It’s already getting cold in New York and I am taking my first trip of the fall to escape to warm weather. I am heading to Tampa to speak at Frequent Traveler University and our own Samba for Miles is joining me for the trip! Even though I’ll be visiting her in Los Angeles two weeks later, she just couldn’t wait that long to see me. Only joking… who could pass up a chance to hang out with the miles addicts like us?
I will be giving a talk titled “Weekend Jet Setting: Maximizing Miles and Points to the Caribbean, Hawaii and North America.” In my talk, I am going to cover different ways to maximize our miles and points for quick trips around North America. This will cover distance-based award charts such as British Airways, adding free one-way trips onto our international itineraries and making the most of fixed-value and cashback points.
20,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points Giveaway
In the meantime, I will be running a giveaway of 20,000 Amex Membership Rewards points. There will be FOUR winners of 5,000 points each and you can choose any American Express Membership rewards airline partner to collect your miles. In addition, since American Express Membership Rewards points can also be redeemed as cash back for 1 cent each, you can also choose a $50 gift card to any merchant I can order online (though I really do think 5,000 points transferred to miles is far more valuable!). Four winners will be drawn at 8 pm on Tuesday after my return.
Certain American Express Membership Rewards point earning credit cards have the ability for their points to be transferred to a myriad of airline partners. Cards with this feature are:
- American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card.
- American Express Platinum Card.
- American Express Business Gold Rewards Card.
- American Express Business Platinum Card.
- American Express Mercedes Benz Platinum Card.
For an explanation of how to transfer points to airline partners, you can check out my post: How to Transfer American Express Membership Rewards To Airline Miles.
I will be transferring points to the winners from my American Express Platinum Card. I am holding on to the card for its benefits that outweigh the annual fee for me. The $450 annual fee is quite high, but think about how much we spend on travel! It comes with a $200 yearly airline incidental credit (which I use to pay for my United Airlines award booking taxes and fees). This already brings down the annual fee to $250. It also provides airport airline lounge and club access when I fly and access to the American Express Fine Hotels and Resort program. I regularly book hotels through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts and often end up with a $100 hotel credit (for dining/spa), free breakfast and a room upgrade. That’s especially amazing value for one or two night stays. Many elite benefits without having elite status!
Weekend Jet Setting With Miles and Points
One of my favorite transfer partners of American Express Membership Rewards is British Airways. They have a distance based award chart allowing us to redeem as few as 4,500 miles for flights under 650 miles. Best of all, these miles can be redeemed on American Airlines flights. Florida residents will love these miles as Miami is a haven for using British Airways miles with so many Caribbean islands nearby.
My posts on using British Airways miles for weekend jet setting:
- British Airways Miles to the Caribbean: As Few As 4,500 Miles Each Way!
- Search American Airlines Caribbean Award Space To Every Island At Once.
- West Coast to Hawaii for 12,500 British Airways Avios Each Way!
- How to Redeem British Airways Miles on American Airlines Flights.
- Redeeming British Airways Miles on Alaska Airlines Flights.
Here are some more posts and tricks to maximize your miles and points for North American destinations. I’ll be talking about all these various tricks this weekend:
- American Airlines: From Caribbean in Winter + to Europe in Summer for 20,000 American Airlines miles TOTAL
- American Airlines: How to Add Free One-Way Trips on American Airlines Awards
- American Airlines: Adding “Better Than Free” One-Ways on American Airlines: Fly to South America for 20,000 Miles All Year!
- United Airlines: How to Add Free One-Way Trips On United Airlines Awards
- United Airlines: We just planned another trip to Grand Cayman with United miles!
- United Airlines: Saving $1000 with United Miles: Natalya’s trip to Grand Cayman and Cancun
- United Airlines: Cayman, Panama, Rio, Cancun: Svetlana’s Southern Adventures with United Miles
- Barclaycard Arrival Miles: My New Barclaycard Arrival MasterCard: $440 Sign-Up Bonus For Any Travel Expense + 2.2% Cash Back.
US Bank FlexPerks Rewards: Four Girls to Cancun Countdown: Redeemed FlexPerks Rewards and BusinessFirst!
- Natalya and Svetlana’s Labor Day Trip to Vancouver: The Plan With Miles, Points and Promotions
Four Ways to Win
There are four ways to win in my giveaway:
- Leave a comment on this post below with your favorite post on The Miles Professor or your favorite North America getaway destination. If you tell me your favorite posts, this will also be great in helping me decide what kind of content to focus on in the future… a win win for everyone!
- Follow TheMilesProfessor on Twitter. Then either (a) tweet me with hashtag #TMPAmex5K with your favorite North America getaway destination or (b) retweet my post about the giveaway.
- Like The Miles Professor Page on Facebook. The either (a) comment on my contest post with your favorite North America getaway destination or (b) share my post about the giveaway from Facebook to enter.
- Add The Miles Professor on Google+ and share my post about the giveaway from Google+. (As I have the fewest followers on Google+, this is probably the easiest way to win).
Each of four winners will be selected at random. You can also enter more than one way and win multiple times (if luck is particularly on your side on Tuesday!). Four winners will be drawn at 8 pm on Tuesday after my return.
And if you are at the Tampa Frequent Traveler University conference, come say hi to us!