While warm destinations are popular during the winter, it’s fun to switch things up with a ski trip. But from airfare to hotel stays to ski rentals, the cost of a winter getaway can add up pretty quickly!

The good news is that there are many ways to offset travel costs by using loyalty points and miles. Follow these tips to make the most of your travel loyalty programs while planning a ski or snowboard trip. 

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Baggage fees

Baggage fees can really add up, especially if you bring your own ski gear along for the ride. An easy way to offset those extra costs is by upgrading your airfare. For example, JetBlue passengers can save a few bucks by redeeming their TrueBlue points for a Blue Plus fare, which includes a free checked bag. JetBlue charges $20 for checked bags when you pay online and $25 when you pay at the airport. Redeeming TrueBlue points for an upgrade can help families or large groups of friends save plenty on baggage fees.

For those of you looking to boost your TrueBlue points total for a future trip, upgrading to a Blue Plus fare is still a good way to go. In fact, JetBlue TrueBlue members who purchase a Blue Plus fare with cash can earn an extra four bonus points per dollar for a total of seven points per dollar spent.

Ground transportation

While skiing may be the main attraction of your winter getaway, taking time to visit nearby shops or restaurants could provide some much-needed rest and relaxation when you need a break from the slopes. Didn’t rent a car? No problem – Uber has you covered. Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn two loyalty points for every dollar they spend on Uber rides during a Starwood hotel and resort stay, along with one point every other day. Take advantage of this offer by signing up for Uber and linking your Starwood Preferred Guest and Uber accounts here. Not only will you have the chance to start racking up loyalty points, but you’ll also receive a complimentary credit toward your first ride.


If you’re hungry for even more loyalty points and miles, or if you’re simply looking for a restaurant to enjoy a meal at, consider becoming a member of the Delta SkyMiles Dining club. With more than 11,000 qualifying restaurants, bars and clubs, the Delta SkyMiles Dining club makes it easy to earn loyalty points and miles just for grabbing a quick bite to eat while you’re out on the town. Sign up for free, register your debit and/or credit card and earn up to 5 miles for every dollar you spend dining (including tax and tip!)

While a winter vacation may be a drain on your bank account, there are many ways to offset your costs using loyalty points and miles. With these recommendations to earn more loyalty rewards during your winter travels, you’ll be taking off again in no time on your next adventure.