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October 23, 2013

Miles vs Points

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buy canada goose jacket cheap When you sign up for a card, some banks give you points, some banks give you miles. Many beginners get confused by the terminology, and end up with a bunch of points and miles that don fit their need. This post will hopefully clarify the differences, and help people make better decisions. buy canada goose jacket cheap

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Canada Goose Jackets Some airlines use a point system rather than miles. Two such examples are Southwest(WN) and JetBlue(B6). In these programs, you canada goose premium outlet earn points instead of miles on your CC spend, similar to other FF programs. However, they don use award charts. These programs usually prices their award ticket based on the selling price of the ticket. If a flight would cost $150 for the ticket, the award ticket can cost 10,000 points. If the cost of the ticket goes up to $300, then the canada goose outlet uk fake points cost goes up to 20,000 points. In effect, canada goose jacket uk the airline has set a (mostly) fixed exchange rate for each point to the cost of the ticket. Note that each airline does their valuation differently, and some also have bands of pricing rather than direct conversion, further altering the valuation. This methodology is often referred to as Revenue Based Redemption Canada Goose Jackets.

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