Category Archives: Airlines

Better Bonus (30,000 Points or $300) for Citi ThankYou Preferred Card!

There’s now a better offer available for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card.  You’ll get 30,000 points (worth $300 in gift cards) after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 4 months.

Normally, the sign-up bonus for this card is 20,000 ($200) points after you spend $1,500 in the 1st 3 months.

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You’ll Get a Sign-Up Bonus of 30,000 Points With the Citi ThankYou Preferred Card

The sign-up bonus for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has been as high as 40,000 points in the past.  So while this is a good offer, it’s not the best deal I’ve seen for this card.

I’ll show you how you can combine this card offer with other Citi ThankYou cards to get Big Travel!

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When to Finish Minimum Spending Towards the Southwest Companion Pass

Million Mile Secrets reader Josh commented:

If I were to apply for both personal Southwest cards and my 1st statements, for example, closed on December 10, 2014, should I begin spending right after the December statement closes?

The next statement with all of my spending would close January 10, 2015, and my points would be deposited into my Southwest account in 2015.

Thus, my 110,000 points would be deposited in 2015, and my Companion Pass would be valid for 2015 and 2016.  Does this make sense and is it a good strategy?

When To Finish Minimum Spending Towards The Southwest Companion Pass

Josh Should Finish His Minimum Spending on His Southwest Cards in 2015 So He Can Earn a Companion Pass to Fly to Places Like New Orleans

By waiting until 2015 to complete his minimum spending on his Southwest cards, Josh will earn a Companion Pass valid for 2 years of free flights.

But you usually have to complete the minimum spending within 3 months from when you were approved for the card.

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Earn 3,000 Southwest Bonus Points for Your 1st Hotel Booking With Rocketmiles

You can earn 3,000 Southwest bonus points when you make your 1st booking with Rocketmiles!  Book by December 31, 2014, for stays through April 30, 2015.

Southwest points are worth ~1.43 cents each so your 1st booking will earn you ~$43 towards your next flight (3,000 Southwest bonus points X 1.43 cents per Southwest point).

Earn 3,000 Southwest Bonus Points For Your 1st Hotel Booking With Rocketmiles

Along With the Thousands of Points You Earn for Booking Hotels on Rocketmiles, You’ll Also Earn 3,000 Southwest Bonus Points on Your 1st Booking

I’ll show you how to get the extra points!

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11 Airlines That Allow You to Share Miles

At some point you may want to share miles with someone, whether it’s your significant other, family member, or a friend who’s traveling with you.  Sharing miles comes in handy when you don’t have enough miles in your account for an award ticket.  Remember that you can usually always use the miles to book an award for a friend of family members without transferring the miles.

But sometimes you don’t have enough miles in your account.  So why not just transfer miles when you want them?  Because airlines usually charge a fee to transfer your miles.  But some frequent flyer programs allow you to share miles.

Frequent Flyer Programs That Allow Mile Sharing

Here are 11 frequent flyer programs that allow sharing miles (pooling of miles under 1 account) between family members.  Most of these programs are not US-based, and other than JetBlue, Hawaiian Air, and British Airways, may not be very practical for US readers because they charge fuel surcharges when you use your miles for an award.

11 Airlines That Allow You To Share Miles

Sharing Miles Lets You Travel Together More Often

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New 5X Categories for Freedom Card (Guess Which Is My Favorite!)

The new Chase Freedom bonus spending categories for the 1st quarter of 2015 are out!

From January 1, 2015, through March 31, 2015, you’ll get 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) per $1 you spend in special categories.  The limit is $1,500 in combined purchases, so you can get a total of $75 back at: 

  • Grocery stores (excluding Walmart and Target)
  • Starbucks
  • Movie Theaters
New 5X Categories For Freedom Card Guess Which Is My Favorite

Chase Freedom: Increased Bonus, New Categories for 2015

If you don’t have the Freedom card yet, now is a great time because the sign-up bonus has been doubled to 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($200) for a limited time.

And because Chase has changed their rules, you can get the bonus again even if you’ve had the card in the past.  I’ll explain!

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