Category Archives: Southwest

Best of Million Mile Secrets – March 2017

1.   The Chase Marriott sign-up bonus has never been higher!  You’ll earn 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases.  The previous offer was 80,000 Marriott points with a $3,000 minimum spending requirement, so this is a nice improvement!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets March 2017

Emily Spent a Week at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands, Made Possible With Marriott Points

2.   I told you everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck.

Continue reading

10 Unusual Ways to Earn Southwest Points

Lyn writes about Southwest on GotoTravelGal.com and has written an ebook called “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning Your Southwest Companion Pass” to help you earn what Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel – the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ve asked her to share some of the out-of-the-ordinary ways you can earn Southwest points for free flights, most of which also count toward earning the Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.

Lyn:   I check nearly every day to see what new ways are available to earn Southwest points, as my family of 4 flies almost exclusively on Southwest using their Rapid Rewards loyalty program.  So the more points I can secure, the more free travel we can take!

Ways To Earn Southwest Points

These 10 Tricks Can Get You an Award Flight to Anywhere Southwest Flies Sooner Rather Than Later!

I’ve put together some the crazier ways to earn Southwest points these days from learning your genetic history to paying your electric bill!  Who knew?!

Continue reading

You Actually Can Book Many Disney World Resorts With Points

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at Mousehacking.com.  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking Walt Disney World hotels with Chase Ultimate Rewards points!

Ken and Emily:   If you’re a Disney fan, you know their amazing parks and experiences keep travelers coming back!  Many folks who visit Walt Disney World don’t consider using miles and points to offset the hotel cost of their trip, because most Disney resorts don’t belong to a loyalty program.

More seasoned travelers know they can book the on-site Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin using Starwood points.   But did you know you can book other Disney resorts with flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards?

You Actually Can Book Many Disney World Resorts With Points

If You Stay at a Disney Resort, You Can Use Extra Magic Hours to Visit the Parks Before the Crowds!

I’ll show you how to book Walt Disney World resorts with Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

Continue reading

New Way to Use Delta Miles for Flights to Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and More!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can now use Delta miles for WestJet award flights!

WestJet is a Canadian airline that flies within Canada, and to the US, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe.  So you’ll now have more options to use your Delta miles for flights to popular destinations in the US and abroad, like Toronto, Dublin, Cancun, the Dominican Republic, and more!

Delta Miles For WestJet Flights

It’s Now Easier to Use Your Delta Miles to Fly to Vancouver, Because You Can Use Delta Miles for Flights With WestJet!

I’ll share more about WestJet, and what this change means for you.

Continue reading

Which Marriott Hotel to Book Using 7-Night Certificate From Southwest Flight Package?

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.

Marriott Hotels To Book With 7 Night Certificate

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!

Continue reading

“If It Seems Like a Good Deal, Jump On It. If You Wait to See If It Worked for Others, It Will Expire”

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!

Discounts Deals 4 Military

Trip Back Home to Oregon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

Continue reading

Fare Sale: 5 US Cities to Iceland Starting at $200 Round-Trip!

Via The Points Guyyou 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.

Wow Air Sale March 2017

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!

Continue reading

Best Cards to Use at Amazon in 2017

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!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Amazon

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!

Continue reading

Cheap Flights! US and International Routes Starting at Just $39

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.

Southwest JetBlue Fare Sale

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!

Continue reading

Last Chance!! Earn the Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Points

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!

Last Chance Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Points

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.

Continue reading