Million Mile Secrets reader, Bonnie, commented:
I used hotel points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air package and get the Southwest Companion Pass. Perhaps a post about getting the best value with the 7-night Marriott certificate would be helpful and give some ideas of where to book!
Great suggestion, Bonnie!
It sounds like Bonnie took advantage of a deal that won’t be around much longer! Until March 31, 2017, you can use 270,000 Marriott points to book a Southwest Hotel + Air package.
This gets you a 7-night stay at a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel and 120,000 Southwest points, which is more than enough to earn the Companion Pass!
You have at least 12 months to redeem the 7-night hotel certificate. So you’ll have time to decide if you want to witness beautiful views of the Andes with a stay at the Courtyard Santiago Las Condes. Or leaf peep this autumn in beautiful Vermont with 7 nights at the Courtyard Middlebury.
Use Your Marriott 7-Night Certificate to Check Out the Wonderful Foliage in Vermont and Stay at the Courtyard Middlebury
I’ll share a few examples of Marriott hotels you can book with the 7-night certificate!
Posted in Airlines, Chase, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Marriott, Reader Requests, Save Money, Shopping, Shopping, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips
Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Discounts & Deals 4 Military
Bobby started Discounts & Deals 4 Military to highlight discounts and easy ways to save money that is unique to military members. You can also find him on Facebook!
Trip Back Home to Oregon
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Platinum, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Southwest, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Hilton Honors, Hotels, IHG, Interviews, Luggage, No Annual Fee, Save Money, Shopping, Southwest, Travel Tips
Via The Points Guy, you can fly from several US cities to Iceland in coach starting at just $200 round-trip!
I found flights from San Francisco to Reykjavik for $260 departing April 16, 2017, and returning April 27, 2017. These fares are valid for travel from April to June, and from September to November 2017 on certain routes.
Don’t Let the Name Fool You – Iceland Is a Beautiful Destination With Green Hills, Waterfalls, and Volcanoes!
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
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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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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!
Posted in Airbnb, Airline Award Booking, Airline Promotions, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Business Gold Rewards, AMEX Platinum, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, AMEX SimplyCash Plus, Barclaycard, Barclaycard Arrival, Barclaycard JetBlue, Business Platinum, Chase, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Credit Cards, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, JetBlue, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips
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.
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Choice Privileges, Earn Miles, Family Travel, Hotels, Hyatt, Marriott, Save Money, Southwest, Sweet Spots, Travel Tips
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.
Million Mile Secrets reader, Susan, commented:
Is there a benefit to having both the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve? Our travel plans do not include any Southwest flights for the next 18 months.
Great question, Susan!
The only major perk you’ll give up by getting rid of the Chase Southwest card is the annual Southwest points bonus you receive on your card anniversary.
The 6,000 bonus Southwest points offset the card’s annual fee, which for some folks is a reason to keep the card open.
But you’ll earn more flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points and get better bonus spending categories with the Sapphire Reserve. And you’ll still have the option to transfer points to Southwest to book an award flight.
Everyone Gets 2 Free Checked Bags With Southwest. So the Only Major Perk of Having the Southwest Card Is the Anniversary Points Bonus
I’ll explain what else you should consider if you’re thinking of cancelling the Chase Southwest card.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Cancel Credit Card, Chase, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Southwest, Credit Cards, Foreign Transaction Fees, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, Luggage, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
Million Mile Secrets reader, Bansi, emailed:
Which credit cards currently have the best deals? We are making a few large purchases for our home.
There are several cards offering terrific sign-up bonuses, including a few best-ever offers that are only available for a limited time.
One of the Top Credit Card Deals Is the Best-Ever Offer for the AMEX Starwood Card! But It’s Only Available for a Limited Time!
I’ll share top travel cards with excellent sign-up bonuses!
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Have you been waiting to plan your fall travel? Good news! Southwest has opened their schedule through November 3, 2017.
So you can now book your Labor Day, Columbus Day, or Halloween getaways. Or book an early fall trip somewhere warm, and avoid the summer crowds!
Southwest flies to lots of fun places in the US, and even some international destinations! Plus, Emily and I love Southwest because of their extra friendly traveler policies, like 2 free checked bags and no change or cancellation fees.
Visit New England on Southwest and See the Amazing Fall Colors!
I’ll give you the details about Southwest’s extended schedule. And more information about their generous refund policy!