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Questions for transferring points to frequent flyer programs

Postby harteaga » Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:14 am

I've had my PRG card for ~1.5 years now and have accumulated ~100,000 points. I've always known that it was best to use them for airfare, but I've never done it before. How does it work? From what I've read online, I would have to transfer the points to frequent flyer programs and then go from there, is that right? Would I call AmEx for that?

Also, would that apply to international flights as well? e.g. DC to London? How many points would I need for a free flight? Can you use some of the points/miles to pay for part of a flight?

I know it's a bunch of questions, but I'm new to all this! Thanks in advance!
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:05 pm

The details will differ from airline to airline. One MR point will convert to one airline point, but what one airline point will buy varies widely. Look at the list of airline transfer partners, and then look at those airlines' websites to get an idea of what a flight you might expect to take would cost in cash vs. points.
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Postby takeshi » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:57 am

harteaga wrote:Would I call AmEx for that?

I guess you could. I'd use their web site to transfer the points.

harteaga wrote:Also, would that apply to international flights as well? e.g. DC to London? How many points would I need for a free flight?

Varies. You need to check with the transfer partners for both of those questions. Look at their redemptions.

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Postby djrez4 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:13 pm

Here is a list of current MR transfer partners.

Of those, the obvious standout for DC-London travel is British Airways. However, BA adds fuel surcharges to award tickets. A ticket from IAD to LHR costs 40,000 miles plus $699.

Aeroplan (Air Canada) would get you on a United flight for 60,000 miles and $238. Lower fees, higher miles.

Now, we get into the weeds.

All Nippon has a difficult award search, but will get you from IAD to LHR for 43,000 miles and $55 on United. They don't collect a fuel surcharge for transatlantic flights, but if you head to Tokyo, they hit you for $660.

So, many options. ANA looks good, but you'll have to find availability on United, transfer the points from MR to ANA (can take up to 2 weeks) and then call ANA to book.

I'm sure some of the other programs can get you there as well. It may be worth it to search their award charts for the best redemption. I'm not as familiar with some of the other programs, so can't speak to them as well.
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Postby harteaga » Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:31 am

Thank you so much everyone! Really appreciate the info!
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Postby MB131174 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:42 pm

djrez4 wrote:Here is a list of current MR transfer partners.

Of those, the obvious standout for DC-London travel is British Airways. However, BA adds fuel surcharges to award tickets. A ticket from IAD to LHR costs 40,000 miles plus $699.


What's sad about the BA award is that a ticket without points can be had for not much more than the fuel surcharge. Anyone who would cash in 40,000 points AND pony up $699 is a fool.
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Postby jlam572 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:36 pm

Like others have said, points can be transferred on the amex website. Hawaiian airlines, for example, is what I usually transfer to...from Hawaii to the west coast, round trip, is around 35k miles. Hawaii to Japan, 80k RT
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