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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The merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America continues to move forward, with some big changes coming in the near future!
Via Travel Codex, Alaska Airlines announced more details about the merger with Virgin America. And it’s mostly good news! For example, you can expect enhanced in-flight entertainment, updated cabins, and lots of Virgin America personality across all Alaska Airlines flights.
But they’ve confirmed the Virgin America brand will disappear in 2019.
Alaska Airlines Is Keeping Some of the Virgin America Personality! Including Fun Mood Lighting in the Cabin
I’ll give you an update on the merger, and tell you what to expect going forward.
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Are you one of the lucky folks who got an email offer to earn 10,000 easy AMEX Membership Rewards points?
Via Reddit, AMEX is offering 10,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points to certain cardholders who enroll their charge cards in “Pay Over Time” by May 13, 2017!
It’s a no-brainer to sign-up if you’re eligible. Plus, you’ll get extra flexibility in how you use your AMEX charge card!
Transfer 10,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Delta for a Free Coach Award Flight From Toronto to Miami!
I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal!
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If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.
If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.
And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!
Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon
I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!
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Starwood points are some of my favorite points to collect because I can usually get incredible value when I redeem them. And they’re extremely versatile!
You can do so many things with Starwood points, from booking free flights to reserving free hotels to earning backstage passes at concerts.
You Can Use Starwood Points at Excellent Hotels, Like the Le Meridien Tahiti. But There Are Lots of Other Things You Can Do, Too!
I’ll give you some fun ideas for spending your Starwood points!
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You can buy American Airlines miles at a steep discount right now!
Via One Mile at a Time, you can buy American Airlines miles for as low as ~1.8 cents each through April 13, 2017.
Fly to Vienna in Business Class for 115,000 American Airlines Miles Round-Trip!
I’ll share the details!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airline Promotions, Airlines, Airlines, American Airlines, Beginner Tips, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Save Money, Travel Tips
JetBlue and Southwest are offering very good sales right now!
You can fly to lots of destinations in the US, Caribbean, and Mexico starting at just $39 one-way in coach. I found flights from New York to Washington, DC, for $52 one-way in coach on April 11, 2017.
It’s Officially Spring! So You’ll Need to Find Another Excuse to Get Away Besides the Frigid Winter Conditions 😉
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
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Don’t forget! You have just 10 days left to earn the Southwest Companion Pass by transferring hotel points to Southwest.
Through March 31, 2017, you can transfer points from hotels like Marriott, Hyatt, and Choice to earn the 110,000 Southwest points required in a calendar year to qualify for the Companion Pass. Emily and I consider the Southwest Companion Pass to be the BEST deal in travel!
The Southwest Companion Pass Is Extremely Valuable for Domestic Travel. And Even Several Destinations South of the Border
I’ll tell you why it’s best to transfer your hotel points to Southwest as soon as possible to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
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Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and I’ve asked her to share with you some tips for maximizing your companion when you earn the Southwest Companion Pass. Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!
Lyn: I am now on my 2nd Southwest Companion Pass, an amazing deal that gets you Big Travel With Small Money by allowing 1 person (your “companion”) to fly nearly free with you for from the time you earn it until the END of the FOLLOWING year.
The Companion Pass has literally changed my life from traveling on 1 or 2 car trips a year to taking more than 6 trips yearly for my family of 4. To earn the Companion Pass, you’ll need to collect 110,000 qualifying Southwest points within 1 calendar year.
Did you know your companion does NOT have the be the same person throughout the life of your Companion Pass?
You Can Change Southwest Companions up to 3 times in One Year!
I’ll explain how often you can switch companions and show you how to get the most out of your Southwest Companion Pass.
Update: The UK will also ban electronics in the cabin from certain destinations.
Heads up! If you’re flying to the US from certain cities in the Middle East and North Africa, be prepared to check all large electronics, including laptops, tablets, cameras, and Kindles.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the new policy must be implemented in the next 96 hours, and affects 9 airlines operating to the US from 10 international airports. And the ban is indefinite.
This will be very inconvenient for folks who like to get work done, read e-books, or watch movies on their devices in-flight. Only cell phones, smartphones, and necessary medical equipment will be allowed in the cabin.
If You’re Traveling From Certain Cities in the Middle East and North Africa to the US, You’ll Have to Check Your Laptop or Tablet
I’ll give you the details and suggest other options if this will affect you.