Category Archives: Alaska Airlines

“This Hobby Provides Me the Equivalent of a $20,000 per Year Raise”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Travel Miles 101

Alexi Zemsky and Brad Barrett write Travel Miles 101 to show folks how to earn and redeem miles the easy way.

They offer a free 15-day email course to get you up to speed on the basics of both earning and redeeming travel miles & points.  And as part of the course, they offer members access to a private Facebook group community with over 2,000 members.

And they say the combined knowledge of their graduates in this group is an excellent resource for crowdsourcing answers to specific questions.  It’s a safe place for people to ask questions and share successes and frustrations as they learn more about travel rewards.

Travel Miles 101 - Interview With Alexi And Brad

View from the Infinity Pool at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda

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Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix?

I’ve written that ITA Matrix is a powerful airfare search tool with many built-in options not available elsewhere.  It’s simple to perform basic searches, and you can filter results by airline, departure and arrival times, flight duration, number of stops, and more.

But there’s a big limitation – you can NOT book a ticket on ITA Matrix.  Once you find a fare, you must purchase your flight directly through the airline or with an online travel agency.

Now, there’s a way to quickly book ITA Matrix itineraries without hunting for the fare elsewhere.  BookWithMatrix finds the fare for you!  All you do is copy and paste the itinerary from the ITA Matrix search.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

BookWithMatrix Saves Time and Aggravation Searching for Flight Itineraries You’ve Found on ITA Matrix

I’ll show you how to use BookWithMatrix and help you decide if it’s worth using!

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Planning a Trip to Asia? The New Cathay Pacific Credit Card Could Be a Good Deal!

Via Reddit, Cathay Pacific will be partnering with Synchrony Bank to offer a US credit card in early 2017.

This is potentially good news for folks who like to use miles & points to fly to Asia (and beyond!).  Especially because Cathay Pacific is one of the world’s best airlines.

Planning A Trip To Asia The New Cathay Pacific Credit Card Could Be A Good Deal

You Can Use Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles to Take a Luxurious First-Class Flight to the Vibrant City of Hong Kong!

Here’s more about earning and using miles for Cathay Pacific flights.

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Tired of Long Security Lines? New TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers, Get the Fee Refunded!

Good news!  Via USA Today, United Airlines is teaming-up with the TSA to open more TSA PreCheck enrollment centers.  And soon, you’ll be able to pay for TSA PreCheck with United Airlines miles.

I’ll also show you how to get the $85 TSA PreCheck fee refunded!

Tired Of Long Security Lines New TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers Get The Fee Refunded

Having TSA PreCheck on Your Boarding Pass Saves Time Going Through Security Lines

I’ll show you where a few of these new TSA PreCheck centers are opening.  And discuss whether it’s a good idea to pay for TSA PreCheck with your miles.

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Is It a Good Idea to Use Airline Miles to Buy Merchandise?

Million Mile Secrets reader HP tweeted:

Is it a waste to use miles for merchandise?  After having a baby, I don’t have plans to travel, and a new iPad would be nice!

Congrats on your baby, HP!

You will NOT get the best value for your miles by redeeming them for merchandise.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

Everyone’s situation is unique.  You should always use your points & miles in a way that makes sense for your situation.  And what makes you happiest!

But you should NOT continue to use an airline miles earning credit card if your goal is to use them for merchandise.

Is It A Good Idea To Use Airline Miles To Buy Merchandise

There Are Better Ways to Earn Free Merchandise Than Cashing-In Your Miles

I’ll show you better credit card options if you aren’t planning to use your rewards for travel.  And also a couple ways to save your miles, in case you think you’ll use them for travel later!

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