MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s much easier these days to redeem credit card points for business or first class seats.
Chances of traveling for rewards are higher than usual as business travel continues to slow down.
Zach Griff, a senior reporter for the website The Points Guy, recently honeymooned with his new wife Jill in Italy and Africa using just 85,000 credit card points to fly first class with Emirates from New York to Milan .
“From takeoff to landing, we were treated like royalty. Premium champagne, great food, the bed literally made me feel like I was in my bedroom at home,” he said.
The Points Guy founder, Brian Kelly, says that transferring the thousands of credit card points you may have collected during the pandemic to the airlines can also benefit you.
“Now is a great time to fly business class because business travelers don’t buy those expensive seats, which means airlines have them available to redeem for frequent flyers and you can buy them. at a fraction of what it would cost in cash,” Kelly said.
For business class, Kelly recommends JetBlue’s Mint Suite or Qatar Airways Qsuite to redeem credit card points.
CBS News’ Wendy Gillette jumped on board to watch them.
This summer, JetBlue launched Mint Suites on select flights including to London.
They have cool perks like on-board mixed cocktails and spacious seating.
Qatar Airways launched Qsuites four years ago.
They are the first business class suites in the sky, with closed doors and the ability to turn two seats into a single cabin.
“The golden age of travel is not behind us, but flying Qatar’s Qsuites,” Kelly said.
And with overseas seats as low as 70,000 credit card points, you might already have that flight of its heyday.
Kelly recommends applying for a credit card with a big bonus to help you land that dream seat.
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