Category Archives: American Airlines

Save Time at the Airport – TSA PreCheck Adds 7 New Airlines!

TSA PreCheck is a great way to save time at the airport.  And via Running with Miles, there are 7 new airlines participating in TSA PreCheck.  Including popular airlines like Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, COPA Airlines, and more!

At many US airports, folks eligible for TSA PreCheck get expedited security screening and don’t have to take off their shoes or remove laptops from their bag.  It’s much less hassle!

Best Credit Card For JetBlue Flights

TSA PreCheck Will Help You Get Through Security Faster!

Let’s take a look at the perks of having TSA PreCheck, and how to enroll in the program.

Continue reading

New Alaska Airlines Partner, Good for Travel to Europe!

Good news for folks who collect Alaska Airlines miles!

Alaska Airlines just announced they’re partnering with Finnair, so you’ll soon have more ways to earn and use your Alaska Airlines miles when you fly to Europe and beyond!

Alaska Airlines Finnair Partnership

You Can Now Earn Alaska Airlines Miles for Flights on Finnair. And Soon, You’ll Be Able to Redeem Alaska Airlines Miles for Award Flights on Finnair, Too!

I’ll share the details of this new Alaska Airlines – Finnair partnership!

Continue reading

Earn $10 or $20 Travel Card per NIGHT With This New Hotel Promotion!

If you’re planning a road trip, family reunion, or prefer budget-friendly hotels, there’s a great new promotion for summer travel from Best Western!

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you’ll earn a $10 Best Western travel card for each eligible night you stay at Best Western hotels from May 22, 2017, to September 4, 2017.

And the deal is even sweeter for folks with a AAA or CAA membership.  They’ll earn a $20 Best Western travel card for each eligible night they stay in the same timeframe.

This is an excellent deal, because previous promotions would award a bonus based on stays, not nights.  But you must register before you stay to earn a travel card.

Best Western Summer 2017 Promotion

Best Western Hotels Are Ideal for Families, Road-Trippers, and Folks on a Budget, Because Everyone Gets Free Breakfast!

I’ll explain the details and help you decide if it’s worth switching paid stays to Best Western!

Continue reading

Reader Tip to Help Folks Use the Fewest Points for Airfare

Million Mile Secrets reader, NB, commented:

A word of caution for other readers.  Always check an airline site to see how many frequent flyer miles they are charging for a flight.  Because even with travel portal bonuses, you might still use fewer miles by transferring points directly to an airline and booking an award flight.

For example, I found Southwest airfare for $211, which would require ~16,880 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Sapphire Preferred ($211 cost of airfare / 1.25 cents per point) if booked through the Chase travel portal.

But Southwest was charging 12,601 Southwest points for the same flight.  So I instantly transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio and booked the award flight.

This is terrific advice, NB!

Some folks can develop certain habits when booking award travel and miss opportunities to save miles and points!

For example, I recently shared 3 examples of booking Southwest flights, which result in different values for your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

And you’ll likely come across similar scenarios when comparing award flight prices on with other airline transfer partners vs. flight prices through a travel portal.

Book Airfare With Points

A Quick Comparison of Flight Prices Might Save You Thousands of Miles or Points!

I’ll explain why you’ll want to run the numbers when redeeming points for a flight!

Continue reading

What’s Next for the AMEX Starwood Card?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Julie, commented:

Do you think the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus will increase again to 35,000 points before they discontinue the card?

Following the recent limited-time 35,000 point offer for the AMEX Starwood card, the sign-up bonus went back to 25,000 Starwood points.

For the last several summers, AMEX has increased the sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards for ~1 month.

I don’t have any inside information, but I have a feeling this year might be different.  Because of the Starwood – Marriott merger, there’s a good chance the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus stays at 25,000 Starwood points.

Whats Next For The AMEX Starwood Card

Starwood Points Are Extremely Valuable! So I Understand Why Folks Are Looking to Earn the Highest Sign-Up Bonus Possible

I’ll explain why it’s unlikely you’ll see an increased sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood cards.

Continue reading

5 Great Small Business Cards for Freelancers: Graphic and Web Designers, Writers, Fiverr, & More

Do you own a small business and work in the field of digital media?  If so, you can qualify for a small business credit card that earns miles, points, and cash back for business purchases!

Best Cards To Earn Points On Freelance Business Expenses 2017

If You’re a Digital Freelancer, You Have Lots of Options When It Comes to Small Business Credit Cards

Let’s take a look at great small business credit cards for freelancers like writers, web and graphic designers, coders, and more!

Continue reading

New Baby? Alaska Airlines Just Added a Great Perk for Folks Taking Parental Leave!

Great news for new parents!  Via Travel Codex, Alaska Airlines will let you keep your elite status while on parental leave, and will even extend it an additional year!

So you don’t have to worry about losing your Alaska Airlines status, or flying enough to earn it the following year.

Alaska Airlines Elite Leave

New Parent? Don’t Let Your Alaska Airlines Elite Status Go to Waste!

Here’s more about the details of Alaska Airline’s new “Elite Leave” program.

Continue reading

Earn Up to 10,000 Bonus Airline Miles for Purchases You Might Make Anyway!

Looking for more ways to earn American Airlines miles?  Good news!

Via Mommy Points, through June 15, 2017, you can earn up to 10,000 bonus American Airlines miles when you shop with certain American Airlines partners, like 1-800-Flowers and the American Airlines dining program.

The amount of bonus miles you earn depends on the number of partners you shop with.

This deal comes at a great time, because Mother’s Day is just around the corner. 😉

American Airlines Promotion

Plan on Sending Mom Flowers for Mother’s Day? You Can Earn Bonus American Airlines Miles for Your Purchase!

I’ll share the details of this offer.

Continue reading

What Are the Differences Between Using British Airways or Iberia Avios Points?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Gabriel, commented:

Is there a difference between using British Airways or Iberia Avios points?

And reader Lori asked:

Is there any other way to get activity in your Iberia account other than moving AMEX Membership Rewards points?

British Airways and Iberia are part of the same company.  The points you use for award flights on both airlines are called Avios.  But the airlines have different award charts and redemption rules.

Generally, Iberia Avios points can be more valuable than British Airways Avios points for short-haul partner award flights in the US.

For example, you can book a round-trip award flight less than 600 miles on American Airlines for 11,000 Iberia Avios points.  That’s 4,000 points cheaper than if you book with British Airways Avios points!

British Airways And Iberia Frequent Flyer Programs

You Can Save Thousands of Points by Booking an Award Flight Through Iberia Instead of British Airways

I’ll share some differences between the British Airways and Iberia frequent flyer programs.  And how you can earn points in both programs!

Continue reading

Blog Giveaway: 6,000 Starwood Points!

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter!

Thanks to all our blog readers for your continued support!  This week, Em and I are giving away 6,000 Starwood points!

6000 Starwood Points May 2017

There Are Lots of Ways to Use Starwood Points to Get Big Travel With Small Money!

I’ll show you how to enter!

Continue reading