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Rewards Diversification

Updated 12/28/16

Only a certifiable nerd curates the 3 most credible resources:  Rewards Diversification and Diversify Awards

  1. One Mile At A Time: How To Diversify But Not Over-Diversify
  2. View From The Wing: What & How Many Points Should You Earn?
  3. Frugal Travel Guy: The Importance Of Diversifying Rewards Points

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Rewards Diversification

Photo Credit: NY Times & License

Photo Credit: NY Times & License

After a lot of years of working with minimal vacation time, Ian was planning an extended international trip.  His plan was to start in Thailand and work his way through southeast Asia towards Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.  The tipping point for making his dream trip a reality was finding the least expensive one-way trip to Phuket, Thailand.  Ian had flown often for work and maintained platinum status with Delta Airlines as well as gold status with American Airlines.  Ian was confident that because he had miles and status with two airlines he would be able to easily book an award ticket to Thailand.

As Ian began to research online and call in to discuss potential itineraries with phone representatives from both airlines, he found out it was not going to be as easy as he thought.  Delta Airlines proved to be the most expensive and least flexible because of terrible availability.  American Airlines also had terrible availability to Thailand even with the flexible dates that Ian offered.  After the fact, Ian reflected “I would have expected with all of their partners that serve worldwide gateway cities, that this would have been easy. Nope. So much for my loyalty paying off.”

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Luckily, Ian had a United Mileage plus account and it turned out that United was there to save the day.   After playing around with the United Airlines website, Ian discovered that he needed 70,000 United miles plus $18 in taxes and fees to book the one-way ticket to Phuket, Thailand in business class.  Combining the 34,00 miles he already had in his United account with the 45,000-point sign-up bonus he received from opening up a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, Ian had enough United airline miles to book the award ticket. - Adapted from Frugal Travel Guy


Journey far,

― Joe


“The beauty of diversification is it’s about as close as you can get to a free lunch.”
Barry Ritholtz

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