Category Archives: Southwest

Everything You Need to Know About Southwest’s In-Flight Entertainment & Wi-Fi

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and has written a free ebook titled, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help those of you looking to fly one person nearly free with you for up to TWO years.  Since she and her family regularly fly Southwest, I’ve asked her to share her best tips for using the airline’s in-flight entertainment system.

Lyn:   My family has flown all over the US on Southwest Airlines.  We have mastered the use of Southwest’s entertainment systems.  With kids ages 9 and 13, digital devices are key to keeping occupied.

Southwest Airlines Wi Fi

My Son Playing on His iPad on a Southwest Flight

I’ll explain your options for inflight entertainment (along with the cost), show you how to use Southwest’s entertainment system, and share which devices are compatible.

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Southwest Fare Sale Starting at Just $39 One-Way

Good news!  Southwest just released another sale, and you can book Southwest flights for just $39 or 1,657 Southwest points one-way!

There are also other, more expensive routes that are great deals too.  Like a one-way flight from Atlanta to San Antonio for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).

But you’ll need to book by May 5, 2017, for travel between May 16, 2017, and June 14, 2017, or between August 22, 2017, and November 1, 2017.  Eligible travel dates vary by route.

Southwest Fare Sale April 2017

Travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, This Fall for as Little as $115 One-Way From 4 US Cities With Southwest’s Latest Fare Sale

Here’s more about this deal.

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 2 – Flights and Hotel

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold out months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 2 Flights And Hotel

If You’re an AMEX Platinum Cardholder, You Could Buy Hard-to-Get Hamilton Tickets and Only Pay Face Value

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 1 – Introduction and Planning

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 1 Introduction And Planning

If You Want to See Hamilton – An American Musical, You’ll Normally Wait Months and Spend a LOT of Money

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Should You Use the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Card for Hyatt Stays?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Sudeep, tweeted:

Which card is better to use for an upcoming stay at a Hyatt hotel?  The Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Visa?

Thanks for the question!  Both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Hyatt Visa earn 3 points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels.

So it depends on what type of points you want to earn.  However, I’d recommend paying with the Chase Sapphire Reserve if you have both cards!

Chase Sapphire Reserve Or Chase Hyatt Card For Hyatt Stays

Should Sudeep Use His Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Card to Pay for a Hyatt Stay, Like the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa? Both Are Great Options If You Want to Earn Hyatt Points

I’ll explain why!

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Everything to Know About Flying With Pets on Southwest

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and has written a free downloadable guide, The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass.”  I’ve asked her to share what you need to know if you plan on flying with a pet on the airline.

Lyn:   Do you travel with your pet or are you planning to soon?  Good news!  Southwest does allow pets on planes – with a few conditions.

Southwest Pet Policy

When You Don’t Want to Leave Your Furry Friend Behind, Here’s What You Need to Know When Flying Southwest

I’ll answer your questions about the cost, where they can fly, and how to arrange your animal’s travel.

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Keep Points Flexibility After Downgrading This Chase Travel Card

Million Mile Secrets reader, Harold, commented:

If I downgrade my Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Freedom Unlimited, can I still transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Freedom Unlimited to the Chase Sapphire Reserve?

Absolutely!

On its own, the points you earn from the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each toward travel or for cash back.

But when you pair it with another eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards card like the Sapphire Reserve, you’ll have the flexibility to combine points and transfer them to terrific airline and hotel partners.

With a downgrade, you’ll also avoid duplicate benefits and save on annual fees.  That’s why after getting the Sapphire Reserve, I downgraded the Sapphire Preferred to the no annual fee Freedom Unlimited.

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Does the Chase Freedom Earn Cash Back or Points?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Gina, commented:

Is the Chase Freedom a cash back card or a points card?

With the Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited cards, you earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which can later be redeemed for cash back, gift cards, or travel.

On their own, the points you earn from the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.

But your points are worth much more and give you flexibility when you also have certain Chase Ultimate Rewards cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Chase Freedom Rewards

Combine Points From the Chase Freedom With Another Eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards Card to Book Free Nights at Fantastic Hotels Like the Andaz Maui

I’ll explain how rewards work with the Freedom and Freedom Unlimited cards.

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Look for These Upcoming Changes to Southwest’s Reservation System

Lyn writes about Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide to help you earn the Southwest Companion Pass step-by-step.  Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!  I’ve asked Lyn to give us an update on Southwest’s reservation system and when we can expect changes and improvements.

Lyn:   You may have noticed some things about Southwest that are different than other airlines.  Of course, their service is outstanding (which is a big reason why I love to fly Southwest!) and they offer amazing deals like the Southwest Companion Pass.  But they also schedule flights differently and you won’t find them on sites like Expedia or Google Flights.

How To Book Southwest Flights

Southwest Has Been Operating Under a Dated Reservations System. But Changes Are on the Way!

I’ll give you a quick overview of the latest intel about when more updates are coming to Southwest’s booking system.  And show you how it may affect us as their customers.

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How to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements Paying Taxes

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It’s tax time again!  April 18, 2017, is the IRS filing deadline this year.

While it’s nice to get a refund, if you owe taxes, you can ease the pain of paying your tax bill by meeting the minimum spending requirements on a new credit card.  Or hitting a spending threshold to unlock bonus miles, points, or elite status!

Just remember, you’ll usually pay a processing fee of ~2%, so do the math to see whether it’s worth it.

Pay Taxes With Credit Card

It Might Be Worth Paying Your Taxes With a Credit Card to Get Big Travel With Small Money When You Unlock Elite Status Levels or Big Sign-Up Bonuses

I’ll show you how to pay your taxes with a credit card.  And help you decide if it makes sense for you!

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