Category Archives: Shopping

10 Unusual Ways to Earn Southwest Points

Lyn writes about Southwest on and has written an ebook called “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning Your Southwest Companion Pass” to help you earn what Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel – the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ve asked her to share some of the out-of-the-ordinary ways you can earn Southwest points for free flights, most of which also count toward earning the Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.

Lyn:   I check nearly every day to see what new ways are available to earn Southwest points, as my family of 4 flies almost exclusively on Southwest using their Rapid Rewards loyalty program.  So the more points I can secure, the more free travel we can take!

Ways To Earn Southwest Points

These 10 Tricks Can Get You an Award Flight to Anywhere Southwest Flies Sooner Rather Than Later!

I’ve put together some the crazier ways to earn Southwest points these days from learning your genetic history to paying your electric bill!  Who knew?!

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Easy Way to Rack-Up Thousands of Bonus Delta Miles

Looking for more ways to earn Delta miles?  Good news!

Via Rene’s Points, through June 30, 2017, you can earn 1,000 bonus Delta miles for each new Delta partner you earn miles with.  Including partners like hotels, car rental agencies, shopping, dining, and more!

A “new” partner is considered one that you haven’t earned Delta miles with since March 24, 2016.  And you must register for the deal to qualify.

Delta Promotion

Never Used Delta’s SkyMiles Dining Program? Sign-Up With This Deal and You’ll Earn an Extra 1,000 Delta Miles After Your First Purchase at a Qualifying Restaurant!

I’ll share the details of this promotion.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!

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Which Marriott Hotel to Book Using 7-Night Certificate From Southwest Flight Package?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bonnie, commented:

I used hotel points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air package and get the Southwest Companion Pass.  Perhaps a post about getting the best value with the 7-night Marriott certificate would be helpful and give some ideas of where to book!

Great suggestion, Bonnie!

It sounds like Bonnie took advantage of a deal that won’t be around much longer!  Until March 31, 2017, you can use 270,000 Marriott points to book a Southwest Hotel + Air package.

This gets you a 7-night stay at a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel and 120,000 Southwest points, which is more than enough to earn the Companion Pass!

You have at least 12 months to redeem the 7-night hotel certificate.  So you’ll have time to decide if you want to witness beautiful views of the Andes with a stay at the Courtyard Santiago Las Condes.  Or leaf peep this autumn in beautiful Vermont with 7 nights at the Courtyard Middlebury.

Marriott Hotels To Book With 7 Night Certificate

Use Your Marriott 7-Night Certificate to Check Out the Wonderful Foliage in Vermont and Stay at the Courtyard Middlebury

I’ll share a few examples of Marriott hotels you can book with the 7-night certificate!

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“If It Seems Like a Good Deal, Jump On It. If You Wait to See If It Worked for Others, It Will Expire”

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!

Discounts Deals 4 Military

Trip Back Home to Oregon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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New! No-Annual-Fee Card Earns Up to 3% Cash Back

Via Reddit, there’s a new card that earns 3% on dining, 2% on groceries, and 1% on everything else.

With the Capital One Premier Dining Rewards card, you’ll earn a sign-up bonus of $100 when you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

That’s not bad for a card with no annual fee.  But it’s NOT a good card for folks just getting into the miles & points hobby!

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this card, but we’ll always tell you all your options!

Capital One Dining Rewards

You’ll Get the Most Cash Back When You Use Your Card for Dining. But There Are Other Cards With Even Better Returns

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this card.  And help you decide if it’s worth it for you!

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Starts Today: Register for New 5X Categories Next Quarter

It’s time to get ready for next quarter’s rotating category bonuses with the Chase Freedom.

From April 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017, you can earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) when you use your Chase Freedom card at grocery and drug stores on up to $1,500 in combined spending.

If you spend the $1,500 maximum in bonus categories, you’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($75)

But you don’t get this bonus automatically!  Today is the first day you can register for next quarter’s bonus.  So remember to activate your card by June 14, 2017.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for the Chase Freedom, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

Chase Freedom Bonus Categories

You Can Register for This Quarter’s Bonus Categories Starting Today!

I’ll show you how to get the most out of this bonus!

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Earn Bonus Starwood Points for Broadway Show Tickets, Redeem for Unforgettable Experiences

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Did you know you can earn lots of Starwood points by booking your show tickets through Audience Rewards?  In some cases, you can earn up to ~18 points per $1!

And you can use the Starwood points you’ve earned for award stays at Starwood hotels, flights on ~30 airline partners, Cash & Points, and Nights & Flights.  And for once-in-a-lifetime experiences with a Starwood program called SPG Moments.

Earn Bonus Starwood Points For Broadway Show Tickets Redeem For Unforgettable Experiences

Earn Lots of Starwood Points by Booking Show Tickets, and Redeem Them for Unforgettable Experiences You Can’t Buy Elsewhere

I’ll show you how to earn more Starwood points with Audience Rewards, and get some great bargains with SPG Moments.

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1,000 American Airlines Miles for Shopping! Plus 4X Miles at Apple (Today Only)

Here’s a nice deal for folks who collect American Airlines miles and like to shop online.

Via Frequent Miler, you’ll earn 1,000 bonus American Airlines miles when you spend $350+ through the American Airlines shopping portal through March 17, 2017.  Or spend $150+ and earn 300 bonus American Airlines miles.

This is in addition to the miles you’d normally earn by shopping through the portal.  And today only, they’ve increased the earning rate to 4X American Airlines miles on Apple purchases.

So this could be a terrific double dip if you’ve had your eye on a new computer, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch!

1000 American Airlines Miles For Shopping Plus 4X Miles At Apple Today Only

Shop Through the American Airlines Shopping Portal by March 17, 2017, and Earn Lots of Bonus Miles

I’ll explain how to earn the bonus American Airlines miles!

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Uh-Oh: Complications With & eHarmony British Airways Avios Points Deal

A few days ago I told you about a cheap way to buy British Airways Avios points by signing-up for a or eHarmony account.

But now, via One Mile at a Time, lots of folks are having complications with this method!

Uh Oh Complications With Match Com EHarmony British Airways Avios Points Deal

It’s Complicated – and eHarmony Are Backing out on Their Promise

I’ll tell you what we know so far!

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Improved Offers for These 3 AMEX Cards!

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards points or like cash back, you’ll be interested in these increased AMEX offers!

For a limited time, you’ll earn up to 25,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points when you sign-up for The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express and meet tiered minimum spending requirements.

And when you sign-up for the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express or Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express by May 3, 2017, you’ll earn 10% cash back at US restaurants the first 6 months you are a cardmember, up to $200 back.  That’s on top of the sign-up bonuses you’ll receive after meeting minimum spending requirements!

Improved Offers For These 3 AMEX Cards

You’ll Earn 10% Cash Back at Restaurants the First 6 Months You’re an AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Or AMEX Blue Cash Preferred Cardmember

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these new offers, so you can decide if they are worth it for you!

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