Sometimes you use miles just for convenience or because you don’t want to spend the cash although, it’s still important to get your value out of it. For example, you need to make sure you aren’t using 20,000 miles for a flight you could have bought for $150. Recently I booked a trip for my wife and this is considered more for convenience, yet I still feel we got good value.
Bend, Oregon is a great place to visit, but it’s a long drive so if you want to get in a quick trip you need to fly. It’s a rural location so usually flights aren’t cheap. It’s only a 1 hour flight, yet I could probably fly to LA or even Chicago for the same price at times.
Alaska was doing some 5k miles trip specials and I landed one to Bend, when flights otherwise could have been as high $225 each way. For 10k miles roundtrip I booked her a trip Bend. I needed to get at least $200 in value out of this and I doubled that so well worth it. We added in her best friend for another 10k miles.
I added in a rental car through Costco for $50. I paid for the rental car and airfare taxes with the Chase Sapphire Reserve to lock in trip protection and car insurance. We have the Priority Pass (also via Chase Sapphire Reserve) too so the girls will enjoy lounge access at the airport on the way out of town. Sometimes, it’s not always about the most farthest tropical location with miles but a quick friends trip that will include good beer and getting to see family as well.