Million Mile Secrets reader, Lynn, commented:
I purchased JetBlue airfare through Kayak’s Kiwi.com. Will my checked baggage fees be the same as if I booked directly with the airline?
It doesn’t matter which site you use to purchase airfare. Because the amount you’ll pay for things like checked baggage or cancellation charges is based on an airline’s published schedule of fees.
But there are other factors to consider when booking through an Online Travel Agency (OTA) like Orbitz, Expedia, or Kiwi.com.
For example, depending on the airline, you might earn fewer miles on your flight if you don’t book directly. Or you could accidentally book a “no-frills” Basic Economy fare without realizing.
Purchasing Airfare Through an Online Travel Agency Is Convenient. But There Are 3 Things You Should Know Before Booking This Way
I’ll explain what you should know before booking airfare through an online travel agency.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Beginner Tips, Brussels Airlines, Earn Miles, Family Travel, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Reader Requests, Save Money, SWISS, Travel Technology, Travel Tips
Good news if you’re considering a trip to Europe this year!
Via The Points Guy, there are lots of available coach and Business Class award seats from the US to Vienna on United Airlines’ Star Alliance partners Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa.
There Are Currently LOTS of United Airlines Award Seats Available for Flights From the US to Vienna!
I’ll share with you what I found. And remind you how to earn and use United Airlines miles!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Chase, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase United Club, Chase United Explorer, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Ink Bold, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Save Money, Star Alliance, Travel Tips, United Airlines, United Award Booking
With the new way to transfer points between Starwood and Marriott accounts, folks can get a better ratio converting Starwood points to United Airlines miles by first transferring to Marriott points.
For example, if you transfer 10,000 Starwood points directly to United Airlines, you’ll only get 5,000 United Airlines miles because there’s a 2:1 ratio.
Instead, you could convert 10,000 Starwood points to 30,000 Marriott points (1:3 ratio). Then, transfer the Marriott points to United Airlines and you’ll get a much better deal for your points.
Now You Can Get a Better Ratio Converting Starwood Points to United Airlines Miles!
I’ll explain the math behind the points conversion and why United Airlines miles are great for Big Travel!
Posted in Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), ANA, Asiana, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, COPA Airlines, Credit Cards, EqyptAir, Ethiopian, Eva Air, Hotels, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Marriott, Scandinavian Air Systems (SAS), Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Star Alliance, Starwood (SPG), SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Travel Tips, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, United Award Booking
This won’t last long! Via One Mile at a Time, there are lots of Business Class saver award seats available to Europe on United Airlines’ partner Austrian Airlines. You can depart from cities like Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, and more, for travel through July 2017!
That’s great news, because you’ll be able to visit Europe during the popular summer months using your United Airlines miles!
There are even plenty of award seats available over the busy holiday season. 😉
Fly to Vienna in Business Class for 140,000 United Airlines Miles Round-Trip!
Here’s how to find your award tickets!
Via The Flight Deal, you can fly round-trip from several US cities to Europe for ~$480+.
There are sales from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Newark.
For example, I found flights from Chicago to Vienna on Austrian Airlines for $480 departing on October 25, 2016, and returning on November 1, 2016.
Travel to Vienna for Less With Flights Costing ~$480+! Or Visit Other Destinations in Europe With Cheap Airfare From Many US Cities
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
Posted in Air Canada, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Business Gold Rewards, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, AMEX SimplyCash Plus, Austrian Airlines, Barclaycard, Barclaycard Arrival, Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Prestige, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Credit Cards, Hilton Honors, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Save Money, Starwood (SPG), United Airlines
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.
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!
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Credit Cards, Lufthansa, SWISS, Travel Technology, Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader Alex writes:
I was wondering if you can give me advice on choosing the right credit card. I already have a Miles & More (Lufthansa) account and ~30,000 miles or so in there.
I’m located in Miami and I try to stick to Lufthansa or Star Alliance partners as my preferred airlines. I fly at least 2 times a year to Europe or Asia but also make some trips within the US.
Great question, Alex! It can be hard to decide which miles & points to collect for your trip, especially if you’re new to our hobby.
If you already have an idea of where & how you want to travel and which airlines or alliances you prefer, you can narrow down your choices of which credit cards to apply for.
And knowing which airlines serve your home airport will help a great deal in making a decision!
Figuring out Which Miles & Points to Collect Doesn’t Have to Be Hard! I’ll Show You How to Choose
I’ll give you tips for how to decide which cards to apply for, depending on your home airport, airline preferences, and travel goals!
Posted in Air Canada, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Austrian Airlines, Barclaycard, Barclaycard Lufthansa, Beginner Tips, British Airways, British Airways, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase United Explorer, Citibank, COPA Airlines, Credit Cards, Etihad, Korean Airlines, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, oneworld, Save Money, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Star Alliance, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, Travel Tips, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, United Award Booking, Virgin Atlantic
I’m going to show you 1 of my favorite ways to get Big Travel with Small Money!
Right now the sign-up bonus for new Chase Freedom cardholders is 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements.
That’s worth $150 in cash back.
$150 in Cash Back Is Great, but You Can Get Much More From the 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points You’ll Earn!
But I prefer to use the bonus for Big Travel with Small Money!
I’ll explain why I love this card and how to use the sign-up bonus for Big Travel with United Airlines!
Posted in Air Canada, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hawaiian Airlines, Ink Bold, Lufthansa, Star Alliance, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines, United Award Booking
Visit historic Budapest, the capital of Hungary, this spring for under $600 from 5 cities!
I found cheap round-trip coach tickets on British Airways, Norwegian Air, United Airlines (and its partners) on sale through April or May from Boston, Chicago, New York City, Toronto, and Washington, DC.
Budapest Is a Fun City! Take a Dip in the Famed Thermal Baths. And See St. Stephen’s Basilica
You can search for these fares using ITA Matrix or Google Flights, then book directly on the airline websites.
Posted in Airbnb, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, Austrian Airlines, Barclaycard, Barclaycard Arrival, British Airways, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Prestige, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Credit Cards, Hilton Honors, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, Iberia, Membership Rewards, Norwegian, oneworld, Save Money, Southwest, SWISS, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines
Hope y’all are having a great weekend! I thought I’d share recent reader success stories. I love it when folks turn their miles & points into amazing experiences!
You’re Welcome, Mohit! A Refreshing Beverage Always Helps Pass the Time!
It looks like Mohit is enjoying 1 of the perks of his AMEX Platinum card!