“What Can I Do With Less Than xxx Continental Miles?”

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Continuing on the fallout from yesterday’s mileage transfer post…

Dave said,

“I have 9,000 miles on Continental. Is there anything good I can do with them?”

Leibel said,

“Can i only transfer a minimum of 20k or can i transfer 12k or so (from my starwood account). And can i do a few thousand at a time? Thanks!”

DanFan said,

“Dan,

I’ve been checking this site for a LONG time. This is a great deal. I have one question: Do you know if less than 25k continental miles can be transferred to amtrack points and then to choice points? I don’t want the SW deal since it doesn’t work for me, but I do want to use the continental miles (which I’ll never use otherwise) for a hotel stay near me…”




Although the Southwest deal is incredible-I can understand that it doesn’t benefit NY’ers unless they don’t mind flying from their nearest airport served at Islip, Long Island.

That being said the other options such as the choice hotel nights or luxury hotel stays remain an excellent value, as well as transferring miles to other programs.

There are minimum transfer and incremental requirements with Continental, for example you cannot transfer less than 5,000 Continental Onepass into Amtrak points, and all transfers must be in increments of 5,000!

Well, officially you can’t anyway.

Dave and DanFan, with 9,000 miles on Continental what you can do is 5,000 Continental=5,000 Amtrak=25,000 Choice. Then you can transfer 5,000 choice for 1,000 Continental to get you over the 5,000 increment hump.

At this point you have 20,000 Choice and 5,000 Continental, which is good for another 5,000 Amtrak=25,000 Choice. So your 9,000 Continental miles became 45,000 Choice rewards, or more than enough for 2 nights in a $400/night Manhattan hotel!

Leibel, the only problem of transferring less than 20,000 Starwood points is that you will lose out on the 5,000 point bonus.

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sjobs@apple.com

Dan, can you write up some thing, i little more confusing then that? if you can please do.

Dan/Ctownbochur

Where did I lose you “steve”?

ok

how do you get 2 nights in a hotel for 45000 the chart says 40000 for one

Dan/Ctownbochur

There is only a chart for the separate luxury hotel list, there is no chart for the thousands of Choice hotel properties.

The only way to tell the points cost for the Choice hotels is to search for a hotel in whichever city you desire (i.e. NYC) and then click on the hotel’s webpage to see how many points it requires per night.

All of the choice hotels in Manhattan seem to be 20,000 points/night.

ca101

Dan, question I’m sure only you can ansswer – my husband has 4,600 continental points… how can I get that up to 5,000 so I can transfer them to Amtrak – and can I put them into MY amtrak account??
THANKS!!!!

israel

Dan, i think that if you are are a gold preffered (or elite, not sure what they call it) you can get bonus miles even when you transfer less the 20k… does that make any sense?

sjobs@apple.com

Dan at this part

Dave and DanFan, with 9,000 miles on Continental what you can do is 5,000 Continental=5,000 Amtrak=25,000 Choice. Then you can transfer 5,000 choice for 1,000 Continental to get you over the 5,000 increment hump.

At this point you have 20,000 Choice and 5,000 Continental, which is good for another 5,000 Amtrak=25,000 Choice. So your 9,000 Continental miles became 45,000 Choice rewards, or more than enough for 2 nights in a $400/night Manhattan hotel!

Aviva

go to e-miles.com, i got like 500 miles that way but it takes a bit of time

Dan/Ctownbochur

israel-
I’ve never heard of anything like that.

Charles

Somebody wrote that Southwest only goes from long island… not true they also go from LGA … its through ATA but you can make the flight under southwest so you should be able to use the free ticket there too

Dan/Ctownbochur

The companion pass is only valid on southwest flights, so you would have to go to Islip if you want to use the companion pass.

anon

Can you use the free ticket (16 points) without companion from LGA?
(It’s still worthwile to use 25,000 MR points to get 50 southwest points-3 anywhere US flights versus 25,000 continental miles-just 1 US flight.)

sjobs@apple.com

Dan I’m still looking fwd to the more confusing calculation

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