Americans are expected to spend about $20 billion on gifts this Valentine’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation. Much of that will be spent on traditional presents such as candy, flowers, electronics and jewelry. But if you want to make the day even more memorable, romantic and fun, think about booking a getaway on miles or points.
Valentine’s Day is on Thursday, which makes it a good opportunity to sneak away for a last-minute long weekend.
Here are some deals to consider if you have miles in any of these major airline programs.
- If you’ve got a ski weekend in mind, Alaska Airlines is offering free ski passes on the day of your arrival at any of Alaska’s 12 resort partners, including Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Resort in California, Steamboat Ski & Resort in Colorado or Sun Valley Resort in Idaho. Show your boarding pass to get the complimentary lift passes.
- American Airlines has a reduced mileage chart for travel to certain cities if you’re an AAdvantage member who holds a co-branded credit card. These deals can save you up to 15,000 miles per couple. Aspen, Colorado, is on its list if you want a winter getaway to the mountains. If you’re looking for something a little warmer, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is under a two-hour drive from New Orleans.
- Southwest Airlines bases its mileage rates for Rapid Rewards members on the cost of airfare, so you can find some great deals with the carrier’s Wanna Get Away fares. For example, as of when this article published, you can fly one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose, Costa Rica, for around 9,000 miles on Feb. 14.
The flight is only half of the vacation expense equation, so consider using points at a hotel or resort.
If you’ve got some Hilton Honors points and you’re flying into Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach airports, consider a stay at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. It’s under an hour from either airport. This beachfront property with a luxurious spa costs 80,000 points a night over Valentine’s Day weekend.
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How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2019, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice:
How to get started with frequent flyer programs
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