Category Archives: Southwest

8 Smart Tips (From Y’all!) to Save at Disney

Million Mile Secrets readers love Disney.  So we decided to offer a Disney gift card in our most recent giveaway!

We asked you to share a tip for planning a great Disney vacation.  And we received lots of fantastic responses.

Disney World Tips 2017

We Love It When Readers Share Their Ideas. Especially When They Can Help Other Folks Save on Amazing Experiences Like a Disney Vacation!

The giveaway is closed now.  Bit if you’re looking for tips on saving money at Disney, here are ideas from Million Mile Secrets readers!

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Timing Your Trip: Why the Travel Season Makes a Difference

The time of year you choose to vacation usually affects the prices you’ll pay and your travel experience.

Busy seasons (like holidays) can attract lots of tourists to popular destinations.  I typically prefer traveling in low or shoulder season when things are quieter and cheaper!

But some folks would rather book a getaway during peak season to enjoy the best weather.  Or because it works best for family vacation schedules.

High Season Versus Shoulder Season Travel

Emily Traveled to the British Virgin Islands During High Season Because of the Ideal Weather. And She Booked a Marriott Award Stay, Which Costs the Same Amount of Points Regardless of Season!

I’ll share the pros and cons of traveling to a destination during its high season, shoulder season, and off-season.

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Summer Southwest Sale! Book Flights Starting at $42 One-Way

Via Running With Miles, Southwest has released another sale!  Through May 25, 2017, you can book Southwest flights starting at $42 or 1,861 Southwest points one-way.

There aren’t many routes for $42, but the more expensive routes are good deals, as well.  For example, a one-way flight from Washington, DC, to Fort Lauderdale costs just $69 (or 3,669 Southwest points).

You can book domestic travel between August 22 and November 1, 2017, and international travel from August 22 through November 2, 2017.  Eligible travel dates vary by route.

Summer Southwest Sale Book Flights Starting At 42 One Way

Southwest Has Discounted Lots of Domestic Flights and Some International Flights, Too! Like Costa Rica and Aruba

Here’s what you need to know about this deal!

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5 Best Small Business Credit Cards for Airbnb Hosts

I recently shared how becoming an Airbnb host can help folks make extra money.

As a host, you can qualify for a small business credit card.  This is a great way to separate your personal and business expenses and earn miles & points or cash back at the same time!

Best Cards For Airbnb Hosting Expenses 2017

You Can Qualify for a Small Business Card as an Airbnb Host, Which Is a Terrific Way Boost Your Miles & Points Balances!

I’ll share the 5 best cards for Airbnb hosting expenses.

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Reader Tip to Help Folks Use the Fewest Points for Airfare

Million Mile Secrets reader, NB, commented:

A word of caution for other readers.  Always check an airline site to see how many frequent flyer miles they are charging for a flight.  Because even with travel portal bonuses, you might still use fewer miles by transferring points directly to an airline and booking an award flight.

For example, I found Southwest airfare for $211, which would require ~16,880 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Sapphire Preferred ($211 cost of airfare / 1.25 cents per point) if booked through the Chase travel portal.

But Southwest was charging 12,601 Southwest points for the same flight.  So I instantly transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio and booked the award flight.

This is terrific advice, NB!

Some folks can develop certain habits when booking award travel and miss opportunities to save miles and points!

For example, I recently shared 3 examples of booking Southwest flights, which result in different values for your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

And you’ll likely come across similar scenarios when comparing award flight prices on with other airline transfer partners vs. flight prices through a travel portal.

Book Airfare With Points

A Quick Comparison of Flight Prices Might Save You Thousands of Miles or Points!

I’ll explain why you’ll want to run the numbers when redeeming points for a flight!

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Best Cards for Real Estate Agents & Online Advertising Expenses

If you’re in real estate sales or have a business with online advertising expenses, there are lots of excellent credit cards that can earn you miles toward travel or cash back.

And several cards include online advertising as a bonus category.  This means you can accumulate rewards faster by choosing the best card for a business purchase you were already planning to make.

Credit Card Points For Advertising Online

Don’t Miss Out on an Opportunity to Earn Bonus Cash Back or Extra Credit Card Points With Your Online Advertisements!

I’ll share how you can earn credit card points for advertising online and other business expenses!

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5 Great Deals on Southwest This Summer

Lyn writes about Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide on how to quickly and easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  I’ve asked her to share some of the best deals on Southwest flights to help you get Big Travel with Small Money this summer.

Lyn:   I love Southwest for many reasons, including the fantastic low prices they regularly offer to many of my favorite destinations like Denver, Florida, California, and New York City.

Southwest Airlines Summer Sale 2017

Southwest Has Great Deals – Both in Dollars and Points – to Terrific Destinations Throughout the US

I’ve compiled some of the best Southwest deals to help you stretch your points (and cash) in your summer travels.

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How to Get a $1,000 Hotel Room for $75

The 100,000-point sign-up bonus on Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is the highest it’s ever been!

And the limited-time offer also includes a free weekend night certificate after the first anniversary date of card approval!  Combined with the 100,000 points, this sign-up bonus can get you $1,500+ worth of travel!

The weekend night certificate is a terrific perk because you can use it at just about any Hilton hotel, even their most expensive locations which cost $1,000+ per night!  Keep in mind, there’s a short list of excluded hotels.  This extra perk is ideal for folks planning a trip to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary or honeymoon.

100000 Points American Express Hilton Card 2017

Use the AMEX Hilton Surpass Free Weekend Night Certificate at the New Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Which Opens in June 2017!

I’ll share some fantastic Hilton hotels where you can get amazing value using your free weekend night certificate!

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Using Miles and Points to Save on a Family Trip to Las Vegas

Lyn writes about flying nearly free on Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide called, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass and Flying Free Around the U.S.

Her family flies almost free on Southwest all over the country, so I’ve asked her to share tips on how to enjoy Big Travel with Small Money on a family trip to Las Vegas.

Lyn:   We recently spent time in Las Vegas on our way to and from Utah, where we hiked Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.  Plus Grand Staircase National Monument, and 2 amazing state parks, Kodachrome Basin, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes.

We flew Southwest to Las Vegas entirely on points.  And saved money by taking advantage of free or discounted activities.

Save Money On Family Trip To Las Vegas

My Family Enjoyed Hiking in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park by Way of Las Vegas Over Spring Break

I’ll share the family side of Vegas and show you how to save when traveling to Sin City.

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Save Time & Money With Costco Travel Part 2: Vacation Packages

I recently shared how the Costco Travel program can be a great way for folks to book paid travel.

Besides saving money, booking a trip through Costco Travel sometimes comes with extra perks.  For example, you can get a resort credit or room upgrade, which are potentially not available when you book through an online travel agency like OrbitzExpedia, or Priceline.

And Costco Travel makes it convenient to book a vacation.  Because in one quick search, you can get upfront pricing for airfare, hotels, rental cars, and excursions to destinations like Disney World, Europe, Hawaii, and many others! 

Costco Travel Vacation Packages

It’s Quick and Easy to Book Costco Travel Vacation Packages to Beautiful Destinations Like Maui! Plus, You Can Save Money and Get Extra Perks!

I’ll share the pros and cons of booking a Costco Travel vacation package.  And compare prices with other sites for trips to 3 destinations around the world!

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