|You decide to bite the proverbial bullet and book your Business or First class ticket at the premium award lever… generally twice the miles required for a standard award ticket. Are the extra miles you use lost forever? |
Nope and our Wiz has personally used this trick and saved over 100,000 miles worth $2,000!
Even though you have booked at the “outrageous” level, keep checking for the lower level award to reappear. Remembering that airlines want to sell seats before they give them away, check your travel dates repeatedly and also check seat availability in the front of the plane.
If you come to within a week of departure and there are still 25% of the seats unsold in First/Business, there is a good chance they will be offered as standard awards. If and when this does happens, call the airline and have them immediately rebook you at the lower level.
There will be a fee for this and probably a redeposit fee based on your elite status with the airline but certainly these fees will be far less than the value of your miles.