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I just booked one way to Mudland (SAN-DFW-MUD) on 12/27 for 20,000 miles + $5.60.

 

I am scheduled to arrive 10 minutes before TAD's return from Turkey (ESB-VIE-ORD-MUD).

 

If I had paid in cash, my flight would have been as low as $335, but the specific schedule I chose would have been $445.

 

Using the lower of the two ($335):

 

(33500-560) / 20000 = 1.7 cpm

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4 hours ago, cv91915 said:

I just booked one way to Mudland (SAN-DFW-MUD) on 12/27 for 20,000 miles + $5.60.

 

I am scheduled to arrive 10 minutes before TAD's return from Turkey (ESB-VIE-ORD-MUD).

 

If I had paid in cash, my flight would have been as low as $335, but the specific schedule I chose would have been $445.

 

Using the lower of the two ($335):

 

(33500-560) / 20000 = 1.7 cpm

That is fantastic for a Mudland redemption.

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I just decided that I am not driving up to Orange County on Tuesday morning to arrive in time for a 9:30 meeting. 

 

I also decided that it's unreasonable to expect to be reimbursed for a hotel stay on Monday night.  The meeting isn't THAT early...

 

So I just redeemed 17,500 Marriott points for one night at the Courtyard Irvine John Wayne Airport, in lieu of $268.40.

 

(26840/17500)=$0.015/point

 

There was another Courtyard that was almost as convenient with a cash rate of $156 + taxes (about $172), or the same 17,500 points.  $0.01/point is still pretty good for a Marriott redemption.   

 

I didn't choose the property based on the redemption value of the points; the one I chose was slightly more convenient.  With that said, if this stay was being paid with real money (mine or my employer's) I would have selected the other Courtyard and driven the extra 1.x miles to my meeting.

 

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I just did my first rental car loyalty program redemption in modern history.

 

I redeemed 2,200 Hertz points to waive the base rate on a one-way rental from OMA-FSD later this month.  The rental is two weekend days in a Full Size (Chevrolet Maliboo or similar) car.

 

This redemption amount was applicable to all car classes up to Full (that is, smaller cars didn't require fewer points; further, I didn't have enough points to get a luxury/SUV/higher car class).

 

15800 / 2200 = 7.2 cents per point

 

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I have no idea if this is a good redemption value for Hertz points, but I don't do many personal rentals so I was happy to save $158.  

 

The $79/day rate is competitive with the options I was able to find on Costco Travel, Hotwire and Autoslash for the city pairs and travel dates I needed.

 

 

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I really need to start posting in this tread...

 

Thanks to CB, I've now had 'free' trips to Germany, England, Hawaii and an upcoming trip to France.

 

Germany - flights were paid for with UR (main economy bumped to Comfort+ with Delta Platinum).  Stayed in three main cities...two were paid for with Hilton points and IHG points, so we stayed in a 1300s castle for my wife's birthday (best. experience. ever.).  Used the DB app with the C$R whenever possible.

 

England was a Delta flash sale (again main economy bumped to C+ with Delta status), which got us there with miles.  I then used IHG points for a couple free nights at the Intercontinental (just before IHG jacked the rate from 60k to 70k points/per night).  The rest of the trip was at the Hotel Indigo, which nourished any need for feeling like a hipster (that and the awesome avocado toast found just around the corner at a quaint cafe).

 

Hawaii was a fantastic rate found via Google Flights, paid for with UR through the C$R portal.  We then stayed at an AirBnB which was much, much cheaper than a resort.

 

France is still a work in progress, but I pushed some MR over to Delta and will be having my first Delta One experience that I'm sure will ruin economy travel for the rest of my like (not that it needed help).  Taxes and fees for the flights was much cheaper than the 5-figure airfare for the same flights.

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mec   

 

 

 

I was able to fill the last hotel reservations for this trip. No award bookings were either available or preferred. 

_________________________________

 

2 passengers...

