Author Topic: Airline miles on less-frequently travelled airlines?  (Read 970 times)


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Airline miles on less-frequently travelled airlines?
« on: May 04, 2016, 10:51:25 AM »
Hi all,

What do you do with (or what are your strategies for) those airlines that you may have travelled on previously but not frequently and accumulated a pretty good number of miles on but not quite enough to get you to the level where you can actually redeem anything. A couple for me are Korean Air where we accumulated just under 10k miles each from a trip to Korea we took a couple years ago. Another is American Air where we have a little around 12k each from travelling to Hawaii and then Europe in the past 5-6 years. The thing is, I doubt we'll be flying either of these airlines anytime soon; with AA, we could probably buy a one-way ticket with those points. But with Korean Air, I have no idea what to do - 9k points isn't enough to do anything. I noticed they have an option to redeem 10k miles with Hawaiian air but I'm not sure if that's inter-island or if it's a Mainland-Hawaii flight. Even then, I don't think I'd have enough points to redeem it. I also don't know if there's a way to earn more miles or to keep the points from expiring. Is it better just to cut my losses and let the points expire and not care?

Or are there other ways specifically for these airlines, to extend things out? I know at least with AA, I can participate in AA rewards dining an keep the points alive. I figure why not for that. But for Korean Air (and other airlines) that may not offer this, are there other options? I thought I read somewhere that you can convert Chase UR points to Korea Air rewards miles. Maybe that's the way to go? We are planning a trip to Hawaii around the 2017 New Year timeframe, so it might help with that... I mostly just want to use the points up and not have them go to waste though, if possible.