MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Redeeming credit card points for business or first-class airplane seats is much easier these days.
Availability for reward travel is higher than normal as business travel continues to fall behind.
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Zach Griff, senior reporter for The Points Guy website, recently honeymooned with his new wife Jill in Italy and Africa using just 85,000 credit card points to travel first class with Emirates from New York to Milan.
“From the moment we took off until the moment we landed, we were treated like royalty. Top notch champagne, amazing food, the bed that made me literally feel like I was in my room at home, ”he said.
The Points Guy founder Brian Kelly says transferring the thousands of credit card points you may have collected during the pandemic to airlines could pay off for you as well.
“Now is a great time to travel Business Class, as business travelers don’t buy these expensive seats, which means airlines have them available for frequent flyer exchange and you can get them. for a fraction of what it would cost in cash, ”Kelly said.
For business class, Kelly recommends the Mint Suite from JetBlue or the Qsuite from Qatar Airways for redeeming credit card points.
CBS News’ Wendy Gillette jumped on board to check them out.
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This summer, JetBlue launched the Mint Suites on select flights, notably to London.
They have fun perks like mixed cocktails on board and spacious seats.
Qatar Airways launched the Qsuites four years ago.
These are the first business class suites in the sky, with closing doors and the ability to transform two seats into a single compartment.
“The golden age of travel is not behind us, it’s driving the Qatar Qsuites,” said Kelly.
And with seats overseas as low as 70,000 credit card points, you might already have won that golden age flight.
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Kelly recommends signing up with big bonus credit cards to give you a boost to that dream seat.