Weekly Wrap-up: Top Points and Miles Blog Posts

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Everyday, we scour through the interweb on Twitter, emails, blogs, airline sites and forums over a cup of coffee hunting for deals that will help us travel well (hopefully for free) so that we could share the wealth of information. Here are our five favorite blogs posts that we came across and found useful for everyday point earning:

Miles from Blights: Some unusual award options – KLM/AF – marathons, meals and tours of Paris
Forget about conventional ways of spending points and miles on flights and hotels –especially if you’re looking for an adventure during a vacation. Miles from Blights provides a list of activities that you could redeem your miles with like running in a marathon or driving a Porsche Cayman.

Why we dig it?
We sometimes forget that by traveling well with points and miles could mean putting them to good use during trips rather than just for getting to the destination.

Mommy Points: Must Do: Setting Points Aside for Emergencies
While earning points for traveling well and making dreams come true is the goal, setting aside points for a rainy day could help you out in case of an emergency situation. Using earned points, Mommy Points helped her relatives get a few nights of sleep at a hotel after their picturesque home caught on fire. Using points to travel is great, but the value of points could also be used as a support net in case of emergencies.

Why we dig it?
Tragic events like losing a home is a world of stress, but there are unfortunate or emergency events that saving points for a just in case of an emergency stash wouldn’t hurt and could bring in a much-needed day or two of rest. Most of us in the points game are  determined to use points for traveling so we might overlook the alternative uses for points.

UPGRD: Confirmed in First Class but No Seat Assignment
Matthew on Live and Lets Fly lets us in on his experience as a confirmed (but seatless) first class cabin ticket holder on a flight that oversold the first class cabin.

We we dig it? 
Matthew was determined to get his first-class upgrade on an oversold cabin and by getting a step-by-step walk through of his conversation with two different United call centers we get an idea of what to expect as responses and offers from the airlines when passengers are at risk of losing their upgrades.

View From the Wing: Why You Don’t Want to Earn Starwood Points for Your Delta Flights
With Delta Airlines and Starwood joining forces, customers could combine their earned points for either partners, but in a low leveled elite rank compared to other mile programs that offer one dollar for every mile..

Why we dig it?
The post breaks down the disadvantages of earning points for Delta and Starwards considering that many other awards programs offer at least double the points per every dollar spent at certain hotels or online travel agencies .

Hack My Trip: FlexPerks Points Are a Unique Path to Free Travel
Hack my Trip talks about an alternative way to earn free flights by using FlexPoints to book travels. The downside to the earning potential is that they’re categorized into different tiers, but every point earned is valued up to 2 cents which is more than what other credit cards offer.

Why we dig it?
We love giving to charities and FlexPoints just so happens to offer 3 points for every dollar spent donating to charity.

About The Author

Rand Shoaf

Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.

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