Category Archives: Southwest

Good for Companion Pass: Buy Choice Hotel Points With Up to a 40% Bonus

Need more Choice hotel points?  Good news!  Through April 20, 2017, you can get up to a 40% bonus when you buy Choice hotel points.

If you’re trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, need to top-off your Choice account, or have a specific stay in mind, this deal could be worth it!

Choice Hotels Buy Points Promotion

You Can Use Choice Hotel Points to Save Money in Popular Destinations Like Venice, Italy!

I’ll share the details of the offer.  And help you decide whether buying Choice hotel points with this deal makes sense for you.

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Everything to Know About TSA PreCheck

If you enjoy standing in long lines, removing items from your carry-on, or pulling off your coat in record speeds, this post is not for you!

For the rest of us, TSA PreCheck can be a huge time (and stress!) saver during our visit to the airport.  A membership to TSA PreCheck means you won’t have to remove your toiletries or computer from your bag.  Or take off your jacket at security checkpoints.

And TSA PreCheck lines are often (but not always!) much shorter than the regular security lines.

TSA PreCheck Application

TSA PreCheck Can Save LOTS of Time at Airport Security Checkpoints

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck!

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Starts Today: Register for New 5X Categories Next Quarter

It’s time to get ready for next quarter’s rotating category bonuses with the Chase Freedom.

From April 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017, you can earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) when you use your Chase Freedom card at grocery and drug stores on up to $1,500 in combined spending.

If you spend the $1,500 maximum in bonus categories, you’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($75)

But you don’t get this bonus automatically!  Today is the first day you can register for next quarter’s bonus.  So remember to activate your card by June 14, 2017.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for the Chase Freedom, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

Chase Freedom Bonus Categories

You Can Register for This Quarter’s Bonus Categories Starting Today!

I’ll show you how to get the most out of this bonus!

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Don’t Leave Southwest Points on the Table When You Rent a Car!

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines at GotoTravelGal.com.  And  she offers her free “Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help you quickly and easily earn the amazing Southwest Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.  

So I’ve asked her to share some tips on how to earn Southwest points when you rent a car.

Lyn:   Renting a car is a common activity for travelers who want an independent mode of transportation at their destination.  

Whether you’ll be sight-seeing around a US National Park, driving along the Pacific Coast highway, or just want the freedom to stop at the grocery and explore a destination on your own time, car rentals can come in quite handy.

Did you know it’s quite easy to earn Southwest points every time you rent a car?  But NOT all the points you earn will qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Southwest Points Car Rental

We’ve Got Tips for How to Earn Southwest Points on Your Next Car Rental!

I’m going to show you the current bonus point offers from Southwest, explain a few caveats to help make sure the deal is right for you, and walk you through how to book your Southwest car rental.

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How to Get the Most Value for Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Booking Southwest Flights

Million Mile Secrets reader, A.J., commented:

In many cases, I’ve found better value by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest for award flights, rather than using points from my Chase Sapphire Reserve to book through the Chase travel portal.

Can you explain when it’s a better deal to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Southwest flights through the travel portal?

Fantastic question!

The value of your points for a Southwest award flight varies depending on your travel dates and destination.

It’s possible to sometimes get more value for your points by transferring them directly to Southwest.  But some folks prefer to use points from the Chase Sapphire Reserve to book through the Chase travel portal.

Because you earn points like a regular paid flight, get credit toward A-List status and the Companion Pass, and don’t have to pay any taxes or fees out of pocket.

Chase Points Southwest Flights

Before Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Book Your Next Southwest Flight, Run the Numbers to Make Sure You’re Getting the Most Value!

I’ll show you how using Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Southwest flights can get you different values depending how you book.

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This Couple to Visit Hawaii for 3rd Time – All Paid With Miles & Points!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Vonda and Alan are our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

This Couple To Visit Hawaii For 3rd Time All Paid With Miles Points

The Kapaa Bike Trail on Kauai Is a Great Way to Spend a Winter Day!

A big thank you to Vonda and Alan for sharing their story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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Can You Triple-Dip When You Book Your Next Hotel Stay?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Sue, commented:

If I book a Hyatt hotel through SouthwestHotels.com and pay with my Chase Sapphire Reserve, will I earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Hyatt points, and Southwest points?  Or can you only earn Hyatt points by booking directly?

You typically will NOT earn points with a hotel loyalty program when you book through SouthwestHotels.com or other 3rd-party sites.  That’s because you’re essentially choosing to earn Southwest points instead of hotel points.

But you will earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points paying with the Sapphire Reserve because purchases on the Southwest hotel site codes as travel.  And this means the Sapphire Reserve’s $300 annual travel credit can go toward your stay!

Deciding between booking directly with the hotel chain or through SouthwestHotels.com depends on which points you want more!

Earn Points Booking Hotel Stays

Do You Want to Earn Hotel Points or Airline Miles on Your Next Hotel Stay? I’ll Help You Decide!

I’ll explain what you should consider to earn the most points booking hotel stays!

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Get a Disney World Vacation With Starwood Points!

Folks planning a trip to Disney World can save Big Money by using Starwood points to book a Nights & Flights package.

Because you can use 60,000 or 70,000 Starwood points and get 5 hotel nights at or near Disney World AND 50,000 airline miles.  That’s enough for 2 round-trip coach award tickets within the US!

And you can easily earn these points with the limited time AMEX Starwood 35,000-point sign-up bonuses on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card.

Disney World Packages

Take Advantage of the Limited Time AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonuses to Book a Disney World Package and Visit The Most Magical Place on Earth!

I’ll explain how you can book Disney World packages using Starwood points!

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Won’t Last! US to Australia Round-Trip From ~$619, Europe ~$307, India ~$498, and More!

Lots of hot airfare deals right now to all corners of the earth!

Via View From the Wing, you can fly round-trip from the West Coast to Australia and New Zealand in coach for ~$619Frequent Miler reports you can fly round-trip from the East Coast to Europe for $309+.  And according to Secret Flying, you can fly round-trip to India from several US cities for ~$500+!

There’s also a great Southwest fare sale right now!  I found flights from Long Beach to Las Vegas on June 4, 2017, for just $39 one-way.

Fare Sale To Europe India Australia And More

Cheap Flights to New Delhi Means You Can Cross the Taj Mahal Off Your Bucket List!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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8 Ways to Stretch Your Southwest Points as Far as Possible

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and offers a free guide on how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel.  I’ve asked her to share her tips on how to make your Southwest points go as far as possible.

Lyn:   One of the best parts of collecting and redeeming Southwest points is the ability to book any flight any time with no blackout dates.  

Unlike other frequent flyer programs, which release limited award seats and charge a set number of miles or points per flight, Southwest’s program sets the points required to book an award flight based on the current fare price.

8 Ways To Stretch Your Southwest Points As Far As Possible

My Family of 4 Visited 6 Destinations Within 1 Year, Including the Rocky Mountains, by Stretching Our Southwest Points!

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