Have you ever been short miles for an award flight?
Combining miles from multiple accounts (for example, spouses) can boost your balance so you can book the award. But it usually is NOT worth it. Because most airlines charge expensive fees to share points between accounts.
But did you know JetBlue allows friends and family members to pool their points for no charge?
Book an Award Flight to Bogotá Faster With a JetBlue Family Pooling Account!
There are important restrictions. I’ll explain how it works!
Million Mile Secrets reader Alex writes:
I was wondering if you can give me advice on choosing the right credit card. I already have a Miles & More (Lufthansa) account and ~30,000 miles or so in there.
I’m located in Miami and I try to stick to Lufthansa or Star Alliance partners as my preferred airlines. I fly at least 2 times a year to Europe or Asia but also make some trips within the US.
Great question, Alex! It can be hard to decide which miles & points to collect for your trip, especially if you’re new to our hobby.
If you already have an idea of where & how you want to travel and which airlines or alliances you prefer, you can narrow down your choices of which credit cards to apply for.
And knowing which airlines serve your home airport will help a great deal in making a decision!
Figuring out Which Miles & Points to Collect Doesn’t Have to Be Hard! I’ll Show You How to Choose
I’ll give you tips for how to decide which cards to apply for, depending on your home airport, airline preferences, and travel goals!
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1. $80 Off $500+ AMEX Travel Purchase
Via Points, Miles, & Martinis, there’s an AMEX Offer to save $80 off a $500+ purchase on AMEXTravel.com by June 21, 2016. Be sure to shop around to see if their prices for airfare, hotels, and car rentals are competitive!
Here are my instructions for how to find AMEX Offers in your online American Express account. And how to apply the same AMEX Offer to multiple cards!
Folks can also get $75 in hotel credits at certain hotels with these cards.
Today I’ll Share 3 Travel Deals and How to Get a Free Burrito!
2. 20% Off Southwest Gift Cards With Samsung Pay
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The Flight Deal reports Delta has a nationwide sale to popular European destinations this spring and fall for ~$500 to ~$600!
They use the example of Los Angeles to Dublin for ~$509.
I searched Google Flights and found New York non-stop to Barcelona round-trip for ~$585 in May 2016! But it was NOT on Delta, it was on American Airlines! So other airlines might be matching Delta’s sale.
Act Fast to Find Cheap Flights From Many US Cities to Europe, Such as New York Non-Stop to Barcelona for ~$585 in May!
Million Mile Secrets reader, AC, commented:
I was approved for both the personal and small business versions of the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card this past December. The problem is, one 50,000 point sign-up bonus posted in late December 2015. And the other card’s bonus posted in January 2016. So, I can only use the bonus that posted in January 2016 towards the Companion Pass (because you must earn 110,000 Southwest points in one calendar year).
I still want to try and earn the extra points I need for the Companion Pass. Can I apply for the Chase Southwest Plus Personal Card and get approved if I still have the Southwest Premier (personal version) open? Or should I cancel the Southwest Premier (personal) first, even though it has only been open since December? Any advice would be helpful.
Great question AC!
I understand why AC is interested in the Southwest Companion Pass. Because I think it’s the best travel deal!
When You Have the Southwest Companion Pass, Your Best Friend Can Fly With You for (Almost) Free for up to 2 Years!
I’ll explain if AC should apply for the Chase Southwest Plus Personal Card, because he already has 2 other Chase Southwest cards. And other ways AC might be able to qualify for the Companion Pass.
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Last year, I shared my Top 10 Deals in Travel with y’all. And while some of those terrific deals are still available, it’s time for a 2016 update!
If you’re new to the miles and points hobby, these 10 deals are an excellent way to get started on your way to Big Travel with Small Money.
Before you start signing-up for credit cards, it’s important to consider your travel goals to decide which miles & points are best to collect for your trip!
Where Do You Want to Go? I’ll Show You My Top 10 Best Deals in Travel Right Now!
Let’s look at current top 10 best travel deals and how you can use them to get Big Travel with Small Money quickly!
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1. Monthly Amazon Prime Membership for ~$11
Link: Amazon Prime
Via SlickDeals, Amazon now offers month-to-month Prime membership for ~$11. Previously, you could only purchase yearly memberships for $99.
If You Only Want Amazon Prime for a Month or Two, You Can Now Pay ~$11 per Month. Or Get Amazon Video for ~$9 per Month
A friend of mine likes the free unlimited 2-day shipping he gets with his Amazon Prime subscription. And he likes streaming Amazon Music (included with your membership), which works overseas.
The monthly option is a sweet deal if you want to order lots of items within a month or two (like around Christmas). Or if you want to try out the service before committing to a full year.
Amazon also added the option for ~$9 monthly Amazon Video subscriptions, which is comparable to Netflix. However, there’s a limited selection and it does NOT work overseas. Although you may have luck with a VPN service. I’d rather pay the extra $2 and get free 2-day shipping + the extras of a full Prime membership.
2. Earn 250 Free Virgin America Points (or 750 If You’re a New Member!)
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