Figuring out how and when to redeem all those hard-earned miles for points can be tricky. Sample itineraries and airline comparisons like this one should help you get the hang of things. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to use miles to get this flight for less than $3 on two different airlines.
This weekend, I decided to head over to Montreal from New York City. A simple Kayak search reveals ridiculously expensive flights for same-day or next-day tickets. For example, if I wanted to go to Montreal tomorrow for two nights, the total price (for just 3 hours in the air) would be a staggering $642!
The lowest price on a major airline like American Airlines is $1,083! However, with miles, we can get there for a mere fraction of the cost. I bought a ticket from NYC to Montreal (airport code YUL) on American Airlines, and a return flight (YUL-NYC) with British Airways Avios points. Here are my options for the first leg of the flight (NYC-YUL):
You can see that there are several direct flights leaving at different times throughout the day…which is perfect for me, as I need some flexibility.
When I click through to pay for the flight, I can see that the total cost is only $2.50.
But when you’re redeeming miles for flights, you don’t want to settle for your first option, as there may be something better out there. Using British Airways Avios miles, the cost drops even more. The screenshots below will show you how you can use British Airways to book a ticket on American Airlines (both are in the OneWorld Alliance):
That’s amazing! For only $2.50 and 4500 Avios, you’ll be able to fly to Montreal in style, saving you $640. Itching to start traveling in style like this? You can get 40,000 American Airlines miles by signing up for an American Airlines credit card or 45,000 British Avios Points by signing up for a British Airways Chase Visa.
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