Calling the great minds of the Dope with insight into frequent flier miles redemption!
So the situation is that I have a relative who is very generously giving me her American Express rewards points (about 150K). We’re trying to strategize the best use of these points.
One choice is to transfer the points to a frequent flier program. Amex is allowing the transfer of points to any of the following rewards programs:
I don’t currently have accounts with any of those programs, but I do have about 80K miles with my United account.
My long time goal has been to use the miles for a large ticket. In particular I was trying to get to Nepal with a friend. But, perhaps not surprisingly, I’ve found it very hard to redeem the miles - blackout dates and devaluation of miles have made it a frustrating game. So frustrating in fact that I’ve pretty much stopped using my mileage credit card and seeking out points opportunities.
So, great minds of the dope, how would you proceed from here? Do you think there’s any difference among the listed rewards programs in terms of how easy it is to redeem the miles? How about in terms of overall value? I’d like to get the most out these miles, i.e., not use them for routes that are sometimes very affordable. (I’m in Chicago). What would you do in my situation?
I’d appreciate any thoughts or tips to help make this decision. Many thanks!