The Best of Million Mile Secrets – March 2013

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Here’s a new monthly series which highlights what I consider the most interesting and useful posts of the month.

1.   My most important post of the month.   You HAVE to read this if you earn your miles and points via credit cards!

2.   The Priority Club PointsBreak list is out up to June 30, 2013.   PointsBreak hotels are a great deal because you can get a hotel room on the list for only 5,000 Priority Club points or $35.

Priority Club Hotels for 5,000 Points!

Priority Club Hotels for 5,000 Points!

3.   What are the best gas credit cards?  And does it really matter?

4.   PayPal suspends my PayPal debit card.   Pre-paid cards have their uses, but you HAVE to be aware of the risks of using them.  Having your account suspended is one such risk.

5.  What are the best credit cards with NO annual-fee.   And why it makes sense to get one!

6.   What is the impact of applying for credit cards?

7.   How does cancelling a credit card impact your credit score?

8.   Why business credit cards may not impact your credit score as much as personal credit cards.

9.   I was very happy to read that most Million Mile Secrets readers have no problem using all their vacation days!

10.   I speculated that the Southwest 2-free flights will soon end on the Southwest website and it did.  But there are still links to the Plus version of the card available on the Airlines Credit Cards tab.

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7 responses to “The Best of Million Mile Secrets – March 2013

  1. Robert Hanson

    It seems the HHonors devaluation is much worse than HHonors had lead us to believe. Despite the fact that the HHonors Points Search Tool lists the Hampton Inn Berlin as 20K for July and August, I just did a search using the “flexible dates” function on the hotel’s website, and every single day from July 1 thru Aug 31 prices out at 30K.

    As for the Paris La Defense location, the Search Tool lists June thru August as 60K, but the hotel website only lists 12 possible arrival dates for a four night stay at that rate during those 3 months. Most summer dates range from 120K thru 320K per night !

    It doesn’t matter if you are logged in as an HHonors member or not. Even on the days that do price at 60K per night, when logged in as a Gold with a HHonors Amex card, which should give me a GLON reduced award rate, I am simply offered 4 times the daily rate. So I guess the GLON is gone. When booking 5 nights at both properties, you do in essence get the 5th night free, as the daily rate is reduced by 20%.

    I thought perhaps that the website simply hasn’t updated with the new rates that just kicked in last weekend, but no… Paris used to be 40K and is now pricing at the higher 60K rate…when you can get it. Has anyone tried to book an AXON award since the rates changed? I thought of calling in and trying a dummy booking to find out if the AXON award is really still being given out, but I’m just too depressed to bother right now. 🙁

  2. Dear Daraius,
    I apologize for repeating myself, but I think my comment on an older post never made it through.

    I have a question for you!

    I know that when I apply to similar credit cards on the same day, I can often get away with one “credit inquiry,” which is good for my credit score.

    But other than that, if the cards themselves aren’t mutually exclusive (I want to do CardMatch’s Delta right now because I like the no-spend 25K, but hold out on normal-Amex-Gold until I see a deal that works better for me) are there reasons I wouldn’t want to ahead with my plan to apply at different times?


  3. @ Robert, AXON still works via the points guy blog

  4. Hi thank you very much for all tips you provided and I do appreciate the guest posts from other bloggers (now I follow a bunch of points and miles blogs thanks to you). Just want to share my personal feelings that for travelers who only care for a roof over head, airline points are way much more valuable than hotel points because most hotel prices drops as low as half for the same day reservation while airline tickets roar like rocket 🙂

  5. Darius, Thanks for the Airtran link!! I thought the deal was dead and that I had missed the deadline!! Am looking forward to traveling to KC in Sept and hitting Jack Stack’s for the baby backs, wings, and gumbo! Any other recommendations while I am there? I remember the worst part of KC is the airport and the strange sequestered boarding areas! Thanks again!!

    • @Robert Hanson – I’ve used up all my Hilton points, so I can’t do a test. But the AXON awards are still available for category 1 to 7 Hilton hotels.

      @Katie – If you’re applying for just 1 or 2 cards at a time, it shouldn’t matter when you apply. If you apply for many cards, it could make sense to bunch up the applications.

      – Thanks for reading!

      @harold – Jack Stack’s has good baby back ribs, but Arthur Bryant’s have good brisket and LC’s has great burnt ends. So much to choose from!

  6. Thank you!