Earning points is straightforward, but how do you redeem them for free travel? This part worries a lot of people. It’s understandable since all that hard work invested in earning miles and points is not well spent if you can’t use them. Fortunately those of us who have been at this game for a while (and it is a game a times) have learned a few tricks to make it easier.
We have created many guides to help you redeem your miles and points on free travel. These include general overviews as well as more specific insights on each loyalty program. To help you further, we have created tools like the Award Maximizer to help you find the cheapest award ticket and the Points Transfer Calculator to show you how to move your points between programs.
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Introduction to Travel Hacking
- Travel Hacking for Beginners
- The Easy Guide to Finding Airline Award Space
- How to Book Your Next Award Flight Like a Pro
Transferring Points and Miles
Transferable loyalty currencies are like gold. It has value to everyone. Instead of being locked into the rules and prices of a single loyalty program, you can move your points to another program that might have cheaper prices, more generous rules, and even more award availability. Be sure to check out the Points Transfer Calculator for a quick overview.
- How to Transfer or Consolidate Ultimate Rewards Points
- How to Transfer Membership Rewards Points
- How to Transfer Marriott Bonvoy Points
How to Book Award Tickets with Each Airline Loyalty Program
Most of these guides have been created with the assumption that you have miles in the program operated by each respective airline. For example, a guide to booking travel with Alaska Airlines assumes you have miles with its Mileage Plan program. You can still use those miles to travel on a partner airline such as Cathay Pacific.
We recommend you read as many guides as possible for a deeper understanding of how these programs interconnect. For example, even if you are redeeming Alaska Airlines miles on Cathay Pacific, we might advise that you use the British Airways site to search for award space. We have included these links within each guide when relevant.
Rules for Booking Award Travel
- How to Book Award Travel with Alaska Mileage Plan
- How to Book Award Travel with Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- How to Book Award Travel with JAL Mileage Bank
- How to Book Award Travel with Korean Air SkyPass
- How to Book Award Travel with Lufthansa Miles & More
- How to Book Award Travel with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- How to Book Award Travel with Avianca LifeMiles
How to Search for Award Space
- How to Find Star Alliance Award Space on the United Airlines Website (for Star Alliance)
- How to Find Award Space on the Aeroplan Website (for Star Alliance)
- How to Find Award Space on the ANA Website (for Star Alliance)
- How to Find OneWorld Award Space on the American Airlines Website (for oneworld Alliance and Alaska Airlines)
- How to Find Award Space on the British Airways and Qantas Websites (for oneworld Alliance and Cathay Pacific)
- How to Find SkyTeam Award Space on the Delta Air Lines Website (for Sky Team)
- How to Find Award Space on the Air France Website (for Sky Team)