Category Archives: Beginner Tips

How to Change Your Southwest Companion

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and I’ve asked her to share with you some tips for maximizing your companion when you earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!

Lyn:   I am now on my 2nd Southwest Companion Pass, an amazing deal that gets you Big Travel With Small Money by allowing 1 person (your “companion”) to fly nearly free with you for from the time you earn it until the END of the FOLLOWING year.  

The Companion Pass has literally changed my life from traveling on 1 or 2 car trips a year to taking more than 6 trips yearly for my family of 4.  To earn the Companion Pass, you’ll need to collect 110,000 qualifying Southwest points within 1 calendar year.

Did you know your companion does NOT have the be the same person throughout the life of your Companion Pass?

How To Change Your Southwest Companion

You Can Change Southwest Companions up to 3 times in One Year!

I’ll explain how often you can switch companions and show you how to get the most out of your Southwest Companion Pass.

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Big Upgrade to the Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate!

More good news from Alaska Airlines, this time for folks who have the Alaska Airlines personal or small business cards!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can now use the annual Companion Certificate that comes with the Alaska Airlines cards on Virgin America flights!  Depending on where you fly, this perk could save you a lot of money!

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate

You Can Take a Companion on More Routes Around the US for Just $121 Round-Trip

We don’t earn a commission for Alaska Airlines credit cards, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

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Alaska Airlines Adds a New Airline Partner!

You’ll soon have more options for earning and redeeming Alaska Airlines miles!

Via One Mile at a Time, Alaska Airlines is adding German budget airline Condor to its list of partners.

Alaska Airlines Adds A New Airline Partner

You’ll Be Able to Earn Alaska Airlines Miles When You Fly German Low-Cost Airline Condor

I’ll tell you why this is good news for folks who collect Alaska Airlines miles!

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Readers Love These Starwood Hotels and You Might Too!

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards have the highest sign-up bonus ever.  So we’ve been giving you ideas for how to get the best use of your Starwood points.

And many of you have given us great ideas, too!

Best Starwood Hotels

Emily Stayed at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Venice, and Many of You Want to Do the Same!

I’ll show you what Million Mile Secrets readers say are the best Starwood hotels for redeeming Starwood points!

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A 19-Day Trip to Taiwan & Thailand in Business Class, With the Help of 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!

Carla is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A 19 Day Trip To Taiwan Thailand In Business Class With The Help Of Miles Points

First Class Seats on Thai Airways

A big thank you to Carla for sharing her story!

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

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What Are the Best Current Credit Card Deals?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bansi, emailed:

Which credit cards currently have the best deals?  We are making a few large purchases for our home.

There are several cards offering terrific sign-up bonuses, including a few best-ever offers that are only available for a limited time.

Top Travel Card Sign Up Bonuses

One of the Top Credit Card Deals Is the Best-Ever Offer for the AMEX Starwood Card!  But It’s Only Available for a Limited Time!

I’ll share top travel cards with excellent sign-up bonuses!

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“You Can Dive Into This Hobby and Change Your Life for the Better”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  All the Right Points

Evan shows All the Right Points readers how to earn and burn points and miles for premium travel and luxury hotel nights.

You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

All The Right Points

Checking out the Queen of the Skies (British Airways 747-400)

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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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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How to Easily Apply for a Credit Card Through Your Smartphone

Are you one of the many folks applying for credit cards on your smartphone instead of your computer?

I had never applied for a credit card on my phone before, so I decided to see just how easy (or difficult!) it was.  And I was pleasantly surprised!  The entire process took just a couple of minutes.

Starwood American Express Application

I’ll Give You a Look at the Mobile Application Process for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card From American Express

I’ll show you how to apply for a credit card with your smartphone, so you can take advantage of the best deals no matter where you are!

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How to Earn 4 Free Starwood Nights per Year With Chase Freedom

Did you know you can use bonus points you earn with the Chase Freedom card for up to 5 free Starwood nights per year, if you have another Chase card like the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Business Preferred?

This could be a strategy some of y’all haven’t considered!

How To Earn Free Starwood Stays

Dream of Visiting the Pyramids of Giza? I’ll Show You How to Use the Chase Freedom Card for 5 Free Nights at the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa in Cairo!

I’ll show you how to earn free Starwood stays with the Chase Freedom card!  And remind you of other ways to earn and use Starwood points.

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