Book Spring Travel: Southwest and AirTran Schedule Open Through April 6, 2015

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You can now book paid and award flights on Southwest and AirTran up to April 6, 2015 (instead of March 6, 2015).  If you have plans for Spring Break, you can book your travel now.

Southwest now flies to international destinations like Mexico, Aruba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas!

Book Spring Travel Southwest And AirTran Schedule Open Through April 6 2015

Southwest Now Flies to the Caribbean and Mexico!

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Do You Know About the 140,000 Points Ritz-Carlton Card?

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If you are planning award stays at Ritz-Carlton or Marriott hotels, now is a great time to apply for the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card.  There are 4 different offers available now, and some of them are very good!

One of these offers has a sign-up bonus of 140,000 points!  That’s enough for 2 nights in a top-tier Ritz-Carlton hotel, or 7 nights in a middle category Marriott hotel.  You could even stretch the points to get 23 PointSaver nights in a category 1 Marriott!

And if a couple each get the 140,000 point card, they could combine points and have enough to access Marriott Hotel + Air Packages, which can get you a 7-night hotel stay and airline miles!  I’ll explain how!

Do You Know About The 140000 Points Ritz Carlton Card

You Could Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California for 60,000 Points per Night

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Why is There Ice on my Bow Tie?

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I took the Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise awareness for ALS.  ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a motor neuron disease.  In addition to donating to ALS, we’re also donating to CODR (Casa de Orientación y Desarrollo Real).

Watch Me Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

CODR Gives Educational Opportunities to At-Risk Women

Watch me get ice on my bow tie in this video!
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British Airways Avios Update: The Sky’s NOT Falling (Phew!)

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Earlier this week, the miles and points community got a bit panicked (myself included!) when news came out that Iberia had posted a partner award flight redemption chart with very expensive rates.  This got folks worried, because British Airways and Iberia’s frequent flyer programs are linked and share a common award currency (Avios points).

There was fear that British Airways would soon follow with an award chart devaluation.  Using British Airways Avios points for short-haul, coach class tickets on partner airlines like American Airlines is 1 of the best award values around!

That’s because 1-way flights under 650 miles cost only 4,500 Avios points plus $5.

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Our Favorite Ways to Use British Airways Avios Points Are Intact for Now!

I’m happy to report that this was just a scare.  While it doesn’t mean that British Airways WON’T ever change its award ticket prices, I don’t think there’s a change coming just yet.

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Credit Cards That Earn Citi ThankYou Points (and Now Transfer to Flying Blue and 8 Other Airlines!)

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I’ve written that you can now transfer Citi ThankYou points to airline partners (as well as Hilton hotels).

Citi has just added Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program for Air France and KLM) as a transfer partner, which is great news for folks who like to book Flying Blue Promo Awards or use their miles on Delta (1 of their SkyTeam partners).

So now that there are even more options for transferring points to airlines, do you know which credit cards earn Citi ThankYou points?

There are a number of Citi credit cards that earn ThankYou points, but only 3 earn points that can be transferred directly to airline and hotel partners.

I’ll show you the 3 Citi cards that enable you to combine the ThankYou points you’ve earned with ALL your cards.  And then allow you to transfer your points to partner airlines.

Credit Cards That Earn Citi ThankYou Points And Now Transfer To Flying Blue And 8 Other Airlines

You Can Now Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Airline Partners, Including Newest Partner Flying Blue, but Only Some Cards Qualify

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