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Old 09-29-2008, 03:34 PM
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Default How many air miles do you typically need for 1 free flight?

This is in regards to the air miles programs through credit cards. thx
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:41 PM
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Default How many air miles do you typically need for 1 free flight?

Credit card programs usually offer a "free" domestic flight at 25000 miles. However, you have to check the individual programs to verify the rules.
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:48 PM
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Default How many air miles do you typically need for 1 free flight?

It honestly depends on your credit card. Generally you don't get the flight miles direct from your credit card - you have to redeem your credit card reward points for frequent flyer points with a participating airline and the redemption rate varies between cards. For example, with my credit card, for each credit card reward point I can get 1 star alliance frequent flyer point. Then whether I get a free flight depends on what star alliance says I need. For a trip from one side of the globe to the other (say London to Sydney) it is 95,000 points for an economy class ticket. It all depends on who you want to fly with so its worth looking around before committing to a credit card if you are looking for airline miles.
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:55 PM
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Default How many air miles do you typically need for 1 free flight?

Usually is one dollar per mile, and I've just booked a flight through AA from Mexico to Orlando and it costed me 30 000 miles. It was a totally free ticket as I didnt even had to pay the taxes.

Usually domestic tickets cost 20 000 or 25 000 miles, between US and mexico or Canada 30 000 miles, to the caribbean and Hawaii 35 000 or 40 000 depending on the route.

But it would be a good Idea to check with the airline or credit card company because some times you have to pay some taxes and fees (like when you transfer the points to the frequent flyer program) or sometimes you dont even have to pay a cent like when the bank books the flight through their travel agent and then apply a credit to your account
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:03 PM
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Default How many air miles do you typically need for 1 free flight?

Depends on the card and the program as they vary widely. You have to look at what each card requires so that you can redeem your points to get "x" amount of miles that you later cash in with the particular airline membership you have.

Some will allow you to redeem straight up for a coupon for a flight. But those generally require more points.

One of the best ways to go about it is to sign up with a particular airline and get their Visa card. You get more miles everytime you purchase something than if you use an unaffiliated card. Plus if you do fly you get way more points per flight since you also have their card. If you use your card at an affiliated hotel you get more points than the points that you would get from just the straight purchase.

To pick an airline depends on where you might be most likely to go. Once you get your points you can go anywhere of course but it is better to pick an airline that will be going to where you wish to fly.

Look into what airline is affiliated which which other ones. They are all hooked up with other ones so that means you can use you miles to take flights on other airlines. Depending on where you fly or want to look for Star Alliance membership because that covers the world pretty much. If you live in the US it covers some domestic airlines.

Think twice about cashing in those miles when you first qualify for a trip. When you reach a certain amount of miles you move up in tiers with the airlines. Once you move up you can qualify for cheaper flights. And when you fly you get more miles per flight. One round trip can can count as a round trip and a half...... or even two round trips sometimes.Upgrades can be easier to get.

So not cashing in your miles can save way more later than if you just used the miles right away.

Sorry I went on. Basically you have to check the programs.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:07 AM
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I think it really depends on the program of the airlines company... Some air mile programs are nice but some are not!
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