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There’s a Burn Notice on my Points: American AAdvantage

Burn Notice: Introduction Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 1 Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 2 Burn Notice: Hilton HHonors Burn Notice: American AAdvantage As I mentioned in my last post, we had to burn our Hilton points due to the impending devaluation. We redeemed our Hilton points for four nights in Bora Bora. So to finish off my burn notice, I had to figure out how to get us there. My wife insisted we go in business class (it's a de facto five year anniversary trip), so I either needed 300,000 Delta Skymiles or 250,000 American AAdvantage miles. There is a LOT we could have done with 250,000 AA miles, and I tried to convince my wife to go in coach, but to no avail. But it's okay - points [...]

There’s a Burn Notice on my Points: Hilton HHonors

Burn Notice: Introduction Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 1 Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 2 Burn Notice: Hilton HHonors Burn Notice: American AAdvantage I lost track of this series a little bit, so I wanted to finish it. Hilton devalued its award chart MAJORLY back on March 28, 2013. I had saved up about 150,000 HHonors points, so I needed to use them ASAP. I decided that it'd be best to use them for an aspirational property that we'd never otherwise stay at: the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa in Tahiti. Since the devaluation happened in March, I needed to book a Hilton hotel before March 2014. I could have done it earlier, but I wanted to wait until I could secure flights to Tahiti (the last part [...]

There’s a Burn Notice on my Points: Delta Skymiles Part 2

Burn Notice: Introduction Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 1 Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 2 Burn Notice: Hilton HHonors Burn Notice: American AAdvantage I've had a burn notice on my points for a few weeks now. Last week I talked about how we will be burning our Delta Skymiles to fly to and from Italy in business class this summer. While it seems like we are getting a great trip for our 200,000 Delta Skymiles (which we are), there is a lot more that we could do with them. Since we're a young family, we didn't want to push it - but I wanted to illustrate some ways you could extend a trip using the same amount of miles. Hopefully some of you can use these tips to get even [...]

There’s a Burn Notice on my Points: Delta Skymiles Part 1

Burn Notice: Introduction Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 1 Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 2 Burn Notice: Hilton HHonors Burn Notice: American AAdvantage As I noted in the introduction to my Burn Notice, Delta Skymiles were close to the top of my list of points to burn. Why? Well, there has been speculation for almost a year now that Skymiles are going to be devalued soon - a lot of people believe they might become revenue based. What that would mean potentially is that instead of 100,000 Skymiles being worth a round trip business class award ticket to Europe, it might only be worth $1000 in travel (if each Skymile is valued at one cent). $1000 generally isn't enough to get a round trip business class award ticket to Europe, [...]

There’s a Burn Notice on My Points: Introduction

Burn Notice: Introduction Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 1 Burn Notice: Delta Skymiles Part 2 Burn Notice: Hilton HHonors Burn Notice: American AAdvantage I've decided to put a burn notice on some of my miles. Between my wife and I, we've accumulated over one million miles, mostly within the last year and a half or so. Well, as Hilton (most recently) and countless other award programs have taught us time and time again, miles and points are a volatile currency whose value only goes one way: down. So I've decided it's time for us to book a couple of trips. There is no point on sitting on a stockpile of points - so let's do this. Throughout this series, I will be talking about how I burned these points to [...]