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Thursday Giveaway: 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points And The Winner of the 100,000 Hyatt Points Giveaway

September 26, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Twitter is one of my favorite ways to communicate – whether it’s staying up on all the latest trends and promotions, or just staying in touch with other travelers and readers. In fact, it’s one of the […]

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Southwest Devalues Rapid Rewards Redemptions on Wanna Get Away Fares

September 23, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Southwest Rapid Rewards is a fixed-value program that has been pretty generous with their Wanna Get Away fare redemptions. Currently you can redeem for any seat and 60 points = $1 worth of Wanna Get Away fares, […]

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Southwest 50,000 Point Offer Is Back Starting Today

September 18, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here.  Southwest.com is now showing a huge banner for the Chase Southwest Visa 50,000 point offer after $2,000 spent within 3 months, and remember, those points count towards the holy grail of travel rewards – the Southwest Companion […]

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Southwest Launches Its New ‘No Show’ Policy Today

September 13, 2013

As announced earlier this year, Southwest Airlines will now be enforcing a “no show” policy for Wanna Get Away and DING fares, and will no longer be as lenient about passengers who simply do not show up for their flights. As of today, September 13, 2013, the new rule means that passengers holding non-refundable Wanna […]

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Up to $200 Worth of Southwest Points For Buying Marriott GiftCards

September 6, 2013

Once again Southwest has teamed up with Marriott to offer Rapid Rewards members up to 12,000 bonus points for purchasing Marriott GiftCards through Southwest through September 26, 2013. Here’s how it breaks down (max purchase of $1,000): $100 = 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points $250 = 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points $500 = 6,000 Rapid Rewards Points […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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I Have The Southwest Companion Pass, Now How Do I Achieve A-List Status?

August 11, 2013

TPG reader Adam has earned a Southwest Companion Pass, but now wants to reach the A-List level. “@thepointsguy I’ve knocked out the Southwest Companion Pass for the next 18 months, but do you have any advice for working on A-List, or is that pure bum-in-seat?”  Last year Southwest really revamped its A-List elite program and added […]

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Why Can’t I Use My Southwest Companion Pass On An Airtran Flight?

August 11, 2013

Today we have a special guest answering one of our Sunday Reader Questions. TPG contributor Jason Steele takes on a question about the Southwest/Airtran merger and the limitations it imposes on maximizing the Southwest Companion Pass in the case of this reader. TPG reader Jake wants to book a flight Airtran flight using Southwest Rapid […]

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Last-Minute Round of Applications – Maximizing Southwest 50,000 Ending, Starwood Amex 30,000 Launch and British Airways Visa Annual Fee Waived

August 6, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. They say when it rains it pours – and today has been a crazy day in the […]

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Can I Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points to My Southwest Account to Qualify for the Companion Pass?

August 4, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. TPG Twitter follower Holliday is looking to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but wants to use his Chase Ultimate Rewards points to do so: “@thepointsguy to meet the Companion Pass requirement of 110,000 points, can I transfer […]

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Saturday Recap: Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonuses Ends Tuesday, Up to 100% Bonus on Purchased US Airways Miles, American Airlines Flights Camera Action 3 Promotion, 100% Bonus When Buying Avianca Taca LifeMiles

August 3, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonuses Ends Tuesday: The limited-time 50,000 point sign-up bonus for all four Southwest Visa cards will be ending this Tuesday, August 6, 2013. To get the 50,000 points you need to spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening […]

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Maximizing A+ Rewards With The Airtran Companion Pass

August 1, 2013

Update: My links for the 50,000 point Southwest offer are no longer working. You may be able to find working links at Chase.com. The Southwest Companion Pass is just one of the many reasons to love the Rapid Rewards program and can be a great way to save money and travel the country for half-off, […]

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Top 11 Ways To Top Up Your Account For The Southwest Companion Pass

July 30, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. As I have often said, one of the most incredible airline frequent flyer perks out there is the Southwest Companion pass,which lets a companion fly free with you for up to two years (depending on when you qualify)- […]

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Are Points Earned Towards Southwest’s Companion Pass Cumulative?

July 28, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. TPG follower Ben is looking to qualify for Southwest’s Companion Pass, and tweeted me the following question: “‪@thepointsguy‬ are points earned towards Southwest’s Companion Pass cumulative? If you have 50,000 points, redeem 10,000 leaving a 40,000-point balance, […]

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Maximize Dining Spend: Updated List of Current Dining Rewards Programs Bonuses

July 25, 2013

Dining programs can be a great way to double-dip with miles or points. Not only can you earn the points or miles you would normally earn on a points-earning credit card like the Starwood Amex, or even the category spending bonus points on a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2.14X per $1) or the Citi Forward […]

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Top 3 Credit Cards For Family Travel

July 25, 2013

Update: My links for the 50,000 point Southwest offer are no longer working. You may be able to find working links at Chase.com. Even though I don’t have any (human) children myself, my siblings’ families are all growing as they have more kids and I’m actually in charge of planning a big family trip in […]

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Southwest Points vs. Southwest Credits: When Transferring Makes Sense and How to Check Availability

July 24, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. In early 2011 Southwest announced significant changes to their Rapid Rewards program. Under the old Rapid Rewards program you qualify for an award flight after roughly every 8 roundtrip flights, and those award flights were capacity controlled, […]

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Do Southwest Cards Qualify For A Companion Pass?

July 21, 2013

Update: The 50,000 point Southwest offers have expired. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards here. TPG reader Kristen asks: “I’ve had the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card for several years now and am looking to open up some new credit cards. I’ve read about the Southwest Companion Pass and think it […]

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Saturday Recap: Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion, American Airlines Bonus on Purchased Miles, 600 United Miles for Joining Opinion Miles Club, Earn Bonus Elevate Points with Mandarin Oriental, 500 Free Rapid Rewards Points from Dish Network

July 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, registration is now open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion. Like last year’s promo, which was essentially the same, this one isn’t too exciting, but at least there’s […]

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Top 10: Reasons To Like Southwest Rapid Rewards

July 9, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. I generally use frequent flyer miles for international and business/first class flights. I use my hotel points for hotel stays that would have otherwise cost me an arm and a leg. To me- that’s the magic of […]

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Limited Time: Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonuses Until August 6, 2013

July 8, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Chase has been offering 50,000 points on the Southwest Visa products for a couple weeks now and I just got confirmation that the offers will end August 6, 2013. To get the 50,000 points you need to […]

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Can You Book Southwest Flights Through Ultimate Rewards Travel?

July 7, 2013

TPG follower Bryce tweeted me this week wanting to know if there is any way he can book Southwest flights through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, or if it makes sense to transfer those points to Southwest and book the flights through there instead. Here was his question: ‪”@thepointsguy‬‬ Hi there! Any idea if you […]

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Southwest 30% Off Sale… And A New Policy On Restricting Fare Sales From Point Redemptions?

July 3, 2013

In honor of the 15th anniversary of its “Click ‘N Save” emails, Southwest is holding a 30% off sale on flights on certain dates this summer. It’s not exactly an overwhelming sale since flight dates are limited, but if the dates fit your travel needs, you might as well get a discount. Unfortunately, points aren’t […]

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