GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR LOYALTY POINTS AND AIR MILES
Whether you have amassed air miles from a frequent flyer program or you’ve been using a debit or credit card to earn points, both are a virtual currency which allows for a lot more than customers may realize. Rather than finding out at the last minute your points are going to expire, check their validity, put them all in one accessible place and realize their potential as you read 5 ways to be creative with your loyalty points and air miles!
MAINTAIN QUALITY AND COMFORT
Just like booking through a global concierge service, your trip can be made just as bespoke to your needs by using your points and miles. Be mindful that booking flights outside of busy, peak or holiday periods may make your desired flights more accessible, and be sure to ask about frequent flier seats and upgrades (For example, American Airlines customers have the opportunity to fly in Etihad’s world renowned in-air suites in exchange for points).
CONSIDER ADDING A STOPOVER TO YOUR TRIP
For example, US Airlines award chart customers can enjoy the benefit of exchanging 90.000 air miles for a business class journey from the US to North Asia complete with European stopover for no extra cost. Stopovers extend your trip, add some cultural diversity and are becoming increasingly popular in the bleisure space.
TREAT OTHERS WITH YOUR MILES OR POINTS
Think outside the box and gift your miles or points to a friend or family member. Give them as a birthday gift, use the points to book a flight for a wedding gift or excite everyone in the office with monthly trips away for the best performing member of the team. Why not combine your points using an airline miles organizer like AwardWallet.com and have them all in one place, ready to monitor, access and use.
SPEND POINTS ON PRODUCTS WITH MAGSFORMILES.COM
If you are bored of inflight magazines or tired of grabbing a magazine on the go, sign up to MagsForMiles.com and enjoy a year’s worth of magazines suited to your taste. Airlines associated with the scheme are Delta Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines, among others. Feel free to browse the online library and pay with miles to secure your choice of magazine, such as Vogue (700 miles) and Time Magazine (1200 miles).
DONATE YOUR MILES TO CHARITY
Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation your air miles go directly to children and families who need them. The recipients can travel across the world and fulfil dreams which would otherwise never happen. Choose from the American Cancer Society, Conservation International, American Red Cross and others and feel good knowing that your points have gone a lot further than a flight.
CORPORATE POINTS MANAGEMENT AND OPTIMIZATION
For large companies with significant travel spend, Traveltrust can help optimize travel spend by monitoring bookings to see when corporate points can be used instead of cash. Call or email us today to discuss how we can help best utilize your company’s points.