Over the past couple days, I’ve ran across a few interesting articles from The Points Guy (TPG).
He has been running a series about maximizing airlines elite status, with the most recent article covering mid-tier elite status I think mid-tier is the highest realistically attainable status if you’re doing mostly personal travel, so this article is worth checking out for what this might be worth to you. The series also includes an introduction to elite status and mileage runs (where people fly on low fares purely to earn miles), an article on the value of the different tiers of elite status, as well as a couple of other articles. I definitely recommend reading these! But I will warn you, the articles are a bit long.
Additional, TPG has a Reader Question post about the value of American Express Membership Rewards points. The article demonstrates some of the thought process behind valuing miles/points, and how your redemption choices affect that value. Also, the article eventually goes into cash back cards, and there’s a long list of cash back credit cards at the end of it.
Frugal Travel Guy’s, Sunday Success Stories series has an article today about a trip that someone was able to book with a relatively small amount of AAdvantage Miles. Check out the story here!
Considering how easy it is to earn 150,000 AA miles with 3 credit card sign up bonuses (acknowledgment to Daraius at Million Mile Secrets for the post about signing up for AA cards), booking a trip like the one above is well within anyone’s reach!
I’m actually in Las Vegas this weekend, celebrating a friend’s birthday…I made it here earlier today after a long day of travel (it’s much more effort getting here from the east coast, especially for someone used to making the journey from SoCal).
Gary Leff of View From the Wing recently wrote a post titled “Using Credit Card Offers to Construct a Free Dream Trip Quickly”. I just remembered a little while ago, and I think it is a good overview of where collecting frequently flyer miles and take you. Enjoy!
I was also able to draft a few more posts during my flight over here, so I will be posting more content soon, but I hope this can tide you over for now 🙂