Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Zen Life and Travel
Katie writes Zen Life and Travel to share the perks and benefits of collecting credit card points, airline miles, hotel points, elite status, and more. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!
Having Fun at St. Pete Beach, Florida
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
Posted in Airlines, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hilton HHonors, Hotels, Interviews, Marriott, Membership Rewards, Save Money, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
Lyn blogs about Southwest at Go To Travel Gal. So I’ve asked her write about ways to earn more Southwest points that qualify for the Companion Pass. Because hotel points transfers to Southwest won’t count towards the Southwest Companion Pass after March 31, 2017.
Lyn: Thanks to some timely deals to earn Southwest points through Rapid Rewards Shopping, you can earn nearly 5,000 Southwest points relatively cheaply. And most will qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.
Trying to Earn the Companion Pass? I’ll Show You Ways to Earn Qualifying Southwest Points for Cheap!
For a step-by-step process of how to easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass, you can download my free guide.
If you have Virgin America points, you now have more opportunities to get excellent value from your rewards!
Via One Mile at a Time, you can now book Virgin America award flights with Alaska Airlines miles! This is a big deal, because folks with Virgin America points can now redeem their points with 2 very different “award charts”.
You Now Have 2 Options for Redeeming Your Virgin America Points!
I’ll help you decide if booking Virgin America award flights with Alaska Airlines miles makes sense for you!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Bank Of America, Beginner Tips, BOA Alaska Air, Comenity Bank, Comenity Capital Bank Virgin America, Comenity Virgin America, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Save Money, Sweet Spots, Travel Technology, Travel Tips, VIrgin America
Chase has released a few new cards in the past several months. And they don’t seem to be slowing down!
Via Reddit, Chase has released a new credit card, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa. This card will give you 5% back for Amazon purchases, 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores, and 1% back on everything else.
But you MUST have an Amazon Prime account to earn 5% back at Amazon!
We don’t earn a commission for the Chase Amazon Prime card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!
Amazon Prime Members Can Earn 5% Back on Amazon Purchases With This New Card
I’ll give you the details of this new card!
Posted in Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Double Cash, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Discover, Discover It, Earn Miles, Foreign Transaction Fees, Hotels, Hyatt, No Annual Fee, Shopping, Ultimate Rewards, Visa Signature
If you’ve been on the fence about signing-up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you only have today and tomorrow to apply for the massive 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards point sign-up bonus!
Because if you apply online after January 11, 2017, will only earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points – half the current sign-up bonus!
After January 11, 2017, the Chase Sapphire Reserve Sign-Up Bonus Drops to 50,000 Points!
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Posted in Airlines, American Express, Beginner Tips, Business Credit Cards, Business Platinum, Chase, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Membership Rewards, Save Money, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
Yesterday I showed you how easy it is to earn the Southwest Companion Pass with just credit card sign-ups.
And earning the Southwest Companion Pass just got easier! Via Doctor of Credit, the Chase Southwest Premier small business card has an increased offer of 60,000 Southwest points after spending $3,000 within 3 months of opening your account.
We don’t earn a commission from any of these offers. But we’ll always tell you about the best deals, because we appreciate our readers!
Bring a Friend to the Bahamas for (Nearly) Free With the Southwest Companion Pass!
I’ll show you how this makes the Southwest Companion Pass easier to earn!
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bank Of America, Beginner Tips, BOA Alaska Air, Chase, Chase Southwest, Citi American Airlines, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips
You’ve probably heard the Southwest Companion Pass will soon be harder to earn.
After March 31, 2017, you will no longer be able to earn the Companion Pass with hotel and car rental points transfers. But there’s another easy way to qualify for this amazing travel perk!
It’s possible to earn the Southwest Companion Pass without putting any more than $4,000 in minimum spending on your cards (the amount necessary to earn 2 Southwest credit card sign-up bonuses).
Take a Friend to Belize for Nearly Free With the Southwest Companion Pass by Following These Easy Steps
I’ll show you how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass with credit card sign-ups alone!
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Southwest, Choice Privileges, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hotels, Hyatt, Marriott, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader, Eugene, commented:
Do Costco gas stations qualify for the current Chase Freedom 5X quarterly bonus category?
Chase Freedom’s quarterly bonus categories are a terrific way to earn valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards points. That’s one of the reasons I keep the Freedom card in my wallet!
So it’s important to know which merchants earn the 5X bonus. Because Chase does NOT consider all places with fuel services as “gas stations”.
Although Chase excludes warehouse stores, many Million Mile Secrets readers have let me know that gas purchases at Costco and Sam’s Club might work for the 5X bonus!
Using the Chase Freedom to Earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points at Gas Stations Is an Easy Way to Earn Bonus Points!
I’ll share which gas stations will and will NOT get you 5X rewards with the Chase Freedom!
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If you make the most of the Chase Freedom 5X bonus categories this quarter, you’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points! That’s enough for a free night at Category 1 Hyatt hotels. Or for certain flights on Southwest or United Airlines.
Through March 31, 2017, you can earn up to 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your Chase Freedom at gas stations and commuter transportation when you activate the bonus by March 14, 2017.
So I put together a list of ways to help you earn the most points!
Earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Uber, Lyft, and Taxis This Quarter!
Here are 5 ideas for earning 7,500 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points this quarter.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Beginner Tips, British Airways, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hotels, Hyatt, Korean Airlines, Save Money, Southwest, Sweet Spots, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines, United Award Booking
Amazing news for y’all who had hoped to transfer hotel points to Southwest and earn the Companion Pass in the New Year.
Earlier this week, Southwest announced, without warning, points transfers from hotel and car rental loyalty programs would NO LONGER count toward the Companion Pass.
But they’ve changed their mind! You can now earn the Companion Pass with hotel and car rental points transfers through March 31, 2017.
Kudos to Southwest for responding to their customers!
Grab a Loved One and Start Planning a Trip – Hotel Point Transfers Can Earn You a Southwest Companion Pass If You Transfer by March 31, 2017!
I’ll share the details!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airline Promotions, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Southwest, Starwood (SPG)