each way, because you can! Alaska Airlines has a great partnership with Cathay Pacific that makes this happen. Note: Cathay Pacific currently only offers a business class cabin on the HKG-JNB segment, but you can still enjoy all the first class amenities at HKG airport in the lounges and of course on your flight to HKG from the US. (back to list)
Getting to the Maldives isn't easy or cheap, but 140,000 AA miles will get you there in style in Cathay Pacific Business Class. Save your money for the cocktails and diving! (back to list)
- Anything with Marriott's Hotel + Air Packages – You HAVE to check these out: 7 hotel nights + a LOT of Miles
A week in a hotel and a ton of miles; up to 132,000 with United if you want! Marriott Hotel + Air packages are an amazing value to cash in Marriott Rewards for a complete vacation. If you're swimming in Marriott points, this needs to be the first redemption you look to. The value in this transfer to airline miles plus the free hotel nights is better than anything else out there. (back to list)
Splurge on a hotel room leveraging the 4th-night free benefit on the Citi Prestige® Card paired with a hotel promotion that includes the 3rd-night free (check other brands too) and you've given yourself four nights for the price of two. (back to list)
Southeast Asia is the home to inexpensive luxury. Four and Five-star hotels well under $100/night and often within lower category redemptions on award charts. Check out some of the least expensive Starwood properties in Southeast Asia. We love Starwood, but this works across all brands. (back to list)
Sure, this one isn't free, but at $89, which is the annual fee on the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, you can stay at any IHG property in the world up to 40,000 points in value. Don't use this certificate at an airport Holiday Inn; instead, try a fancy InterContinental Hotel! (back to list)
Only 12? What About 20 More!
We could easily come up with more as there are so many destinations and so many deals available. These are the ones that came to the top of our heads. What'd we miss that you've done or want to do? Share it with us in the comments or on Facebook.
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