Introduction: 5 Off The Beaten Path Destinations Using Points And Miles

by Sanjay

Skip the crowds and explore these under-the-radar alternatives to popular destinations (on points and miles).

Well known travel destinations are popular for a reason – they are spectacular! The world’s most famous destinations offer extraordinary access to fascinating culture, great food, and outdoor adventures.

Unfortunately, these destinations also tend to be overcrowded, expensive, and – importantly for the Point Me  reader – sometimes challenging to travel to with points and miles. Visiting these over touristed destinations can often feel like a trip to Disneyland on a school holiday.

a group of people on a beach with boats and boats in the water with Phi Phi Islands in the background

Thailand’s famous ‘Maya Bay’ has become incredibly over touristed | Image Source Maksym Kozlenko (Creative Commons)

Fortunately, the world is a big place. There are so many extraordinary, but under-appreciated and off the beaten path destinations to consider the next time you’re planning a trip.

I’ve drawn on my experience traveling to over 130 countries to put together this mini-series to help you discover alternative destinations that you can get to with points and miles. Here are 5 alternative destinations to consider:

a city with a castle on a hill

You could spend thousands on a cookie-cutter trip to Italy – or spend far less to discover Georgia, a country with equally magnificent scenery, food, and wine. | Photo by Unsplash.

Why You Should Consider These Off The Beaten Path Destinations

At each of the destinations, you can expect:

  • Thinner crowds – you’ll often have sites all to yourself
  • Greater authenticity – the locals aren’t fed up with tourists yet!
  • More value – Your dollar will go further (with the notable exception of the Faroe Islands) – and you’ll be supporting local businesses
  • Slightly more hassle – The reality is that many of the destinations are still developing their tourist infrastructure – which means not everything is up to 5-star standards. It’s a small price to pay for a much richer experience.

Crucially – all of these destinations can be easily reached using points and miles. I’ll explain how in each of my posts.

What Points And Miles Will Get You There?

I always recommend earning points in a transferrable currency, such as American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy Points.

If you need to top off your miles balances, check out our cards marketplace to find the most lucrative sign up bonus offers available today. As always, Juicy Miles award consultants, are always happy to find and book award flights. Happy Traveling! Our guides start soon — stay tuned!

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Stefan Krasowski (@rapidtravelchai) October 31, 2019 - 3:14 pm

Great series idea. When I saw the headline I wondered if Faroes istead of Iceland would be there. Indeed it is.

Byron November 4, 2019 - 9:44 am

I have found Citi Thank You points to be a good transferrable currency. Over the years I have used them more than Amex and Chase combined.

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