With the justified popularity of Ultimate Rewards, many of us are earning and collecting hoards of Ultimate Rewards (UR) points.
However, we cannot forget the goal is never merely to collect or simply to earn, but to use those points to help us board a plane, get in a hotel, or sit in a rental car for as close to free as possible.
One of the primary selling points for UR points is the flexibility. There are so many ways to use them!
Unfortunately, some people are paralyzed by too many options. This is especially true if a person isn’t very familiar with all his or her transfer options and the advantages and disadvantages of each program.
I’m afraid that some of you might not get the full value out of your points because either you don’t understand how the transfer programs work, or you just don’t want to spend the time doing the research.
In that random example from Tuesday (Denver to Quito, Ecuador), I found out that a person could have overspent 28,550 points per ticket $(342.60 travel value) if he or she didn’t do the appropriate research and just booked through the UR booking portal.
I also know some of you are too busy for the research, too insecure about the process, or would gladly pay someone else to do the work.
If that doesn’t describe you, then you’re probably not going to be interested in the new service I’m launching on Travel Free Coach.
However, If that describes you, then I’ve got a product you’re sure to be interested in …
Ultimate Rewards Booking Service
I’m launching two products with this service:
Ultimate Rewards (UR) Best Value Analysis
Get help finding the most valuable ways to use your UR points.
You tell me where you want to go, and I’ll look at all the options including flights and/or hotels. Once I’ve completed my research, I’ll send you a detailed email describing the best value for your points – starting with the option that had the least mileage requirement to the option with the highest UR point requirement.
How much does it cost?
That service will cost $35 or 3,500 Ultimate Rewards points (regardless of number in the group).
- If booking directly with Ultimate Rewards using your points is the best value, then I won’t charge anything because I’m guessing that would have been your default booking mode.
- If the option of transferring your miles to a partner program won’t save you any more than 3,500 points, then I won’t charge you.
You only pay a fee if I can save you more money or points than I charge. That’s what we call a win-win situation.
This service lists the best options, but doesn’t confirm airline availability for the scheduled dates.
What that means is that there might be flights to your destination for 40,000 miles round trip, but I have not yet confirmed if there are miles for your dates to that destination.
At that point, you could …
1. Do your own work to find availability using miles for the most valuable for the airlines on your desired dates.
2. You could then decide to use my Mileage Award Booking service.
Either way, you wouldn’t want to transfer any miles until you know there is availability on your dates.
If you choose to use my Mileage Award Booking service, I won’t charge you anything for the Ultimate Rewards Best Value Analysis, but you will be charged the standard rates for my Mileage Award Booking.
You’ll need to do the math to be sure that when you use my services you still come out ahead on the price.
Let’s take the example of the Denver to Quito options I looked at on Tuesday.
- Booking directly through the Ultimate Rewards site uses 68,550 points.
- Transferring to United uses 40,000 points and $71.30 in taxes and fees.
If a couple was wanting two tickets, here’s how it would break down:
- They would need 80,000 UR points
- + $142.60 in Airline taxes and fees
- + $200.00 in Mileage Award Booking Fees (can be paid in UR points – 20,000 UR points)
- Total = 100,000 UR points (assuming person paid service fees in UR points) and $142.60.
Assuming that same couple booked directly through Ultimate Rewards, it would cost 137,500 points. That couple would need to decide if they would rather have 37,500 points or $142.60. Since the 37,500 points has a $450 UR booking value, I’d rather have the points.
Again, this service is not for everyone, but if you’re looking for someone to help you figure out the best ways to maximize your Ultimate Rewards points, you’re most welcome to consider my services. To get more details or to get your own Ultimate Rewards Best Value Analysis, you can click here.
FYI: All of my services have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with the work I’ve done, I won’t charge you anything.