Best way to use our miles???

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  1. el485h1

    el485h1 Active Member

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    Hello Everyone!
    My wife and I want to go to Europe in July 2014. Our plan is to fly and stay in Paris for a few days and return home from Venice. We are flying from DTW and would like to use our miles/points in the most economical way. We would possibly like to go to Hawaii next year as well on miles. Economy class is fine.

    I have the following points/miles (credit cards):
    160k AA miles (AAdvantage Visa and Amex)
    51k MR points (Premier Rewards Gold Card)
    40k UR points (Chase Freedom)
    20k UA miles (United MileagePlus Explorer)

    My wife has:
    55k MR points (Premier Rewards Gold Card)
    40k US Air miles (US Airways Premier World MC)

    Any additional credit card recommendations would be helpful as well!
     
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  2. Sweet Willie
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    Sweet Willie Gold Member

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    go in the off season to Europe, only 40,000 RT in coach on AA/oneworld (& you can add your Hawaii leg for months after your Europe trip, so only need to book a one way back from hawaii). Besides lower mileage redemption, you won't have all the other tourists while in Europe, hotel rates will be lower, easier to travel, etc etc etc. Then you'll also have more than enough miles for Hawaii.
     
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  3. el485h1

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    I wish I could travel off season! My wife is a teacher so our window is limited from June to August.
     
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    euromannn Gold Member

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    Give an itemized detail........

    DTW-Paris - 20,000
    venice- DTW - more than 20,000 FF miles since would need to go BA.
    Rome is not allowed off season and if flying BA HUGE taxes/fees

    ADDING HAWAII FROM WHERE? DTW- HAWAII?......YOU GUESS THE AMOUNT
     
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    ONE HUGE HINT:
    FLY AA DIRECT TO EUROPE AS IF ANY LEG IS ON BA YOU WILL PAY BIG FEES.

    DTW is a gateway for AA so DTW-Paris is only 20k FF off season.
    But returning from Venice will not be cheap.

    Flying AA to Europe si cheapest off season and flying to Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt.
     
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    My wife is in education as well so have the same limitations, why not look at Winter Break or Spring Break for your trip?
     
  7. el485h1

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    That's true. I haven't looked at flights during winter break. Any recommendations for our MR points?
     
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    I was only commenting on your available AA miles. For clarification, by MR do you mean Amex Membership Rewards or Marriott Rewards? (I'm not as up on the CCs to know what program Premier Rewards Gold Card is)
     
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    They are Amex Membership Rewards points. I know they are versatile, but what is the best bang for the buck?
     
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    I would suggest considering transferring the MR to Avios on the next bonus special. You can use them to postion in Europe and the US. Short haul flights are the value with these. You could possibly find more award space by positioning to an airport before you leave and then using your miles to book the flight, plus in Europe Avios work great for short haul.
     
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    if you are looking to goto hawaii next year12.5k avios will get you LAX-OGG/KOA/HNL, i think you can use 40k US miles for 2 RT if you have the barclays credit card, so 50k mr and 40k us will get you to hawaii and back with a stop over in lax both ways
     

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