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!
David is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
Awesome View of Kyoto From the Arashiyama Monkey Park
A big thank you to David 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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Million Mile Secrets reader, Jessica, commented:
Does the 50% points back Pay With Points perk with The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN work for airfare purchased for family members who are not cardholders? I booked a flight for myself, but need to purchase flights for my 3 children. Can I purchase their tickets and get 50% of the points back?
Excellent question, Jessica!
The good news is the Business Platinum Pay With Points perk is NOT just for the primary cardholder.
As long as you use AMEX Membership Rewards points linked to your Business Platinum card, you’ll be eligible to get 50% of the points back after booking coach flights on your selected airline. Or on Business Class or First Class flights on any airline. It doesn’t matter who the passengers are!
This is a terrific perk for family travel because sometimes you can’t find enough available award seats when transferring points directly to an airline partner.
Get 50% of Your AMEX Membership Rewards Points Back With the Business Platinum Card, Even When You Book Airfare for Family Members!
I’ll explain how using AMEX Pay With Points with the Business Platinum card can be a great deal!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, Business Credit Cards, Business Platinum, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Family Travel, Membership Rewards, Save Money, Southwest, Spirit, Travel Tips
Until March 2, 2017, you’ll earn a 25% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin Atlantic.
Normally, Citi ThankYou points transfer to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio. With this promotion, you’ll earn 1,250 Virgin Atlantic miles for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points you move.
Earn a 25% Bonus When You Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Virgin Atlantic Through March 2, 2017
I’ll explain if it’s a good deal!
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Here’s a terrific opportunity to save miles on Delta award flights through July 2017.
Via The Real Deal, you can book Delta award flights within the US (including Hawaii!) and Canada starting at 5,000 Delta miles one-way in coach. Or 9,000 Delta miles in Premium Economy.
To get the discount, you must book by January 13, 2017. Travel dates are from January 24, 2017, to July 31, 2017, with blackout dates for certain routes.
Fly to Orlando From Cities Like Boston, New York, or Cincinnati for 10,000 Delta Miles One-Way
I’ll show you how you can save!
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If you collect Alaska Airlines miles (or Starwood points), you now have more opportunities to get Big Travel!
Alaska Airlines has switched to a distance-based award chart. And most folks will only benefit from the change! You can now book short-haul flights in coach for as little as 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles one-way.
Note: Your flights must be for travel within the continental US and Canada, and operated by Alaska Airlines.
You Can Now Book Cheaper Award Seats to Alaska (and Plenty of Other Places!) With the Updated Alaska Airlines Award Chart
I’ll help you understand this new distance-based award chart! And give you ideas of how to make the most of it, like adding a free one-way flight to end of your trip!
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For folks looking to get Big Travel with Small Money, using United Airlines miles to book award flights can be incredibly valuable!
United Airlines has a simple award chart with easy-to-understand pricing. And because United Airlines miles are easy to accrue, many of these award flights are very accessible.
The United Airlines tool is one of my favorites for booking award flights. Because it is straightforward and easy to maneuver. And I love using United Airlines miles to book flights on United Airlines’ Star Alliance partners because they have competitive prices and don’t impose fuel surcharges.
Use Your United Airlines Miles to Fly With United Airlines or One of Their Star Alliance Partner Airlines
In this post, I’ll show you how to understand the United Airlines award chart and how to use your United Airlines miles to get Big Travel with Small Money!
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, you’ll be happy to know there are some exciting sign-up offers in the miles & points world!
Certain credit cards are offering great sign-up bonuses and perks including airline credits, airport lounge access, and more. And a few of them can be worth $1,000 or more!
Picture Yourself In a Hammock on the Beach In the Maldives! With Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses, This Could Be You!
I’ll share my top 7 travel credit cards to get Big Travel with Small Money.
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Update: Southwest has changed their mind – for now! Hotel point transfers to Southwest will count towards the Companion Pass through March 31, 2017.
Y’all know I’m a huge fan of the Southwest Companion Pass! It’s still my favorite deal in travel. But it’s just become a little harder to get.
Via View From the Wing, Southwest changed the terms for earning the Companion Pass today, January 1, 2017. Without warning!
Effective immediately, points transfers from hotel and car rental loyalty programs will NOT count toward the Companion Pass.
The Southwest Companion Pass Is Still a Terrific Deal – but They Just Made It Trickier to Earn Qualifying Points
I’ll share the details, and show you how you can still easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Chase, Chase Southwest, Choice Privileges, Credit Cards, Hotels, Hyatt, Marriott, Rental Cars, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips
Good news for folks who use Korean Air miles!
Via View From the Wing, you can now book Korean Air SkyTeam partner award flights online, without having to call their customer service agents. This is a more efficient process, which will be a big time-saver!
Book an Award Seat to Hawaii Online for Just 25,000 Korean Air Miles!
I’ll show you how to book Korean Air SkyTeam partner awards online!
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Update: Cathay Pacific has extended the transfer bonus until February 28, 2017!
In this post, Million Mile Secrets contributor Andy digs into the limited-time 30% transfer bonus from hotel points to Cathay Pacific!
Andy: I explained how Cathay Pacific’s great redemption scheme and liberal routing rules allow folks to see more places on the same ticket. And until December 31, 2016, you can get a 30% Asia Miles bonus for transferring your hotel points.
Specifically, folks with Starwood points can do very well! Because you can transfer Starwood points to Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) at a good ratio.
Cathay Pacific Has Great Options for Seeing Multiple Places on the Same Award Ticket
Many folks have complained about how hard it is to redeem a Cathay Pacific award. So Million Mile Secrets contributor Andy set out on a mission to find out if Cathay Pacific deserves this reputation.
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