How to turn unused reward miles and points into free gift certificates

I always sign up for the free rewards programs, be it airlines, hotels or retail stores (great way to get free coupons). Sure, many times I never accumulate enough points to redeem for anything, but with, you can “swap” points and/or flight miles between certain reward programs, and did I mention that it's FREE to use?!

After I won Chevelle concert tickets, I looked up the balances of my hotel rewards cards to see if I had enough points to redeem for a free hotel night in Grand Island (where the concert will be). I knew I had redeemed my Choice Hotels points recently for a free night in Sioux Falls, so that one was out.

I was excited to see I had 14,905 Priority Club Reward points, until I saw I needed 15,000 for a free night!  Sure, I could redeem a lower amount and pay extra or even buy extra points in increments of 1000 – but I only needed 95!

So I logged into and saw that I had quite a few Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns Miles (yet not enough for a free flight) that were due to expire soon. So not only did I transfer some of those points to my Priority Club Rewards account so I'd have enough for the free hotel night, but I also redeemed some of the EarlyReturns Miles for a $50 Old Chicago gift certificate.  My mouth waters for their pizza as I type this!

The gift certificate was emailed to me as a SuperCertificate at that I could redeem for any gift certificate on their site.  I looked over the restaurants available in Grand Island, but none sounded appealing, so I went ahead with Old Chicago and now have an excuse to go on another road trip!

Now, I'm heading to to see if they have any participating restaurants in Grand Island as you can get $25 gift certificates for only $2 and $10 gift certificates for only 80¢! Certificates are valid for one year from the day you order.

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