Category Archives: Chase Southwest

Coming Soon: Use Your Southwest Points on Flights to Turks and Caicos!

Fun news for folks who love Southwest!  Today, they announced they’ll be adding flights to Turks and Caicos!

So you’ll have another way to use your miles and points to travel to an exotic location.

Soon You’ll Be Able to Use Southwest Points to Fly to Beautiful Turks and Caicos

Here’s more about this news. 

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Southwest Fare Sale Starting at Just $39 One-Way

Good news!  Southwest just released another sale, and you can book Southwest flights for just $39 or 1,657 Southwest points one-way!

There are also other, more expensive routes that are great deals too.  Like a one-way flight from Atlanta to San Antonio for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).

But you’ll need to book by May 5, 2017, for travel between May 16, 2017, and June 14, 2017, or between August 22, 2017, and November 1, 2017.  Eligible travel dates vary by route.

Southwest Fare Sale April 2017

Travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, This Fall for as Little as $115 One-Way From 4 US Cities With Southwest’s Latest Fare Sale

Here’s more about this deal.

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 2 – Flights and Hotel

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold out months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 2 Flights And Hotel

If You’re an AMEX Platinum Cardholder, You Could Buy Hard-to-Get Hamilton Tickets and Only Pay Face Value

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 1 – Introduction and Planning

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 1 Introduction And Planning

If You Want to See Hamilton – An American Musical, You’ll Normally Wait Months and Spend a LOT of Money

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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How to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements Paying Taxes

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

It’s tax time again!  April 18, 2017, is the IRS filing deadline this year.

While it’s nice to get a refund, if you owe taxes, you can ease the pain of paying your tax bill by meeting the minimum spending requirements on a new credit card.  Or hitting a spending threshold to unlock bonus miles, points, or elite status!

Just remember, you’ll usually pay a processing fee of ~2%, so do the math to see whether it’s worth it.

Pay Taxes With Credit Card

It Might Be Worth Paying Your Taxes With a Credit Card to Get Big Travel With Small Money When You Unlock Elite Status Levels or Big Sign-Up Bonuses

I’ll show you how to pay your taxes with a credit card.  And help you decide if it makes sense for you!

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New at Southwest in 2017: Flights to Hawaii, Better Reservations, & Companion Pass Changes

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and I’ve asked her to update us on the latest happenings with the airline during this first quarter of 2017.

Lyn:   There have been some exciting changes to Southwest Airlines at the beginning of 2017, especially with improvements to their reservation system and more promised updates coming soon.

New Southwest Airlines Routes 2017

Hawaii Is on Southwest’s To-Do List! You’ll Be Able to Book a Ticket on Their New Reservation System. But Taking a Companion Will Be More Challenging!

I’ll share with you the newest destinations, when Hawaii may become a reality, and changes to how you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass. It’s all the latest Southwest news you need to know!

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“If It Seems Like a Good Deal, Jump On It. If You Wait to See If It Worked for Others, It Will Expire”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Discounts & Deals 4 Military

Bobby started Discounts & Deals 4 Military to highlight discounts and easy ways to save money that is unique to military members.  You can also find him on Facebook!

Discounts Deals 4 Military

Trip Back Home to Oregon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Should You Keep the Southwest Card AND This Flexible Travel Card?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Susan, commented:

Is there a benefit to having both the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve?  Our travel plans do not include any Southwest flights for the next 18 months.

Great question, Susan!

The only major perk you’ll give up by getting rid of the Chase Southwest card is the annual Southwest points bonus you receive on your card anniversary.

The 6,000 bonus Southwest points offset the card’s annual fee, which for some folks is a reason to keep the card open.

But you’ll earn more flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points and get better bonus spending categories with the Sapphire Reserve.  And you’ll still have the option to transfer points to Southwest to book an award flight.

Should You Keep The Southwest Card AND This Flexible Travel Card

Everyone Gets 2 Free Checked Bags With Southwest.  So the Only Major Perk of Having the Southwest Card Is the Anniversary Points Bonus

I’ll explain what else you should consider if you’re thinking of cancelling the Chase Southwest card.

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What Are the Best Current Credit Card Deals?

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

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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Book a Fall Getaway! Southwest Schedule Extended Through November 3, 2017

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Have you been waiting to plan your fall travel?  Good news!  Southwest has opened their schedule through November 3, 2017.

So you can now book your Labor Day, Columbus Day, or Halloween getaways.  Or book an early fall trip somewhere warm, and avoid the summer crowds!

Southwest flies to lots of fun places in the US, and even some international destinations!  Plus, Emily and I love Southwest because of their extra friendly traveler policies, like 2 free checked bags and no change or cancellation fees.

Southwest Schedule Fall 2017

Visit New England on Southwest and See the Amazing Fall Colors!

I’ll give you the details about Southwest’s extended schedule.  And more information about their generous refund policy!

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