Category Archives: Airlines

“If You Don’t Know the Rules, You Could Miss Out on Tens of Thousands of Points”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Upon Arriving

Daniel writes Upon Arriving to cover the latest developments in travel credit card rewards, airline and hotel loyalty programs, and many other travel topics.  Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Upon Arriving

Brad and Me After Getting Scuba Certified in Belize, January 2017

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Easily Understand Delta’s Checked Bag Policies With These Handy Charts!

Do you, like many folks, find Delta’s checked baggage fees confusing?

There are a lot of rules and variables that can make the amount you pay for checking a bag very different!  Things like elite status and destination can be the deciding factor for if you’ll pay $0, or $200!

For example, bringing 2 checked bags to Brazil will cost you nothing.  But bringing 2 checked bags to Europe will cost you $100 each way!  It pays to know the rules, so you can budget accordingly!

Delta Baggage Fees

I’ll Break Down Delta’s Confusing Rules So They’re Easy to Grasp

I’ll explain the Delta checked baggage policies, and help you quickly figure out what you can expect to pay for your next trip!

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Heading to a Popular Event? Airport Flexibility Can Save You Hundreds!

Did you know you could save hundreds of dollars when traveling by adding a little inconvenience to your itinerary?

We all love the comfort of flying to the closest airport when we travel.  But sometimes you can save a LOT of money if you fly from (or to!) an airport that’s farther away.  Especially when you’re flying to popular events like the NBA Finals or the Kentucky Derby!

Cheap Flights To The Kentucky Derby

Don’t Assume the Airport Closest to You Has the Best Deals!

The folks here at Million Mile Secrets use this trick all the time.  I’ll let you know how you can do it, too!

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Everything You Need to Know About Southwest’s In-Flight Entertainment & Wi-Fi

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and has written a free ebook titled, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help those of you looking to fly one person nearly free with you for up to TWO years.  Since she and her family regularly fly Southwest, I’ve asked her to share her best tips for using the airline’s in-flight entertainment system.

Lyn:   My family has flown all over the US on Southwest Airlines.  We have mastered the use of Southwest’s entertainment systems.  With kids ages 9 and 13, digital devices are key to keeping occupied.

Southwest Airlines Wi Fi

My Son Playing on His iPad on a Southwest Flight

I’ll explain your options for inflight entertainment (along with the cost), show you how to use Southwest’s entertainment system, and share which devices are compatible.

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 3 – Hamilton, an American Musical

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 3 Hamilton An American Musical

My Son Doing His Best Daraius Impression 😉 Thanks to the AMEX Platinum Card, We Bought Inexpensive Seats to Hamilton and Didn’t Have to Wait Months to See It

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 2 – Flights and Hotel

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold out months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 2 Flights And Hotel

If You’re an AMEX Platinum Cardholder, You Could Buy Hard-to-Get Hamilton Tickets and Only Pay Face Value

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 1 – Introduction and Planning

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 1 Introduction And Planning

If You Want to See Hamilton – An American Musical, You’ll Normally Wait Months and Spend a LOT of Money

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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A Surprise Solo Trip to 6 Continents, Made Possible With Miles & Points!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Satish is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A Surprise Solo Trip To 6 Continents Made Possible With Miles Points

At Machu Picchu

A big thank you to Satish for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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“I Had No Idea How Accessible Miles & Points Were for People Who Only Fly a Couple Times a Year”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   The City Miler

David writes The City Miler to help family, friends, and readers understand how they can fly around the world using miles.  He shares his travels, as well as writing about bits of New York City life.  Check him out on Instagram and Twitter!

The City Miler

David With His Fiancée Reni Touring the Canals in Copenhagen

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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10 Best Cards to Earn Cash Back at Restaurants

Looking to earn the most cash back when you dine out?

There are lots of cards that include restaurants as a bonus spending category.

Keep in mind, some of the best cash back cards aren’t advertised as such.  Instead, you might earn points, which you can then redeem for cash back or a statement credit.

Best Cash Back Cards To Use At Restaurants 2017

Earning Bonus Cash Back at Restaurants With Certain Cards Means You Might Get Up to 5% of the Cost of the Meal Back!

I’ll share my picks for the best cash back cards to use at restaurants!

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