Should you ever spend Amex or a Chase points on anything besides transfers to airline partners?

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When I need to hit MQD I just book on Chase and Amex

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If you have CSR you could redeem towards flights at 1.5c each which is a solid deal if you are an economy person.

Sometimes Amazon also have promos where you can spend 1 amex points and get a percentage off your purchase.

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I spent 30k UR points because a flight I wanted domestically didn’t have award availability direct. Not the best redemption but hey, I wanted the flight.

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Don’t transfer, always book on their platform, 50% increased spending power.. also, hotel & rental cars on their platform - same deal

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I got a business class ticket Dallas-Toronto-Taipei-Bangkok-Koh Samui-Bangkok-Munich-Toronto with a couple of stopovers for 150,000 Air Canada Aeroplan points recently. You can’t come close to that redeeming on a portal. Premium cabin and close-in bookings of routes with no LCC completion can require much fewer points transferring points to airlines.

Also note that if you book hotels via the platform, you won’t get any status benefits or earn any points for them.

spend UR points on flights that requires less miles after 1.5x/1.25x

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Wait transfer points or book with their travel partners? Are those the same thing? I’ve always used points to book flights on their travel platforms, never transferred to my delta account or anything like that

No. You may get different value out of your points when booking on Amex/chase portal vs. transferring points to airline and booking directly with airline. Another thing to note is when you book through card portal, you also earn miles for those flights. So make sure you account for that when deciding

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