 

PIT -EWR - UA x

EWR - BOS - UA x

 

layover Boston (1 night at the Residence Inn Downtown Seaport [1 35k cert related to $95 fee {$3.39 per fee dollar} ] )

 

BOS - LIS - TP i

LIS - FLR - TP i

 

Florence (5 nights at the St Regis [240k marriott {0.02 ppd} ] )

 

FLR - VIE - OS i

VIE - MUN - OS i

MUN - DBV- OU i

 

rent a car at DBV...

 

drive to:

Herceg-Novi, Montenegro (2 nights Hotel Grifone [Studio Apartment, Obala Nicole Kovacevica Street] ) *

drive to:

Zabljak, Montenegro (2 nights at Polar Star Hotel [Superior Studio, 1 bedroom, Mountain view] ) *

drive to:

Dubrovnik, Croatia (3 nights at Hotel Excelsior [Deluxe Double Room with Balcony and Sea View] ) *

 

DBV - VIE - OS i

 

Vienna (4 nights in Vienna at Le Meridian [140k marriott {0.007 ppd} ] )

 

VIE - ZRH - LX i

ZRH - GVA - LX i

GVA - JFK - LX i

EWR - PIT - UA x

[230k Aeroplan miles +$499.xx USD in taxes and fees.  (190k MRs transfered at 1.2 and 2k transfered at 1.0) {not sure how to value this flight, google has a Business class booking through TP for about $4,600 per seat, that would put it ~0.045 mpd} ] )

 

* Hotels.com gift cards through portals, offers... more portals... and or booking.com

 

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Next up, looking into tickets for events and car rental.

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I just did my first rental car loyalty program redemption in modern history.
 
I redeemed 2,200 Hertz points to waive the base rate on a one-way rental from OMA-FSD later this month.  The rental is two weekend days in a Full Size (Chevrolet Maliboo or similar) car.
 
This redemption amount was applicable to all car classes up to Full (that is, smaller cars didn't require fewer points; further, I didn't have enough points to get a luxury/SUV/higher car class).
 
15800 / 2200 = 7.2 cents per point
 
PZesurW.png  
 
I have no idea if this is a good redemption value for Hertz points, but I don't do many personal rentals so I was happy to save $158.  
 
The $79/day rate is competitive with the options I was able to find on Costco Travel, Hotwire and Autoslash for the city pairs and travel dates I needed.
 
 
Not the greatest, but pretty solid, one ways on weekends are usually the best value.
PS. Up to a premium is the same rate.

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1 hour ago, davidrotts said:

Not the greatest, but pretty solid, one ways on weekends are usually the best value.
PS. Up to a premium is the same rate.

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Thanks for the feedback on the Hertz redemption value, I appreciate it!

 

I thought I had priced all of the options that were presented to me, so two possibilities: the Premium class wasn't available at the time I made the reservation OR I made a mistake.  I'm 100% okay assuming the latter.  :wave:

 

I'll make a note to ask about going up a class when I pick up the Oldsmobuick I reserved.

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On 2/11/2019 at 7:12 PM, mec said:

...

 

____________________________________

 

Next up, looking into tickets for events ...

 

I received a response this morning to my email, to the Saint Regis, of last night.

"Dear Mr mec,

Referring your kind email dated this morning, we are very pleased to inform you that Calcio Storico Fiorentino will be available starting the beginning of June, we will take good note about your request and we will contact you about that date. We will also send you our authorization form to be properly filled up with your credit card information and send us back via fax (our email system does not accept for security reason)

We are at your disposal for any further assistance you might need, we remain

With our best regards.


..."

It appears that this hurdle will be successfully cleared.

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On 2/7/2019 at 5:59 AM, cv91915 said:

I just did my first rental car loyalty program redemption in modern history.

 

I redeemed 2,200 Hertz points to waive the base rate on a one-way rental from OMA-FSD later this month.  The rental is two weekend days in a Full Size (Chevrolet Maliboo or similar) car.

 

This redemption amount was applicable to all car classes up to Full (that is, smaller cars didn't require fewer points; further, I didn't have enough points to get a luxury/SUV/higher car class).

