Category Archives: Airline Award Booking

How to Use Southwest Card’s 50,000 Point Bonus to These 11 International Destinations

Wanna get away?  Right now, you can earn 50,000 Southwest points on all 3 Chase Southwest cards when you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.

That’s worth between ~$625 and ~$695 toward Southwest award flights, including to 11 international destinations like Belize City, Cancun, and Punta Cana!

How To Use Southwest Cards 50,000 Point Bonus To These 11 International Destinations

Pack Your (Beach) Bags! You Can Use 50,000 Southwest Points to Visit Lots of International Destinations for Fun and Sun!

I’ll show you where you can visit with your Southwest points!

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Southwest Increased Award Ticket Prices Unannounced!

Southwest is now charging slightly more for award tickets.  In the past, Southwest sent e-mails with up to 6 months notice of any changes to points redemption.

But, folks on FlyerTalk are discussing the new Southwest award pricing that appears unannounced.

Southwest Increased Award Ticket Prices Unannounced

Southwest Increased the Number of Miles You Need for an Award Ticket – With NO Notice!

I’ll explain details of the increase!

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Use Miles to Book and Upgrade to Singapore Airlines Premium Economy

Starting May 24, 2016, you can use Singapore Airlines miles to book a Premium Economy award ticket.  

And starting June 1, 2016, you’ll be able to use miles to upgrade a paid coach ticket to Premium Economy or a paid Premium Economy ticket to Business Class.

It’s easy to earn Singapore Airlines miles because you can transfer points from all 4 flexible points programs.

But in most cases, using Singapore Airlines miles to book Premium Economy award tickets is NOT a good deal.

Use Miles To Book And Upgrade To Singapore Airlines Premium Economy

Starting May 24, You Can Use Singapore Airlines Miles to Book Premium Economy Award Seats

I’ll explain if this new option is a good way to use miles!

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Save Miles! Book American Airlines Awards With Etihad Miles

Using Etihad miles, you can book award flights on American Airlines at a big discount!  And remember, you can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards pointsCiti ThankYou points, and Starwood points to Etihad!

But you’ll have to be flexible, because award seats can be tricky to find.

Folks were disappointed when American Airlines changed their award chart and started charging more for certain award flights.

Via View From The Wing, there’s a way to book award flights on American Airlines using the old award pricing.  This could help folks who were disappointed when American Airlines changed their award chart.

Save Miles Book American Airlines Awards With Etihad Miles

Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points, Citi ThankYou Points, or Starwood Points to Etihad to Book International Award Flights on American Airlines

I’ll explain how to book award flights on American Airlines using Etihad miles!

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Use Miles on New Routes to Australia, China, and Serbia!

Good news!  You’ll now have options to book award seats on new non-stop routes to Beijing, Belgrade, and Brisbane.

Air Canada, Air China, and Air Serbia are adding new flights you can book with miles!

Use Miles On New Routes To Australia China And Serbia

Use Miles on New Non-Stop Flights From Vancouver to Brisbane

I’ll share how you can use miles on the new flights!

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The Alaska Airlines Card Just Got More Useful

Folks on the myFICO forums report there are no more foreign transaction fees with the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card.  Now you can use the card overseas without the 3% fee!

This makes the card a better deal for folks who collect Alaska Airlines miles and travel abroad frequently.

You can use Alaska Airlines miles you earn from the card for award flights on Alaska Airlines or any of its airline partners, including Air France, Icelandair, and most recently Japan Airlines!

The Alaska Airlines Card Just Got More Useful

Save Money on Foreign Transaction Fees With the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

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Should You Transfer Your Starwood Points to Virgin America or Alaska Airlines Now That They’re Merging?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Roger, emailed:

I have the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest card and I want to transfer my points to airline miles.  Does it make a difference if I transfer my Starwood points to Virgin America or Alaska Airlines since they’ll be merging in 2017?

Thanks for the email, Roger!

Should You Transfer Your Starwood Points To Virgin America Or Alaska Airlines Now That They're Merging

Consider Things Like Transfer Ratios, Partner Airlines, and Fees, When Deciding Which Frequent Flyer Program Is Best for You

I’ll explain what the merger means and where Roger should transfer his Starwood points.

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