Category Archives: Save Money

Big Upgrade to the Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate!

More good news from Alaska Airlines, this time for folks who have the Alaska Airlines personal or small business cards!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can now use the annual Companion Certificate that comes with the Alaska Airlines cards on Virgin America flights!  Depending on where you fly, this perk could save you a lot of money!

Big Upgrade To The Alaska Airlines Companion Certificate

You Can Take a Companion on More Routes Around the US for Just $121 Round-Trip

We don’t earn a commission for Alaska Airlines credit cards, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

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Readers Love These Starwood Hotels and You Might Too!

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards have the highest sign-up bonus ever.  So we’ve been giving you ideas for how to get the best use of your Starwood points.

And many of you have given us great ideas, too!

Best Starwood Hotels

Emily Stayed at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Venice, and Many of You Want to Do the Same!

I’ll show you what Million Mile Secrets readers say are the best Starwood hotels for redeeming Starwood points!

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Should You Keep the Southwest Card AND This Flexible Travel Card?

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.

Should You Keep The Southwest Card AND This Flexible Travel Card

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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Can Company Employees Apply for Their Own Small Business Cards?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Rachel, sent us this message on Facebook:

Can I get a small business credit card to use for expenses at my job?  I have some travel for work coming up and I think I could meet the minimum spending requirement for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  I already have the personal version.

Great question, Rachel!

It’s unlikely you’ll qualify for your own small business card and earn a sign-up bonus as an employee of a company.  Unless you’re an independent contractor and receive a 1099 tax form.

Banks will only extend credit to you for a business card if you’re an owner of a for-profit company.  Employees can only become an authorized user on a business credit card account.

That said, it’s possible to get a small business card with just your Social Security Number if you’re an Airbnb host, Uber driver, sell on eBay, or with many other side activities!

Qualify For A Small Business Card

As a Traditional Employee, It’s Unlikely You’ll Qualify for a Small Business Card

I’ll explain who can qualify for a small business card!

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A 19-Day Trip to Taiwan & Thailand in Business Class, With the Help of Miles & Points

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!

Carla is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A 19 Day Trip To Taiwan Thailand In Business Class With The Help Of Miles Points

First Class Seats on Thai Airways

A big thank you to Carla for sharing her story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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What Are the Best Current Credit Card Deals?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bansi, emailed:

Which credit cards currently have the best deals?  We are making a few large purchases for our home.

There are several cards offering terrific sign-up bonuses, including a few best-ever offers that are only available for a limited time.

Top Travel Card Sign Up Bonuses

One of the Top Credit Card Deals Is the Best-Ever Offer for the AMEX Starwood Card!  But It’s Only Available for a Limited Time!

I’ll share top travel cards with excellent sign-up bonuses!

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Book a Fall Getaway! Southwest Schedule Extended Through November 3, 2017

Have you been waiting to plan your fall travel?  Good news!  Southwest has opened their schedule through November 3, 2017.

So you can now book your Labor Day, Columbus Day, or Halloween getaways.  Or book an early fall trip somewhere warm, and avoid the summer crowds!

Southwest flies to lots of fun places in the US, and even some international destinations!  Plus, Emily and I love Southwest because of their extra friendly traveler policies, like 2 free checked bags and no change or cancellation fees.

Southwest Schedule Fall 2017

Visit New England on Southwest and See the Amazing Fall Colors!

I’ll give you the details about Southwest’s extended schedule.  And more information about their generous refund policy!

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“You Can Dive Into This Hobby and Change Your Life for the Better”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  All the Right Points

Evan shows All the Right Points readers how to earn and burn points and miles for premium travel and luxury hotel nights.

You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

All The Right Points

Checking out the Queen of the Skies (British Airways 747-400)

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Won’t Last! Deep Discount Tickets to Europe

Via Miles to Memories, you can get up to 20% off tickets to Europe with Norwegian Air’s St. Patrick’s Day fare sale!

I found a flight from Newburg, New York to Bergen, Norway departing September 21, 2017, and returning September 25, 2017, for ~$273.

The valid travel dates for these sale fares vary, depending on which European city you’re flying to.  For example, for tickets to Ireland and Scotland, you can get up to 20% off flights between April 18, 2017, and October 28, 2017. 

Norwegian Air Sale

Save Big on Your Trip Across the Pond With Norwegian’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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Good for Companion Pass: Buy Choice Hotel Points With Up to a 40% Bonus

Need more Choice hotel points?  Good news!  Through April 20, 2017, you can get up to a 40% bonus when you buy Choice hotel points.

If you’re trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, need to top-off your Choice account, or have a specific stay in mind, this deal could be worth it!

Choice Hotels Buy Points Promotion

You Can Use Choice Hotel Points to Save Money in Popular Destinations Like Venice, Italy!

I’ll share the details of the offer.  And help you decide whether buying Choice hotel points with this deal makes sense for you.

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