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October 25, 2011


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Totally agree with this. It's all about what works for you. Lucky for me, I fly out of EWR, LGA, JFK so I collect miles for United/Continental, Delta, AND American Airlines.

Also, I only redeem them on pricey routes similar to the ones you've outlined and also on premium cabins to foreign countries.

I just redeemed 2 Business Class tickets on Cathay Pacific (using British Airways miles from the big 100k bonus) to Manila via Hong Kong.
Retail price = $9500 each
Mileage cost = 100k each
Fees = $350 each
Rate of return = 9.15%

I'll take that + luxury travel any day!

The best deals are (as noted by infamousdx above) international business class tickets. They usually require approximately double the number of miles as economy tickets, but if paying cash would cost between 4 and 5 times the economy price.

Mileage based credit cards are heavily benefial for frequent flyers. They are just an amazing benefit to have.

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