Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines at GotoTravelGal.com. 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.
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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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.
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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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!
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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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.
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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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!
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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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!
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 Hilton, Alamo car rental certificates, and attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood.
Let’s take a look at how you can save with today’s deal!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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
One of the best ways to get miles and points on your regular spending is to use online shopping portals.
I’ve written about using Evreward to find the best shopping portal deals. But did you know Barclaycard has a shopping portal too, and it’s NOT listed on Evreward?
Barclaycard RewardsBoost Portal: Another Way to Earn Extra Miles and Points on Your Online Shopping!
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Sometimes you need a 1-way car rental where you pick-up the car at one location (say Los Angeles), but return the car to a different location (say San Francisco). But 1-way rentals cost a lot more than regular rentals.
One Way Rentals Can Cost A Lot of Money!
Cheap Car Rentals Series: