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How To Maximize Fixed Value Points & Miles [2019]

Fixed-value points and miles don’t get nearly as much attention as their transferable counterparts, but they form an essential part of any solid points-and-miles strategy. These points work just like cash, allowing you to redeem for any flight without having to worry about blackout dates or award charts. In this post, we cover our favorite types of fixed-value points and how to decide when to use them.

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Amex Membership Rewards Sweet Spots for US Domestic Flights

American Express Membership Rewards are a notoriously powerful, transferable, loyalty currency. With generous category bonuses and periodic transfer bonuses, it isn’t hard to rack up Amex points. However, it can be difficult determining how to maximize Membership Rewards for simple US domestic award flights. Thankfully by leveraging various airline alliances and partners, there are sweet spots for domestic travel.

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Amex Membership Rewards Sweet Spots to Europe

With over a dozen airline transfer partners, determining the best ways to redeem American Express Membership Rewards can be daunting (earning is seemingly straightforward). Add in alliances and partnerships with each respective airline, and then there are even more options to compare. Here we highlight sweet spots for redeeming Membership Rewards for flights to Europe.

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Can You Book Low Cost Carriers With Chase, Citi, or Amex Points?

While the price of revenue tickets with low-cost carriers is small enough to justify paying cash, you can also use points and miles to book award flights. Some you can book directly through the respective travel portals, others need to be booked over the phone, and if all else fails, you can redeem points as a statement credit against tickets purchased directly from the airline.

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How Far in Advance Can You Book Hotel Reservations?

How far out you can book a hotel? And does making reservations at the far side of the booking window provides any tangible benefit? Each hotel chain handles reservations differently, with the booking windows of major hotel chains ranging from 11 months through to a mammoth 3 years.

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Best Points & Miles to Fly to South Africa

There are few places on earth that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration like South Africa. In addition to the amazing national parks and the wealth of history in South Africa itself, flying into Johannesburg opens up travel opportunities…

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When to Upgrade Airline Tickets With Miles

Redeeming top value award flights can be a tricky business. Every carrier has a unique set of rules and region definitions, requiring a different number of miles for each destination and class of travel. When you add upgrades into the mix, it can start to feel like a full-time job. We dig through the weeds a bit to point out some solid options where you can get great value from your miles.