Free Flights To Portland, Oregon And A Savings Of $1,100

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Posted 6/14/2016

We just made plans to join some friends, this summer, on a trip to Portland Oregon and the Oregon wine country.  Don’t forget, our kids go away every summer for 7 weeks!!!!!!!!  to sleep away camp.  These seven weeks give Rob and I a chance to travel.

Since I will not fly with Rob, (I know its silly, I can’t help it), I needed to book us different flights.  I got DIRECT flights for a mere 31,000 DeltaSkyMiles.  This roundtrip flight would have cost $459.  Rob’s is making 1 stop on each of his flights.  His flights were 45,000 Delta SkyMiles and would have cost $681.

Rob was short miles, so I transferred 45,000 American Express Membership Rewards points to his Delta SkyMiles account.  Amex transfers to Delta at a 1:1 ratio.  The transfer was immediate.  The fee for this transfer was $27.

With American Express Membership Rewards, transfers can be made with no transfer fees to hotel programs. However, when you transfer points into a U.S. airline frequent flyer program, you will be charged an excise tax offset fee of $0.0006 per point (with a maximum fee of $99). American Express states that they charge this fee to offset the federal excise tax that they must pay on transfers.

Looking forward to our trip SANS KIDS!