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What to do with my MR points?

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Re: What to do with my MR points?



If you're based in SFO then it's a lot harder since you're reliant on AA (whose closest hub is in LA). I'm sure they have flights from LAX-SEA, but flying from SFO-LAX-SEA seems a bit self-defeating.

 

Northern California is pretty much United country.


You also in northern CA? Is that why you have the United card?

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Re: What to do with my MR points?


Dustink wrote:


If you're based in SFO then it's a lot harder since you're reliant on AA (whose closest hub is in LA). I'm sure they have flights from LAX-SEA, but flying from SFO-LAX-SEA seems a bit self-defeating.

 

Northern California is pretty much United country.


You also in northern CA? Is that why you have the United card?


I have 2 homes, so the answer is sort-of.

 

My original home is in Northern California and I spend about 1-2 months per year there. My second home is in Australia, where I spend the other 10-11 months of the year.

 

The heat gets really bad around the holidays since we're in the southern hemisphere, so we spend a month or two travelling and seeing family back in the US during those months. Neither of us like hot weather that much.

 

I have the United card for 2 main reasons:

 

1. SFO is my main US airport and therefore UA is my airline by default. UA being in *A also has good availability/partners for those flying to the Asia-Pacific region.

 

2. The United Club card has no forex fees (in addition to offering a high earning rate and lounge access). Given how much time I spend outside the US, a no-forex card is essential.

 

QF and VA have awful loyalty programs so I don't bother with any of the Aussie-issued cards.

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Re: What to do with my MR points?


Dustink wrote:

Lambo23 wrote:
Thanks for the help. Might do that or gift cards.

Gift cards are usually one of the worst values. Try to get some kind of use with their partners. Maybe a hotel partner would benefit you


Hotel transfers are generally not a good idea with MR.  The transfer rates are not very good.


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Re: What to do with my MR points?


Walt_K wrote:

Dustink wrote:

Lambo23 wrote:
Thanks for the help. Might do that or gift cards.

Gift cards are usually one of the worst values. Try to get some kind of use with their partners. Maybe a hotel partner would benefit you


Hotel transfers are generally not a good idea with MR.  The transfer rates are not very good.


I agree, but they may yield better results that gift cards.

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