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One of the great things about collecting miles and points is being able to share Big Travel with Small Money with the important people in our lives. Emily and I have created wonderful memories by treating our friends and family to trips they otherwise would not have been able to afford.
Readers have asked if they can use hotel points or free night certificates to book hotel stays for friends and family without traveling with them. I’ve written about booking award flights for others with miles, but can you do the same with hotels?
We Booked Our Family at the Park Hyatt Goa, but We Traveled With Them
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Million Mile Secrets reader GLG commented:
I am spending $20,000 to get the British Airways 100,000 miles. Is it worth an extra $10,000 in spending to get the ‘companion cert.’ ? I’m stuck only using it on British Airways flights. Can I use it with British Airways Avios points on British Airways flights? What have you two done with your Companion certs.?
Emily & I Used Our Travel Together Ticket to Fly British Airways First Class From Boston to London
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Now that you’ve earned airline miles for your flights, it’s time to figure out your accommodations.
Enjoying Our Free Nights at the Grand Wailea
Have a Goal
You should have a destination goal in mind such as Hawaii, Florida, or Italy before you apply for a hotel credit card. This way you get the right card so that you can get your accommodations for free (or mostly free)!
Most hotel redemptions are actually free because you don’t pay any taxes and fees. In some cases, you might pay a few dollars in taxes if there is a local tax or fee. Continue reading
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From March 22, 2014, American Express Platinum cardholders could no longer enter American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways Clubs. But for the rest of April, Citi and American Airlines will give you a free day pass when you show your AMEX Platinum card at Admiral’s Club and US Airways Club lounges.
Your AMEX Platinum Might Still Get You Into the American Airlines Lounge…but Only Until the End of April
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American Airlines and US Airways implemented big changes to their award program. Depending on the type of traveler you are, many of these changes are negative while a few are positive.
Award Chart Prices and Checked Bag Policies Are Changing