Yes, I am fully aware that putting a shhh! into a post going out to countless people is ironically idiotic. However, points are everywhere, but clever redemptions, the best uses for your points are harder to find than ever. You need to clue in to the nitty gritty to find them. What matters now are the loyalty programs which allow you to use less miles, money and effort than any other to travel in the ways you’ve always dreamed of. Here are a few that are flying way too low…

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Asiana Club

Why? Asiana Club, the loyalty program of Asiana Airlines flies under the radar because it lacks easy transfer partners, for people to abuse their program. Because of this, they offer extremely low rates to fly on fantastic Star Alliance partners, such as Lufthansa.

Best Redemption: You can grab last minute First Class flights on Lufthansa for just 50,000 miles one way between Europe and the US (and vice versa).

How To Instantly Create Asiana Miles: Flying Star Alliance, Asiana credit card OR SPG Points. 40,000 SPG=50,000 Asiana.

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JAL Mileage Bank

Why? Japan Airlines (JAL) a OneWorld airline, has a tremendously valuable chart for using miles on all OneWorld airlines, and perhaps most interestingly, on Emirates as well. Their chart using miles is based on distance, which creates opportunity to score incredible value for certain distances, if your distance corresponds to the further end of each distance band…

Best Redemption: Emirates First or Business Class, which you can fly around the world for roughly 155,000 points. The shorter the distance, the fewer the points.

How To Instantly Create JAL Miles: Flying OneWorld OR SPG Points. 40,000 SPG=50,000 JAL.

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Avianca LifeMiles

Why? Avianca’s LifeMiles program is perhaps the most unique loyalty program within Star Alliance. It could almost be said that it’s built on “gaming” the system. They regularly sell miles in super sales, which allow you to buy the miles necessary for flights all over the world at extremely discounted rates versus what you’d pay for a cash ticket.

Best Redemption: Business or First Class flights on partners such as EVA, Lufthansa, Thai and other carriers using the more favorable regions in Avianca Award Mileage Chart.

How To Instantly Create Avianca Miles: Flying Star Alliance OR Avianca credit card OR purchasing miles in their frequent sales…

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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