Via The Points Guy, you can fly from several US cities to Iceland in coach starting at just $200 round-trip!
I found flights from San Francisco to Reykjavik for $260 departing April 16, 2017, and returning April 27, 2017. These fares are valid for travel from April to June, and from September to November 2017 on certain routes.
Don’t Let the Name Fool You – Iceland Is a Beautiful Destination With Green Hills, Waterfalls, and Volcanoes!
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
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Million Mile Secrets reader Aaron asked:
I have been looking to take the family to South Africa. It appears ANA has the best mileage, but taxes and fees are terrible. Do you have any thoughts?
Aaron is mostly correct. ANA Mileage Club can save you tens of thousands of miles for flights to South Africa. But it also adds fuel surcharges to most of its partners.
If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points, you can transfer them to ANA to book award flights. Or move Marriott points to Starwood and then to ANA.
Using airline miles on award flights to South Africa is a great idea, because paid flights are expensive and rarely discounted. But fuel surcharges can be very high.
ANA stopped collecting fuel surcharges on most of its own flights in Spring 2016, but it keeps adding them to most of its partners.
Planning a Trip to South Africa Like Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith? You’ll Use Fewer Miles (but More Cash) Booking With ANA Miles
I’ll show you how to save miles and money, and pitfalls to avoid for award flights to South Africa.
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If you’ve been waiting to apply for the AMEX Hilton credit cards, your patience has paid off!
Until May 31, 2017, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express have increased sign-up bonuses. And I’ve never seen a higher bonus on these cards!
You’ll earn 80,000 Hilton points after you make $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors card.
And you’ll earn 100,000 Hilton points after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card.
Plus there’s an incredibly valuable new perk on the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass which could be worth hundreds of dollars!
You’ll Have Lots of Options to Redeem Your Hilton Points, From Inexpensive Family-Friendly Hotels to Luxury Resorts, Like the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
I’ll share the details. And give you some ideas for using Hilton points!
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The 35,000 point sign-up bonuses that come with the AMEX Starwood cards have never been higher, so now is an excellent time to apply! But did you know you might be able to get even MORE Starwood points?
AMEX Starwood cardholders will get 5,000 Starwood points when they refer a friend to an AMEX Starwood personal or small business card, and the friend is approved. So you can apply for the card, and then refer your friends to this great deal. When your friends get it too you’ll earn extra points!
Help Your Friends Get Big Travel – And Earn 5,000 Starwood Points in the Process!
Emily and I obviously won’t get a commission if you refer your friend to the AMEX Starwood cards. But that’s okay, because our readers getting Big Travel is the most important thing to us!
I’ll show you how the Starwood American Express refer-a-friend program works!
If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.
If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.
And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!
Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon
I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!
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Starwood points are some of my favorite points to collect because I can usually get incredible value when I redeem them. And they’re extremely versatile!
You can do so many things with Starwood points, from booking free flights to reserving free hotels to earning backstage passes at concerts.
You Can Use Starwood Points at Excellent Hotels, Like the Le Meridien Tahiti. But There Are Lots of Other Things You Can Do, Too!
I’ll give you some fun ideas for spending your Starwood points!
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Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Mike B for giving us the heads-up that the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa is pricing award nights much lower than it should.
This hotel should be a Starwood category 6 location, which normally costs 20,000 to 25,000 Starwood points per night. But Mike B let us know that some time yesterday, the price dropped to 12,000 Starwood points!
That’s a terrific deal for a hotel that can cost $800+ per night! It’s not clear if this is a glitch or on purpose, and I can’t find an explanation for the sudden price drop.
For Unknown Reasons, You Can Book The Newly-Renovated Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa for Only 12,000 Starwood Points per Night
It’s tempting to book at such a good rate! Let’s look at the deal.
JetBlue and Southwest are offering very good sales right now!
You can fly to lots of destinations in the US, Caribbean, and Mexico starting at just $39 one-way in coach. I found flights from New York to Washington, DC, for $52 one-way in coach on April 11, 2017.
It’s Officially Spring! So You’ll Need to Find Another Excuse to Get Away Besides the Frigid Winter Conditions 😉
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
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Choice Hotels is offering another status match opportunity!
If you have elite status with another hotel chain, like Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood, or Hilton, Choice Hotels will match your status (up to Platinum elite status). And requesting a match is easy!
And while Choice isn’t usually known for its fancy hotels, they’ve got locations just about everywhere. And award nights are a particularly good deal in Europe.
Choice Hotels Are Everywhere, so Even If You Don’t Have a Choice Hotel Stay Planned, This Status Match Could Come in Handy!
I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal.
Don’t forget! You have just 10 days left to earn the Southwest Companion Pass by transferring hotel points to Southwest.
Through March 31, 2017, you can transfer points from hotels like Marriott, Hyatt, and Choice to earn the 110,000 Southwest points required in a calendar year to qualify for the Companion Pass. Emily and I consider the Southwest Companion Pass to be the BEST deal in travel!
The Southwest Companion Pass Is Extremely Valuable for Domestic Travel. And Even Several Destinations South of the Border
I’ll tell you why it’s best to transfer your hotel points to Southwest as soon as possible to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
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