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.
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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.

Free Giveaway Friday: $51 Southwest Gift Card that Never Expires

Longtime 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, and you can enter both ways.

Book by Tomorrow: Nationwide $49+ Sale on Southwest

Southwest is offering $49, $99, $129, and $149 one way fares if you book by tomorrow (June 4) and fly between August 25 and December 16. Fridays, Sundays, September 3-5, September 7, and November 20 - December 1, 2015 are blacked out.

For other restrictions and all the city pairs, see the sale page. Here are the $49 fares from Baltimore:

There are even a few sale prices under $49.

If you prefer to fly with another carrier, check to see if they are matching the sale.

Free Giveaway: $51 Southwest Gift Card that Never Expires!

Longtime reader Cave Man 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, and you can enter both ways.

World’s Easiest Southwest Companion Pass

Southwest is offering a Companion Pass for the rest of 2015 to Atlanta residents who register for the promotion and fly three roundtrips that originate in Atlanta by May 17, and you can get in on it too.

If you have a regular companion and want to fly within the continental United States, Caribbean, and Mexico, the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel. The Southwest Companion Pass allows you to designate a companion who flies for government taxes ($5.60 domestically) every time you fly Southwest--whether your ticket is a paid ticket or award ticket.

Free Giveaway: $51 Southwest Gift Card that Never Expires

Longtime reader Cave Man 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, and you can enter both ways.

Free Giveaway: $51 Southwest Gift Card that Never Expires

Longtime reader Cave Man 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, and you can enter both ways.

Free Giveaway: $49 Southwest Gift Card

Longtime reader Cave Man is offering one lucky reader a $49 Southwest gift card.

Southwest gift cards are fully transferable and don't expire. There are two ways to enter, and you can enter both ways.