Have you ever been short miles for an award flight?
Combining miles from multiple accounts (for example, spouses) can boost your balance so you can book the award. But it usually is NOT worth it. Because most airlines charge expensive fees to share points between accounts.
But did you know JetBlue allows friends and family members to pool their points for no charge?
Book an Award Flight to Bogotá Faster With a JetBlue Family Pooling Account!
There are important restrictions. I’ll explain how it works!
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.
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Chase, Chase Marriott, Chase Southwest, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips
1. Monthly Amazon Prime Membership for ~$11
Link: Amazon Prime
Via SlickDeals, Amazon now offers month-to-month Prime membership for ~$11. Previously, you could only purchase yearly memberships for $99.
If You Only Want Amazon Prime for a Month or Two, You Can Now Pay ~$11 per Month. Or Get Amazon Video for ~$9 per Month
A friend of mine likes the free unlimited 2-day shipping he gets with his Amazon Prime subscription. And he likes streaming Amazon Music (included with your membership), which works overseas.
The monthly option is a sweet deal if you want to order lots of items within a month or two (like around Christmas). Or if you want to try out the service before committing to a full year.
Amazon also added the option for ~$9 monthly Amazon Video subscriptions, which is comparable to Netflix. However, there’s a limited selection and it does NOT work overseas. Although you may have luck with a VPN service. I’d rather pay the extra $2 and get free 2-day shipping + the extras of a full Prime membership.
2. Earn 250 Free Virgin America Points (or 750 If You’re a New Member!)
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Earn Miles, Hilton HHonors, Hotels, Marriott, Save Money, Shopping, Southwest, Travel Tips, VIrgin America
Here’s my review of the new Marvel MasterCard! It’s a no-annual-fee cash back card from Synchrony Bank with cool superhero card art.
This card does NOT have a great sign-up bonus. But it does earn 3% at restaurants and select entertainment like movie theaters, games, Marvel.com, and more.
And while we don’t earn a commission from this card, we’ll always tell you about interesting deals.
There’s a New Cash Back Card, but I’ll Show You Similar Cards That Are Better!
I’ll tell you more about the new Marvel MasterCard. And suggest cards that are a better deal!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Blue Cash Everyday, Beginner Tips, British Airways, British Airways, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Cash, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Prestige, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Discover, Discover It, Discover it Miles, Earn Miles, Hotels, Hyatt, Ink Bold, No Annual Fee, Save Money, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines
Million Mile Secrets reader, Heather, asked:
If I applied for the Starwood Preferred Guest small business card and used it to pay my taxes, can I transfer the balance to another card, like the Chase Freedom? Then I’ll have more time to pay my taxes off. But will it still count towards meeting the minimum spending requirement on the new Starwood Preferred Guest card?
I know it’s not ideal, but I’m stuck with a large tax bill. Because I can’t pay my taxes by the April 18th deadline, I’ll have to pay the IRS 3% interest on the amount I owe. I thought I could try to pay my tax bill with a credit card and (at least) earn points & miles for free travel.
Great question Heather! April 18, 2016, is the IRS filing deadline this year.
Because Heather owes taxes, she could ease the pain of her tax bill by meeting the minimum spending requirements on a new credit card. And earn points & miles at the same time!
You Can Pay Your Taxes With a Credit Card and Earn Points & Miles. But Be Careful of the Fees!
But she ALSO wants to transfer her balance to a card with a promotional 0% intro APR on balance transfers, so she’ll have more time to pay off the balance.
Does is make sense to put a large expense on a credit card? And if you transfer the balance will you still earn points & miles?
I’ll answer these questions and explain whether or not it’s a good idea!
Posted in 0% APR, American Express, AMEX Blue Cash Preferred, AMEX EveryDay Preferred, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Slate, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles
Are you new to the miles & points hobby and want to learn more? Or do you enjoy learning the latest tips & tricks for Big Travel with Small Money from your favorite bloggers?
There are still tickets left for Frequent Traveler University Signature in Las Vegas, which runs April 29, 2016, to May 1, 2016, at The D Las Vegas hotel.
Emily and I will be speaking at the event, and look forward to meeting y’all! Frequent Traveler University is a terrific way to learn the latest deals, award booking tricks, and new ways to travel for free or cheap!
What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas! Come Learn the Latest Secrets to Getting Big Travel With Small Money!
There’s still time to get a ticket! I’ll fill you in on the details!
Posted in Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Beginner Tips, Blog History, Charity, Citi Prestige, Citibank, Conferences, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Earn Miles, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, oneworld, Travel Tips, United Airlines
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!
The Meckley Family Was Able to Travel to Australia and See the World-Famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. They Used Miles & Points for Their Trip!
The Meckley Family is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
A big thank you to The Meckleys for sharing their story!
Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Delta, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase IHG Rewards, Chase Marriott, Citi Hilton, Citibank, Club Carlson, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Earn Miles, Hilton HHonors, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, IHG, Interviews, Marriott, Save Money, Success Story, Travel Tips