Ok, so on my last post, (Pt 1), I said I would let you know how to add to your airline miles and make the most of those “other” points. Keeping in mind that most “big” airline companies are now partnered with vendors like Loews, Home Depot, car rental companies, restaurant, grocery stores, hotels, Airbnb, cruise lines and many more. All you have to do is research which airline flies to places on your ‘bucket list’, sign up with and start shopping, eating, renting, cruising…and yes, you can use your debit card, because it is NOT the card you use, it’s where you choose to shop, eat, rent, cruise. AND we don’t really use our mileage or hotel points on the “mainland” (49 states). The only state where we use them is Hawai’i and/or when we actually travel outside the US (not so much the Caribbean but Europe).
As for the hotels, try to stick with hotel chains eg…IHG which is the Intercontinental Hotel Group (Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Hotel Indigo and more); Marriott Group (Ritz-Carlton Collection, JW Marriott, Spring Hill Suites, Courtyard by Marriott and a bunch more); Hilton Group (Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites) just to name a few, and rack up your lodging points. Staying at the lower end of these hotel chains like Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard Marriott, Homewood Suites in the USA and rack up points for their higher end hotels when you travel abroad. During low season, it will sometimes be cheaper to pay cash as you won’t want to waste you points on cheap stays.
If you have a Wells Fargo CC and they don’t offer hotel or airline miles, they have some cool stuff in the WF Rewards store – We got 2 FitBits, a Cuisinart Stainless Steel Cook Set and a Commercial shredder (for junk mail and CC offers) with those “other” points.
**NOTE – If you have points that are about to expire, use some to purchase a $1 iTunes song…that will renew your points for another year ’til you can really use them when you are ready to be out!! NEVER CONSOLIDATE YOUR POINTS…the fee is way too high and NEVER EVER allow them to expire.
As an aside, stick with the companies that offer the highest value for your points (1 to 1.25 cents per point). The key is RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH!! It is so beyond worth it.
So rack up those points and MAKE THEM COUNT!! There are so many simply joyous adventures and cool stuff to do and buy!! Thanks for stopping by #SimplyJoyous