Category Archives: Airlines

Europe Electronics Ban Update: Good News for Business and Leisure Travelers!

Emily:   A week ago, we found out the electronics ban between the US and Europe was a sure thing.

But via the New York Times, the ban will NOT be implemented, at least for now!  So folks can still use their laptops and tablets in-flight for work and entertainment.  That’s great news!

Europe Electronics Ban Update

You’ll Still Be Able to Bring Your Laptop on Board Flights From Europe to the US

I’ll share why I think the ban did NOT go through.

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Book Your Holiday Travel! Southwest Extends Schedule Through January 7, 2018

If you’re like most folks, you like to plan your holiday travel as soon as possible.  That’s because prices can increase if you wait to book!

Southwest has extended their schedule through January 7, 2018.  So you can now book your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years flights!  Or just reserve a flight to a balmy climate away from the cold.

And Southwest has a generous refund policy, so you don’t have to worry about booking before your plans are set in stone!

Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member can join you for (almost) free anytime you fly Southwest for up to 2 years!

Book Your Holiday Travel Southwest Extends Schedule Through January 7 2018

You Can Now Book Southwest Flights for Christmas and Beyond!

I’ll share the details about Southwest’s extended schedule.

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Everything to Know About Flying Standby on Southwest

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide on how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass that Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel.  Lyn shared that Southwest made some changes regarding their standby procedures.  I’ve asked her to share the specifics to help you understand the details of how to fly standby on Southwest.

Lyn:   If you ever need to fly standby, meaning you can catch an earlier or later flight to the same destination on the same day if there is an open seat, Southwest has made some positive changes to their policies.  Especially for Southwest elite status members and those who purchase premium fares.

How To Fly Standby On Southwest

If You Missed Your Original Flight – or Want to Fly Earlier Than Planned – Here’s Everything You Need to Know About How to Fly Standby on Southwest

I’ll share the changes.  And how you can fly standby should you ever need to!

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Timing Your Trip: Why the Travel Season Makes a Difference

The time of year you choose to vacation usually affects the prices you’ll pay and your travel experience.

Busy seasons (like holidays) can attract lots of tourists to popular destinations.  I typically prefer traveling in low or shoulder season when things are quieter and cheaper!

But some folks would rather book a getaway during peak season to enjoy the best weather.  Or because it works best for family vacation schedules.

High Season Versus Shoulder Season Travel

Emily Traveled to the British Virgin Islands During High Season Because of the Ideal Weather. And She Booked a Marriott Award Stay, Which Costs the Same Amount of Points Regardless of Season!

I’ll share the pros and cons of traveling to a destination during its high season, shoulder season, and off-season.

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Summer Southwest Sale! Book Flights Starting at $42 One-Way

Via Running With Miles, Southwest has released another sale!  Through May 25, 2017, you can book Southwest flights starting at $42 or 1,861 Southwest points one-way.

There aren’t many routes for $42, but the more expensive routes are good deals, as well.  For example, a one-way flight from Washington, DC, to Fort Lauderdale costs just $69 (or 3,669 Southwest points).

You can book domestic travel between August 22 and November 1, 2017, and international travel from August 22 through November 2, 2017.  Eligible travel dates vary by route.

Summer Southwest Sale Book Flights Starting At 42 One Way

Southwest Has Discounted Lots of Domestic Flights and Some International Flights, Too! Like Costa Rica and Aruba

Here’s what you need to know about this deal!

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New, Cheap Option for Flights to Israel – Flights From ~$298 Round-Trip!

WOW Air continues to add exciting destinations at an extra low price!

Via Deals We Like, WOW Air will begin 4 flights per week to Tel Aviv on September 12, 2017.  This is great news, because it gives folks a budget option to reach the Middle East!

And flights are extremely cheap at the moment.  I found round-trip coach flights from Boston to Tel Aviv in late October for $298 on WOW Air.  The next cheapest flight is $626 on Air Canada.

New Cheap Option For Flights To Israel Flights From 298 Round Trip

Tel Aviv Is Just 1 Hour From Jerusalem

Here’s what you need to know about this new route!

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New AMEX Platinum Lounge Partner Starting Today!

Do you use your AMEX Platinum card to visit airport lounges for free?  You’ve now got a few more options!

Via USA Today, starting today, AMEX Platinum cardholders and up to 2 guests can access US Escape Lounges by presenting their card, ID, and same-day boarding pass.

This perk applies to folks who have any version of the AMEX Platinum card, including The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.  

But don’t get too excitedThere are only 3 Escape Lounges in the US.  And one is a Priority Pass lounge, which means folks with AMEX Platinum cards already have access through the free Priority Pass Select membership you get with the card.

AMEX Platinum Escape Lounges

Enjoy a Complimentary Buffet and Premium Drinks for Free in US Escape Lounges With Your AMEX Platinum Card

I’ll explain where you can visit an Escape Lounge for free with your AMEX Platinum card!

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Targeted: Highest Bonus Ever on Purchased Alaska Airlines Miles!

Via One Mile at a Time, many folks can buy Alaska Airlines miles and receive up to a 50% bonus!  That’s the highest bonus I’ve ever seen for buying Alaska Airlines miles.

Depending on how many miles you purchase, you could buy Alaska Airlines miles for less than 2 cents each!  But this is a targeted offer, so you’ll have to sign-in to your Alaska Airlines account to see if you qualify for the 50% bonus.

Alaska Airlines Buy Miles Bonus

Alaska Airlines Miles Are a Great Way to Get to Fiji!

I’ll help you decide if it’s a good deal!

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5 Best Small Business Credit Cards for Airbnb Hosts

I recently shared how becoming an Airbnb host can help folks make extra money.

As a host, you can qualify for a small business credit card.  This is a great way to separate your personal and business expenses and earn miles & points or cash back at the same time!

Best Cards For Airbnb Hosting Expenses 2017

You Can Qualify for a Small Business Card as an Airbnb Host, Which Is a Terrific Way Boost Your Miles & Points Balances!

I’ll share the 5 best cards for Airbnb hosting expenses.

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You Can Save a Friend or Family Member $100 With This Card Perk!

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bob, commented:

I have several credit cards that will reimburse me for the Global Entry application fee.  Can I pay for a friend’s application fee using my card and still get the credit?

Excellent question, Bob!  You certainly can!

When you pay the $100 Global Entry fee with cards like the AMEX Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you’ll automatically get a credit for the charge once every 4 or 5 years (depending on the card).

This terrific perk is NOT linked to the cardholder.  So you can pay the fee for ANYONE and still get the credit.  This is great for folks who already have Global Entry.

If you have a Global Entry fee credit to spare, I’m sure your friends will appreciate you saving them time and money! 🙂

Global Entry Fee Credit

You Can Use Certain Credit Cards to Pay for Someone Else’s Global Entry Fee and Still Get a Credit!  Friends or Family Will Appreciate You Saving Them Money and Time at the Airport

I’ll remind y’all which cards come with the $100 Global Entry fee credit!  And how you can use it to pay the fee for a friend or family member.

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