Redeeming Miles and Points

When redeeming miles and points, it is very important to have a basic understanding about different programs and partnerships. It is important to familiarize yourself with airline alliances and partnerships.  I will post more details and information about all of the above, but for reference, here is a list:

Transfer Partners and Alliances 

Even if you only have one airline’s miles, you’re not necessarily limited to redeeming on just that airline

Because of transfer partners and alliances, just because you have one type of miles does not necessarily mean you’re limited to one airline.  For example, if you have American Airlines miles, you can use those miles to book on British Airways, Iberia, LATAM, and any other OneWorld Alliance partner.

Additionally, many airlines will also have non-alliance partners.  For example, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are non-alliance partners.  This means you can redeem American Airlines miles for Alaska Airlines flights and vice versa.

With that said, it is still a good idea for beginners to collect miles that are transferrable to multiple airlines and hotels.

Our three favorite programs that earn points that are transferrable to both airlines and hotels:

I prefer to collect points that can be transferred to multiple airlines because you will have even more options!  For example, Chase Ultimate Rewards has airline partners in each of the 3 major airline alliances in the world.

Share miles and points without paying fees if you have points in the three programs mentioned above.

It is also important to learn how to calculate the value of a point or mile when redeeming.

There is more information to come on each of these programs, as well as our favorite airline and hotel programs.  I will keep this page updated with links to posts about redeeming points and miles.


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