I have oodles of MR points and oodles of American Express points, but relatively few airline points. I need to get to the east coast as quickly as possible for a family emergency -- no one is in danger of dying, but there is an acute illness and I'd like to fly back to help my parents. Does anyone have tips on the quickest and cheapest way to book a flight? It will take 3 days for any MR points that i transfer to be eligible for United (which appears to offer the best deal) and I need to try and be there sooner than that if possible. are there tricks or tips that I am missing -- some deeply discounted way to fly on the next day or something? Thanks -- I'm pretty rattled right now and not handling the search process. (FWIW I'm platinum Ritz/Marriott, platinum AMEX, and MileagePlus Club card holder -- with only 10K MP points so far)
Sorry to read of the family emergency, hope all will be okay and that you get home asap.
Not sure if you have thought of this and certainly no idea of your spending situation, but if you really want a cheap fare look at flying on Spirit or Frontier Airlines if they fly to a destination close by. Probably not the most luxurious of travel ways, but you'll be able to leave today most likely.
Best of luck and let us know when you get a chance how it turned out.
It's not the best point redemption value but you can always use the website: http://www.marriottrewardsairandcar.com
The site allows you to use Marriott Rewards points toward airline and car rental purchases.
thanksinadvance, you could use your American Express Membership Rewards points to book a flight directly at (amextravel.com). I believe points are worth .01 when booking through Amex Travel so a $100 ticket would cost you 10,000 Membership Reward points.