Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Your Mileage May Vary
Joe and Sharon write Your Mileage May Vary to share aspirational travel tips with readers. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Joe “Saving” Sharon at the Grand Canyon, October 2006. We Love to Do Funny Posed Pictures Like This When We Can
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
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Here’s a sweet deal if you’ll be visiting New York City airports in the next ~2 months!
Via The Gate, you can earn up to 6,000 bonus JetBlue points for flying JetBlue to and from 4 different New York airports. The more flights you take, the more bonus points you’ll earn.
6,000 JetBlue Points Is Worth ~$84 in JetBlue Flights to Awesome Destinations Like San Juan, Puerto Rico
I’ll share the details of this promotion. And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!
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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!
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.
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It’s exciting to use points for free hotel stays in destinations like Cancun and San Juan. And it’s even better when you can enjoy additional complimentary perks like hot breakfast & Wi-Fi!
If you’re looking to book an award stay and get free breakfast in Latin America, you might consider the limited-time sign-up bonuses on the AMEX Hilton Honors and the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass cards.
Because these cards are offering the highest sign-up bonuses I’ve ever seen! But only until May 31, 2017!
Emily Enjoyed Kayaking in the Dominican Republic on Her 30th Birthday! You Can Stay There Too With the Limited-Time AMEX Hilton Card Offers!
I’ll share 7 excellent Hilton hotels in Latin America where you can stay for free with points and get free breakfast!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Hilton, AMEX Hilton Surpass, Beginner Tips, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Hilton Honors, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, JetBlue, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips
Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.
There are LOTS of credit cards out there, all with different benefits and bonuses.
Banks seem to enjoy giving their credit cards similar names. You might apply for the wrong one if you aren’t careful!
I’ve put a lot of credit cards with similar sounding names side-by-side, so you can compare the perks and decide which card is best for you, and find the application link, all in one place!
Take the Time to Differentiate These Credit Cards So You’ll Know Which Card Will Give You the Biggest Travel!
Let’s look at the most common credit cards with similar sounding names!
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The time of year you choose to vacation usually affects the prices you’ll pay and your travel experience.
Busy seasons (like holidays) can attract lots of tourists to popular destinations. I typically prefer traveling in low or shoulder season when things are quieter and cheaper!
But some folks would rather book a getaway during peak season to enjoy the best weather. Or because it works best for family vacation schedules.
Emily Traveled to the British Virgin Islands During High Season Because of the Ideal Weather. And She Booked a Marriott Award Stay, Which Costs the Same Amount of Points Regardless of Season!
I’ll share the pros and cons of traveling to a destination during its high season, shoulder season, and off-season.
Posted in Aer Lingus, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Beginner Tips, British Airways, Chase, Citi Thank You Points, Citibank, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, JetBlue, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
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.
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!
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Thanks to reader IAD Gr8 for letting us know about the current bonus for transferring AMEX Membership Rewards points to JetBlue!
Through May 31, 2017, you’ll get a 25% bonus when you convert AMEX Membership Rewards points into JetBlue points.
JetBlue Flies to Lots of Fun Destinations, Including Several in the Caribbean!
I’ll help you decide if this is a good deal!
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If you’re NOT already an Amazon Prime member, now is a good time to sign-up!
Via View From the Wing, you’ll get 3,000 JetBlue points for purchasing 1 year of Amazon prime ($99 plus tax) through May 8, 2017!
JetBlue points are worth ~1.4 cents each towards JetBlue flights, so 3,000 JetBlue points are worth ~$42 in JetBlue airfare (3,000 JetBlue points x 1.4 cents per point).
Buying an Amazon Prime Membership Can Help You Reach Your Travel Goals!
I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal!
Posted in Airline Promotions, Airlines, Airlines, Credit Cards, JetBlue, Save Money, Shopping, Shopping, Travel Tips, US Bank, US Bank Cash+
Hurry! Via The Flight Deal, JetBlue is having a flash sale, and you can buy one-way coach flights between cities like Boston and Atlanta, New York (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach and San Francisco, and more, for ~$19+!
But you must book your tickets today, April 25, 2017, by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (or local time, whichever is earlier).
The sale is good for last-minute travel through May 11, 2017. Valid travel dates vary depending on the route.
With This Flash Sale From JetBlue, You Can Fly From Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas, for ~$39 One-Way!
Here are the details of this sale.
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