Category Archives: Sweet Spots

7 Fun Travel Goals Once You Have the Starwood Card

Starwood points are some of my favorite points to collect because I can usually get incredible value when I redeem them.  And they’re extremely versatile!

You can do so many things with Starwood points, from booking free flights to reserving free hotels to earning backstage passes at concerts.

How To Use Starwood Points

You Can Use Starwood Points at Excellent Hotels, Like the Le Meridien Tahiti. But There Are Lots of Other Things You Can Do, Too!

I’ll give you some fun ideas for spending your Starwood points!

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Last Chance!! Earn the Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Points

Don’t forget!  You have just 10 days left to earn the Southwest Companion Pass by transferring hotel points to Southwest.

Through March 31, 2017, you can transfer points from hotels like Marriott, Hyatt, and Choice to earn the 110,000 Southwest points required in a calendar year to qualify for the Companion Pass.  Emily and I consider the Southwest Companion Pass to be the BEST deal in travel!

Last Chance Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Points

The Southwest Companion Pass Is Extremely Valuable for Domestic Travel. And Even Several Destinations South of the Border

I’ll tell you why it’s best to transfer your hotel points to Southwest as soon as possible to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

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Limited Time: Up to 40% Bonus Alaska Airlines Miles

In the market for Alaska Airlines miles?  I have good news!

Alaska Airlines is awarding bonus miles when you buy miles through April 6, 2017.  The more miles you buy, the higher the bonus!

40 Bonus Alaska Miles March 2017

Flights Under 700 Miles Only Cost 5,000 Alaska Airlines Miles in Coach. So You Can Fly From San Francisco to Seattle for Just 5,000 Miles One-Way!

Here’s more about this deal!

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How to Use ANA Award Search

For folks looking to get Big Travel with Small Money, using All Nippon Airways (ANA) miles can sometimes be a good deal.

But even if you don’t want to use ANA miles, their website is handy for searching for award seats on all Star Alliance airlines.  Other sites, like United Airlines, don’t show every Star Alliance option.

If you don’t collect ANA miles, you can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points to ANA at a 1:1 ratio.  And when you move Starwood points to ANA, you’ll get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer.

And you’ll often pay fewer miles using ANA miles for award flights compared to other airlines, like flights to Asia.  But you’ll also pay high taxes and fees, which might not be worth it even if you’re saving miles.  I’ll help you decide!

How To Use ANA Award Search

Visit the Gorgeous Temples of Kyoto, Japan, Using ANA Miles

I’ll show you step-by-step instructions on how to use the ANA award site to book award travel!

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Easy 500 Miles for Folks New to Singapore Airlines

Every mile counts!

Via Points With a Crew, folks who don’t yet have a Singapore Airlines account can earn 500 bonus Singapore Airlines miles by entering promotion code “JOINKF2017″ at sign-up.  But you’ll need to enroll by April 14, 2017.

Easy 500 Miles For Folks New To Singapore Airlines

Use 17,500 Singapore Airlines Miles to Fly One-Way From the Mainland US to Hawaii on United Airlines. That’s 5,000 Miles Less Than United Airlines Charges!

Here’s what you need to know about this deal.

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4 Days Left: Apply In-Branch for $1,500+ in Free Travel

I shared 2 months ago that the Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 point sign-up bonus would be reduced by half for online applications.  But the original sign-up bonus is still available to folks who visit a Chase branch to apply!

But after March 12, 2017, (this Sunday!), you will no longer earn 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you apply for the Chase Sapphire Reserve in-branch.

We don’t earn a commission for the online or in-branch Chase Sapphire Reserve offers, but Emily and I will always remind you about the best deals for Big Travel!

Last Chance For 100000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points In Branch

You’ll Get at Least $1,500 in Travel From the Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus, but You Must Apply In-Branch by March 12, 2017

If you’re interested in the Chase Sapphire Reserve‘s larger sign-up bonus, this is your last opportunity!

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The 10 Best Travel Deals in 2017

Let’s see what’s new and exciting in 2017!

If you’re just getting started in miles and points hobby, these 10 deals are an excellent way to get Big Travel with Small Money.  For example, cheap award flights to Europe in coach or Business Class.  Or a 4th night free on paid hotel stays.

Best Travel Deals 2017

Emily and I Are Excited to Share Our Top 10 Best Travel Deals for 2017!

Here are the best travel deals for 2017!

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Positive Changes Coming to the AMEX Business Platinum

Last week I told you about upcoming changes to The Platinum Card® from American Express.

And now, via View From the WingThe Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is getting some changes, too.  And they’re for the better!

AMEX Business Platinum Improvements March 2017

You’ll Soon Be Able to Take 2 Guests Into Priority Pass Lounges for Free With the AMEX Business Platinum Card

I’ll tell you about the new improvements coming to the AMEX Business Platinum!

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Top 7 Credit Cards to Get Big Travel With Small Money – March 2017

The end of winter is right around the corner!  So it’s the perfect time to start planning your spring getaway.

Lots of credit cards come with great sign-up bonuses and travel benefits, including travel creditsairport lounge access, and Global Entry reimbursements.  Some can save you thousands of dollars on your upcoming travel!

Best Travel Credit Cards March 2017

Use Miles & Points to Visit the Stunning Beaches of Durban, South Africa, Like I Did!

Here are my picks for the best travel credit cards March 2017.

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How 1 Card Bonus = 1 Round-Trip Business Class Flight or 2 in Coach!

Did you know you can use your Starwood points to get Big Travel with Small Money on lots of different airlines, like American Airlines?

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 35,000 bonus Starwood points on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards after you meet tiered minimum spending requirements.  And you’ll have at least 40,000 Starwood points after you complete minimum spending!  That’s because you’ll get at least 1 Starwood points per $1 you spend.

You can transfer Starwood points directly to American Airlines at a 1:1 ratio.  Plus, you’ll get a bonus 5,000 miles for every increment of 20,000 Starwood points you transfer!  So you’ll earn 50,000 American Airlines miles with this new offer (40,000 Starwood points transferred to American Airlines = 40,000 American Airlines miles + 10,000 bonus American Airlines miles for transferring 2 increments of 20,000 Starwood points).

You can fly round-trip in Business Class within the US, and to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America for just 50,000 American Airlines miles!

Starwood Points For Flights To Caribbean

Use Starwood Points for Flights to Caribbean for Yourself and a Friend With Just 1 Credit Card Bonus

I’ll show you what you can do with the increased 35,000 point sign-up bonuses on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards when you transfer your points to American Airlines!

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