 

15800 / 2200 = 7.2 cents per point

 

PZesurW.png  

 

I have no idea if this is a good redemption value for Hertz points, but I don't do many personal rentals so I was happy to save $158.  

 

The $79/day rate is competitive with the options I was able to find on Costco Travel, Hotwire and Autoslash for the city pairs and travel dates I needed.

 

 

I just canceled this reservation.  

 

Weather forecast is for freezing rain when I land, and AutoSlash found me a one-way/two-day rental in a Premium SUV for $174, all-in. 

 

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Last Friday I bought a one-way from SAN-MUD in AA Economy...  leaving tomorrow afternoon... for $292.

 

I just redeemed 29,200*0.95=27,740 fake Barclays miles from the SUB on the miserable Arrival+ to cover the purchase.

 

As a frame of reference for newbies reading this, you could use 25,000 actual AA miles on this route for one way in First Class ($528 cash equivalent), vs. the 27,740 fake Barclays miles I used for an Economy ticket.

 

Thanks to my Executive Platinum status my upgrades for both segments went through > 100 hours prior to departure.  Award tickets for EP customers are also upgrade-eligible, so I would have had the same outcome if I had used 12,500 actual AA miles for this trip, vs. 27,740 fake miles from this silly Barclays card.

 

 

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On 4/25/2019 at 7:01 AM, cv91915 said:

Last Friday I bought a one-way from SAN-MUD in AA Economy...  leaving tomorrow afternoon... for $292.

 

I just redeemed 29,200*0.95=27,740 fake Barclays miles from the SUB on the miserable Arrival+ to cover the purchase.

 

As a frame of reference for newbies reading this, you could use 25,000 actual AA miles on this route for one way in First Class ($528 cash equivalent), vs. the 27,740 fake Barclays miles I used for an Economy ticket.

 

Thanks to my Executive Platinum status my upgrades for both segments went through > 100 hours prior to departure.  Award tickets for EP customers are also upgrade-eligible, so I would have had the same outcome if I had used 12,500 actual AA miles for this trip, vs. 27,740 fake miles from this silly Barclays card.

 

 

I just booked Mother's Day brunch at La Gran Terraza at 10:30, and then I'll depart on my journey from SAN back to MUD at 2:20 pm.

 

I used 17,467 points (fixed value of $0.015 per point) from my US Bank Altitude Reserve for the $262 one-way fare on American.

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Earlier today I was ready to do my first transfer of Amex MRs to one of their travel partner's loyalty programs.

 

I needed 39,500 Delta miles to book Mom an award ticket for a trip to their summer home in July, and was prepared to transfer 40,000 of her Amex points to book the award ticket on Delta.

 

I didn't realize that transfers required a cash copay or additional points to cover the excise tax on the Delta miles, so this trip would have required me to transfer ~45,000 points for a 39,500 Delta redemption.  

 

Instead I just used the Amex travel portal and used ~50,000 points at $0.01 each to get a more appealing itinerary on AA.  For the extra 5,000 Amex points we got a better itinerary, avoided the $11.20 security fee, and Mom will earn a batch of AA miles for her trip.

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On 2/7/2019 at 7:20 AM, Big Bear said:

I really need to start posting in this tread...

 

Thanks to CB, I've now had 'free' trips to Germany, England, Hawaii and an upcoming trip to France.

 

Germany - flights were paid for with UR (main economy bumped to Comfort+ with Delta Platinum).  Stayed in three main cities...two were paid for with Hilton points and IHG points, so we stayed in a 1300s castle for my wife's birthday (best. experience. ever.).  Used the DB app with the C$R whenever possible.

 

England was a Delta flash sale (again main economy bumped to C+ with Delta status), which got us there with miles.  I then used IHG points for a couple free nights at the Intercontinental (just before IHG jacked the rate from 60k to 70k points/per night).  The rest of the trip was at the Hotel Indigo, which nourished any need for feeling like a hipster (that and the awesome avocado toast found just around the corner at a quaint cafe).

