Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines on GotoTravelGal.com and has written a free ebook titled, “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help those of you looking to fly one person nearly free with you for up to TWO years. Since she and her family regularly fly Southwest, I’ve asked her to share her best tips for using the airline’s in-flight entertainment system.
Lyn: My family has flown all over the US on Southwest Airlines. We have mastered the use of Southwest’s entertainment systems. With kids ages 9 and 13, digital devices are key to keeping occupied.
My Son Playing on His iPad on a Southwest Flight
I’ll explain your options for inflight entertainment (along with the cost), show you how to use Southwest’s entertainment system, and share which devices are compatible.
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.
Lyn writes about Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide to help you earn the Southwest Companion Pass step-by-step. Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel! I’ve asked Lyn to give us an update on Southwest’s reservation system and when we can expect changes and improvements.
Lyn: You may have noticed some things about Southwest that are different than other airlines. Of course, their service is outstanding (which is a big reason why I love to fly Southwest!) and they offer amazing deals like the Southwest Companion Pass. But they also schedule flights differently and you won’t find them on sites like Expedia or Google Flights.
Southwest Has Been Operating Under a Dated Reservations System. But Changes Are on the Way!
I’ll give you a quick overview of the latest intel about when more updates are coming to Southwest’s booking system. And show you how it may affect us as their customers.
I love earning miles & points with lots of credit cards to get Big Travel with Small Money!
But one thing I dislike is remembering passwords for all my different bank, frequent flyer, and hotel loyalty accounts.
That’s why I wanted to share a guide to using an app called 1Password. As the name suggests, with the app you only have to remember one password to access your accounts!
The app is free to try, secure, and makes the log-in process much easier!
1Password Can Save You Time & Make It Easier to Log Into Your Loyalty Accounts
I’ll share my review of 1Password!
American Express recently added new perks to The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, including monthly Uber credits up to $200 a year and 5X points on hotel bookings made through AMEX Travel.
If you’re in an area Uber serves, the Uber credit can save you lots of money on transportation, and help off-set the $550 annual fee. You’ll get up to $15 in credit per month ($35 in December).
But did you know you’re not just limited to using the Uber credit on rides? You can also apply the credit to meals purchased through UberEATS!
Shhh! You Can Also Use the Monthly AMEX Platinum Uber Credit to Order Food Through UberEATS!
I’ll fill you in on how it works!
Million Mile Secrets reader, Lynn, commented:
I purchased JetBlue airfare through Kayak’s Kiwi.com. Will my checked baggage fees be the same as if I booked directly with the airline?
It doesn’t matter which site you use to purchase airfare. Because the amount you’ll pay for things like checked baggage or cancellation charges is based on an airline’s published schedule of fees.
But there are other factors to consider when booking through an Online Travel Agency (OTA) like Orbitz, Expedia, or Kiwi.com.
For example, depending on the airline, you might earn fewer miles on your flight if you don’t book directly. Or you could accidentally book a “no-frills” Basic Economy fare without realizing.
Purchasing Airfare Through an Online Travel Agency Is Convenient. But There Are 3 Things You Should Know Before Booking This Way
I’ll explain what you should know before booking airfare through an online travel agency.
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Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and I’ve asked her to update us on the latest happenings with the airline during this first quarter of 2017.
Lyn: There have been some exciting changes to Southwest Airlines at the beginning of 2017, especially with improvements to their reservation system and more promised updates coming soon.
Hawaii Is on Southwest’s To-Do List! You’ll Be Able to Book a Ticket on Their New Reservation System. But Taking a Companion Will Be More Challenging!
I’ll share with you the newest destinations, when Hawaii may become a reality, and changes to how you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass. It’s all the latest Southwest news you need to know!
Earlier today I told you about a great targeted promotion for folks with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. But if you have any AMEX card, you might be targeted for other great deals!
There are new AMEX Offers which will save you money on purchases you make through Andriod Pay, AMEX gift cards, and general travel!
AMEX Offers are a fantastic way to save on everyday purchases you might already make. To see which deals you’re targeted for, sign-in to your American Express online account. Then add the deals to your card to take advantage of the savings.
Remember, you may be able to get these discounts more than once if you have multiple AMEX cards.
You’ll Save Big If You Have Multiple Cards That Qualify for Android Pay’s Latest AMEX Offer
Here’s a look at the new offers.
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T-Mobile has announced good news for Apple fans!
T-Mobile’s Premium Device Protection will now include AppleCare. And there’s no extra charge for the addition!
There Are Lots of Options for Getting Mobile Device Insurance
I’ll explain what that means. And help you decide if it’s worth the price for Premium Device Protection!
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Did you know there’s a web page dedicated to helping you make the most of your TSA PreCheck membership?
TSA PreCheck can save folks lots of time and inconvenience at airport security checkpoints. That’s because you won’t have to take off your jacket or remove your toiletries and computer from your bag. And TSA PreCheck lines are (usually) much shorter than the regular security lines.
Search for Your Airport’s TSA PreCheck Security Checkpoint Schedule
I’ll show you how this simple web page works!
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