Blog Giveaway: 18,000 Choice Hotel Points

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We love our readers!  To show our thanks for your support, we’re giving away 18,000 Choice hotel points!

Blog Giveaway 18000 Choice Hotel Points

18,000 Choice Points Is Enough for 3 Nights at the Clarion Suites Roatan at Pineapple Villas in Honduras!

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7,000 Alaska Airlines Miles Winner!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our 7,000 Alaska Airlines miles giveaway!

7000 Alaska Airlines Miles Winner March 2017

Are You the Winner of 7,000 Alaska Airlines Miles?

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You Can Use Starwood Points for ANY Flight, but Should You?

One of my favorite uses of Starwood points is transferring them to airline partners for award flights.  Because you get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer.

But with SPG Flights, you can use Starwood points for paid tickets on 150+ airlines with NO blackout dates?

This perk can be useful for folks who don’t have a lot of flexibility in scheduling, can’t find award seats, or want cheap paid tickets.

Starwood Points For Any Flight

Start Planning Your Next Trip! With SPG Flights, You Can Travel Where You Want, When You Want, With NO Blackout Dates!

I’ll explain the details of the SPG Flights program.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for your particular situation!

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Fantastic 100,000-Point Marriott Sign-Up Bonus!

Fantastic news for folks who use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points!

You can now earn 100,000 Marriott points with the increased sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card after completing minimum spending requirements.  That’s 20,000 more points than the previous offer!

And if you recently applied or are planning to apply for the limited time AMEX Starwood offer (available until April 5, 2017), you could have a total of 225,000 Marriott points!  That’s enough for 5 award nights at the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection.

Emily Had an Amazing Time at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands!  You Can Stay There Too Using Points From the Limited Time Chase Marriott Sign-Up Bonus

I’ll share details of the improved sign-up bonus.  And help you decide if you should apply!

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What We Know (and Do NOT Know!) About the Future of Starwood’s Loyalty Program

The Marriott – Starwood merger officially closed in September 2016.  And you can link your Starwood and Marriott accounts to enjoy the perks of both programs.

But you might be wondering, what’s the future of Starwood’s loyalty program

What Will Happen To Starwood In 2018

Lots of Folks Are Wondering About the Future of the Starwood Loyalty Program Now That the Marriott – Starwood Merger Is Complete. I’ll Share What We Know So Far

While I don’t have all the details yet, I’ll share what I know.  And give you ideas about earning and using Starwood points going forward!

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“If It Seems Like a Good Deal, Jump On It. If You Wait to See If It Worked for Others, It Will Expire”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:   Discounts & Deals 4 Military

Bobby started Discounts & Deals 4 Military to highlight discounts and easy ways to save money that is unique to military members.  You can also find him on Facebook!

Discounts Deals 4 Military

Trip Back Home to Oregon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Fare Sale: 5 US Cities to Iceland Starting at $200 Round-Trip!

Via The Points Guyyou can fly from several US cities to Iceland in coach starting at just $200 round-trip!

I found flights from San Francisco to Reykjavik for $260 departing April 16, 2017, and returning April 27, 2017.  These fares are valid for travel from April to June, and from September to November 2017 on certain routes.

Wow Air Sale March 2017

Don’t Let the Name Fool You – Iceland Is a Beautiful Destination With Green Hills, Waterfalls, and Volcanoes!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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Save Miles on Award Flights to South Africa Using AMEX & Starwood Points

Million Mile Secrets reader Aaron asked:

I have been looking to take the family to South Africa.  It appears ANA has the best mileage, but taxes and fees are terrible.  Do you have any thoughts?

Aaron is mostly correct.  ANA Mileage Club can save you tens of thousands of miles for flights to South Africa.  But it also adds fuel surcharges to most of its partners.

If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points, you can transfer them to ANA to book award flights.  Or move Marriott points to Starwood and then to ANA.

Using airline miles on award flights to South Africa is a great idea, because paid flights are expensive and rarely discounted.  But fuel surcharges can be very high.

ANA stopped collecting fuel surcharges on most of its own flights in Spring 2016, but it keeps adding them to most of its partners.

How To Book Award Flights To South Africa With ANA Miles

Planning a Trip to South Africa Like Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith? You’ll Use Fewer Miles (but More Cash) Booking With ANA Miles

I’ll show you how to save miles and money, and pitfalls to avoid for award flights to South Africa.

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New! No-Annual-Fee Card Earns Up to 3% Cash Back

Via Reddit, there’s a new card that earns 3% on dining, 2% on groceries, and 1% on everything else.

With the Capital One Premier Dining Rewards card, you’ll earn a sign-up bonus of $100 when you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

That’s not bad for a card with no annual fee.  But it’s NOT a good card for folks just getting into the miles & points hobby!

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this card, but we’ll always tell you all your options!

Capital One Dining Rewards

You’ll Get the Most Cash Back When You Use Your Card for Dining. But There Are Other Cards With Even Better Returns

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this card.  And help you decide if it’s worth it for you!

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Merger Update: Big Changes Coming to Alaska Airlines and Virgin America!

The merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America continues to move forward, with some big changes coming in the near future!

Via Travel Codex, Alaska Airlines announced more details about the merger with Virgin America.  And it’s mostly good news!  For example, you can expect enhanced in-flight entertainment, updated cabins, and lots of Virgin America personality across all Alaska Airlines flights.

But they’ve confirmed the Virgin America brand will disappear in 2019.

Merger Update Big Changes Coming To Alaska Airlines And Virgin America

Alaska Airlines Is Keeping Some of the Virgin America Personality! Including Fun Mood Lighting in the Cabin

I’ll give you an update on the merger, and tell you what to expect going forward.

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