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A few months ago, I mentioned planning a trip to the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, New York on miles and points. I successfully booked three nights at a nearby hotel using points, saving us around $1350 compared to booking with cash. Now, it’s time to figure out flights.
Saving on Flights to the U.S. Open
Since we’re traveling over a holiday weekend, cash prices for flights aren’t great. The cheapest flight in economy is running around $400 round-trip per person. Southwest Airlines flights are even more expensive. Ouch. Even using my Capital One miles (approximately 40,000 per ticket) is not a great option.
So, I turn to American Airlines. And lo and behold, even on a holiday weekend, I see some Web Special awards for 6500 miles each way. Yay!
Unfortunately, these are not nonstop flights. But, several departure times and layover cities were available. I found return flights for the same price. The total is 13,000 AA miles + $11.20 in taxes round-trip per person. My husband and I each opened Bask Bank savings accounts that give us AA miles instead of interest, and those accounts are our main source of earning AA miles right now.
The great thing about AA Web Special awards is that I can cancel them and get my miles refunded. So, if we find a better deal on nonstop flights in the future with cash or with miles/points, we can book those without losing our miles.
Are you finding any great deals with AA Web Special awards lately?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.