An update to my little rant about American Express taking so long to post miles: The Membership Points FINALLY posted to my dad’s American Express account. I love American Express, but they are literally the slowest company to post points in my opinion.

Anyway, now that 50,000 Membership Rewards points have posted to my dad’s account, I’m on the hunt for finding them the BEST redemption rate to maximize his miles!

Before booking your next award seat, make sure to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best redemption rate for your miles! By doing a quick search through a different airline, I was able to save my parents 20,000 miles if they’re willing to be flexible with their departure date!

50,000 Membership Reward Points

Although the spending requirement and payment were both made before the first statement generated, it still took about 2 months for the Membership Rewards points to post.

 

My parents are coming home in June for a family wedding. Although I’m sure they appreciate me getting them 2 free flights home, I would like to save them as many miles as possible. I may even be able to squeeze 3 flights out of their 50,000 points!

My search for Delta award seats

It seems like Delta award seats fluctuate every day in regards to how many miles it takes for a free flight. I’ll look one day and it’s 32,500 miles. The next day it drops to 25,000 miles and then it goes back up again! Make up your mind Delta!

At the time of this posting, I can book 2 award seats at 25,000 miles each. For Delta, this isn’t too bad! I remember last year I saw upwards of 60,000 miles for a DOMESTIC Economy award seat.

Delta 25,000 mile award seats

For 50,000 miles total, I will be able to fly my parents home for free in June for a family wedding!

My search for award seats through British Airways

Remember, you can transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios program and book American Airlines and US Airways award seats with your Avios! Although American Airlines is not a direct partner in the Membership Rewards program, there are ways around it!

Because CLT to MSP is under 1,150 miles one-way, British Airways only requires 7,500 Avios each way. British Airways uses a “distance flown” method to determine how many Avios it’ll take to book an award seat. This means I could fly my parents home for only 30,000 Avios and save them 20,000 American Express Membership Rewards points! Enough for a third free flight!

British Airways Avios Award Seat

If my parents are willing to leave in the evening, I could save them 20,000 Membership Rewards points!

How to save miles when booking award seats

You’re not able to see the departure times in the above picture for British Airways, but my parents would have to leave at 7:50pm in order to save 20,000 Membership Rewards points.

Delta had 25,000 mile award tickets departing anywhere from 8:30am all the way to 4:50pm in the afternoon. I have a feeling my parents will want to leave in the morning, but they might change their mind after hearing they could save 20,000 miles.

 

Be flexible

If you can be flexible with your departure time and even departure date, it can literally mean saving thousands and thousands of miles!

I recommend planning as far in advance as possible for your next trip. That way you can begin to look for award seats through various airline programs to determine what your best route is going to be for maximizing your miles! Our family wedding isn’t until Saturday, June 6th. My parents are planning to fly in on Wednesday, but if they had to pick Tuesday or Thursday to save 20,000 miles, I’m sure they would.

I understand last minute flights have to be booked, but for the trips being planned 6+ months out, start looking now for award seats to see what’s available!