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Frequent Miler on the Air

May 6, 2023

Amex Membership Rewards points can be incredibly valuable when used properly toward flights (with airline transfer partners), but they are awful for those looking to redeem for gift cards. This week, we discuss how you can get so much more value with award travel than you will via redemptions like gift cards, Amazon purchases, etc.

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00:00 Intro

01:14 Giant Mailbag

10:34 Mattress running the numbers: Numerous transfer bonuses

10:53 50% transfer bonus to Marriott from Chase

11:27 25% transfer bonus from Chase to Flying Blue

14:50 25% transfer bonus from Amex to Flying Blue

16:57 15% transfer bonus from Amex to Avianca LifeMiles

19:19 30% transfer bonus from Chase to Virgin Atlantic

22:00 Award Talk

29:22 adds Qsuites finder

30:52 Nick's quick hit JetBlue Mint review

34:33 Challenge Update

37:37 Card Talk: Amex Gold Card

48:28 Main Event: How to get insane value from your Amex points

50:10 Paying with points can offer acceptable value only when paying for flights with the Business Gold, Business Platinum, or Business Centurion card

54:18 Domestic US: 7,500 BA Avios to fly on AA or Alaska on short nonstop flights

56:38 Domestic US: Delta via Virgin Atlantic for 7,500 miles on short flights

58:15 Domestic US: Avianca LifeMiles to fly United for 7,500 miles on short and medium-distance flights

1:02:03 Star Alliance economy class to Europe: Avianca LifeMiles for 20K one-way to Northern Europe

1:03:06 SkyTeam economy and premium economy class to Europe via Virgin Atlantic

1:04:46 oneworld premium economy to Japan with British Airways Avios

1:06:43 Business class to Europe on Delta using Virgin Atlantic miles

1:07: 18 Business class to Europe using Iberia Avios

1:08:32 Business class JFK to Lisbon for 35K LifeMiles

1:11:13 Anywhere in the US on Qatar Airways to Doha in business class for 70K

1:12:51 Air Canada Aeroplan examples

1:15:00 ANA Round the world business class award

1:17:51 Lufthansa first class to Europe with Avianca LifeMiles (including how to hack it)

1:20:02 Hacking Cathay Pacific Asia Miles for first class (if it comes back)

1:21:50 First class on ANA via Virgin Atlantic miles

1:34:39 Question of the Week: Nick, did you get elite credit for booking The Signature at MGM via Airbnb?

Music credit: Annie Yoder