Category Archives: Family Travel

“We’re Able to Get Reservations We’d NEVER Make If We Had to Pay Cash”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Your Mileage May Vary

Joe and Sharon write Your Mileage May Vary to share aspirational travel tips with readers.  You can also follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Your Mileage May Vary

Joe “Saving” Sharon at the Grand Canyon, October 2006. We Love to Do Funny Posed Pictures Like This When We Can

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Southwest Points Basics: How to Book Award Flights, Add Companions, & What to Expect

Lyn writes about flying on Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and offers a free step-by-step guide to show you how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which Emily and I believe is the BEST deal in travel and lets one person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.

I’ve asked her to give our readers a basic review of how Southwest points work and how to use them for free travel.

Lyn:   Southwest is my favorite frequent flyer program for many reasons.  Not the least of which is the fact that using their program, my family has flown nearly free for the past year and a half, visiting destinations like New York City; Las Vegas; Marco Island, Florida; San Diego; Orlando; and more!

How To Use Southwest Points

My Family Has Visited Amazing Destinations in the US Like San Diego. All Flying Almost Free on Southwest!

I’ll get into the nitty-gritty on how to use Southwest points, including their value, reserving flights with points, and adding your Companion.

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Readers Share Their Favorite Ways to Use Southwest Points

I enjoy hearing from y’all about how you like to use miles & points.  So I loved reading your comments from a recent Southwest giveaway!

We asked how you use Southwest points to get Big Travel.  And we received a lot of enthusiastic responses!

Southwest Airlines Destinations 2017

Readers Love Using Points to Visit Warm Destinations, Like Los Cabos

The giveaway is now closed.  But if you’re looking for ideas for how to use your Southwest points, here are some suggestions from Million Mile Secrets readers!

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7 Fun US Cities to Explore With Free Breakfast & Wi-Fi Using Limited-Time Card Offer

Looking to save money on your next vacation?

With the best-ever sign-up bonuses on the AMEX Hilton Honors and the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass cards, you can earn points to use toward free stays!  But you must apply before May 31, 2017.

And when you redeem points for stays at Hampton by Hilton brand hotels, you’ll enjoy free hot breakfast and Wi-Fi!  Elite status is NOT required for these perks!

Hilton Hotels In US With Free Breakfast

Stay 5 Blocks From the Beach at the Brand New Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica in California Where You’ll Enjoy a Free Hot Breakfast!

I’ll share 7 excellent Hampton by Hilton hotels in the US where you can enjoy free breakfast!

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Bask in Latin American Sunshine With Free Breakfast & Wi-Fi Using Limited-Time Card Offer

It’s exciting to use points for free hotel stays in destinations like Cancun and San Juan.  And it’s even better when you can enjoy additional complimentary perks like hot breakfast & Wi-Fi!

If you’re looking to book an award stay and get free breakfast in Latin America, you might consider the limited-time sign-up bonuses on the AMEX Hilton Honors and the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass cards.

Because these cards are offering the highest sign-up bonuses I’ve ever seen!  But only until May 31, 2017!

Hilton Hotels In Latin America With Free Breakfast

Emily Enjoyed Kayaking in the Dominican Republic on Her 30th Birthday! You Can Stay There Too With the Limited-Time AMEX Hilton Card Offers!

I’ll share 7 excellent Hilton hotels in Latin America where you can stay for free with points and get free breakfast!

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2 Types of Travel Insurance: Medical Coverage Vs. Trip Protection

Million Mile Secrets reader, Nancy, commented:

Do you have any advice for travel insurance carriers?

Travel insurance is broad and complex.  Because there are separate insurances that cover trip related incidents vs. medical issues.

For example, you’ll get coverage for mishaps like trip delays just by paying with credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige.

But if you’re looking for medical coverage while traveling outside the US, you might consider purchasing a supplemental travel medical insurance policy.

Travel Insurance Coverage

Are You Looking for Trip Protection Benefits, Travel Medical Insurance, or Both?

I’ll explain what you should consider when looking for travel insurance.

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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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8 Smart Tips (From Y’all!) to Save at Disney

Million Mile Secrets readers love Disney.  So we decided to offer a Disney gift card in our most recent giveaway!

We asked you to share a tip for planning a great Disney vacation.  And we received lots of fantastic responses.

Disney World Tips 2017

We Love It When Readers Share Their Ideas. Especially When They Can Help Other Folks Save on Amazing Experiences Like a Disney Vacation!

The giveaway is closed now.  Bit if you’re looking for tips on saving money at Disney, here are ideas from Million Mile Secrets readers!

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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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