Okay, contestants, your client comes to you today from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He needs a change of temperature yesterday. He has provided you with the following tools per his AwardWallet account. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to get him out of Mongolia before the end of October and back for the least amount of points and cash out-of-pocket. He wants to visit the following cities:
- Hong Kong
American Airlines: 235,000
British Airways: 54,000
United: 30,000 (manually entered)
US Airways: 158,000
Membership Rewards: 30,000
Ultimate Rewards: 137,000
What do you do?
Today, there are so many award booking services provided by so many bloggers. Their fees range from $100 on up with more being charged for complex bookings. As I wrote in ThePointsOfLife Thank You, I appreciate the lessons learned from fellow bloggers about how they not only obtained the points but also how they redeemed them.
After all, it’s pointless to have one without the other.
I consider myself an expert in points bookings and boast the following resume:
- Booked a first class flight to Shanghai on Emirates and a return flight on Singapore Airlines A380 with a stopover in Bali.
- Booked a round the world ticket on American Airlines in business that was 16 segments, totaling 50,000 miles to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America for $275.
- Booked a flight to the Final 4 for next to nothing when tickets were going for over $1000.
- Booked a free flight to Costa Rica on a moment’s notice.
Why am I so good at award bookings? Because I maintain a diverse portfolio of points and because I refuse, absolutely refuse, to let the airlines win.
This award challenge is being featured because contrary to what bloggers say in regards to the difficulty of booking a flight to Tahiti, New Zealand, and the Moon, the hardest redemption of my life (accounting for devaluations) is simply to get out of Mongolia on a reasonable points ticket.
So get creative, get clicking, and let’s see if you can come up with a more clever solution than I.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you what I booked, convincing me that I too should start an award redemption service.
Keep churning my friends,