- Be flexible with your dates, and consider an extra stop or non-traditional routing.
“We helped one client fly less than an hour from Salt Lake City to Denver to catch a non-stop flight to Frankfurt on Lufthansa, just one day before his ideal date,” Gibson explained. “A $70 Delta connecting flight saved him thousands. He got the BMW of flights on Lufthansa with his Continental miles, by mixing alliances. His bags were transferred without issue, and the trip went smoothly.”
- Look for flights from major hubs, where hundreds of seats are available every day.
“Adding on a cheap and short connecting flight can get you a seat when you’d otherwise get a ‘No’ from the airline,” Gibson said.
- Businesses hoping to redeem points should wait to book business flights until a few days before their travel date. Many airlines won’t fly with empty business and first class seats, but they won’t release seats for an award reservations until three to seven days before the flight.
“Just like we have been trained to do when booking hotels with Priceline, you can get a four or five star airline for two star mileage redemption, if you can be flexible with brands and book last minute,” Gibson said.
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