Free Giveaway: $51 Southwest Gift Card

The weekend is over. Blah. But we're giving away a $51 Southwest gift card to brighten your Monday.

Longtime and generous reader Caveman, who I'm going to be referring to as CaveDweller from now on per his request, is offering one lucky reader a $51 Southwest gift card. Southwest gift cards are fully transferable and don’t expire. There are two ways to enter:

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Frontier & Southwest Domestic Airfare Sales

Frontier and Southwest have put domestic flights on sale for a limited time. The Frontier sale lasts through the end of today (11:59 pm ET) and is good for travel dates through November 16, 017.

Winner of Best Travel Goof $101 Southwest Card Giveaway

Last week I shared my most embarrassing travel goofs as well as Scott's, and asked for you guys to share your biggest travel goofs with us–the most embarrassing, cringe-worthy mistakes or situations you’ve gotten yourself in. I narrowed down the entries to the top two, and then let you vote on a winner who will receive a $101 Southwest Gift card.

And the people have spoken.

Congratulations Tom! You received the most votes.

Back to School Shopping Portal Bonuses

United, American, Delta, and Southwest are all offering bonuses for shopping through their portals. The bonuses are in addition to what you'd already be earning by shopping through the portal. Shopping portals allow you to earn miles by making your normal online purchases through your favorite online stores. Just by starting at the loyalty program’s portal and using its link to your favorite online retailer, you can get extra miles for your purchases.

With each back to school promotion, the more you spend, the higher your return is.

Free Giveaway: $51 Southwest Gift Card

Longtime and generous reader Caveman is offering one lucky reader a $51 Southwest gift card. Southwest gift cards are fully transferable and don’t expire. There are two ways to enter:

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GIVING AWAY A $51 GIFT CARD ON SOUTHWEST AIRLINES. FOLLOW AND RT TO WIN.

Huge Southwest Fare Sale: Flights from $49

Southwest is having its twice-yearly big fare sale now through Thursday for flights from August to December. Fares start at $49 and include two free checked bags.

Because Southwest points have a (nearly) fixed value, awards are also on sale starting from 2,300 points + $5.60.

This sale is a great deal for anyone who wants to travel in the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, or the Caribbean this Fall, especially anyone with Southwest points or the ridiculously-easy-to-get Southwest Companion Pass.
How to Find the Deals
Click the deals page and look for your home airport.

The Cheapest Ways to Get to Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to visit, and judging by the number of inquiries I get about booking awards to Hawaii, it's clear that many people agree. There are a number of cheap ways to get there that I'll list in order.

1. Korean Miles Award: 25,000 Korean Miles and $11 Roundtrip, First Class 45,000 Korean Miles Roundtrip
Korean miles can book a roundtrip in Delta economy from anywhere in the United States to any of the four major Hawaiian islands for 25,000 Korean miles.

Marriott & SPG Status Matches and Points Can Be Combined

Marriott and Starwood have merged. With admirable speed, Marriott has announced that you can now status match between the two rewards programs and transfer your Marriott points to Starpoints or vice versa, and that the programs will remain separate until at least 2018.

I'll break down the news from the perspective of how to maximize the separate programs.
Status Match Angle
This one is a no-brainer.

How to Designate Seven Companions During the Life of Your Southwest Companion Pass

If you live at an airport served by Southwest, the Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals in travel. Every time you fly Southwest--whether on a cash or award ticket--your designated companion flies for free plus taxes: $5.60 one way in the United States and a little more internationally.

Here's how to open two credit cards and get the Southwest Companion Pass for almost all of 2016 and 2017.

The Southwest Companion Pass previously allowed three changes to your designation of the companion. Now you get three changes per calendar year.