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Using AmEx Membership Rewards to fly to Spain

Jan 14th, 2012, 05:09 AM
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Using AmEx Membership Rewards to fly to Spain

I've got AmEx points and we need 4 tickets. Miami to Madrid, Granada to Barcelona, Barcelona to Miami.
Iberia's website for rewards is the pits. I can only find a round trip button. Any ideas on how to figure out points and availability for my route?
Delta is another option. Website is easy! Although I can't do the Spain domestic portion and there are no non stops to Spain from MIA or FLL.
who else??
I don't even know how to move forward on researching.
Any help greatly appreciated!!
Thanks
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Jan 14th, 2012, 12:40 PM
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https://axptravel.americanexpress.co...avel/travel.do
Amex for Amex points always redeem mine calling EMing them.
Iberia.com your best bet from MIA get AMEX agents to help you.
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Jan 14th, 2012, 08:01 PM
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On the Iberia link, click multiple routes above where you choose origin city.

I haven't used my AmEx points for flights so don't know if you can use for all airlines (don't think you can so check). I would search on Itasoftware and see what comes up. When you find what you want, go back and book on AmEx.
http://matrix.itasoftware.com/
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Jan 14th, 2012, 08:18 PM
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I hope you have a lOT of points.

That said, you might want to book the open jaw on the Am Ex web site and pay cash for the internal flights in Spain.

On The Amex Travel Site, if you go to
Flights
there's a blue tab on the bottom of the flight selection box marked "advanced search" that lets you click on"multi destination"

I did a dummy search for
MIA-MAD
BCN-MIA
for mid february and it worked fine

for 4 people it would be
$3500
or
307,000 points just for those flights



when i did the internal flight as well
for mid February

the price jumped to 5500
or 550,000 points
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Jan 16th, 2012, 02:48 PM
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mztery - yes 4 tickets with pay with points is about 600,000 this summer.
I am transferring points to an airline program to use them. The nbest I have found was Delta at 75K a pop or 300K.

Also qwovodis- Amex agents can only book you flights via the pay with points method. Not the transfer method, which is almost always less points.

Thanks for responding.
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Jan 16th, 2012, 05:34 PM
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One more important point to consider - especially since oyu need 4 tickets -


if you transfer the Amex points to miles, you have no guarantee that there will be 4 tickets on miles available for your dates.

If oyu use Amex points to get at least the open jaw tickets (MIA-MAD-BCN-MIA) , since it's like using cash you won't be worrying about whether there will be seats or not.
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Jan 16th, 2012, 06:17 PM
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You should not transfer points to an airline unless you are certain of the availability of flights (will the airline put your flights on hold while you transfer?).
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Jan 21st, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Of course I wouldn't transfer before securing the tickets!! Delta gives you a 48 hour hold on tickets to give you time to transfer. Mission accomplished!
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