Tips to Redeem Credit Card Points for Miles

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    Redeeming your credit card points is a very simple process and works greatly in your favor. If you have a credit card that allows you to accumulate airline miles, it would be beneficial for you to understand the basic facts of how it works and why it is extremely useful for travelers. Here are a few tips on how to earn and convert miles for your future airline travels.

    Look at the Mileage Reward Chart


    Almost all airlines that allow you to accumulate miles, have a chart for their customers to view online. There is one very important thing to keep note of; the date of when the flight is purchased. While viewing the chart you will notice it may cost you more points if you buy the flight only a few days before the teip. The best way to get your money’s worth is to purchase your airline tickets about a month before you plan to travel. Most airline charts will show the difference in points spent. You can use this as a guideline when you decide to use your miles that are converting from your credit card.

    Look at the Expiration Date


    Many credit card rewards members do not realize that their miles have a expiration date, who reads the fine print anyway? All major airline companies are quite strict on this matter, so you will always have to bear in mind when you can use up your points before they go stale. There is, however, one method that goes against this. If you purchase anything with your credit card and gain a few more miles to your tally, your points will not expire. This is the a simple way to keep your miles off the chopping block. So, if you are a big fan of using your credit card for purchases, you most likely won’t have to worry about keeping your rewards points safe.

    Plan a Cheap Trip


    If you want to reserve as many points as you can, choose some low priced itinerary options with your mileage points. Look to book flights on the Tuesday a few weeks before you plan to travel. This is thought to be one of the lowest days for deals on flights. Be wary of booking flights on the weekend. Opt for weekdays and at least a month ahead to get the best value with your credit card points.
    Redeeming your reward points is a breeze if you remember these basic steps on how to keep up with your points program. For more information on getting the best value for your credit card points, contact us.

    Be sure to track all of your airline loyalty programs on your UsingMiles dashboard.

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