Category Archives: Chase Ink Preferred

Southwest Points Basics: How to Book Award Flights, Add Companions, & What to Expect

Lyn writes about flying on Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and offers a free step-by-step guide to show you how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which Emily and I believe is the BEST deal in travel and lets one person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.

I’ve asked her to give our readers a basic review of how Southwest points work and how to use them for free travel.

Lyn:   Southwest is my favorite frequent flyer program for many reasons.  Not the least of which is the fact that using their program, my family has flown nearly free for the past year and a half, visiting destinations like New York City; Las Vegas; Marco Island, Florida; San Diego; Orlando; and more!

How To Use Southwest Points

My Family Has Visited Amazing Destinations in the US Like San Diego. All Flying Almost Free on Southwest!

I’ll get into the nitty-gritty on how to use Southwest points, including their value, reserving flights with points, and adding your Companion.

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Readers Share Their Favorite Ways to Use Southwest Points

I enjoy hearing from y’all about how you like to use miles & points.  So I loved reading your comments from a recent Southwest giveaway!

We asked how you use Southwest points to get Big Travel.  And we received a lot of enthusiastic responses!

Southwest Airlines Destinations 2017

Readers Love Using Points to Visit Warm Destinations, Like Los Cabos

The giveaway is now closed.  But if you’re looking for ideas for how to use your Southwest points, here are some suggestions from Million Mile Secrets readers!

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Chase Ink Business Preferred Rental Car Insurance Review

Considering the new Chase Ink Business Preferred card?

Along with the 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards point sign-up bonus (the highest public bonus I’ve seen for a Chase small business card!), the Chase Ink Business Preferred card offers great perks like primary car rental insurance.

And that can save you money!

Chase Ink Business Preferred Rental Car Insurance

Another Great Perk of the New Chase Ink Business Preferred Card – Primary Rental Car Insurance!

I’ll explain how it works.

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Blog Giveaway: 7,000 Southwest Points!

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Million Mile Secrets readers are the best!  To thank you, Emily and I are giving away 7,000 Southwest points!

Blog Giveaway 7000 Southwest Points May 2017

Southwest Has Added a Few New Destinations, Including Grand Cayman!

I’ll show you how to enter!

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Book Your Holiday Travel! Southwest Extends Schedule Through January 7, 2018

If you’re like most folks, you like to plan your holiday travel as soon as possible.  That’s because prices can increase if you wait to book!

Southwest has extended their schedule through January 7, 2018.  So you can now book your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years flights!  Or just reserve a flight to a balmy climate away from the cold.

And Southwest has a generous refund policy, so you don’t have to worry about booking before your plans are set in stone!

Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member can join you for (almost) free anytime you fly Southwest for up to 2 years!

Book Your Holiday Travel Southwest Extends Schedule Through January 7 2018

You Can Now Book Southwest Flights for Christmas and Beyond!

I’ll share the details about Southwest’s extended schedule.

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Everything to Know About Flying Standby on Southwest

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide on how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass that Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel.  Lyn shared that Southwest made some changes regarding their standby procedures.  I’ve asked her to share the specifics to help you understand the details of how to fly standby on Southwest.

Lyn:   If you ever need to fly standby, meaning you can catch an earlier or later flight to the same destination on the same day if there is an open seat, Southwest has made some positive changes to their policies.  Especially for Southwest elite status members and those who purchase premium fares.

How To Fly Standby On Southwest

If You Missed Your Original Flight – or Want to Fly Earlier Than Planned – Here’s Everything You Need to Know About How to Fly Standby on Southwest

I’ll share the changes.  And how you can fly standby should you ever need to!

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Extra Cheap Flights to Europe From Many US Cities Starting at ~$224!

Via Secret Flying, you can fly from several US cities to Europe in coach starting at just $226 round-trip!

I found flights from Boston to Barcelona for $381 round-trip in coach on September 3 to September 10, 2017.  This fare is valid for travel between August and October 2017.

Extra Cheap Flights To Europe From Many US Cities Starting At 224

Paris Is on Sale Right Now, Along With Lots of Other European Cities!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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New, Easy Way to Earn Delta Miles!

Do you use Lyft to get around?  You can now link your Delta and Lyft accounts and earn Delta miles when you ride!

Via Rapid Travel Chai, you’ll earn 1 Delta mile per $1 you spend on Lyft rides.  And for a limited time, you’ll earn 3 Delta miles per $1 when your ride begins or ends at an airport!

You’ll receive these miles on top of what you’ll earn by using a credit card that earns miles, points, or cash back.  It’s a great way to double-dip!

Earn Delta Miles With Lyft

You Can Now Link Your Delta and Lyft Accounts to Earn Delta Miles on Every Ride

I’ll share the details and show you how to get set up!

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5 Best Small Business Credit Cards for Airbnb Hosts

I recently shared how becoming an Airbnb host can help folks make extra money.

As a host, you can qualify for a small business credit card.  This is a great way to separate your personal and business expenses and earn miles & points or cash back at the same time!

Best Cards For Airbnb Hosting Expenses 2017

You Can Qualify for a Small Business Card as an Airbnb Host, Which Is a Terrific Way Boost Your Miles & Points Balances!

I’ll share the 5 best cards for Airbnb hosting expenses.

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Reader Tip to Help Folks Use the Fewest Points for Airfare

Million Mile Secrets reader, NB, commented:

A word of caution for other readers.  Always check an airline site to see how many frequent flyer miles they are charging for a flight.  Because even with travel portal bonuses, you might still use fewer miles by transferring points directly to an airline and booking an award flight.

For example, I found Southwest airfare for $211, which would require ~16,880 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Sapphire Preferred ($211 cost of airfare / 1.25 cents per point) if booked through the Chase travel portal.

But Southwest was charging 12,601 Southwest points for the same flight.  So I instantly transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio and booked the award flight.

This is terrific advice, NB!

Some folks can develop certain habits when booking award travel and miss opportunities to save miles and points!

For example, I recently shared 3 examples of booking Southwest flights, which result in different values for your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

And you’ll likely come across similar scenarios when comparing award flight prices on with other airline transfer partners vs. flight prices through a travel portal.

Book Airfare With Points

A Quick Comparison of Flight Prices Might Save You Thousands of Miles or Points!

I’ll explain why you’ll want to run the numbers when redeeming points for a flight!

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