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MMMondayMemo: Where to credit your miles
Each Monday Miles has decided to drop a tip, hint, tutorial, trick that maybe you’ve missed or haven’t heard before. If you’re an expert in this field, some of these may be things you already know, but there are a lot of beginners out there who are just getting their feet wet. This week the Monkey Miles Monday Memo focuses on keeping your miles alive so that you can use them when you want! MMMondayMemo: When do points expire?
Where to credit your miles when taking a flight is always a tough decision.
Most people flying will credit their miles to the airline that is operating the flight, or the airline that they booked the ticket with. However, this isn’t always the best way to choose. In fact, there are a lot of factors that affect that decision. Where you are located, do you have status, what do you want to use your earned miles for in the future, etc. One website that makes this much easier to determine is wheretocredit.com
It’s a great site that is super easy to use. The tables that are most effective are the ones that show earning based on % and used in conjunction with milecalc.com or greatcirclemapper.com ( both of which show the distance of an itinerary imputed) to calculate the mileage.
*It’s worth noting that wheretocredit.com hasn’t been updated to show mileage earning comparisons based off of price and use old earning rates that compare distance earn rates. For instance if you put in a flight from LAX-LHR it will spit out earn rates based off the old distance chart, not the new revenue based program. So you will have to do your own base calculations, or make note of the calculation AA provides prior to paying, to make a comparison.
Here are the earn rates based off of an American Airlines inquiry for a flight in discount business ” I ”
Depending on the earn rates and ultimately which program you value the most, you can determine which would be the best program to credit this flight to. With American, fliers earn based off of price ( this showing a non elite earn rate of 5/USD) and wheretocredit.com provides customers information to make an educated decision. The one that stands out the most to me is Alaska – earning 150% of the miles flown. A great program to consider as an AA alternative.
This is a quick tip that hopefully aids your process of choosing which program to credit your miles to!
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