Category Archives: Club Carlson

How to Book Hotels for Others Using Your Points

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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?

Use Points To Book Room For Others

We Booked Our Family at the Park Hyatt Goa, but We Traveled With Them

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How to Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right for You!

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Now that you’ve earned airline miles for your flights, it’s time to figure out your accommodations.

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You

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

Why and How to Transfer Hotel Points Between Accounts

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There are several reasons to transfer hotel points from your account to a partner or family member’s account.

Why And How To Transfer Hotel Points Between Accounts

We Used Points at the Park Hyatt Milan

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“After the 100,000 British Airways Card I Was Officially Hooked”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Wander The Map

Jenna is the creator and writer of Wander The Map.  Her husband Micah is the photographer and videographer.  Through blog posts, photos, and incredible videos they hope to inspire folks to get out and see the world.

Wander The Map - Interview With Jenna

Micah and Jenna at the Grand Canyon

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The Easy Way to Get the Extra 6,000 Southwest Points for the Companion Pass

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So you’ve signed up for 2 Southwest credit cards or have got ~104,000 Southwest Companion Pass points.  But how do you earn the remaining points for the Companion Pass?

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You Will Get 104,000 Southwest Points From 2 Southwest Credit Cards, but You Still Need 6,000 More Points to Reach the Companion Pass

There are 2 easy ways to earn more Companion Pass points for your Southwest Companion Pass:

Note: If you don’t have hotel points, don’t worry!  I’ll explain the fastest and cheapest ways to get them.  I’ve also experimented with whether the transfers count towards the Companion Pass and how long it takes to transfer points.

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