Tonight my DH spent about 3 hours trying to book our Christmas vacation. We decided to try and use our mileage on United. Typically our schedules are not flexible enough to use mileage. But this time since we're going on vacation ourselves without visiting family, we decided to go whenever was available.
This trip is DH's 30th birthday. But we're trying to cheap out and use our mileage plans and CC rebates to pay for the trip. As of right now we're going to Vancouver/Whistler. The biggest expense will definitely be our snowboarding tickets @ $60/day.
To use our mileage it will cost 25k miles for a roundtrip ticket on United. According to flight groups online, to get the best deal for your mileage it should be calculated at 2 cents/mile. So our tickets should be at least $500/each to make it worthwhile. Currently tickets for this trip would cost about $500 including taxes. So while not the best deal possible, a reasonable return. It however will cost us $45/per person to use the miles.
Though we managed to use 25k miles I found that it difficult to use them. There are so many limitations and it took so long book. I wonder if it was worth the trouble?