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3 Ways You Never Thought You Could Use Credit Card Reward Points

[October 25th, 2017]

Everyone loves a great rewards credit card. But here’s something you may not have known: every year, millions of credit card reward points go unused. If you are a credit card rewards fan and always make sure to redeem your points, miles, or cash back, you may be surprised to know that not everyone always does this – but one reason for this might be that not everyone knows what they can use their credit card rewards for.

If you’re stuck in a redemption rut, or if you know someone who isn’t using their credit card rewards to the fullest potential, here are three ways you may not have thought of using your credit card reward points. Try one of them yourself, or recommend them to a friend or family member who is letting their reward points sit unused.

1. Give them away. If you aren’t planning to use them yourself, at least you can let someone else benefit. Hotel reward points are one great example of this. Marriott Rewards, for example, lets you gift your unused points to someone else. Imagine how happy your parents would be if you put them up at the Marriott instead of the foldout sofa next time they come to visit you. Or send a friend on a vacation with your points. It won’t cost you anything, and they will be delighted.

2. Donate to charity. Nearly every rewards program has an option that allows you to donate your rewards to a charity of your choice. Whether you’d like to donate to the Red Cross, Amnesty International, the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Society, or another charity, you will be able to do this quickly and easily through your card’s rewards redemption center online. Often, they will even increase your donation amount if you choose this option.

3. Take a spur-of-the-moment trip. If you have quite a lot of miles accumulated, why not take an unplanned trip to a destination you never thought of visiting? Find out where your miles will take you, and book a trip for free (except for taxes and fees). You can be spontaneous, and take advantage of those rewards you’ve earned at the same time.

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