How TPG staffers would spend 1 million American Airlines AAdvantage miles
One million points or miles is a lot. And when we’re talking about 1 million transferable points — such as 1 million American Express Membership Rewards points or 1 million Chase Ultimate Rewards points — it’s often possible to book flights and hotels for several amazing trips. But today, we’ll take a look at how …But today, we’ll take a look at how three of TPG’s Points and Miles staffers would redeem 1 million American Airlines AAdvantage miles. This is actually an interesting challenge as there is currently a unique limited-time opportunity to transfer Citi ThankYou points to American Airlines and there is some concern that American will move further toward a dynamically priced system in the near term.
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Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles is one of the most powerful airline loyalty programs — largely due to its extremely low redemption rates. In the past, we’ve covered using the program to fly to Europe for just 45,000 miles round-trip — but today, we’ll shift our focus to transcontinental business-class flights.
You can leverage Miles&Smiles to book transcontinental business-class flights for just 12,500 miles each way. This is significantly less than other Star Alliance carriers’ frequent flyer programs require, and sure beats spending thousands of dollars out of pocket for the same ticket.
Maximizing the British Airways distance-based award chart
There are plenty of things that aren’t ideal about British Airways and its Avios loyalty points. From seats to food to service, its inflight product leaves a lot to be desired, and hefty, carrier-imposed surcharges make it difficult to find good value with an award ticket that routes to (or through) London. But one important …But one important redeeming quality is a distance-based award chart that lets you fly for next to nothing in some of the world’s most expensive markets. Knowing how to use it can go a long way toward getting maximum value for your points.
Better yet, these flights are operated by United Airlines, which offers its premium United Polaris business-class product on flights from Newark (EWR) and New York-JFK to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). This means you can expect an international business-class experience on these routes, with a lie-flat seat and upgraded dining. © The Points Guy (Photo by Zach Griff / The Points Guy)
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles miles have become significantly easier to earn over the years after the program became a transfer partner of both Capital One Rewards and Citi ThankYou. If you have these types of points available to you, keep reading to learn how to book one of the best sweet spots in the points and miles world.
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As mentioned previously, booking a lie-flat seat on coast-to-coast flights for just 12,500 miles is an absolute steal. This is especially true when you compare it to booking with programs like United MileagePlus that charge at least 35,000 miles for the same ticket. © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of united.com)
Of course, paying cash for a transcontinental business-class ticket isn’t cheap either. Prices vary by date, origin and destination, but it’s hard to find these tickets for less than $1,100 round-trip any time of year. In my experience, summer and holiday dates are even pricier. © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of google.com/flights)
One word of warning: It can be difficult to find business-class award space on these flights. You may need to run multiple searches and be flexible with your dates to book. Consider setting up an award alert with ExpertFlyer (owned by TPG’s parent company, Red Ventures) to save time.
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With that in mind, only transfer miles to your Miles&Smiles account when you’ve found a flight you’re ready to book. Remember, you cannot transfer miles back to your Capital One or Citi account. Preemptively transferring miles could leave you stuck with miles you can’t immediately use.
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How to book this award
To book this award, head to the Turkish Airlines website and sign in to your Miles&Smiles account. Then, click on your name at the upper right-hand corner of the screen and click “Miles Transactions” on the drop-down menu. © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of turkishairlines.com)
Look toward the right-hand side of the screen, find the “Star Alliance award ticket” box and click the red “Book now” link. © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of turkishairlines.com)
Now, input your desired itinerary and click the red arrow button to start your search. © The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of turkishairlines.com)
Click the “Business Class” button at the top of the screen, and you can view all available flights. To book, click the arrow button to the right of the flight’s price and click “Select this flight” from the drop-down menu. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your booking.
How long do Capital One miles transfers take?
Editor’s note: This guide is regularly refreshed with updated information. In 2018, Capital One announced big changes to its rewards program by offering cardholders the option to transfer their miles to airline and hotel partners. This announcement had the positive effect of catapulting TPG’s valuations for Capital One Rewards miles from 1 cent to 1.4 …In 2018, Capital One announced big changes to its rewards program by offering cardholders the option to transfer their miles to airline and hotel partners. This announcement had the positive effect of catapulting TPG’s valuations for Capital One Rewards miles from 1 cent to 1.
© The Points Guy (Screenshot courtesy of turkishairlines.com)
It’s as easy — and as inexpensive — as that!
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How to earn Turkish Airlines miles © The Points Guy (Photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy)
You can transfer Capital One Rewards and Citi ThankYou points to Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles at a 1:1 ratio. Likewise, Bilt Rewards will soon add Turkish as a 1:1 transfer partner, and Marriott Bonvoy points transfer to Turkish at a 3:1 ratio, with 5,000 bonus miles awarded for every 60,000 points transferred.
(Editor’s note: TPG founder Brian Kelly is a Bilt advisor and investor.)
If you’re looking for a new Capital One Rewards card, consider opening a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card to boost your mileage balance. The card earns 2 miles per dollar on all purchases, and you can earn 60,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.
Those looking to get into the Citi ThankYou ecosystem can consider opening a Citi Premier® Card. This card currently offers 80,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 in the first three months of account opening. Plus, it earns 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, dining, gas and groceries. You’ll earn 1 point per dollar on other purchases.
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Flying from coast to coast in economy can be a drag — it’s a long flight, and frequently crowded with tourists and business travelers alike. Booking a business-class award ticket can make the journey far more enjoyable, especially if you’re on a red-eye. Snagging these flights for just 12,500 Turkish miles is a killer deal, and can save you a lot of money in the process.
Featured photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.
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The ultimate guide to Citi ThankYou Rewards transfer partners .
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. Citi is a TPG advertising partner. Many Citi cardholders simply redeem their Citi ThankYou Rewards points for travel or gift cards. But if you have a premium Citi ThankYou card, you may be able to get greater value from your points. Specifically, you …Many Citi cardholders simply redeem their Citi ThankYou Rewards points for travel or gift cards. But if you have a premium Citi ThankYou card, you may be able to get greater value from your points. Specifically, you can maximize your Citi ThankYou Rewards points by transferring points to the program’s airline and hotel partners.