We devote thousands of hours of research to help you get Big Travel with Small Money. You support us by signing-up for credit cards through partner links which earn us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.

Best of Million Mile Secrets – December 2016

Best of Million Mile Secrets – December 2016

Million Mile SecretsBest of Million Mile Secrets – December 2016Million Mile Secrets Team

We devote thousands of hours of research to help you get Big Travel with Small Money. You support us by signing-up for credit cards through partner links which earn us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.

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

1.   It’s the perfect time to earn the Southwest Companion pass, because all 3 Southwest cards are offering 50,000 points!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
Earn Nearly Enough Points for the Southwest Companion Pass! Get the Best Deal in Travel With 2 Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

2.   Did you know you can now fly from 6 US cities to Ireland for only 26,000 British Airways Avios points round-trip?

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
Use 13,000 British Airways Avios Points to Fly One-Way in Coach to Dublin 8 Months Out of the Year, From Cities Including Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC!

3.   Read this post to find out whether gift cards qualify for the AMEX Business Platinum $200 airline fee credit.

And don’t forget, through January 25, 2017, the Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN is offering a 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus after meeting minimum spending requirements.  That’s worth $2,300 in airfare!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points Is More Than Enough to Fly to Paris!

4.   Here’s how to use AMEX Membership Rewards points for United Airlines award tickets.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
Get to Hawaii for 20,000 Fewer Miles Than United Airlines When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points to Singapore Airlines

5.   Just because you apply for lots of credit cards doesn’t mean you can’t keep an excellent credit score.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
Applying for Lots of Credit Cards Is NOT Always Bad for Your Credit Score. And Can Sometimes Even Improve It!

6.   Here are tips & tricks to get the Southwest Companion Pass with Marriott flight packages.  So you and a loved one can travel for free for nearly 2 years!  Note:  This no longer works! 🙁

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
Book a Marriott Hotel + Air Package in Early 2017 and Get the Southwest Companion Pass for Almost 2 Full Years!

7.   I showed you how to select an airline with the AMEX Business Platinum card & why I chose Southwest.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
You’ll Need to Select an Airline for Your $200 Airline Fee Credit

8.   I let you know about better sign-up bonuses on these Citi American Airlines cards.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
50,000 American Airlines Miles Is Enough to Fly to Europe Round-Trip During the Off-Peak Season. So You Can Visit Beautiful Barcelona!

9.   The Alaska Airlines and Virgin America merger was approved.  And we learned Virgin America points will convert to Alaska Airlines miles at a 1:1.3 ratio.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
Alaska Airlines Acquired Virgin America to Create the 5th Largest Airline in the US

10.   Wondering how to use your Marriott or Starwood points?  Check out my posts about great Marriott & Starwood hotels in places like ItalyTokyoNew York CityMiami Beach, New Orleans, Washington, DC, San DiegoSan Francisco, Orlando, ChicagoAustralia, and Barcelona.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
Catch the Sunset From One of the Private Pools at the Stunning St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Bonus:   I created a step-by-step guide to see which miles to collect based on your home airport.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets December 2016
Miles & Points Can Seem Overwhelming at First! So I Made a Guide to Show You How to Decide Which Miles & Points to Collect Based on Your Home Airport

And I let you know about cheap flights across the US, a Delta award sale to Asia, and flights to Europe under $350.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook and never miss another deal!

If you liked this post, why don’t you join the 25,000+ readers who have signed-up to receive free blog posts via email (only 1 email per day!) or in an RSS reader …because then you’ll never miss another update!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

More Info

Editorial Note: We're the Million Mile Secrets team. And we're proud of our content, opinions and analysis, and of our reader's comments. These haven’t been reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the airlines, hotels, or credit card issuers which we often write about. And that’s just how we like it! :)

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry that something went wrong, repeat again!

2comments

by Newest
by Best by Newest by Oldest

This just changed for the worse today:

6. Here are tips & tricks to get the Southwest Companion Pass with Marriott flight packages. So you and a loved one can travel for free for nearly 2 years!

“Purchased points, transferred points transferred between members, points converted from hotel and car loyalty programs, and e-Rewards, e-Miles, Valued Opinions and Diners Club, points earned from program enrollment, tier bonus points, flight bonus points, and partner bonus points (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not qualify as Companion Pass Qualifying Points.”

As of today Jan-01-2017, tip #6 – the Southwest Companion Pass with Marriott flight packages – no longer works. Southwest just changed their official rules to stop this loophole.