Million Mile Secrets reader Aaron asked:
I have been looking to take the family to South Africa. It appears ANA has the best mileage, but taxes and fees are terrible. Do you have any thoughts?
Aaron is mostly correct. ANA Mileage Club can save you tens of thousands of miles for flights to South Africa. But it also adds fuel surcharges to most of its partners.
If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points, you can transfer them to ANA to book award flights. Or move Marriott points to Starwood and then to ANA.
Using airline miles on award flights to South Africa is a great idea, because paid flights are expensive and rarely discounted. But fuel surcharges can be very high.
ANA stopped collecting fuel surcharges on most of its own flights in Spring 2016, but it keeps adding them to most of its partners.
Planning a Trip to South Africa Like Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith? You’ll Use Fewer Miles (but More Cash) Booking With ANA Miles
I’ll show you how to save miles and money, and pitfalls to avoid for award flights to South Africa.
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Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, Air Canada is offering up to a 30% bonus when you transfer hotel points to Air Canada Aeroplan miles through April 17, 2017.
If you like booking award tickets on Air Canada or Star Alliance partner airlines, like United Airlines, using Air Canada Aeroplan miles, this could be a good deal. Especially if you collect Starwood or Marriott points!
Use Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for Big Travel on Star Alliance Partner Airlines Like United Airlines
I’ll share the details of the promotion and help you decide if transferring hotel points with this bonus is worth it.
Posted in Aeroplan, Air Canada, Airline Award Booking, Airline Promotions, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Credit Cards, Hotels, Marriott, Save Money, Singapore Airlines, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, United Airlines, United Award Booking
Ever had trouble searching for award seats on Oneworld partners like American Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways, or Air Berlin?
If so, you might be interested the free Google Chrome plugin, Award Finder. It can search for award seats on 8 different airlines, all at once!
Online Tools Like Award Finder Can Help Take the Frustration Out of Searching for Award Seats!
I’ll show you what Award Finder can (and can’t!) do for you, next time you’re looking for award tickets.
Posted in Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air France, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Airlines, ANA, British Airways, British Airways, Etihad, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Korean Airlines, oneworld, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Save Money, Singapore Airlines, Travel Tips
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You Can Transfer AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Valuable Partners, Like Delta, for Free Flights to Visit Quaint European Towns
I’ll show you how to enter!
Folks planning a trip to Disney World can save Big Money by using Starwood points to book a Nights & Flights package.
Because you can use 60,000 or 70,000 Starwood points and get 5 hotel nights at or near Disney World AND 50,000 airline miles. That’s enough for 2 round-trip coach award tickets within the US!
And you can easily earn these points with the limited time AMEX Starwood 35,000-point sign-up bonuses on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card.
Take Advantage of the Limited Time AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonuses to Book a Disney World Package and Visit The Most Magical Place on Earth!
I’ll explain how you can book Disney World packages using Starwood points!
Posted in Aeroplan, Air Canada, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), British Airways, Business Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Earn Miles, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Save Money, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, United Airlines, United Award Booking
Rome2rio is a free resource that can save time and money when you want to travel to a new destination and keep costs down.
Enter where you want to visit and the site will show you how to get there by plane, train, bus, ferry, or car. And it gives you prices for each transportation option. It even works for trips with multiple stops.
So whether you’re looking to fly around the world or just take a road trip within the US, Rome2rio is a useful research tool!
Use Rome2rio to Save Time and Money Planning Your Next Adventure!
I’ll show you how Rome2rio works!
Posted in Air Canada, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Skymiles, Hotels, Hyatt, Rental Cars, Save Money, Travel Technology, Travel Tips, United Airlines
The end of winter is right around the corner! So it’s the perfect time to start planning your spring getaway.
Lots of credit cards come with great sign-up bonuses and travel benefits, including travel credits, airport lounge access, and Global Entry reimbursements. Some can save you thousands of dollars on your upcoming travel!
Use Miles & Points to Visit the Stunning Beaches of Durban, South Africa, Like I Did!
Here are my picks for the best travel credit cards March 2017.
Posted in Air Canada, Air France, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Beginner Tips, Business Platinum, Cathay Pacific, Chase, Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Earn Miles, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, KLM, Korean Airlines, Marriott, Membership Rewards, No Annual Fee, Save Money, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Sweet Spots, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines
If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards points or like cash back, you’ll be interested in these increased AMEX offers!
For a limited time, you’ll earn up to 25,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points when you sign-up for The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express and meet tiered minimum spending requirements.
And when you sign-up for the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express or Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express by May 3, 2017, you’ll earn 10% cash back at US restaurants the first 6 months you are a cardmember, up to $200 back. That’s on top of the sign-up bonuses you’ll receive after meeting minimum spending requirements!
You’ll Earn 10% Cash Back at Restaurants the First 6 Months You’re an AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Or AMEX Blue Cash Preferred Cardmember
I’ll tell you what you need to know about these new offers, so you can decide if they are worth it for you!
Posted in Air Canada, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Blue Cash Everyday, AMEX Blue Cash Preferred, AMEX Blue for Business, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Foreign Transaction Fees, Save Money, Shopping, Travel Tips
Via One Mile at a Time, you can get up to a 125% bonus (or more if you’re targeted!) on purchased Avianca miles through February 28, 2017.
Avianca is a member of the Star Alliance, so you can use their miles to book flights on airlines like United Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and Air Canada. And pay fewer miles on certain routes!
Get Up to a 125 % (or 135% if You’re Targeted!) Bonus When You Buy Avianca Miles Through February 28, 2017
I’ll explain the details of this offer. And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!
Posted in Air Canada, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, Avianca, Avianca, Avianca, Banco Popular, Banco Popular Avianca, Barclaycard, Barclaycard Arrival, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Lufthansa, Save Money, Singapore Airlines, Travel Tips, United Airlines
Now that 30 airlines participate in PreCheck, it’s easy to save time at the airport by avoiding long security lines!
If you have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, you can get an expedited security screening. But to enter the PreCheck line, you must add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your airline reservations.
Speed Through Airport Security With TSA PreCheck. But First, Add Your Known Traveler Number to Your Airline Accounts
I’ll show you how to add your Known Traveler Number on 6 major US airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest!
Posted in Aeromexico, Air Canada, Airlines, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, American Express, AMEX Platinum, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Ritz Carlton, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi American Airlines Executive, Citi Prestige, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Etihad, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Southwest, Travel Tips, United Airlines, US Bank, US Bank Flex Perks, WestJet