Hotels aren’t your only option for stays when traveling abroad. Consider using Airbnb next time you’re visiting one of the top 10 cities outside the US with the most Airbnb listings!
Because you’ll often save money compared to chain hotels. And possibly stay in unique accommodations!
You Have More Choices Than Hilton & Hyatt in Paris! Stay at This Modern Airbnb Loft in Montmartre, a Neighborhood Known for Its Local Art, Cafes, and Bakeries
I’ll explain more about the pros and cons of using Airbnb versus staying at a chain hotel. Along with ways to save money on your stay!
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Million Mile Secrets reader, Steve, commented:
I am on my way to getting the Southwest Companion Pass with the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus card and Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business card 50,000 point sign-up bonuses. And by transferring points from Marriott.
Will it speed things up if I pay the balances on my cards in advance? If I cancel the credit cards so I can do this again in another 24 months will I lose my Companion Pass?
Great questions, Steve! And congratulations on almost earning the 110,000 Southwest points needed for the Companion Pass, which is my favorite deal in travel!
Your Partner Can Fly With You for Almost Free When You Have The Southwest Companion Pass, Which Is My Favorite Deal in Travel!
Unfortunately, you can NOT speed up receiving the Companion Pass by paying your credit card balances early. Although, it is a good habit to pay your bill early!
And cancelling your credit cards after you receive the Companion Pass will not affect your status. But, it’s usually a good idea to keep a credit card open for ~10 months before deciding whether to cancel it.
I’ll explain more!
Million Mile Secrets reader, Terri Clark commented:
I have recently been targeted for both the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer credit card and the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa card for 50,000 miles each. Currently, I have 7 new credit card accounts in one year, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Hyatt card.
My question is, if I apply for and receive the Southwest card, can I transfer American Express Starwood Preferred Guest points to Southwest to help me reach the Companion Pass? I have read that I cannot do that with Chase Sapphire Preferred. Thanks!
Great question, Terri!
Unfortunately, Southwest is NOT currently a Starwood airline transfer partner. And you’re correct that transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest will NOT count toward the Companion Pass.
There Are Lots of Ways to Earn Southwest Points for the Companion Pass – but Transferring Starwood Points Isn’t One of Them!
However, there are lots of other ways to earn the 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year you need to qualify for the Companion Pass. I’ll explain!
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Giveaway time! We’re always happy to surprise random readers with prizes. I hope you win!
This week we’re giving away 6,000 Starwood points!
You Could Use the 6,000 Starwood Points Towards a Hotel Stay, Trip to Disney World, or Top Off Your Frequent Flyer Account for Your Next Flight to Paradise!
I’ll show you how to enter to win!