In the last few years much of my travel has been to France. The preferred airline quiet naturally started with AirFrance with its direct Paris flights. Along the way fares increased and Emirates emerged as the next option.

I also got the SCB Emirates Platinum credit card that earns Emirates miles on credit card spends at a rate of 4 miles for Rs 150. Not the most lucrative earn rate but it made sense to me for various seasons.

This year I had an eye on the soon-to-be expiring Emirates Skywards miles. Emirates has a strict mile expiry policy – No amount of frequent activity will extend miles expiry beyond 3 years.

I looked up for award tickets in both the airlines 3 weeks before travel. This defied 2 basic rules of award tickets – Be Flexible & Book Early. Availability wasn’t an issue but the miles were insufficient for return tickets. On second thought, I caught to the idea of booking one-way reward tickets and this did the trick. hurray! :)

This is the deal:

Bangalore-Stockholm AirFrance FlyingBlue 60,000 miles + ~Rs 9000 (Premium Economy)
Copenhagen-Bangalore Emirates Skywards 72,000 miles + ~Rs 2000 (Economy)

It is typical of many to estimate the rupee value per mile redemption. I prefer to not measure on those terms when the entire vacation would not have been possible without these miles. The value is much more than the monetary calculation.

In conclusion:
- Never miss out on collecting miles. They never seem big enough at first & nobody knows the future!
- Keep a watch on miles expiry policies and dates. AwardWallet can help.
- Credit card spends are a great way to augment miles earned from flying.

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