TPG Talks episode eight: Advanced redemption tactics

Jun 13, 2020

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In some cases, redeeming points and miles can be simple, but in many instances, it’s quite complex. How do you find availability for premium-class flights? What’s the best program to use to book those awards? And what are some advanced strategies for maximizing your loyalty rewards?

We attempted to answer these questions (and more) on this week’s TPG Talks webinar, when Loyalty and Engagement Editor Richard Kerr joined me to discuss advanced redemption tactics. We shared some of our favorite strategies for making the most of your points and miles, then did a rapid-fire overview of key transfer partners from Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

If you’re looking to learn more about maximizing your credit card rewards, check out the recording of this week’s talk:

Show notes

  • 2:00 – Fast Facts about What’s Going on in Points and Miles
  • 5:10 – The Power of Transfering Points
  • 8:01 – Stopovers and Open Jaws
  • 10:27 – Multiple Award Seats on the Same Flight
  • 12:30 – Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 16:00 – United MileagePlus
  • 21:18 – Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 26:00 – Etihad Guest
  • 30:50 – Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 34:43 – Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • 39:06 – Iberia Avios
  • 42:00 – All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • 46:42 – How Far in Advance Should You Search for Award Availability?
  • 47:17 – Clarity Around Transfering Miles
  • 48:11 – Turkish Miles and Smiles
  • 51:55 – Avianca LifeMiles
  • 55:09 – Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 58:35 – What is the Process for Booking an Award?
  • 1:02:10 – Booking One Way vs. Roundtrip Flights
  • 1:04:46 – How to Research What Non-Stop Flights are Available?
  • 1:06:55 – Singapore KrisFlyer Fifth Freedom Routes
  • 1:08:10 – Websites for Finding Availability By Airline Alliance

Follow-on reading and important links

Bottom line

TPG Talks is a series of live webinars hosted by team members from The Points Guy, covering various aspects of the travel, credit card and loyalty industries. Join from anywhere in the world on any device to learn tips and tricks that’ll get you closer to your next dream vacation.

For a list of previous sessions, visit our TPG Talks hub page, or click on any of the links below for individual recaps:

And if you haven’t already be sure to sign up for our daily newsletter where we have lots of tips on award booking.

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