Category Archives: Southwest

Best Card Strategy for Beginners in 2017

New to the world of miles & points?  You have some exciting memories ahead!

You can earn lots of airline miles and hotel points by signing-up for credit cards and using them responsibly.  If you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to figure out which cards will best help you achieve your travel dreams!

Best Travel Credit Cards 2017

Free Travel Is Just an Sign-Up Bonus or 2 Away!

I’ll help you find a credit card strategy based on your travel goals!

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Southwest Fare Sale Starting at Just $39 One-Way

Book them before they’re gone!

Via Miles to Memories, you can book Southwest flights for just $39 one-way (that’s 1,657 Southwest points!).  But there are other more expensive routes that are still a great deal.  I found a one-way flight from Atlanta to Detroit for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).

But you’ll need to book by March 2, 2017, for travel through June 14, 2017.  And certain routes have different different eligible travel dates.

Southwest Fare Sale Starting At Just 39 One Way

Southwest Is Making It Easier to Get Away This Spring

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How Long Will the 60,000 Point Southwest Premier Small Business Offer Last?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Victor, tweeted:

How long will the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card 60,000 point offer last?

Great question!

You can earn 60,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier small business card when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.

That’s a 10,000-point increase from the previous offer on this card!

Chase has NOT indicated if this is a limited-time offer.  But they can change their mind at any point.

Chase Southwest Premier Small Business 60,000 Points

Use Southwest Points From the 60,000 Point Chase Premier Small Business Sign-Up Bonus to Travel to Beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

I’ll let you how long I think the Chase Southwest Premier small business 60,000 point offer will last!

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“People Say They Can’t Afford Travel. But All It Takes Is a Little Knowledge and Discipline”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Points, Miles & Life

Ian writes Points, Miles & Life to share his travel experiences and give tips and tricks to friends and family.  He’s also a contributor for Points With a Crew.  You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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My Wife and I on the Ferry Between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, Canada

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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5 Tips for How to Tell When a Southwest Sale Is Worthwhile

Lyn blogs about Southwest at GotoTravelGal.com and has a free guide, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass,” to help folks who want to earn what Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel, the Southwest Companion Pass.  

Because she follows Southwest so closely, I’ve asked her to share her advice on how to know which Southwest sales are good and which aren’t, because Southwest has a lot of them!

Lyn:   It seems Southwest has a sale at least every other week, but is it really a sale and are the fares really a good price?  It can be hard to tell!  

I watch Southwest almost daily, so I’ve developed a keen eye in determining what is and what isn’t good pricing.

5 Tips For How To Tell When A Southwest Sale Is Worthwhile

Is This a Good Sale or a Bad Sale? Read on for Tips to Figure It Out!

I’ll share strategies for picking the best Southwest fare sales!

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What’s the Best Way to Purchase United Airlines Airfare?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Timothy, commented:

What’s the best way to get the most bang for my buck paying for United Airlines airfare?  Should I use the Chase United Explorer or Chase Sapphire Reserve card?  Or should I purchase airfare through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal?

Excellent questions, Timothy!

If you’re purchasing a United Airlines flight, you’ll most likely want to pay with your Chase Sapphire Reserve card.

Because you’ll earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards pointswhich are my favorite flexible points to earn!  You’ll also get better travel protection benefits, like baggage and trip delay coverage.

But if you don’t have United Airlines elite status, paying with the Chase United Explorer can save you money if you’re checking a bag!

You can also use points to pay for airfare through the Chase travel portal.  But you might be better off saving these points for a more valuable award.

Purchase United Airlines Airfare

Purchasing United Airlines Airfare? I’ll Help You Choose the Best Way to Pay to Get the Most Rewards and Benefits!

I’ll explain what to consider when picking a credit card to pay for airfare!

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This Family Took Trips to Disney, New Orleans, & Mexico With Chase & Southwest Points

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Andy is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

This Family Took Trips To Disney New Orleans Mexico With Chase Southwest Points

Surviving the Heat at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A big thank you to Andy for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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How to Add a Companion to Southwest Flights Booked Through a Travel Portal

Million Mile Secrets reader, Camilla, commented:

Can you book a Southwest flight through the Chase travel portal using Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and then add a companion if you have the Companion Pass?

Folks with the Companion Pass can add a companion to any Southwest flight.  It doesn’t matter if it’s booked directly through the airline or a travel portal!

This is good news for folks with the Companion Pass looking to get Big Travel on Southwest with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.  Because points linked to your Sapphire Reserve account are worth 1.5 cents each when you book travel through Chase.

Or those using the Pay With Points perk with the The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

You Can Add Your Companion to Any Southwest Flight!

I’ll show you how to add your companion to a Southwest flight when you book through a travel portal.

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How to Earn 8,000+ Southwest Points Buying Flowers This Valentine’s Day

Lyn blogs about Southwest at Go To Travel Gal and offers a free guide on how to quickly earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  She’s found a great deal that allows you to earn a bunch of Southwest point.  And I asked her to share with you.

Lyn:   Want more Southwest points?  Who doesn’t?!  

Southwest currently has a rare deal – that’s a bit hidden – where you can earn up to 8,750 Southwest bonus points good for free travel on the airline when you buy flowers through 1800Flowers.com.

Southwest Valentines Day Promotion 2017

The Southwest Valentine’s Day Promotion Lets You Earn up to 8750 Bonus Southwest Points

Here are the details!
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Add Your Known Traveler Number to Get Through Security Faster Next Time You Fly

Now that 30 airlines participate in PreCheck, it’s easy to save time at the airport by avoiding long security lines!

If you have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, you can get an expedited security screening.  But to enter the PreCheck line, you must add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your airline reservations.

How To Add Your Known Traveler Number

Speed Through Airport Security With TSA PreCheck. But First, Add Your Known Traveler Number to Your Airline Accounts

I’ll show you how to add your Known Traveler Number on 6 major US airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest!

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