Redeeming Miles and Points

New to miles and points?  Start here.

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 two favorite programs that earn points that are transferable to both airlines and hotels:

I prefer 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.

Here are some other posts that may help:

This post is specific to American Airlines, but the principles apply to many other airlines: How award seats work on American Airlines

How to Book American Airlines flights with British Airways Avios (Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards)

How to book American Airlines flights with Etihad miles (Amex points)

There is more information to come on this page.  I will keep this page updated with links to posts about redeeming points and miles for specific trips.


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