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All the Ways I Used Points for Our Italy Trip in April

As I write this blog post, I should really be packing for the next family trip — a much-anticipated journey to Italy for nine days. I haven’t been to Italy since last summer when we spent a week in Padua, Bologna, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. It’s also been almost two years since I’ve spent time in my favorite Italian cities of Rome and Florence. We’re mostly hitting the “highlights” of Italy on this trip even though we’ve visited many times. The friends we’re traveling with have never been to Europe much less Italy, so we’re taking them to some of our favorite spots.

Fortunately, we paid for a ton of our trip with rewards. Here are all the different ways I cashed in points for this trip:

We paid for our flights with airline miles.

We paid for our round-trip flights to Italy with frequent flyer miles from two different programs. We opted to fly Business class for our overnight flights to Rome, which meant cashing in 57,500 American AAdvantage miles… Read More

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