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I am looking to travel to Tokyo/Kyoto in the Spring and am unsure how to best use my points. My points wallet consists mainly of ultimate rewards from chase sapphire and thankyou points from Citi prestige. Do you have any suggestions on how to best use these points for flights/hotels or other cards I should open for this purpose?
Depends on what class you want to fly.
If you are trying to fly 1st class, American Airlines miles is the best bangs for miles pre march 2016. As long as you book your trip before March 2016, it will only cost you 60,000 AA miles one way. This route would require you to open a card for AA points.
Hilton reserve offers 2 free nights after you meeting the req spending. Same with Hyatt. Of course you can sign up other hotel credit cards to get their points to redeem for free nights also. IHG, Marriot, SPG, Hilton and club carlson.
Going to Asia is getting cheaper and cheaper. As low as 500-700 dollars in Economy.
hi Curious–Travel is free did a nice post on miles to the far East last year ([URL]http://goo.gl/SCHlNj[/URL]) but the mileage values might be a little out of date. The most recent listing of values I could find is this post: [URL]http://goo.gl/rO85z8[/URL].
My understanding is that lodging is particularly expensive in Japan so any hotel points you can get would be useful. In addition to the cards FPMiles mentions above, as you probably know UR can transfer to Marriott and Hyatt if you need to top up accounts and TY. Hotel transfers aren’t usually a very good value but if the rooms costs are exorbitant oryou can do something like nights and flights, it might be worth it. You’ll have to do the math. Ultimately the best use of points is to get the experiences you want. Hope it works out!