How to Cash in Discover Card Airline Miles

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Along with cash back on certain purchases, as a Discover Card customer you also receive reward points, called miles, on purchases. Every dollar spent on a Discover Card equals one mile, with travel and restaurant purchases earning two miles for every dollar spent, up to $3,000. There is no limit to the number of miles you can earn and they never expire. You can spend your miles on gift cards, statement credits and travel rewards like airline tickets.

Airline Travel Rewards

To redeem miles for airline travel, book a flight with your Discover card. Log into your Discover account within 90 days and choose the “credit for your travel purchase” option. Add miles to your cart and check out. For every 10,000 miles you turn in, you get a $100 statement credit that pays for the flights you already booked. Because you do all the booking yourself, there are no blackout dates.

Other Rewards

You can use your Discover miles to buy gift cards and merchandise at online retailers such as Amazon, Overstock and iTunes. You can also turn the miles into cash with a direct deposit to your bank, use them to get credit on your statement, or donate them to charity. From your online account, choose which option you want, add it to your shopping cart, review the selections and submit your order. If you don't have an online account, you can register for one through the Discover website. Registration requires your Discover Card number, social security number and birth date. You can also redeem miles by phone at 1-800-347-2683.

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