Reward credit cards can be very generous, perhaps too generous. Cards are now giving out 50,000 or even 100,000 points or miles as sign up bonuses, and up to 5x rewards for spending. It is no wonder that there now seems to be trillions of points and miles chasing the same, or fewer airline award seats out there. So how can you find the seats, at the lowest mileage levels, that others are not?
Look for “hidden partners”
Airlines always display their own award seats, and they may display some of their partner’s award seats. But since every one of the major airlines is part of a large airline alliance, most of the overseas flights that you can redeem your miles for are with partner carriers. So it stands to reason that travelers are going to find the seats visible on their web site first, and rarely call to enquire about partner award seats that don’t even appear when searching. [click to continue…]