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Booking a delta award ticket and getting a redemption rate of 1.3 cents / mile. I know TPG values sky miles @1.2 cents. However, have you seen better rates in your experience? Debating cash vs miles

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With dynamic pricing, it’s hard to compare. I think the research you’ve done is fair enough and if you think it’s worth redeeming, you should go ahead! I found that it’s especially worth it for flights at the last minute or if you anticipate changing the dates/ times

There’s still value to be found, and I’ve actually liked the switch to dynamic pricing in some regards. It means that there’s always a viable option with points even if it’s not the best value. In terms of finding good value, the best areas are domestic flight on routes with low competition (where revenue tickets are expensive because the airline has pricing power) and long-haul partner flights, especially in F/J. I frequently can get 3-8 cents per point in value for these flights, but it required a decent amount of flexibility in travel plans.

Always burn your points over cash

1. You can buy anything with cash. 2. Points lose value over time

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