Best way to top off miles

 
Old Sep 17, 09, 2:34 pm
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Best way to top off miles

I am planning on spending award miles to go from DTW to ANC but I am about 750 miles short

What is the best way to get these points - pretty sure I've got all the free miles available to get.

Should I just go ahead and buy 2000 miles for ~$60 since the $30 fee is waived or does anyone have any suggestions.

BTW: I would like to get these miles ASAP so I can book the trip so ideas where there would be a wait probably won't make sense for me.

Thanks

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Old Sep 17, 09, 2:51 pm
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Welcome to the forum. There is some sort of bonus for transferring between accounts. Do you know someone who can transfer some orphan miles to you?

Are you planning any hotel stays or car rentals that might get you enough to put you over? Perhaps the purchase of the miles is the best option at this point.

ANC is a great use of miles - but depending on your itinerary and when you are going, it might be wise to wait to book until you can transfer those miles to DL. DL allows free stops within the US for award tickets (NW does not allow the stop on award tickets). So you can really maximize your award ticket by flying to say Anchorage and Barrow, King Salmon, or Kodiak for example. Two summers ago I used DL miles to fly to Anchorage and King Salmon (the jumping off point for bear viewing in Katmai National Park). Just Anchorage to King Salmon would normally cost $400 round trip so it is an excellent way to maximize your miles.

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