Category Archives: BOA Alaska Air

5 Ways to Collect Miles Other Than Sign-Up Bonuses

Million Mile secrets reader, Amol, emailed:

I am an occasional business traveler.  I have yet to collect enough points to redeem for award travel.  Do you need to travel more frequently to make use of award miles?

And reader Marie, commented:

Do you have tips for someone wanting to book award travel, but doesn’t have credit cards that earn miles?  I travel internationally at least 3 to 5 times a year in addition to domestic travel.

Great questions!

The easiest and fastest way to get enough frequent flyer miles for award travel is to sign-up for credit cards with big bonuses.

But some folks like to get their feet wet with award travel before jumping into collecting credit card miles & points.

If you’re like readers Amol and Marie, you might have a few miles saved up from paid travel, but not enough to book your next trip.  Although it helps, you don’t have to fly more frequently or get new credit cards to collect enough miles for an award flight.

Collect Miles Without Credit Cards

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses Are the Easiest Way to Earn Miles for Award Travel. But There Are Many Other Ways to Save Miles to Book a Trip!

I’ll share 5 ways you can collect miles other than sign-up bonuses!

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This Weekend: Free Access to Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, & More for Bank of America Cardholders!

Looking for something fun and educational to do this weekend?  Bank of America has a few suggestions!

If you are a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit cardholder, you’ll receive free admission to 150+ participating museums and cultural centers on the first full weekend of each month.

Free Museums February 2017

Check Out the EdVenture Children’s Museum This Weekend, Compliments of Bank of America!

We don’t get a commission for these cards, but Emily and I always tell you about the best deals!

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Book Virgin America Awards With Alaska Airlines Miles!

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”.

Book Virgin America Awards With Alaska Airlines Miles

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!

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Easily Earn Companion Pass: Chase Southwest Business Premier Bonus Increased to 60,000 Points

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!

Easily Earn Companion Pass Chase Southwest Business Premier Bonus Increased To 60000 Points

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!

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How to Use Fewer Miles for Short Flights With New Alaska Airlines Award Chart

If you collect Alaska Airlines miles (or Starwood points), you now have more opportunities to get Big Travel!

Alaska Airlines has switched to a distance-based award chart.  And most folks will only benefit from the change!  You can now book short-haul flights in coach for as little as 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles one-way. 

Note:   Your flights must be for travel within the continental US and Canada, and operated by Alaska Airlines.

How To Use Fewer Miles For Short Flights With New Alaska Airlines Award Chart

You Can Now Book Cheaper Award Seats to Alaska (and Plenty of Other Places!) With the Updated Alaska Airlines Award Chart

I’ll help you understand this new distance-based award chart!  And give you ideas of how to make the most of it, like adding a free one-way flight to end of your trip!

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Cheaper Short-Haul Awards With Alaska Airlines’ New Award Chart!

Good news for folks who like to earn and use Alaska Airlines miles!  Via Travel Codex, Alaska Airlines has switched to a distance-based award chart.

And it’s NOT increasing the price of any awards!  Instead, the shortest coach award flights are cheaper!  Plus, you’ll be able to earn even more Alaska Airlines miles for flights on certain partner airlines, like British Airways and Qantas, for Business and First Class flights.

Alaska Airlines Award Ticket Price

Booking Short Coach Award Flights on Alaska Airlines Just Got Cheaper!

Here’s more about what these changes mean for you.

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Delta – Alaska Airlines Partnership Ending May 1, 2017

It’s over!  Via View From the Wing, Delta and Alaska Airlines are ending their partnership May 1, 2017.

The airlines haven’t been playing nicely together for quite some time, so it’s not surprising they’re calling it quits, especially because the deal to merge Alaska Airlines and Virgin America closed last week.

So if you like to earn and redeem Alaska Airlines miles for Delta flights, and vice versa, I’ll explain what this news means for you.

Delta Alaska Airlines Partnership

The Delta – Alaska Airlines Partnership Will Completely End May 1, 2017

And I’ve added a chart to help you understand important dates regarding the end of the partnership.

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Citi Removes Virgin America as a ThankYou Point Transfer Partner

Starting January 22, 2017, you’ll no longer be able to transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin America.

It makes sense that changes to how you earn Virgin America points are coming, now that the deal to merge Alaska Airlines and Virgin America has closed.  And in January 2017, they’ll begin the process of combining their frequent flyer programs.

It hasn’t yet been revealed how or when you’ll be able to transfer Virgin America points to Alaska Airlines miles.  Including the transfer ratio.

Citi Removes Virgin America As A ThankYou Point Transfer Partner

Citi Sent an Email Announcing the Removal of Virgin America as a Transfer Partner, Effective January 22, 2017

There’s still time to transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin America if you want to book an award flight.  And I’ll remind you of your other options!

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Cleared for Take-Off: Alaska Airlines and Virgin America Merger Approved

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the government to approve the merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, I have good news.

Today, the Department of Justice gave final approval for Alaska Airlines to acquire Virgin America.  The merger will make Alaska Airlines the 5th largest airline in the US (behind American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, and Southwest).

But the decision isn’t without conditions.  Alaska Airlines will have to limit its partnership with American Airlines in order to keep competition in the US airline industry.

Cleared For Take Off Alaska Airlines And Virgin America Merger Approved

Alaska Airlines Will Acquire Virgin America to Create the 5th Largest Airline in the US

I’ll share what we know about the merger so far, and what it could mean for your miles and points!

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Free Access to US Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, & More This Weekend With Your Bank of America Card!

Interested in visiting a new museum, zoo, or aquarium this weekend?

If you’re a Bank of America (or Merrill Lynch) debit or credit cardholder, you can get into certain museums and other cultural centers for free on the first full weekend of each month.

Free Museums December 2016

There Are Over 150 Participating Locations, Including the Newseum in Washington, DC, Where You Can Get in Free With Your Bank of America Card

I’ll show you how you can get fee admission to places like the Denver Zoo, the Long Island Children’s Museum, and the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia.

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