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May 18, 2010

Top 10 Ways to Maximize Your Miles: Tip #4

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Do you use your frequent-flier miles for simple roundtrips between Point A and Point B? Boring!  Instead, why not fly to three destinations for the same "price" as one? 
Today we learn how to combine multiple cities in one frequent-flier trip, thanks to J. Sutton, who is Finalist #4 in our Maximize Your Miles Contest. Here's his success story (edited slightly for clarity):

"In December 2008 I used my American AAdvantage miles to fly me and my wife from Dallas to New York City to Las Vegas and back home. Booking those three first-class flights via American Airlines' web site would have cost me 150,000 miles. Instead, I called the AAdvantage award desk and was informed that an extended layover is allowed to and from a destination. I could make my destination Las Vegas with a one-week layover in New York City en route. The journey, with a one-week stop in New York City and then a one-week stop in Las Vegas, cost only 100,0000 miles because it was treated as a roundtrip flight to Las Vegas. Thus I saved 50,000 miles by calling and booking the tickets over the phone. Technically, we could have stayed a week in another city after Las Vegas before returning to Dallas, for no additional miles. I have used this knowledge to book many multi-city trips since then for the same number of miles as one round-trip. The key takeaway: Speak to a mileage-program agent to find out the maximum number of segments and extended layovers you're allowed for a round-trip redemption."

Related Reading:
Top 10 Ways to Maximize Your Miles: Tip #3
Top 10 Ways to Maximize Your Miles: Tip #2
Top 10 Ways to Maximize Your Miles: Tip #1

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