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Save Time & Money With Costco Travel Part 3: Car Rentals

I shared how Costco Travel offers a fantastic way to save money and get extra perks for vacation packages

But Costco members can also use the travel program to find great rental car deals.  Most of the team at Million Mile Secrets book car rentals this way, including myself.

Because you can often find the cheapest prices.  And reservations are flexible, so you can cancel at any time without paying a fee.

Costco Travel Rental Cars

You Can Find Great Deals on Rental Cars Through Costco Travel

I’ll compare rental car rates for sample reservations at Costco Travel with other popular booking sites!

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Today Only: Save Up to $75 on Alamo Car Rentals

Last week I let you know about the upcoming Daily Getaways promotions.  And today, April 10, 2017, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, you can buy a $50 gift certificate for Alamo car rental for $25!

This is probably the best deal of the week for most.  Because you can buy up to 3 certificates, and save $75 on your next Alamo rental.

But you have to be quick, because the great deals sell out fast.

Alamo Discount April 2017

Renting a Car? Take Advantage of Today’s Daily Getaways Deal and Save Up to $75 Off Your Next Alamo Rental!

I’ll show you how to take advantage of this excellent offer!

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Don’t Leave Southwest Points on the Table When You Rent a Car!

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines at  And  she offers her free “Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help you quickly and easily earn the amazing Southwest Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.  

So I’ve asked her to share some tips on how to earn Southwest points when you rent a car.

Lyn:   Renting a car is a common activity for travelers who want an independent mode of transportation at their destination.  

Whether you’ll be sight-seeing around a US National Park, driving along the Pacific Coast highway, or just want the freedom to stop at the grocery and explore a destination on your own time, car rentals can come in quite handy.

Did you know it’s quite easy to earn Southwest points every time you rent a car?  But NOT all the points you earn will qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Southwest Points Car Rental

We’ve Got Tips for How to Earn Southwest Points on Your Next Car Rental!

I’m going to show you the current bonus point offers from Southwest, explain a few caveats to help make sure the deal is right for you, and walk you through how to book your Southwest car rental.

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Get Discounts, Free Upgrades, and More With Sixt Car Rental Status Match

Do you have airline, hotel, or rental car elite status?  If so, you probably qualify for a status match with Sixt Rent a Car.

Via MileCards, Sixt is offering Platinum elite status to folks who already have mid-to-top tier elite status with another loyalty program when they sign-up for the Sixt Rewards program.

Get Discounts Free Upgrades And More With Sixt Car Rental Status Match

You Can Rent Luxury Cars at Decent Prices With Sixt

I’ll tell you about Sixt Platinum status, and show you how to get it!

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Mother-Daughter Trip to Oregon: Part 1 – Introduction and Planning

Visiting family and friends is my favorite way to use miles and points!

Family visits may not have the same lucrative redemption rates as a trip in First Class, or foreign 5-star hotels.  But the memories I make are priceless!

I recently spent some much-needed time with my mom in the beautiful state of Oregon!  I spent a few days in Portland with my friend Kristen before my mom arrived.

The highlight of my travel was road-tripping with my mom to my cousin Rachel’s wedding.  The wedding was a long overdue family reunion.  I hadn’t seen some of my cousins for years!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 1 Introduction And Planning

Visiting Multnomah Falls Was Like Stepping Into a Fairy Tale!

The drive along the Oregon coast was gorgeous.  It’s now one of my favorite places in the US!

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Do World Elite MasterCard Authorized Users Get Rental Car Elite Status?

Million Mile Secrets Reader Joe tweeted:

Does the authorized user on a World Elite MasterCard enjoy the car rental agency status upgrade for Avis and Sixt? Thanks!

Good question, Joe!

If you are the primary cardholder of a World Elite MasterCard, you are eligible for free rental car elite status with Avis, National, and and Sixt!

Unfortunately, authorized users will NOT get elite status with these participating rental car companies.

Do World Elite MasterCard Authorized Users Get Rental Car Elite Status

Don’t Cheat Yourself Out of an Upgrade! You Qualify for Rental Car Elite Status If You’re the Primary Cardholder of a World Elite MasterCard

I’ll tell you about each participating elite status program, as well as how to qualify.

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Redeeming Discover Cash Back for Travel Gift Cards – Is It a Good Deal?

Did you know you can redeem the cash back you earn from the Discover It card for discounted travel gift cards?

You can save 10% to 50% on gift cards to certain hotels, all-inclusive resorts, car rental agencies, cruise lines, and tour companies.

Sounds like a good deal, right?

Not necessarily!  You won’t always save money!

Redeeming Discover Cash Back For Travel Gift Cards Is It A Good Deal

You Might Get a Good Deal Using Discover Cash Back for Discounted Travel Gift Cards – but NOT Always!

I’ll explain what to look out for and why it’s often not a good deal!

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Buy Discount Hertz Rental Car Points (Today Only)!

Today only at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, you can buy discounted Hertz rental card points through Daily Getaways.

There will be a new travel deal every weekday at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, through April 24, 2015.  But keep in mind, these deals don’t last long!

Buy Discount Hertz Rental Car Points Today Only

Today’s Deal Could Save You Money on Your Next Hertz Car Rental!

Daily Getaways is a promotion sponsored by the US Travel Association offering discounts on hotels like HiltonAlamo car rental certificates, and attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood.

Let’s take a look at how you can save with today’s deal!

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Save 20% at Marriott, Theme Park Discounts, Las Vegas Deals, & More With Next Week’s Daily Getaways

Folks who love amusement parks, Las Vegas high rollers, and travelers who want cheap car rentals or Marriott hotel stays could do very well with next week’s Daily Getaways deals!

Daily Getaways is a yearly promotion sponsored by the US Travel Association.

For 5 weeks, they offer a different daily deal with discounts on hotels like Marriott, Hertz car rentals, Caesars Las Vegas packages, and theme park packages like Universal Studios Orlando.

Save 20 At Marriott Theme Park Discounts Las Vegas Deals More With Next Weeks Daily Getaways

Little (and Big!) Kids Can Save Money on Theme Park Tickets With Daily Getaways Week 4 Deals

Let’s take a peek at next week’s deals and see where you’ll save the most money!

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News You Can Use – Double Points on Virgin America, ~$500 Flights From Philadelphia to Honolulu, and More!

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

1.   Earn Double Points on Virgin America Flights

Points, Miles & Martinis writes that you can earn double points on certain Virgin America flights.  To take advantage of this deal, register first.  Then book and fly before March 31, 2015.

News You Can Use Double Points On Virgin America 500 Flights From Philadelphia To Honolulu And More

Virgin America Has a TV at Every Seat. So Cheer on Your Favorite Team While You Earn Double Points!

Check the full list of qualifying fares:

News You Can Use Double Points On Virgin America 500 Flights From Philadelphia To Honolulu And More

You Can Earn Double Points on Flights Between Dallas, New York, and Washington, DC, Along With Many Other Routes

2.   Round-Trip Flights From Philadelphia to Honolulu for Under $500

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