Miles can be extremely useful when it comes to flying, and learning how to use them to the fullest can make air travel that much better. They can give you free flights and a first-class experience when it’s not something you’d usually splurge on. Even more? Miles can provide hotel stays. However, using them with care is essential. And in some cases, it may be better to keep them. Read on to find out where you should never use your miles to fly.

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According to Tim White, founder of MilePro, you should “never use miles to fly domestic flights because it’s just not worth it.” “The number of extra miles you need for international flights isn’t much higher, which means you’ll get a lot more for your money if you use your miles for international flights,” he adds. .

Frequent flyer miles are essentially an airline’s version of currency, and you want to stretch your cash as far as you can. Think about when you’re at the grocery store and comparing the prices of brand name and store brand items. You have to do the math when booking a flight – this type of strategy makes a difference.

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According to JohnnyJett.com, domestic air tickets are more economical than ever. What does this mean to you? “Using miles for even the cheapest award seats on domestic flights is worse business than it’s ever been,” the site explains. If the average ticket costs $346 at 25,000 miles, buyers would get “about $1.34 in value for each mile (after taking into account the taxes you have to pay even on award tickets)”. And that’s definitely not how you want to spend your hard-earned miles.

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If you decide not to use airline miles for a domestic flight, that doesn’t necessarily mean money has to be used either. Since credit cards address various points, these can also be an option. Travel + Leisure says you should first “find the flights you want and compare the price of paid airfares against mile redemptions.” After that, “divide the cash price by the number of miles needed, and you’ll get your value per mile.” If the number is lower than what you would get by simply redeeming your credit card points for the same flight , book your ticket directly on your credit card website.

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It might be tempting to use the miles to cover a flight to Florida for a wedding or California to visit a friend, but let them take care of an international getaway. You want to receive the best value for money. JohnnyJet.com explains that “spending 25,000 (or 60,000) miles on a round-trip domestic flight means you can’t use them on international travel that you would never pay for out of pocket, especially in business class or first class.”

While the advice is to be sure you’re going as far as you can with your miles, that doesn’t mean it’s never a good idea to use your miles on domestic flights. They can be perfect for last-minute trips or when airline ticket prices have risen dramatically. In general, though, be strategic when it comes to spending those miles. That way you can spend more on fun things like fancy dinners and unique excursions.

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