Just when you think you’ve exhausted all the ways to earn and redeem reward points, there are more avenues to explore. And in many cases, you can collect perks for things you’re already doing.
This was the focus of our recent Twitter chat on January 31, where @LandLopers, @ThePointsGuy, @RoadWarriorette and @EarthXplorer hosted a lively Twitter discussion about earning and using points in 2013. Here are some highlights:
Use one miles-earning credit card for all purchases. This was the #1 recommendation during the Twitter chat.
Go Out to Eat
Several major airlines and hotels participate in dining reward programs, so you can earn miles when you nosh at participating restaurants.
Join a Wine Club
The Starwood “Make a Green Choice” program rewards bonus SPG points for opting out of housekeeping during your stay.
Go Somewhere New
There’s nothing to lose if you’re using points to pay for a vacation. Try a destination you’ve always been curious about, but didn’t want to pay out of pocket for.
Travel Like Royalty
One of my personal favorites is to use United MileagePlus miles to stay at 5-star hotels. Another chat participant said she finally took the vacation of a lifetime to Hawaii for her 10th anniversary using points.
What tips would you add to the list?
Join us for our next Twitter chat using hashtag #TripItChat on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 11a PT/2p ET, and follow @TripIt on Twitter for other helpful travel tips.