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!
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1. I shared the news that all 3 Southwest cards are offering 50,000 point sign-up bonuses., making it a great time to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
We don’t earn a commission for these cards, but we always share the best deals!
Take a Friend or Loved One With You Wherever You Go for (Almost) Free With the Southwest Companion Pass!
2. The Starwood and Marriott merger finally became official after a bidding war! And now that it’s official, I let you know your Starwood points are likely safe until 2018.
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1. $80 Off $500+ AMEX Travel Purchase
Via Points, Miles, & Martinis, there’s an AMEX Offer to save $80 off a $500+ purchase on AMEXTravel.com by June 21, 2016. Be sure to shop around to see if their prices for airfare, hotels, and car rentals are competitive!
Here are my instructions for how to find AMEX Offers in your online American Express account. And how to apply the same AMEX Offer to multiple cards!
Folks can also get $75 in hotel credits at certain hotels with these cards.
Today I’ll Share 3 Travel Deals and How to Get a Free Burrito!
2. 20% Off Southwest Gift Cards With Samsung Pay
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Discover, Discover It, Hotels, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Technology, Travel Tips, Wyndham
Folks on Reddit say there’s an offer to earn 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points with the Chase Ink Plus card when you complete the minimum spending requirements. That’s worth at least $700 in statement credits. Or $875 when you book a trip through the Chase Travel Portal.
You can also transfer them to airline and hotel partners like United Airlines, Southwest, and Hyatt!
The offer runs through May 15, 2016. But it’s only available in-person at a Chase branch.
Where Would You Go With 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points? Get the Chase Ink Plus Card In-Branch Through May 15, 2016!
You can also apply for Chase Ink Cash and earn 30,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($300).
I’ll share the details!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Business Credit Cards, Chase, Chase Ink Cash, Chase Ink Plus, Credit Cards, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines, United Award Booking
Great news! You’ll now have more options for award seats on new routes with Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Air Canada.
And fly to spots like Cuba, Turks and Caicos, Mexico, Chattanooga, Salt Lake City, and more!
Use Your Miles & Points to Get to Cuba. Emily Loved It!
I’ll give you ideas for how to use miles & points for award seats on these new routes!
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Million Mile Secrets reader, AC, commented:
I was approved for both the personal and small business versions of the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card this past December. The problem is, one 50,000 point sign-up bonus posted in late December 2015. And the other card’s bonus posted in January 2016. So, I can only use the bonus that posted in January 2016 towards the Companion Pass (because you must earn 110,000 Southwest points in one calendar year).
I still want to try and earn the extra points I need for the Companion Pass. Can I apply for the Chase Southwest Plus Personal Card and get approved if I still have the Southwest Premier (personal version) open? Or should I cancel the Southwest Premier (personal) first, even though it has only been open since December? Any advice would be helpful.
Great question AC!
I understand why AC is interested in the Southwest Companion Pass. Because I think it’s the best travel deal!
When You Have the Southwest Companion Pass, Your Best Friend Can Fly With You for (Almost) Free for up to 2 Years!
I’ll explain if AC should apply for the Chase Southwest Plus Personal Card, because he already has 2 other Chase Southwest cards. And other ways AC might be able to qualify for the Companion Pass.
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Last year, I shared my Top 10 Deals in Travel with y’all. And while some of those terrific deals are still available, it’s time for a 2016 update!
If you’re new to the miles and points hobby, these 10 deals are an excellent way to get started on your way to Big Travel with Small Money.
Before you start signing-up for credit cards, it’s important to consider your travel goals to decide which miles & points are best to collect for your trip!
Where Do You Want to Go? I’ll Show You My Top 10 Best Deals in Travel Right Now!
Let’s look at current top 10 best travel deals and how you can use them to get Big Travel with Small Money quickly!
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