Travel to Canada With Frequent Flyer Miles And Credit Card Points

Every traveler wants to find the cheapest rates on flights, hotels, car rentals, and the other components of traveling to Canada. There are many tips and tricks to finding great deals, but using credit card points and airline miles is a sure way to cut costs. Some balk at the thought of the red tape and hidden fees involved with these programs, but the system can easily be navigated to your benefit. Just remember that at the end of the day if you don't like the deals being offered, there's always the option to sell frequent flyer miles for a high payout of cash, so it's a win-win situation.

When deciding which program to enroll in, choose an airline that has frequent and convenient flights to Canada. Aside for enrolling in the airline's frequent flyer program, you may want to consider signing up for a credit card that is associated with the airline you have in mind for your Canada travel. Some credit cards also work with more than one airline, or there are miles programs that are based on an alliance between airlines. Choose a program with airlines that all fly to Canada, so you have a selection of flights when you need them for your next trip to Canada.

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Once you've built up a balance of points in your account, it's time to make your dollars go to work for you! Depending on the credit card, the three main genres you will be able to apply your points toward are flights, hotels, and car rentals.

It is easy to convert the points to cash when selling frequent flyer miles. Just search for an online buyer who will transfer the points into his account and send a check in the mail. Some even opt to use the cash earned to book flights, rather than going directly through the program.

When booking a flight using points or frequent flyer miles, beware of blackout dates and other restrictions. You may also choose to book your flight with money, and use the points to upgrade your seat. Keep in mind that popular travel times, such as the holiday season, will see more blackouts on flights purchased with points or miles. It's a good idea to book in advance, when availability is still open.

Some hotels offer rewards programs for certain credit cards, with discounts just for showing the card. In general the rule with flights applies to hotels, you may purchase a hotel room entirely with points, or use money and let the points allow an upgrade. If you are enrolled in a frequent flyer miles program and would like to use the miles toward a hotel, you may have to open a credit card with which the airline is affiliated, and your miles will then be converted to points, which can be used for hotels during your Canada trips. Credit cards will divide the hotels into different brackets, with a certain average of points needed for a night in each hotel bracket.

With car rentals you often earn the least value for each point. If your account has a surplus of points you may choose to rent a car with them, but it may be a good idea to just ask for an upgrade before using points. Car rental agencies are often accommodating with upgrades, if the car you want is available.

No matter how you put them to use, credit card points and airline miles can earn you thousands of dollars in travel or real cash. Whether you decide to sell frequent flyer miles or redeem them, you'll come out winning.


Sean Miller is a lover of cheap travel, and recommends Sell Miles Now for those who wish to sell frequent flyer miles. He is a big believer in doing lots of research before enrolling in a credit card or program.