These days retail businesses, restaurants, and many hotel chains and airlines offer reward programs which you can benefit from. Airlines have long had the market on frequent flyer miles, but now some credit card companies offer rewards that beat airline offers, such as no blackout dates and redeeming less reward points for the dollar.
Having worked in the travel industry and traveled frequently, I intend to share the best of my knowledge on when and how to redeem points for travel. As I mentioned, more and more credit cards are now offering flights in exchange for reward points earned by making purchases. These reward points are oft times better values than airlines can offer. For example, booking through a credit card agency, you will not be subject to blackout dates that airlines will enforce.
With credit card reward programs, you are free to travel on any date and this alone is worth taking a look at various programs out there. Keep in mind that when redeeming these points, if you call in to the credit card's exclusive travel department, you will garner the best deals on flights, cars, hotels, and activities. You can usually book online using credit card reward websites, but still, you may not qualify for the best value you can get unless you call in to book the travel. That said, I would like to suggest making outright purchases on credit card reward websites, as doing so will earn you double, sometimes triple points.
It is worth doing a little research to find out all you can about your frequent flyer program or credit card rewards program, as it could save you hassles to come. Also be aware that now many airlines offer ways to earn frequent flyer miles by purchasing merchandise on their website. Take a look at what Delta Skymiles offers, and check out what Southwest Rapid Rewards can do for you. Get to know how these programs work just by visiting their websites and doing some internet research. Just remember, the reward points are free. The airlines and credit card companies do not have to offer them, they just do so to reward their loyal customers. So be nice to customer service reps and remember these are points you get for free.
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