Rate my redemption! Girlfriend (ATL) and I (DFW) are flying round trip Air France business class to Florence and Rome for 176,000 AMEX MR points = 220,000 Flying Blue miles.

Plus domestic airfare to rendezvous point (JFK) + taxes and fees on international travel: $1,600

Estimated hotel cost after AMEX credit: $841

Plus inter-italy train travel, COVID test, other expenditures.

Estimated retail cost of international tickets is $3,100 each way per person so that's ~64¢/MR point

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176k MR AND you have to pay $1600 out of pocket and a layover in JFK? Yikes.

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I don’t love the JFK layover but I do have family and my work career coach I will be seeing in person on the return leg so for me I don’t count it as a total failure.

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I think you mean 6.4 cents/point? Either way, still an incredible redemption

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Haha good catch! Yes 6.4¢/point.

6.4 cents per point is excellent, but that “retail price” ($6200 per person roundtrip) for a non-direct flight to Italy is utterly insane to me. Tickets in economy/economy+ are regularly available for 1/10th that. Do people really value business class that highly??

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M1 I flew JFK to BOG on delta nonstop round trip for $179 3 weeks ago. $325 to CDMX last week. Going to Portugal for $414 at the end of the month. All on Delta/SkyTeam partners and direct.

Tell me you don’t know travel right without telling me.

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August Wednesday - Wednesday travel FWIW. 6 nights in Italy.

About as good a redemption for AF/KLM as you can get, the taxes/fuel surcharges they levy on award seats (particularly premium classes) are just brutal.

AF/KL has Dallas on sale 25% off for their promo awards.

That would've been better and you would've saved the pairing flights/hotel.

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