Million Mile Secrets reader Patrick commented:
Does the annual membership fee count toward your $2,000 minimum spend on the Southwest card? And does it accrue points the same way that a regular spend does ($1 = 1 point)?
Assuming the answer is yes, is it standard for all cards (like the $450 annual fee on the American Express Platinum card) for the annual fee to count toward the minimum spending to get the sign-up bonus?
The Annual Fee Doesn’t Count Towards the Minimum Spending Requirement on the Southwest Credit Cards So It Won’t Get Patrick Closer to Earning the Companion Pass to Fly to Places Like Nassau, Bahamas
The short answer is that paying the annual fee does NOT count towards Patrick’s minimum spending requirement. Nor does it earn Southwest points.
Are you ready to do a little free holiday shopping?
American Express Small Business Saturday is next week and it’s time to register your AMEX credit cards.
This year you will get three $10 statement credits when you use your AMEX card to make 3 separate purchases of $10 or more at a small local business!
It’s Almost Time to Shop Small With Your American Express Cards!
I really like getting discounts just because I have American Express cards!
Here are some of my favorite running AMEX Offers from Amazon, Ruby Tuesday, JC Penney, Shutterfly, Cole Haan, and Diesel.
Note: If you’re new to AMEX Offers, here’s my step-by-step guide to find your AMEX Offers or how to sign-up through Twitter.
1. $10 Off $30 at Ruby Tuesday (+$15 Bonus)
You can get a $10 statement credit when you spend $30 or more at Ruby Tuesday by December 31, 2014.
Check your AMEX Offers or tweet “#AmexRubyTuesday”.
Get $10 Back When You Spend $30 at Ruby Tuesday
This is a great deal because you can sign-up 2 AMEX cards for the promotion and split the bill (of $60 or more) and each get $10 back. So your meal will only cost $40 ($60 Ruby Tuesday bill – $10 AMEX statement credit x 2).
At some point you may want to share miles with someone, whether it’s your significant other, family member, or a friend who’s traveling with you. Sharing miles comes in handy when you don’t have enough miles in your account for an award ticket. Remember that you can usually always use the miles to book an award for a friend of family members without transferring the miles.
But sometimes you don’t have enough miles in your account. So why not just transfer miles when you want them? Because airlines usually charge a fee to transfer your miles. But some frequent flyer programs allow you to share miles.
Frequent Flyer Programs That Allow Mile Sharing
Here are 11 frequent flyer programs that allow sharing miles (pooling of miles under 1 account) between family members. Most of these programs are not US-based, and other than JetBlue, Hawaiian Air, and British Airways, may not be very practical for US readers because they charge fuel surcharges when you use your miles for an award.
Sharing Miles Lets You Travel Together More Often
1. 10% Off Hyatt eGift Cards
You can get 10% off Hyatt eGift cards.
Save 10% on Your Next Hyatt Stay With Hyatt eGift Cards
Use promotion code “GPGIFT14″ when ordering Hyatt eGift cards.
And you can save an additional ~5% when you use an American Express Business OPEN card:
However, Hyatt eGift cards can only be used in the US, Canada, and Caribbean.
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