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How I Flew for Free: AmEx Membership Rewards Points Fund a Trip to Quebec City

Jan. 4, 2019
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When New York-based travel marketing professional Polly Witker decided to attend a travel conference in Canada, she used American Express Membership Rewards points to pay for the flight.

The cardholder

Name: Polly Witker
Age: 38
Occupation: Marketing and writing in the travel industry
Residence: New York
Credit card: The Platinum Card® from American Express

The trip

Route: Round trip from LaGuardia International Airport – New York to Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Dates of travel: May 3 – 8, 2018
Airlines: Air Canada and United
Class of service: Economy

Q: Did you visit a lounge at the airport?

A: No.

Q: Did you travel alone or with someone?

A: Yes, with a friend/colleague. We went to a conference in Quebec City.

The card and loyalty program

Q: What card did you use to get a free trip?

A: The Platinum Card® from American Express.

Q: How long were you a cardholder/member at that time?

A: About 10 years.

Q: How long were you planning/saving for this trip?

A: I planned the trip about a month ahead.

Q: What’s your favorite perk of this card/program?

A: I get 5X the Membership Rewards points when I book flights through American Express Travel.

Redemption and booking

Q: Did you take advantage of promotions while earning points for this trip?

A: No.

Q: How did you book?

A: Online with AmEx Travel.

Q: How many points/miles/rewards did this cost?

A: 10,673 points (equivalent to $106)

Q: Did you book in conjunction with a promotion or deal?

A: No.

Q: Any surprises or hassles?

A: No.

What’s your next travel rewards goal?

A: I would love to cover the cost of a flight to Argentina or Guatemala in 2019.

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