Programs: AS MVPG | UA 1K | TK Elite | Milepoint Gold | Greyhound RR
Originally Posted by MagicCarpetRider
But, it will cost you.......
Its about as cost effective on spending 25K points to fly from PDX-SEA when BOS-ANC can be purchased for the same. Why not just pay for the rental? If you want to throw miles away you can always give them to me
2014 EQM AS+Partners 63K - 23 segs | UA 15K - 4 segs
434K miles burned | 65K miles flown on awards
I don't specifically know exactly at what value AS miles turn into rentals, but I would not expect it to be signficantly better than how UA does it. And the other day, I just priced a 10-day rental at LAX that woud have cost about $300, and it came to 45k-ish UA miles. I've used used 25k UA miles before for a flight that would have cost $500+ on UA all-mainline and still $400+ on AS/QX (with much of it on QX), so 45k for $300ish does not seem like a good value to me at all.
However: It is still a better value than redeeming for gift cards.
And they came up with the 45k-ish by taking 4k-ish per day and multiplying it by the number of days. Since a car rental costs less per day in moeny the longer it is, it could be that miles for car rental might be a bit less ridiculous if you need a very short rental only. But I still suggest you do the above kind of math to see if it's really a good use of miles for you.
At AA, the trick to using AA miles for car rentals is to use AAVacations (and essentially book a rental-only vacation, and then pay for your vacation with miles).
Btw, one important thing to note: With both UA and AA, there's big penalties for cancelling you car reseravation, if you even can. So you shouldn't be comparing this to a car rental reservation made direct with the rental company which allows you to not show up and still not be charged, you should comparing it to making a car rental reservation with some discount broker that gets you a cheapo "use it or lose it" prepaid car rental!
Last edited by sdsearch; Oct 11, 09 at 10:38 am.
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