How do I redeem my Credit Card Rewards for airline tickets?
I have been asked this question or something similar on many occasions. For some people it is a complete mystery as to how to redeem the points that they have accumulated.
It can be confusing and complicated. It can also be incredibly rewarding when you are able to book part or all of a vacation using points and awards.
One of the best value you can receive when redeeming your points is to book a long-distance or international flight. This article will focus on airline flights and hiring a company that specializes in redeeming credit card rewards for flights.
Why pay a company to handle the booking for you
While this choice is not free, it may be worth it if you save hundreds of dollars. It can be beneficial if you find the process too time consuming. Consider hiring a service, if you need to book a ticket on a code-shared airline. While you can book a code-shared ticket yourself, it can be time-consuming and frustrating.
How do these services work?
When you contact any of these services, they ask for basic information, such as when and where you are traveling along with what point programs you have. They will run a search to offer the best options for you. They will contact you with their suggestions. You will then either approve the itinerary or ask for changes. They charge a fee for the booking and pass along any taxes or other fees that are not covered by your points.
Companies that book reward tickets
While there are many companies that offer this service, here are three for you to consider.
- Award Magic is unusual because they require a $25 fee up per request. If you book with them, they will credit you this fee. Otherwise, booking for one-way or round trip including one-stopover is $179 per person and $279 per person for 3 or more destinations.
- Book Your Award specializes in Business or First-Class tickets only. Their fee is $185 per person.
- Award Bird charges $39 to book an Economy flight for the first person and $19 for each additional person on the same flight. Business and First-Class tickets will set you back $69 for the first person and $39 for each additional person on the same itinerary.
If you need to buy extra points or rewards, a word of warning
You may find yourself short of points or rewards and it may make sense to purchase them. Do not assume the service knows the best way to purchase additional points. Do your own research to determine where you should purchase the points. For example, it might make sense to purchase points from a hotel chain that is offering points at a discount and then transfer them to the airline.
Being able to redeem points for costly Business and First-class airline tickets can be one of the best ways to use your credit card rewards. While hiring a service adds to the cost, you may find that it not only saves your hundreds of dollars but also saves you valuable time.
Have you used any of these services to book a flight? Was it worth it?