Book Secret Discounted Flights With Rewards Points

Are you earning rewards points every time you pay with your credit card? You can turn your rewards into free flights or even an entire free vacation.

Credit card companies don’t make it easy to cash in your rewards points. If you’ve tried to use your earnings to book a flight but found only a small selection of available choices, you know it can be impossible to actually use your hard-earned rewards. Credit card companies make it hard to find a single option that fits your travel plans.

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What you aren’t seeing in your credit cards rewards choices are all available flights. You don’t need to pay for a flight, or give up and let your rewards go to waste. You just need to know what free flights your credit card company is hiding, and how to book these secret trips.

Don’t Settle for Limited Choices

Your credit card company isn’t showing you every available flight. In fact, they’re keeping quite a big secret–and they might even be withholding entire airlines. There are “secret” flights they don’t put in members’ travel portal.

They don’t want you booking these flights at incredible discounts. If you find out about these hidden flights, they’ll have to give up some of their earnings. And the airlines aren’t helping you either. If you book a deeply discounted or free fare, the airline will lose money.

You don’t have to give up your rewards just because there are no flights to your favorite vacation spot, or no available flights. Your credit card company just doesn’t want to give you any options. If you never cash in your points, they never lose money.

Go Beyond The Rewards Portal

Log in to your rewards portal or online account, and you’ll see only a few flights from specific airlines. Search for the same itinerary online, though, and you’ll discover two or three times as many options.

Credit card companies don’t want to give you what you’ve earned. So, they simply try to stop you from learning just how many free or discounted flights you could book.

Do your own research. Search for the itinerary you want outside of your credit card website, and write down the information. Pick a flight that works for you.

How to Book Your Free Flight

Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to get the reward you deserve. Call your credit card company and tell them you want to book a flight you found online. Tell them you want to use your rewards points. You can book any flight you want if you have a credit card company employee book it for you.

When you call your credit card company yourself, you’ll get the flight you want. Give them the information about the flights you saw elsewhere, and they can book for you using your reward points. Don’t have enough for a free flight? You can use your points to get a discount instead.

For Chase Sapphire customers, this is the only way to get a flight on airlines like Southwest and Norwegian. United MileagePlus cardholders report finding better seats as well as better flights when they shop outside of the rewards portal. Don’t let your own credit card company trick you into taking a worse flight or skipping your vacation just because they’re hiding flights from you.

Travel More Places for Free

Don’t let your rewards point go unused, or be held hostage. You earned those rewards, and you can use them to fly for a deep discount. You could turn those points into a free flight.

Do the hard work yourself to find flights that fit perfectly with your travel plans. Once you have flight numbers and information, use that to your advantage. With a quick online search, you can fly for so much less. Imagine: instead of spending half your vacation budget on airfare, you’ll save hundreds of dollars. And all you need to do is search for available flights on any airline, to any destination.

Featured Tip

Don’t let your vacation days go to waste – make sure you travel! Only 23% of full-time employees use all of their days off each year, Forbes reports.