Southwest Airlines Adds Costa Rica As a Destination

Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica's top attractions

Many people like Southwest Airlines miles due to their ease in redemption. There is no award hunting and each Southwest Rapid Rewards point is worth exactly 1.43 cents toward Wanna Get Away fares. When the fare is higher, you pay more points. When the fare is lower, you pay fewer points. It's just like cash in real life except with Rapid Rewards points. The other excellent value is the Southwest Companion Pass. After one earns 110,000 eligible Southwest Rapid Rewards points in a single calendar year, one receives a Companion Pass to bring along a previously designated companion on all flights, … [Read more...]

Why Did US Airways Off-Peak South America Awards Disappear?

Carnival in Rio

The US Airways award chart suddenly has a former great deal missing: gone are the off-peak awards to South America that cost 35,000 miles round-trip in economy and 60,000 miles round-trip in business class. The deal to book round-trip awards to Europe for 35,000 miles that I wrote about a few days ago is still intact, but South America off-peak award dates are nowhere to be seen. So what happened? Did US Airways make an award chart change without notice? It turns out there's a very good explanation. While US Airways miles can be used for award flights across all its new oneworld … [Read more...]

Delta Fare Deal: Newark to Honolulu For $573


I follow The Flight Deal and they just posted an excellent fare to Hawaii from Newark. Living in New York, I know tickets to Hawaii are always expensive and, apparently, this is the first time in almost 12 months that tickets to Hawaii have been available for under $600. For certain dates through May 2015, there are tickets from Newark to Honolulu for $573 including all taxes and this is valid for Monday-Thursday departures. You do have to connect in Atlanta, which is slightly inconvenient, but if a trip to Honolulu works with your travel plans, it could be work taking advantage … [Read more...]

How to Book A Winter Round-Trip to Europe for 30,000 US Airways Miles

US Airways Route Map

One of my favorite deals with US Airways miles is its off-peak award chart and it's definitely something that I've been looking at lately. Now that summer travel season is over, I know many of us are looking toward the winter travel we're planning. I've written before about the US Airways off-peak award chart and wanted to go over these very good deals. They may very well be disappearing once US Airways and American Airlines merge toward the start of 2015 as the combined airline may have a very different award chart. Among these deals is the ability to fly to Europe for 35,000 miles … [Read more...]

New Warnings from Chase on Account Shutdowns

I recently read a report on Million Mile Secrets that Chase has altered the language in its terms and conditions to specifically warn against abusing its generous reward offers. The terms for Ultimate Rewards cards now state that you can lose your Ultimate Rewards points: If we suspect that you’ve misused the program in any way, for example…by repeatedly opening or otherwise maintaining credit card accounts for the sole purpose of generating rewards. You can read in full the terms on the Chase Ink, Chase Sapphire Preferred, and Chase Freedom cards for the full information. What Does … [Read more...]

Booking Free Nights at the New Conrad St. James London

Conrad St. James

I am going to be going to London in October and needed one more night on a Saturday night and thought it would be a perfect time to use my Hilton free night certificate from the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card. Hotels in London, especially nice ones in good locations, are quite expensive. I was very excited to hear that the new Conrad London St. James will be open in time for my visit. I really like the Conrad hotel chain and especially enjoyed my stay at Conrad Tokyo last December. The Conrad St. James was previously an InterContinental property and just joined the Hilton portfolio. The … [Read more...]

Dying Deals and Updates: Amazon, Amex, Paypal

Here’s a quick update on some opportunities to collect miles or extra perks. Mostly deals dying, which is always sad, but a little bit of good news at the end. No More Amazon Payments Amazon Payments has sent out emails indicating that it will no longer allow person to person payments beginning October 13, 2014. It used to have a payment processing option where you could send up to $1000 a month fee free from a credit card. People used to use this method to help meet minimum spending requirements on credit card sign-up bonuses or earn an extra 1000 miles every month by sending a payment to a … [Read more...]

Starwood Double or Triple Points “More For You” Fall Promotion

Starwood More For You Promotion

Starwood has just announced its fall promotion for stays from September 15 to December 15, 2014. It gives the opportunity to earn double or triple points for qualifying stays this fall. Registration is available here and must be done by October 31. With this promotion, you will earn: Double Starpoints on stays of two or more eligible nights Triple Starpoints on eligible stays that include a Friday or Saturday night (Thursday or Friday night in the Middle East) An Eligible Stay is defined as two or more consecutive nights paying an Eligible Rate in the same hotel regardless of the … [Read more...]