Million Mile Secrets reader, Ray, commented:
I have enough Chase Ultimate Rewards points for one round-trip flight to Spain. But I would need to use my AMEX Membership Rewards points for a 2nd airline ticket. Any ideas how I can use points from both programs for a trip for 2 to Spain on the same airline?
Excellent question, Ray!
The trick is to take advantage of airline alliances, which let you to use partner airline miles to book an award flight.
Ray can transfer his flexible AMEX and Chase points to airline partners within any of the 3 major airline alliances – Oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance. So it’s possible to choose different AMEX and Chase airline transfer partners and still book 2 tickets on the same flight.
I’ll share tips for folks looking to book multiple award flights with flexible points in different programs.