Redemptions: Portugal & Spain

Explained bellow is how we used 51,000 points + $316 for a likely cost of travel worth over $1700.

Redemption: 2 tickets RAK (Marrakesh) > LIS (Lisbon)

Total Cost: 24,000 Member Rewards Points (American Express) transfered to Avios, Iberia + $90.00 Total

Likely Cost: $449

Booked: 3 months in advance

Earned from: 50,000 points bonus from an American Express Premier Gold Rewards card

Opportunity Cost: $0

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Redemption: 2 tickets SCQ (Santiago de Compestela) to BIO (Bilbao)

Total Cost: 5,000 Member Rewards Points (American Express) transfered to Avios, Iberia + $108.00 total

Likely Cost: $575 for the same one hour non-stop flight!!! An alternative would be a one-stop four hour flight for $230, or $124 for a 11 hour train ride

Booked: 3-4 months in advance

Earned from: 50,000 points bonus from an American Express Premier Gold Rewards card

Opportunity Cost: $0

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Redemption: Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxory Collections Hotel

Total Cost: 20,000 Starwood Preffered Guest Points

Likely Cost: $620.00

Booked: 3 months in advance

Earned from: 30,000 points bonus from an American Express Starwood Preffered Guest card

Opportunity Cost: $8, Del Amo Simon Mall gift card fees that were liquidated via Target prepaid red card – no longer available 😦

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Redemption: 2 tickets BIO (Bilbao) > BCN (Barcelona)

Total Cost:2,700 Member Rewards Points (American Express) transfered to Avios, Iberia + $116.00 total

Likely Cost: $202

Booked: 3 months in advance

Earned from: 50,000 points bonus from an American Express Premier Gold Rewards card

Opportunity Cost: $0

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