Category Archives: Chase Ink Plus

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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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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Confused by Cards With Similar Names? Here’s a Chart to Explain!

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There are LOTS of credit cards out there, all with different benefits and bonuses.

Banks seem to enjoy giving their credit cards similar names.  You might apply for the wrong one if you aren’t careful!

I’ve put a lot of credit cards with similar sounding names side-by-side, so you can compare the perks and decide which card is best for you, and find the application link, all in one place!

Confused By Cards With Similar Names Heres A Chart To Explain

Take the Time to Differentiate These Credit Cards So You’ll Know Which Card Will Give You the Biggest Travel!

Let’s look at the most common credit cards with similar sounding names!

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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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5 Great Small Business Cards for Freelancers: Graphic and Web Designers, Writers, Fiverr, & More

Do you own a small business and work in the field of digital media?  If so, you can qualify for a small business credit card that earns miles, points, and cash back for business purchases!

Best Cards To Earn Points On Freelance Business Expenses 2017

If You’re a Digital Freelancer, You Have Lots of Options When It Comes to Small Business Credit Cards

Let’s take a look at great small business credit cards for freelancers like writers, web and graphic designers, coders, and more!

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Sell on Amazon or eBay? Boost Your Profits and Earn Points With These Cards

Selling products for profit on eBay and Amazon is a quick small business idea that can help you earn lots of miles, points, or cash back.

Besides the rewards, certain cards offer a way to save money on purchases with select merchants.  So you can use these cards to buy items at a discount, like apparel or auto parts.  Then, turn around and sell them for a profit!

Best Credit Cards To Earn Points Selling On eBay 2017

In Addition to Using an eBay or Amazon Business to Earn Miles & Points, Certain Cards Offer a Way to Buy Discounted Merchandise, Which You Can Resell for a Profit!

I’ll share the best credit cards for folks selling on Amazon and eBay.

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Won’t Last! Fly to Europe From Several US Cities From ~$318+!

Via FrequentMiler, you can fly from several US cities, including Los Angeles, Boston, and Fort Lauderdale, to European cities like Barcelona, Venice, and Amsterdam, from just ~$318+!

For example, I found a flight from Miami to Barcelona for ~$358, departing October 24, 2017, and returning October 31, 2017.  And a flights between Los Angeles and Brussels leaving March 1, 2018, and returning March 15, 2018, for ~$360!

These sale fares are good for flights through March 2018, depending on the route.  And include airlines like Delta, United Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Air Canada, and more!

Cheap Fares To Europe

Grab a Cheap Flight to Barcelona to Visit the Stunning La Sagrada Familia!

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

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