Flights (all figures are for 2 pax)
Route: PNQ - BLR
Airline: Vistara (UK)
Cabin: Economy (Y)
FFP: Club Vistara
Status: CV Gold
Points: 8000 CV Points
Taxes & Surcharges: 1660 INR
Route: BLR - SYD - MEL
Airline: Qantas (QF)
FFP: Asia Miles
Status: OW Sapphire (through AA)
Taxes & Surcharges: 31,276 INR
Route: MEL - SIN - BOM
Airline: Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Cabin: Business (J)
Status: *A Gold (through TAP)
Taxes & Surcharges: 11,255 INR
Loyalty Program: Marriott Bonvoy
Elite Status: Platinum Elite
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton, Docklands
Hotel: AC Marriott Melbourne
Hotel: Element, Richmond
While I am not particularly fond of determining the monetary value of miles and points but I know a lot of people see it that way so, at the time of booking, the total revenue cost for this entire trip stood at around ~7L INR (Flights + Hotels).
As you can see, miles and points can offer outsized returns and more importantly excellent experiences.
Cashback saves you money, miles and points gives you experiences.
Choose what’s of more value to you.