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Can You Earn the Southwest Companion Pass Faster by Paying Your Credit Card Bill Early?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Steve, commented:

I am on my way to getting the Southwest Companion Pass with the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus card and Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business card 50,000 point sign-up bonuses.  And by transferring points from Marriott.

Will it speed things up if I pay the balances on my cards in advance?  If I cancel the credit cards so I can do this again in another 24 months will I lose my Companion Pass?

Great questions, Steve!  And congratulations on almost earning the 110,000 Southwest points needed for the Companion Pass, which is my favorite deal in travel!

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass Faster By Paying Your Credit Card Bill Early

Your Partner Can Fly With You for Almost Free When You Have The Southwest Companion Pass, Which Is My Favorite Deal in Travel!

Unfortunately, you can NOT speed up receiving the Companion Pass by paying your credit card balances early.  Although, it is a good habit to pay your bill early!

And cancelling your credit cards after you receive the Companion Pass will not affect your status.  But, it’s usually a good idea to keep a credit card open for ~10 months before deciding whether to cancel it.

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Can You Transfer Starwood Points to Southwest and Earn the Companion Pass?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Terri Clark commented:

I have recently been targeted for both the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer credit card and the Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa card for 50,000 miles each.  Currently, I have 7 new credit card accounts in one year, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Hyatt card.

My question is, if I apply for and receive the Southwest card, can I transfer American Express Starwood Preferred Guest points to Southwest to help me reach the Companion Pass?  I have read that I cannot do that with Chase Sapphire Preferred.  Thanks!

Great question, Terri!

Unfortunately, Southwest is NOT currently a Starwood airline transfer partner.  And you’re correct that transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest will NOT count toward the Companion Pass.

Can You Transfer Starwood Points To Southwest And Earn The Companion Pass

There Are Lots of Ways to Earn Southwest Points for the Companion Pass – but Transferring Starwood Points Isn’t One of Them!

However, there are lots of other ways to earn the 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year you need to qualify for the Companion Pass.  I’ll explain!

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Family Travel Friday: Part 1 – How to Use Miles to Visit Your Child Studying Abroad in Europe

Are you planning a family trip to visit your son or daughter studying abroad in Europe?

There are many ways to use rewards credit cards to save thousands of dollars off regular airfare prices for your trip.

Family Travel Friday Part 1 How To Use Miles To Visit Your Child Studying Abroad In Europe

Use Miles to Visit Your Son or Daughter Abroad in Florence and Take in the Panoramic Views

I’ll give you helpful hints and ideas for making a family trip to Europe possible using miles and points.

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Book Now! Several US Cities to Peru in Business Class From ~$407 Round-Trip!

There’s an amazing mistake fare this morning between several US cities and Peru on Avianca.

Via SecretFlying, you can fly to Cusco or Lima, Peru, for as little as ~$407 round-trip in Business Class!  Travel dates are in June 2016.

That’s an incredible deal!

Because this is a mistake fare, there’s a chance it MAY not be honored.  So don’t book non-refundable hotels or activities just yet!

Book Now Several US Cities To Peru In Business Class From 407 Round Trip

Here’s a Great Chance to Check One Off the Bucket List! Visit Peru for Just ~$407 Round-Trip in Business Class!

This will NOT last.  I’ll share the details!

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70,000 Point Chase Ink Plus In-Branch Offer Extended!

Via Reddit, the 70,000 point Chase Ink Plus in-branch offer has been extended through August 20, 2016.

70,000 Point Chase Ink Plus In Branch Offer Extended

With 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points You Can Stay 2 Nights for Free at the Park Hyatt Sydney!

This is great news!  Especially if you’ve been procrastinating about signing-up. 😉

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