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7 Lesser-Known Ways to Use Your Loyalty Program Points or Miles

U.S. News & World Report - Travel Logo By Christine Smith of U.S. News & World Report - Travel | Slide 1 of 8: If you're a member of airline and hotel rewards programs, odds are you're familiar with the idea of racking up points or miles to use toward free flights and hotel stays. But many airlines and hotel brands also give loyalty program members the chance to trade in earnings for more unique offerings, such as cruise vacations, magazine subscriptions and even classic cars. That said, it can be difficult and time-consuming to find these redemption options listed on program websites. That's where U.S. News can help. While evaluating each program for the annual <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/rankings/travel-rewards/">2017-18 Best Travel Rewards Programs</a> rankings, U.S. News uncovered seven unconventional ways members can spend points or miles. Read on to learn more about each benefit.

Consider these underrated options when redeeming your rewards program earnings.

If you're a member of airline and hotel rewards programs, odds are you're familiar with the idea of racking up points or miles to use toward free flights and hotel stays. But many airlines and hotel brands also give loyalty program members the chance to trade in earnings for more unique offerings, such as cruise vacations, magazine subscriptions and even classic cars. That said, it can be difficult and time-consuming to find these redemption options listed on program websites. That's where U.S. News can help. While evaluating each program for the annual 2017-18 Best Travel Rewards Programs rankings, U.S. News uncovered seven unconventional ways members can spend points or miles. Read on to learn more about each benefit.
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