Free Flights To Vail And A Savings of $3,100

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I love the times that playing this game works so perfectly.  It just happened for me.  Let me tell you about the flights I just booked.

Remember, I recently had Rob take advantage of the offer for 50,000 United MileagePlus Miles by getting the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa.  He met the minimum spend of $3,000 and the 50,000 miles were just deposited into his United MileagePlus account.

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I just used the miles to get Rob a flight over MLK weekend for a trip to Beaver Creek with Daniel.  The flight connects through Denver on the way there.  The return is a direct flight out of Vail.  (The direct flight going to Vail was too early for Rob and Daniel).  The amount of miles I redeemed for this flight was 50,000 United MileagePlus miles.  This flight, had I paid, would have cost $1551.70!!!

A few things to note…

One, Rob only had enough miles in his account to book his ticket.  I used miles from my account to book Daniel’s ticket.  I then had to call United so they could note on Daniel’s reservation that he was traveling with his Dad under a different reservation.  We’ll see how that all works out.  🙂

Two,  I have been eyeing these flights for about a month now, ever since I knew that Rob was going to have these bonus miles deposited into his account.  I just looked last week and the redemption amount was 100,000 miles.  When I looked this morning, they were a mere 50,000 miles in comparison.  Further evidence that you need to be relentless in searching for rewards you want.

Three, 50,000 miles is on the higher end of a redemption but these flights are into Vail/Eagle (versus Denver which is then still a 2+hour drive to Vail)  We have traveled many times to Vail over these last few years and redemptions are always around 40,000 to 50,000 miles.  (Last year I got flights on American for 40,000 miles per flight).

Four, I saved $ $3,100 using miles on these flights!  Miles of which 50,000 of them we got for basically doing nothing except spending what we normally would anyway to get a bonus.  The game worked perfectly here!