First up: loving the site. It’s a wealth of information.
I have a really newbie question - and I know the answer is probably quite subjective.
My partner and I have 340,000 AMEX rewards points (via an ANZ CC) and I’m trying to establish if I can use them on a trip to South America at the end of October. Ideally flying business, if possible, for at least one leg. (We’re thinking of flying there via the States.)
I think our issue is we are new to the points game, and we don’t really have any status/relationship with any airline. I have a bronze Qantas FF card, and a red Virgin Velocity membership. Both only have about 2000 points.
From what I can gather, we can’t convert our AMEX points to Qantas, and our red Velocity status means we can’t use the points on Virgin if we fly with them to LA, for example.
We’re happy to fly directly to South America (Santiago/Peru/Rio etc) if that helps.
My question: what would you guys recommend we do to use these AMEX points to good use, ideally flying non-economy? (Especially given our lack of status with any airline.)
For background and future-wise, we fly internationally once or twice a year (generally once to Asia and once to Europe), but not much domestically.
I’d appreciate any help and apologies if it’s a ridiculous question.