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I have 60,000 Miles from the AAvantage Citi card. Now what?

dexterbot 1,347 398 January 13, 2016 at 04:02 PM
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So, I don't know why I got in on this CC offer but I did. Maybe just the hype in the deals forum. I'm in Northern California.

In any case, now that I have 60K miles, I looked at how many miles it would cost for a flight to Hawaii (not planned until 2017) and it's something ridiculous like 40K or 50K one way (unrestricted)!!!

What are some other options I can use with my 60K miles if I don't plan to use them?

Can I transfer as points for any type of awards? My family of 4 is not planning a trip to Hawaii until 2017 though I can consider flying to Disney World in Orlando which seems like it's 20K to 30K. Do the mileage expire?

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Quote from dexterbot View Post :
So, I don't know why I got in on this CC offer but I did. Maybe just the hype in the deals forum. I'm in Northern California.

In any case, now that I have 60K miles, I looked at how many miles it would cost for a flight to Hawaii (not planned until 2017) and it's something ridiculous like 40K or 50K one way (unrestricted)!!!

What are some other options I can use with my 60K miles if I don't plan to use them?

Can I transfer as points for any type of awards? My family of 4 is not planning a trip to Hawaii until 2017 though I can consider flying to Disney World in Orlando which seems like it's 20K to 30K. Do the mileage expire?

40 or 50k one way unrestricted... but 17.5k or 22.5k one way for MileSAAver (off or on peak)


Given you don't plan to go until 2017 you ought to be able to easily plan around dates when the cheaper tickets are available

(though if you wait to book until after March 21 of this year the off peak ones go up to 20k, on peak MileSAAver remains 22.5k though)
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40 or 50k one way unrestricted... but 17.5k or 22.5k one way for MileSAAver (off or on peak)


Given you don't plan to go until 2017 you ought to be able to easily plan around dates when the cheaper tickets are available

(though if you wait to book until after March 21 of this year the off peak ones go up to 20k, on peak MileSAAver remains 22.5k though)
MileSAAver would be the off peak season, right? My kids are in school and wife is a teacher so double whammy trying to go during school year. Frown

Thanks for the info though.
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MileSAAver would be the off peak season, right? My kids are in school and wife is a teacher so double whammy trying to go during school year. Frown

Thanks for the info though.

MileSAAver has both off peak and on peak times.

Off peak dates are:
Hawaii: January 12 - March 13, August 22 - December 15 so that's probably not much help... but the regular MileSAAver should cover most other dates.

Change fees are pricey (compared to the unrestricted fares you can change) but that shouldn't be an issue unless an emergency comes up.

Really the biggest issue is you need 4 seats- if you need em on the SAME plane that might be tough, as cheaper award seats usually have less availability per flight.

If you could do something like you and one kid on a plane, then wife and other kid on another plane a few hours later or something that'd increase the odds of finding the cheaper award seats.


Flyertalk is probably a better resource for this stuff though Smilie
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MileSAAver has both off peak and on peak times.

Off peak dates are:
Hawaii: January 12 - March 13, August 22 - December 15 so that's probably not much help... but the regular MileSAAver should cover most other dates.

Change fees are pricey (compared to the unrestricted fares you can change) but that shouldn't be an issue unless an emergency comes up.

Really the biggest issue is you need 4 seats- if you need em on the SAME plane that might be tough, as cheaper award seats usually have less availability per flight.

If you could do something like you and one kid on a plane, then wife and other kid on another plane a few hours later or something that'd increase the odds of finding the cheaper award seats.


Flyertalk is probably a better resource for this stuff though Smilie
Great! Thanks for the reference to Flyertalk. Will check that out. I also noticed that Points.com gives me option to redeeming the points for something else or transfer or exchange.
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You can also consider selling your miles. Check out the thread in finance forum for more info.
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