 

Hawaii was a fantastic rate found via Google Flights, paid for with UR through the C$R portal.  We then stayed at an AirBnB which was much, much cheaper than a resort.

 

France is still a work in progress, but I pushed some MR over to Delta and will be having my first Delta One experience that I'm sure will ruin economy travel for the rest of my like (not that it needed help).  Taxes and fees for the flights was much cheaper than the 5-figure airfare for the same flights.

Thanks to Amex SUBs and pooling with existing miles, we had our first business class experience across the Atlantic.  It's going to suck returning to cattle class where sleep during a flight is more of an exercise of making friends with the drink cart attendants. 

 

5 nights in Paris cost us ~40Euro in tax outside of using IHG points.  

 

Now to find more SUBs with other airlines for future trips...

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Earlier today I was ready to do my first transfer of Amex MRs to one of their travel partner's loyalty programs.
 
I needed 39,500 Delta miles to book Mom an award ticket for a trip to their summer home in July, and was prepared to transfer 40,000 of her Amex points to book the award ticket on Delta.
 
I didn't realize that transfers required a cash copay or additional points to cover the excise tax on the Delta miles, so this trip would have required me to transfer ~45,000 points for a 39,500 Delta redemption.  
 
Instead I just used the Amex travel portal and used ~50,000 points at $0.01 each to get a more appealing itinerary on AA.  For the extra 5,000 Amex points we got a better itinerary, avoided the $11.20 security fee, and Mom will earn a batch of AA miles for her trip.

Only US carriers have that fee.
If Delta was booking on a saver level you could have had a look at one of their partners like Air France or Virgin Atlantic which transfer from MR fee free, and are often cheaper.
Do you have a Business Platinum with AA selected for 35% back? (Giving a nearly 1.55 cent per point value)

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15 minutes ago, davidrotts said:


 


Only US carriers have that fee.
If Delta was booking on a saver level you could have had a look at one of their partners like Air France or Virgin Atlantic which transfer from MR fee free, and are often cheaper.
Do you have a Business Platinum with AA selected for 35% back? (Giving a nearly 1.55 cent per point value)

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Thanks for the comments.  I'll consider that next time.

 

One of the reasons I don't value transferrable points programs very much is due to complexities and surprises like these, and this is coming from someone who is predisposed to take outsized measures to maximize value.  

 

I had the flights picked out and I was ready to book... I wasn't going to stop at that point and read Flyertalk -- or the insufferable points blogs -- long enough to figure out the best mitigation strategy for the surprise excise tax. 

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4 hours ago, cv91915 said:

Thanks for the comments.  I'll consider that next time.

 

One of the reasons I don't value transferrable points programs very much is due to complexities and surprises like these, and this is coming from someone who is predisposed to take outsized measures to maximize value.  

 

I had the flights picked out and I was ready to book... I wasn't going to stop at that point and read Flyertalk -- or the insufferable points blogs -- long enough to figure out the best mitigation strategy for the surprise excise tax. 

Booking my 12 flight Aeroplan itinerary this summer was like submitting an application for federal regulatory approval of something. It got rejected twice before I found a workable plan.

 

It did get me 4.5 cents per MR, so I guess it was worth the hassle.

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Nothing to add....I just come here to be envious of the big boys.

One day I'll join this convo when I'm not BL anymore.

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I just booked MUD-SAN on Memorial Day, compliments of US Bank Altitude Reserve:

 

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Trying to use some TYPs...

 

The options I'm seeing on Citi's (sucky Connexions) travel portal to get TAD to Turkey in December are sparse and awful compared to what's available by booking directly with Lufthansa (or other airlines, for that matter).

 

Please comment if you've tried calling Connexions to book flights other than those that can be found on the Citi travel portal.

 

Before Chase switched from Connexions to Expedia I was able to call and book flights that I wasn't able to see on the Chase (sucky Connexions) portal.  

