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How to Use Official TSA PreCheck Schedule

Did you know there’s a web page dedicated to helping you make the most of your TSA PreCheck membership?

TSA PreCheck can save folks lots of time and inconvenience at airport security checkpoints.  That’s because you won’t have to take off your jacket or remove your toiletries and computer from your bag.  And TSA PreCheck lines are (usually) much shorter than the regular security lines.

TSA PreCheck Hours

Search for Your Airport’s TSA PreCheck Security Checkpoint Schedule

I’ll show you how this simple web page works!

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Every Category 7 Starwood Hotel in One Spot!

In case you missed it, the sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood cards has never been higher!

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn a total of 35,000 Starwood points on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

That’s enough for a free night at nearly all category 7 Starwood hotels, like The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico.  Rooms there can easily cost $800+ per night!

Category 7 Starwood

Santa Marina, A Luxury Collection Resort, Hangs Over the Aegean Sea in Mykonos, Greece

Here’s a list of all 49 category 7 Starwood hotels!

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New: Cheap Flights to Iceland and Europe From Chicago!

Good news for folks in Chicago!  Via One Mile at a Time, WOW Air is adding 4 weekly flights between Chicago and Iceland starting July 13, 2017.  One-way fares start at $99!

And you don’t have to stop in Iceland.  You can connect onward to many destinations in Continental Europe, like London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin, from $149 one-way.

I flew WOW Air to Iceland had and a very good experience.  Plus, it’s nice to have more affordable options to get to Europe!

This Summer You’ll Be Able to Fly WOW Air Between Chicago and Iceland, to Visit the Famous Blue Lagoon!

I’ll share more about this new route on WOW Air.  And remind you of a few things to look out for when booking a ticket with the airline.

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Free Alaska Airlines Miles – Enough for a One-Way Flight!

If you aren’t already a member of Alaska Airlines’ frequent flyer program, now is a great time to sign-up!

Via Mommy Points, you can earn 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles when you register by April 30, 2017, and take a flight by September 30, 2017.

That’s an excellent deal, because 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles is enough for a one-way, short haul (less than 700 miles) coach award flight.  

For example, you could fly between Portland and San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake City, and more, for free!

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5,000 Alaska Airlines Miles Is Enough for a Free One-Way Coach Flight From San Francisco to Seattle!

I’ll show you how to take advantage of this deal.

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5 Fantastic US Marriott Hotels to Book Using Starwood Points

If you prefer Marriott hotels, you can do well with the limited time AMEX Starwood sign-up bonuses.  Because you can convert your Starwood points to stay at ANY Marriott hotel!

With the 1:3 transfer ratio, the best-ever 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonuses on both the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards are worth 105,000 Marriott points!  That’s enough for 3 free nights at top rated hotels like the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in California.

That’s why I recommend the AMEX Starwood card over the Chase Marriott card.  Because the current AMEX Starwood offers get you more Big Travel with Small Money!

Best Marriott Hotels In US With Points

The Best-Ever AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonuses Can Get You Big Travel at Fantastic Marriott Hotels Like California’s Renaissance Indian Wells Resort

I’ll share 5 highly rated Marriott hotels in the US you can stay at by converting Starwood points.

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Will You Lose Free Nights If You Cancel a Hotel Card?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Carberrie, commented:

I have the Citi Hilton Reserve card, which comes with an annual free weekend night at certain Hilton hotels after spending $10,000 in a membership year.  I met the spending requirement and have 1 year to use the free night.  If I cancel the card to avoid paying the annual fee, will I lose my free night?

The good news is after you earn the free night, you will NOT lose it.  Even if you cancel the card.

This policy is similar for other hotel credit cards that come with a free annual night, including some that don’t have a spending requirement, like the Chase IHG card.

Hotel Cards With Free Annual Nights

Emily and I Used a Free Night From the Citi Hilton Reserve Card to Stay at the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice, Where Rooms Can Cost $500+ per Night During Peak Months

I’ll remind you which cards come with a free hotel night each year.  And why it might be worth it to pay the annual fees to keep these cards open!

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A Completely Free Trip to Iceland With Points & Cash Back Cards, Including Spending Money!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Antonio is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A Completely Free Trip To Iceland With Points Cash Back Cards Including Spending Money

My Group of Icelandic Friends That Took Me in as One of Their Own. If You Make It to the Festival, Come Say Hello. I’ll Be With the Boom Box

A big thank you to Antonio for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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Which Marriott Hotel to Book Using 7-Night Certificate From Southwest Flight Package?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bonnie, commented:

I used hotel points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air package and get the Southwest Companion Pass.  Perhaps a post about getting the best value with the 7-night Marriott certificate would be helpful and give some ideas of where to book!

Great suggestion, Bonnie!

It sounds like Bonnie took advantage of a deal that won’t be around much longer!  Until March 31, 2017, you can use 270,000 Marriott points to book a Southwest Hotel + Air package.

This gets you a 7-night stay at a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel and 120,000 Southwest points, which is more than enough to earn the Companion Pass!

You have at least 12 months to redeem the 7-night hotel certificate.  So you’ll have time to decide if you want to witness beautiful views of the Andes with a stay at the Courtyard Santiago Las Condes.  Or leaf peep this autumn in beautiful Vermont with 7 nights at the Courtyard Middlebury.

Marriott Hotels To Book With 7 Night Certificate

Use Your Marriott 7-Night Certificate to Check Out the Wonderful Foliage in Vermont and Stay at the Courtyard Middlebury

I’ll share a few examples of Marriott hotels you can book with the 7-night certificate!

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Blog Giveaway: 18,000 Choice Hotel Points

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We love our readers!  To show our thanks for your support, we’re giving away 18,000 Choice hotel points!

Blog Giveaway 18000 Choice Hotel Points

18,000 Choice Points Is Enough for 3 Nights at the Clarion Suites Roatan at Pineapple Villas in Honduras!

I’ll show you how to enter!

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7,000 Alaska Airlines Miles Winner!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our 7,000 Alaska Airlines miles giveaway!

7000 Alaska Airlines Miles Winner March 2017

Are You the Winner of 7,000 Alaska Airlines Miles?

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