British Airways Avios on American Airlines for Emergency Domestic Ticket

Two weeks ago I had a family emergency and needed to book a roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Nashville at the last minute. The lowest-priced ticket I found was over $900 so I knew the best bet would be to use miles/points if possible. I checked Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards …

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Free Flights & a Cheap Motel

Coyote Mountain Lodge $75/Night

We just got back from a quick trip to Estes Park, Colorado to visit Rocky Mountain National Park using Southwest Airlines points and Companion Pass. I got 100,000 points at the end of 2013, and a little additional spending earned a Companion Pass that lets me take a friend (my …

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Planning 6 Weeks in South America Using Points And Miles–Stage 1

I am in Stage 1 of planning our six-week trip to South America using points and miles this fall. I’m a natural planner but thank goodness I am because it’s taking a ton of it! We’ve already selected the countries where we will visit and for how long in each place. So far picking the …

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Earned My Southwest Airlines Companion Pass!

Southwest Airlines Companion Pass

I’m so excited! I just got an email letting me know I earned my Southwest Airlines Companion Pass for 2014! The pass enables me to choose one person to fly FREE with me on any Southwest flight for all of next year. I’m selecting Bob, my husband, as my companion but Southwest …

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My End-of-Year Push For More Points

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card Offers

Earlier this year I signed up for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus credit card for my business ($69 fee) and got a 50,000 bonus. But a few weeks ago I realized I might have time to earn enough points to get a free companion pass for next year so I …

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Collecting Points and Miles for Emergencies–Heading to Nashville on AA Miles

Having points and miles is a great relief in case of an emergency! The other day my sisters conference-called me with a plea for me to travel from my home in L.A. to Nashville to help them move my parents across town. My parents are in their 70s and orchestrating the …

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A Family Trip to Hawaii for FREE (Almost free) Start Planning Now!

Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach

A good friend asked me this question the other day, “What do I need to do now so I can take my family of four to Hawaii for free next year?” It’s a great question and she is right to ask now to have the time to earn the points needed …

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Travel Goals and Resolutions for 2013

My husband and I are goal-oriented people. One of our favorite things to do on New Years Day is to sit down and set our goals and resolutions for the coming year and travel is always high on the list of a goal to do it more often. Part of …

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Our Cheap Hawaii Vacation on the Big Island

Volcano National Park Hawaii

I’ve been offline a while because I just got back from a great vacation to Hawaii with Bob and my 70+-year-old parents. My dad is the original Bohemian (frugal) traveler (and at home, too) so we found a variety of cheap options for getting to Hawaii and having some fun on the …

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Collecting Airline Miles & My Interview with Million Mile Secrets

When I first learned about collecting airline miles (without flying) and hotel points (without paying for the hotels), Million Mile Secrets blog was one of the first resources where I learned about my new favorite “hobby.” I continue to visit the blog daily for tips. Million Mile Secrets is a great place …

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