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Trying to use some TYPs...
 
The options I'm seeing on Citi's (sucky Connexions) travel portal to get TAD to Turkey in December are sparse and awful compared to what's available by booking directly with Lufthansa (or other airlines, for that matter).
 
Please comment if you've tried calling Connexions to book flights other than those that can be found on the Citi travel portal.
 
Before Chase switched from Connexions to Expedia I was able to call and book flights that I wasn't able to see on the Chase (sucky Connexions) portal.  


Citi has amazing transfer partners. You're killing me by wasting them like this.
Turkish Airlines for one, it would be 30k in Economy, or 45k in Business one way from North America with minimal fees (usually), and this can be used to book any Star Alliance partner.
Better yet they have a feature where you can book up to the last seat, so basically guaranteed availability on Turkish metal for 45k one way in Economy, or 105k one way in business.

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33 minutes ago, davidrotts said:


 

 


Citi has amazing transfer partners. You're killing me by wasting them like this.
Turkish Airlines for one, it would be 30k in Economy, or 45k in Business one way from North America with minimal fees (usually), and this can be used to book any Star Alliance partner.
Better yet they have a feature where you can book up to the last seat, so basically guaranteed availability on Turkish metal for 45k one way in Economy, or 105k one way in business.

 

Thank you for posting this.

 

For some reason I thought that you had to have a Prestige in order to do a transfer.

 

We have about 65,000 points, so not enough to do Business Class in either direction on the lower end.  At the higher threshold we wouldn't have enough to do R/T in Economy.

 

I was eyeing a ~$1,555 itinerary in Premium Economy* on Lufthansa.com, which would be ~$450 plus the TYP balance IF a Connexions phone agent was even able to find/book the flights.

 

It might make more sense to pay the $1,555 out of pocket and continue using the TY Premier until we have enough points to do a respectable redemption on Turkish Airlines for his 2020 trip home. 

 

 

 

* Only the ORD-MUC and MUC-DEN segments have this class of service.

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Posted (edited)

I think I’m posting this in the correct thread...

 

I could use some guidance on using Amex MR points to book two international flights. 

 

I have a trip planned for September - Prague then Munich for Oktoberfest. I want to fly into Prague and then fly back from Munich. I was planning to transfer my MR points to Etihad for use on American Airlines. But it appears that there are no award (MileSAAver) seats available. American’s website shows MIA-PRG having award seats, but the flight is operated by British Airways. My understanding is that it has to be on American’s planes to qualify. Same story for the return flight MUC-MIA. 

 

Is there some other way to transfer my MR points to American? Going this route would cost 57.5K points per flight for first/business class as opposed to 50k using Etihad. I have the points, so the extra 15k isn’t a big deal. 

 

It also appears that using another airline would cost significantly more. Unless there’s something that I’m missing. 

 

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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36 minutes ago, DPB said:

I think I’m posting this in the correct thread...

 

I could use some guidance on using Amex MR points to book two international flights. 

 

I have a trip planned for September - Prague then Munich for Oktoberfest. I want to fly into Prague and then fly back from Munich. I was planning to transfer my MR points to Etihad for use on American Airlines. But it appears that there are no award (MileSAAver) seats available. American’s website shows MIA-PRG having award seats, but the flight is operated by British Airways. My understanding is that it has to be on American’s planes to qualify. Same story for the return flight MUC-MIA. 

 

Is there some other way to transfer my MR points to American? Going this route would cost 57.5K points per flight for first/business class as opposed to 50k using Etihad. I have the points, so the extra 15k isn’t a big deal. 

 

It also appears that using another airline would cost significantly more. Unless there’s something that I’m missing. 

 

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

 

I don't think any flexible points can be converted to AA miles.

 

Do you have specific dates or a range of dates for travel?

 

There are some Star Alliance flights with business class available in September. If you were to book them through Aeroplan, they would be 57.5k per seat for MIA-PRG and 55k for per seat for MUC-MIA... + ~$117 (US) in taxes and fees.

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