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Tanzania strategy 18 months out
I’m saving up points for a summer 2021 NYC-Tanzania trip. Dummy searches for RT business class award space show:
104k ANA miles on Ethiopia Air
150k Aeroplan miles on Swiss Air
156k Avianca miles on Swiss Air
160k United miles on Ethiopia Air
I’m stuck over which CC points to focus on, Chase or Amex (I have Reserve and Platinum).
I’m starting with zero ANA, Avianca or Aeroplan miles but have 30k United miles and 20k Chase points. I’ll soon get the 60k Amex sign-up bonus. For the awards I’ve listed above, United is the only one I can use my Chase points with, the rest are Amex partners.
Should I just go all in on Amex spending, which lets me transfer to ANA, Aeroplan or Avianca? Or go with Chase whose broader travel category will likely earn me more miles? Or split earnings between both cards and maybe do outbound on Chase, inbound on Amex or vice versa?
Just be aware that for ANA, you can’t book one-way, you’d have to book round trip. Obviously that’s the best option since it is significantly cheaper, but you have to be sure you can find availability in both directions.
Personally, I’d rather fly Swiss than Ethiopian, so I’d aim for that.
I think ANA passes on surcharges too, not sure what those are for Ethiopian so make sure you factor those in.