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using UAL miles for car rental

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using UAL miles for car rental

We are arriving mid March.i will be using UAL miles + cash for our car rental.Does anybody know if it's better to wait or should I book now. Thanks

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1. Re: using UAL miles for car rental

Keep in mind that if you use miles for a car rental, you'll miss the insurance provided by a credit card.

As far as now or later: anybody's guess.

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2. Re: using UAL miles for car rental

The amount of miles required for redemption is tied to the current market rate, usually 1cpm. Unless rates are great (i.e. as cheap as Hawaii Discount Car Rental) then I'd wait and keep watching. Make sure you have a backup reservation though.

It's a pretty bad use of UA miles, but if you're miles rich and cash poor you could do worse. Good way to clean out orphan miles.

I'm considering using AA miles for a convertible. You do pay taxes with AA, but the redemption rate is ~1.3cpm. And I am definitely miles rich and cash poor.

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Remember that while one would presume they're getting a good deal, by using the miles + cash programs , the cash part of it usually is not the best deal out there. So don't be lured by the bait. My guess is you can play the wait game and check out Discount Hawaii a little later and probably do as well or better, cash only.

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4. Re: using UAL miles for car rental

You've gotten some good advice. Also, if both of you want to drive, I would find out what, if any, the charge for the additional driver would be. United FAQ's state:

>>>Can I add additional drivers, car seats, GPS and other optional items to my car rental reservation?

Optional items for your car rental reservation are not available through http://www.hotelandcarawards.mileageplus.com. Optional items are not eligible for mileage redemption. To purchase car rental add-ons, contact the car rental company directly.<<<


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