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  • Ethan Nemeth

Using Miles To Book Flights Cheaper

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

Recently I wrote a post about how to fly first class for up to 90% off. In this post, I'm going to show you how you can use miles to book flights for less, not just in first class. It all starts with miles. For those of you unfamiliar with how acquiring airline miles works, I'll include a snippet from my last post.

"If you sign up for an airlines loyalty program such as the American Airlines AAdvantage program, you'll earn miles for every flight you take on that airline or any of their partners. For example, if you bought a roundtrip flight to Aruba for $800 on American, you'd earn a couple thousand miles for that flight. There's another, (much easier), way to earn miles; buy them! Most airlines will allow you to buy a certain number of miles per year, while some will even you let you buy as many as you want."

Now let's talk about how airline miles can save you money. There are many frequent flyer programs out there, but for this example we're going to use American Airlines. Right now the airline is offering a bonus on purchased miles of us to an extra 50,000.

As you can see, it would cost you $2,950 for 150,000 miles. Wondering what you could do with 150,000 AA miles? If you're like me and live in Michigan, you might want to plan a vacation someplace warm. Europe Maybe? Let's say you want to go on a vacation to Italy with your parents, because why not? Let's say you want to travel sometime towards the end of this month, If you were to purchase a roundtrip ticket in economy from Detroit to Venice on American Airlines, you'd be paying a minimum of $2,999 per ticket. Ouch.

Now let's say instead of spending $2,999+ on a roundtrip ticket to Italy, you decide to buy 150,000 American miles for $2,950. If you go to aa.com and search how many miles it costs for a roundtrip ticket, you might be surprised to see it only takes 45,000 roundtrip!

That means for less than the price of one normal ticket, you could buy three using your miles and still have 15,000 left over! Or you could opt to only buy the 45,000 for $1,032. Or even use those miles to fly in business class for less than the price of an economy ticket! This is just one example of how buying miles can save you tons on flights. It doesn't work in every scenario, (and often the amazing deals are when it comes to business and first class redemption), but it's a great way to maximize savings on your next trip.

Want to know how to use this trick to fly first class for up to 90% off? Click here!