Things to Avoid When using Airline Miles

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most airlines have suspended mileage expiration for 2020 and 2021.

Not Redeeming Miles Before They Expire

One of the things that makes finding award tickets so difficult is that not all airline websites show the same amount of availability.

Not Searching in the Right Place

Most airlines used to have rewards charts with fixed pricing for flights.

Not Jumping on Limited-time Deals

If you find a ticket that fits your dates and destinations, he says, go ahead and hit that back button. Otherwise, your plans could remain up in the air.

Waiting Too Long to Book

While prize tickets abound at the moment, especially on short domestic flights, booking long distance tickets in premium cabins can be a crapshoot at the best of times.

Not Being Flexible on Dates

Redeeming Too Many Miles

Using the Wrong Kind of Miles and Overpaying

Transferring Credit Card Points Too Soon or Too Late

Using Airline Miles Instead of Credit Card Points

Paying High Taxes and Surcharges

Buying Miles Instead of Transferring or Pooling

Not Using Them for What You Really Want

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