SkyMiles

Flexible Points for the Win!

I keep meaning to diversify my points.

I have a whole pile of American Airlines miles (thanks Citi), plenty of American Express Membership Rewards, United MileagePlus miles, and a smattering of points with Alaska and Virgin America (soon to be combined anyway).  I had a healthy balance of Southwest Rapid Rewards, but I’ve been burning through those before my Companion Pass expires at the end of the year.  As for hotels, I have decent stash of SPG and IHG, but I’d like to snag some Hilton and Hyatt points, and maybe even some Wyndham, Club Carlson, or Best Western points to round things out.

Luckily, I continue to build my portfolio of points slowly but surely.  With the cards I have, I can easily get Membership Rewards points and Citi ThankYou Points in a pinch, while my girlfriend has a good balance of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards points.

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So what are airline miles anyway?

I spent some time the other day reading through some old posts…

Jeez, miles this, miles that.  I talk about points and miles an awful lot, and never really get into what a “mile” is.  Sure we all know a mile is 5,280 feet.  But what about AAdvantage miles?  Or Rapid Rewards points miles?  Which one’s worth more?

Then there’s SkyMiles, and MileagePlus miles, and Avios, and Guest Miles.  The list goes on and on.

So what is a mile exactly?

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Redeeming a Delta Voucher

Oh Delta Airlines.  I’ve dealt with you more last week than I have ever in my life.

I have mixed opinions of Delta.  You see, I’ve never really flown Delta.  Maybe once or twice when I was younger, but they don’t really service the airports and cities I fly into or out of.  Delta doesn’t have a big presence in Boston or Providence, and I don’t visit Detroit, Atlanta, or Minneapolis/St. Paul very often.  I guess I just don’t know them very well, that’s all.

Still, I found myself having to navigate their website last week, since I was planning some flights for my brother.  Since he had a $1,000 Delta flight voucher (from giving up his seat on an overbooked flight a few months back), he had a certain preference for Delta.

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How to Pay for Delta Flights

Hey everyone!

So remember a few days ago, when my brother decided to go to Hawaii next month?  I took on the responsibility, nay, honor, of booking and planning the flights.  Part of the deal included getting to charge the purchase to one of my cards.  My first reaction was “Oh no!  I don’t have a Delta credit card!”

I wanted to make sure I got the most “mileage” out of the purchase though, so I evaluated the cards in my wallet.

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