Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 25: What Are Points Worth Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 25: What Are Points Worth

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 25: What Are Points Worth

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Welcome to the Award Travel 101 Podcast, from the original Facebook community created for miles and points enthusiasts. Our goal of this podcast and our community is to help you learn how to maximize your travel rewards, no matter your destination or budget. In this episode, we discuss loyalty program changes and get into what different award points and miles are worth.

Award Travel 101 Podcast Show Format

We break each show into six sections:

  • Question/Win of the Week — asked or shared by members of the Award Travel 101 community
  • News & Enhanced Offers
  • What Bonuses Did We Get — which will tell you what credit cards we're working on and why
  • Trip Updates
  • Highlight Feature
  • What You Didn't Know — a feature dedicated to a big or small tip that will help you better maximize the value you receive from your rewards.

How to Listen to the Award Travel 101 Podcast

You can find us anywhere you listen to other fine podcasts including:

Previous Episode Show Notes

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 25 Show Notes

Post of the Week (From the Award Travel 101 Group)

Daniel Mark Adsit recently did an around-the-world itinerary with eight stopovers in seven countries, including seven flights in business and three in coach. Check out his post on how he accomplished this incredible journey.

News & Enhanced Offers

Trip Updates

  • Angie — another safari?!
  • Joe:
    • Found flights to St. Croix on AA (now need to get back)
    • Rebooked Mexico flights…to the same flight (why?)
    • Canceled a bunch of flights (Delta via Virgin, American via British Airways, and JAL First Class via American)

What Bonuses Did We Get?

Highlight Feature: What are Points Worth?

Travel rewards can be highly subjective. That means your personal experience with any one program is highly dependent on how you choose to use your rewards. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. Did you know that AwardWallet has a tool that helps you see what type of value others in the community are redeeming for? So let’s discuss methodology. You’ll find various values on sites around the internet, but here’s how AwardWallet calculates.

Keep in mind that AwardWallet values are generally higher as AwardWallet users and Award Travel 101 members tend to be more informed and educated on how to get the best value from these programs. Plus the information compared against — while always the lowest comparable priced flight — may not be what you'd actually pay when looking at last-minute close-in one-way bookings relative to a preplanned round-trip booking. Keep in mind that the values shown are in cents per point or mile.

Flexible Points

For transferrable currencies, AwardWallet considers how much value users have gotten from the program's transfer partners. And then we weigh the value by the most-popular transferrable partners. So, Amex Membership Rewards is heavily weighed by Delta SkyMiles, while Chase Ultimate Rewards is weighed down by Southwest Rapid Rewards and United MileagePlus.

Airline Miles

AwardWallet tracks average redemption values for 20 programs. Here are some of the ones most often mentioned in the Award Travel 101 Facebook Community:

Other U.S.-based carriers — like United MileagePlus, Delta SkyMiles, and Southwest Rapid Rewards — typically run between 1.1-1.5 (might be high IMO) except Alaska Mileage Plan which is at 2.57¢ per mile (based on 4,840 bookings) due to their exceptional award chart for Asia and the South Pacific.

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Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 97,000+ member Award Travel 101 Community.

  1. If you want to jump into more intermediate and advanced strategies, our Award Travel 201 community ($89.99 annually) is filled with those who want to dig into the weeds, looking for more outsized value.
  2. To book time with our team to discuss how to better your earning and burning strategies, check out Award Travel 1-on-1.
  3. You can also email us at
  4. Meetup sold out, but you can waitlist.
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