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“I Think I Got My First Delta Account When I Was Around Age 12”

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

Miles & Points Interview:

Gilbert Ott is the creator and writer of God Save The Points.  He writes about tips and tricks on how to earn miles.  You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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Flying British Airways’ “Baby Bus”, Their Direct Flight From New York to London City With Only 32 Seats, All Business Class!

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

I was young!  I think I got my first Delta account when I was around age 12.  I don’t quite remember why I was so hell-bent on it, but I was.

Perhaps I read an in-flight magazine talking about the places it would take me.  I got everyone in my family an account too.  They were NOT miles people…

Why did you start your blog?  What’s special about it?

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Viva Cuba! Part 9 – The Best (Cheap) Food & Drink Options

Emily:  When I learned about America’s more relaxed policy towards travel to Cuba, I jumped at the opportunity!

Cuba has a lot to offer.  My friends and I were drawn to the classic cars, the Art Deco architecture, and, of course, the friendly people!  We also love music and dance, which is one of Cuba’s specialties! Rick Steves recently produced an excellent video on Cuba that’s fun and informative.

The US and Cuba reached an agreement for direct flights.  Flight availability to Cuba from various US airports and search engines is ALWAYS changing, so be sure to try multiple search engines and cities, if possible.  Readers have reported that some flights to Cuba from the US may be opening up.  When I went to Cuba in December 2015, flights were not scheduled yet. My friends and I flew via Cancun, and continued our journey to Havana.

Note:  Regulations surrounding US travel to Cuba are always changing, so make sure you check the current rules before planning your trip.  There are limited opportunities to use miles & points, but you can save some money.  I’ll show you how later in this series!

Viva Cuba Part 9 The Best Cheap Food Drink Options

Cuba Has Charming Public Squares, Just Like in Europe

My travel partners included many of the same friends who accompanied me to Croatia!

Robbie (pink hair) is a professional dance instructor who teaches salsa, kizomba, and bachata.  Sarita is also a dance teacher, as well as a graphic designer.  Gissell teaches fitness classes and loves rock climbing.

On this trip, I went with 3 new friends – Diana, a local art teacher, Chelsea, who manages a hostel, and Antonio, who works in IT design.  Traveling as a group of 7 was fun, but definitely challenging at times!  We had a great time together, and can’t wait to return!

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Seeking Companion Pass? 2X Southwest Points per $1 at Restaurants (Targeted)

Chase Southwest cardholders, check your email!  Via Reddit, there’s a targeted offer to earn 2X Southwest points at restaurants when you register and dine between July 15, 2016, and September 30, 2016.

You’ll earn 2 Southwest points per $1 you spend on up to $2,500 in restaurant purchases within that timeframe.

This could be a good deal if you’re trying to earn extra points towards the Southwest Companion Pass.  But there are other cards that currently earn more at restaurants.

Seeking Companion Pass 2X Southwest Points Per 1 At Restaurants Targeted

Some Chase Southwest Cardholders Have Been Targeted to Earn 2X Southwest Points at Restaurants Through September 30, 2016

I’ll show you how to make the most of this promotion.  And suggest better options if you have certain cards!

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Better Offer for the AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Card, If You Like Stocking-Up on Groceries

Do you like shopping for groceries on  If so, there’s a better deal for the AMEX Blue Cash Everyday card that could make sense for you!

It’s a decent offer for folks who regularly shop at and plan to spend at least $500 there over a 6 month period.  You could earn a toal of $150 cash back after meeting the minimum spending requirements!

That’s a better deal than our link, which earns $100 back after meeting minimum spending.  We don’t earn a commission on the offer, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

Better Offer For The AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Card If You Like Stocking Up On Groceries

There’s a Better Offer for the AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Card, but There’s a Catch! Read the Post to Find Out If the Deal Makes Sense for You!

I’ll show you how to find the better offer and help you decide if it’s right for you!

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Is It Better to Book Airline Tickets Through an Online Travel Agency?

Million Mile Secrets reader Umair tweeted:

Are there any issues with booking with an Online Travel Agency (OTA) versus directly with airlines?

Great question, Umair!

There are pros and cons to booking with an Online Travel Agency (OTA), like Orbitz, Expedia, or Priceline.  But in many cases, you’ll earn more miles & points booking with an online travel agency than you would directly with the airline.

Is It Better To Book Airline Tickets Through An Online Travel Agency

Booking Airline Tickets Through an Online Travel Agency Is Sometimes a Better Deal Than Buying Tickets Through the Airline Directly

I’ll explain when you should (or should NOT) book your tickets through an online travel agency!

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