At our EWR Airport parking company, many of our clients are frequent fliers who are involved in airline rewards programs. We’ve compiled some tips from them on how to get the most out of your airline points:
Consider points vs. cash
Some credit cards are partnered with airlines and let you rack up airline points based on the amount of money you spend. Before you decide on a credit card with airline points, however, compare the points rewards to cash back rewards and decide the number of points you need to save up for a trip is worth more than the cash back you’d get.
Don’t hoard your points.
Many people save up their airline points but never use them, which can mean wasted money. Make sure that when you find something worth putting your points towards, you do it. Also, make sure you use your points before they expire (if they expire).
Check other airlines.
If there are no flights available for the airline that you’re looking for, check to see which other airlines your airline is associated with. You may be able to still get points for the flight if you book it through an affiliated company.
Don’t waste your points on a flight that you can easily afford. Instead, save them and collect enough to take a trip somewhere you wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.
Shop online portals.
Many airlines have online shopping portals where you can rack up points on your rewards program card. If you’re buying a flight ticket online, check to see if there is any merchandise else you can also buy to get more points. You can even find bonus deals where you get multiple points per dollar.
Link to dining programs.
A lot of airline rewards programs also have dining rewards programs. Link your card so that whenever you dine at certain restaurants, you’ll get points toward your next flight.
Pool your points.
Some airlines let you pool your points with family members who are also involved in the rewards program. Check with your airline and if you can do this, you’ll have a much larger point account and may be able to redeem them sooner than you planned.