Category Archives: Travel Tips

Won’t Last! Round-Trip Flights to Europe ~$524+!

The Flight Deal reports American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines have cut prices to popular European destinations this fall and winter. 

They use the example of San Francisco to Istanbul for ~$524.

I searched Google Flights and found New York non-stop to Barcelona round-trip on Delta for ~$585 in November 2016!

Won't Last Europe On Sale Round Trip Flights 500 To 600

Act Fast to Find Cheap Flights From Many US Cities to Europe, Such as New York Non-Stop to Barcelona for ~$585 in November!

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10 Biggest Airbnb Cities Outside the US & How to Save Money Booking!

Hotels aren’t your only option for stays when traveling abroad.  Consider using Airbnb next time you’re visiting one of the top 10 cities outside the US with the most Airbnb listings!

Because you’ll often save money compared to chain hotels.  And possibly stay in unique accommodations!

10 Biggest Airbnb Cities Outside The US How To Save Money Booking

You Have More Choices Than Hilton & Hyatt in Paris! Stay at This Modern Airbnb Loft in Montmartre, a Neighborhood Known for Its Local Art, Cafes, and Bakeries

I’ll explain more about the pros and cons of using Airbnb versus staying at a chain hotel.  Along with ways to save money on your stay!

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How to Get Around Million Mile Secrets

New to our site and need help finding your way around?  Here are some tips!

Million Mile Secrets is here to help you get Big Travel with Small Money.  And we’ve got lots of great resources for you to use!

How To Get Around Million Mile Secrets

Need Help Navigating Million Mile Secrets? I’ll Show You Around!

Here’s a guide to help you find all the best tips & tricks.

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Can You Earn the Southwest Companion Pass Faster by Paying Your Credit Card Bill Early?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Steve, commented:

I am on my way to getting the Southwest Companion Pass with the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus card and Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business card 50,000 point sign-up bonuses.  And by transferring points from Marriott.

Will it speed things up if I pay the balances on my cards in advance?  If I cancel the credit cards so I can do this again in another 24 months will I lose my Companion Pass?

Great questions, Steve!  And congratulations on almost earning the 110,000 Southwest points needed for the Companion Pass, which is my favorite deal in travel!

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass Faster By Paying Your Credit Card Bill Early

Your Partner Can Fly With You for Almost Free When You Have The Southwest Companion Pass, Which Is My Favorite Deal in Travel!

Unfortunately, you can NOT speed up receiving the Companion Pass by paying your credit card balances early.  Although, it is a good habit to pay your bill early!

And cancelling your credit cards after you receive the Companion Pass will not affect your status.  But, it’s usually a good idea to keep a credit card open for ~10 months before deciding whether to cancel it.

I’ll explain more!

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Can You Transfer Starwood Points to Southwest and Earn the Companion Pass?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Terri Clark commented:

I have recently been targeted for both the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer credit card and the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa card for 50,000 miles each.  Currently, I have 7 new credit card accounts in one year, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Hyatt card.

My question is, if I apply for and receive the Southwest card, can I transfer American Express Starwood Preferred Guest points to Southwest to help me reach the Companion Pass?  I have read that I cannot do that with Chase Sapphire Preferred.  Thanks!

Great question, Terri!

Unfortunately, Southwest is NOT currently a Starwood airline transfer partner.  And you’re correct that transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest will NOT count toward the Companion Pass.

Can You Transfer Starwood Points To Southwest And Earn The Companion Pass

There Are Lots of Ways to Earn Southwest Points for the Companion Pass – but Transferring Starwood Points Isn’t One of Them!

However, there are lots of other ways to earn the 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year you need to qualify for the Companion Pass.  I’ll explain!

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