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Million Mile Secrets reader, Akshay, writes:
I have my points and miles all over the place – 30,000 Delta miles, 35,000 American Airlines miles, and a few thousand with Frontier Airlines, Virgin America, and United Airlines. What’s the best way to leverage them all to plan a trip?
In fact, I just got married and I’m planning a honeymoon. Not sure where, but we’re open to any destination.
Congratulations on your marriage, Akshay!
Akshay doesn’t have enough miles with any single airline to cover 2 round-trip tickets. And you can’t combine miles between different airlines.
However, there are still ways to use the miles Akshay has to save money on their trip.
1. 2 Round-Trip Tickets Within the Continental US
Akshay can book 2 separate round-trip flights on different airlines to a romantic destination anywhere in the continental US.
A round-trip coach flight within the US costs 25,000 miles on American Airlines and Delta. So Akshay has more than enough miles.
But keep in mind, it’s sometimes difficult to find award seats on Delta.
While it’s not the most romantic route, this could make a trip that you otherwise may not be able to take, possible.
2. Buy 1 Ticket and Get 1 (Almost) Free
If taking different flights doesn’t interest you, you could use your American Airlines miles or Delta miles to book 1 award flight and pay for the other.
For example, if you travel to the Caribbean or Mexico between September 7th, and November 14th, you can book 1 round-trip coach flight for just 25,000 American Airlines miles. Then pay for the 2nd ticket with cash.
Another option is booking an off-peak award flight to Hawaii on American Airlines for 35,000 miles round-trip between January 12 and March 13. Or August 22 and December 15. And buying the 2nd ticket.
3. Earn More Miles & Points
Or you may want to collect more miles and points to open up more options for your honeymoon.
I recommend folks set travel goals before they start earning miles. That way you don’t wind up with airline miles that you’ll never use.
There are lots of ways to earn American Airlines miles. And you can earn Delta miles with cards like the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, which currently has a limited-time sign-up bonus of 50,000 Delta miles after you complete the minimum spending.
But folks who aren’t certain of their travel plans will benefit from collecting flexible points.
You can earn AMEX Membership Rewards points with cards like:
|Personal Cards||Business Cards|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express||The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN|
|American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum||The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||The Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN|
|AMEX EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express||Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN|
|AMEX EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express|
|American Express® Gold Card|
|American Express® Green Card|
|Blue from American Express® Note: These are the ONLY AMEX cards that earn Membership Rewards points that can NOT be transferred to airline & hotel programs. But you can use these points on the Membership Rewards website for other redemptions. Includes personal AND small business versions of the card.|
Or with the following cards you can earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points:
|Personal Cards||Business Cards|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||Chase Ink Plus|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred||Chase Ink Bold (No Longer Available to New Applicants)|
|Chase Freedom||Chase Ink Cash|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited|
|Chase Sapphire (No Longer Available to New Applicants)|
|Note: Points earned from the Chase Freedom, Sapphire, and Ink Cash cards can only be transferred to travel partners if you also have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold card.|
Stay for Free Too!
You can also check out my post on how to decide where to stay in Hawaii using hotel points.
If you want to book 2 round-trip award flights but don’t have enough points with a single airline, you can NOT combine miles from different airlines.
However, there may still be ways to make your trip work. For instance, you could book 1 round-trip award flight and pay for the other, which will still save you a lot of money!
Thanks for your question Akshay! Enjoy your honeymoon!