Here’s an excellent (and educational) way to keep yourself entertained while traveling!
In-flight Wi-Fi can be expensive (if you don’t have access to free Wi-Fi). And plane rides can be long and boring. But the Kindle app lets you bring years worth of reading material without extra baggage. And because you can download your books, you won’t need Wi-Fi to enjoy them!
Not Interested in Purchasing a Kindle Device? Download the Free App Instead!
I’ll give you my Kindle app review.
Did you know Costco members can save money booking car rentals, vacation packages, and cruises?
The Costco Travel program can be a great option for folks who book paid travel instead of redeeming miles & points. Because you might save lots of money compared to booking through an online travel agency like Orbitz, Expedia, or Priceline.
For example, team members Jasmin and Harlan each booked week-long car rentals through Costco Travel and saved $100 off the prices shown on other sites. And you can potentially save much more or get extra perks with other travel packages!
Planning a Cruise? Costco Members Might Save Money or Get Extra Perks Booking Through Costco Travel
I’ll share details about the Costco Travel program. And explain why some folks might benefit from booking a trip with the warehouse club!
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Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Discounts & Deals 4 Military
Bobby started Discounts & Deals 4 Military to highlight discounts and easy ways to save money that is unique to military members. You can also find him on Facebook!
Trip Back Home to Oregon
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
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Update: The UK will also ban electronics in the cabin from certain destinations.
Heads up! If you’re flying to the US from certain cities in the Middle East and North Africa, be prepared to check all large electronics, including laptops, tablets, cameras, and Kindles.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the new policy must be implemented in the next 96 hours, and affects 9 airlines operating to the US from 10 international airports. And the ban is indefinite.
This will be very inconvenient for folks who like to get work done, read e-books, or watch movies on their devices in-flight. Only cell phones, smartphones, and necessary medical equipment will be allowed in the cabin.
If You’re Traveling From Certain Cities in the Middle East and North Africa to the US, You’ll Have to Check Your Laptop or Tablet
I’ll give you the details and suggest other options if this will affect you.
Million Mile Secrets reader, Susan, commented:
Is there a benefit to having both the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve? Our travel plans do not include any Southwest flights for the next 18 months.
Great question, Susan!
The only major perk you’ll give up by getting rid of the Chase Southwest card is the annual Southwest points bonus you receive on your card anniversary.
The 6,000 bonus Southwest points offset the card’s annual fee, which for some folks is a reason to keep the card open.
But you’ll earn more flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points and get better bonus spending categories with the Sapphire Reserve. And you’ll still have the option to transfer points to Southwest to book an award flight.
Everyone Gets 2 Free Checked Bags With Southwest. So the Only Major Perk of Having the Southwest Card Is the Anniversary Points Bonus
I’ll explain what else you should consider if you’re thinking of cancelling the Chase Southwest card.
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Lyn writes about Southwest at GotoTravelGal.com and flies the airline regularly with her family, so I’ve asked her to share tips on what you should know before booking and boarding a Southwest flight.
Lyn: I’m a big fan of Southwest and I’ll share with you why in this post.
Because Southwest is often described as a discount airline, it often gets overlooked and pegged with some of the problems other low-cost airlines face like poor customer service, a la carte fees, and stripped down amenities.
San Diego Was One of the Many Destinations to Which My Family Flew on Southwest Over the Last Few Years
I’ll help put to bed some of these concerns, explain why I love Southwest, and show you everything to know to make your next Southwest flight a great one.
JetBlue is having a flash sale. And if you want in on the action, you’ll have to book quickly!
You can fly from several US cities to both domestic and international locations starting at just $20 one-way in coach. But the dates and routes are very restrictive.
I found flights from Washington, DC, to Orlando for just $30 one-way in coach. These fares are valid for departure dates between February 25, 2017, and March 8, 2017.
Head to the Bahamas From Chilly Boston for Just $60 One-Way
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
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Last month, I shared the news about American Airlines’ plan to begin selling “Basic Economy” tickets.
And now, via One Mile at a Time and View From the Wing, American Airlines is officially selling Basic Economy tickets. And United Airlines will soon do the same! You can now buy American Airlines Basic Economy tickets for flights after March 1, 2017.
American Airlines Is Letting You Book a Ticket Worse Than Regular Old Coach
I’ll remind you what to expect when you buy a Basic Economy ticket, and help you decide if it’s something you should do.
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Book them before they’re gone!
Via Miles to Memories, you can book Southwest flights for just $39 one-way (that’s 1,657 Southwest points!). But there are other more expensive routes that are still a great deal. I found a one-way flight from Atlanta to Detroit for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).
But you’ll need to book by March 2, 2017, for travel through June 14, 2017. And certain routes have different different eligible travel dates.
Southwest Is Making It Easier to Get Away This Spring
I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal. Continue reading
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Million Mile Secrets reader, Kate, commented:
I booked 2 Delta award flights for my dad using his miles and paid the taxes with my Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. Can my dad still get the first checked bag free?
Great question, Kate!
Unless you’re flying with your dad on the same reservation, he will not get a free checked bag!
And if you are traveling on the same reservation, you and 8 traveling companions will automatically get a free checked bag. It’s NOT required that you pay for part of the reservation with your AMEX Delta card.
But remember, your card must be in good standing to receive this benefit!
You Automatically Get a Free Checked Bag If You Have an AMEX Delta Card. But Friends and Family Members Will Only Get This Benefit If They’re on the Same Reservation
I’ll explain how the free checked bag with AMEX Delta cards works!