Best of Million Mile Secrets – May 2015

Disclosure: We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do. American Express, Barclaycard, Chase, and US Bank are Million Mile Secrets advertising partners. Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or endorsed by our partners. Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure.

1.   Did you hear?  I got 5 Alaska Airlines cards in the same day!

2.  It’s now easier to earn the Southwest Companion Pass because you can earn 50,000 points with all 3 Chase Southwest cards.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

With the Southwest Companion Pass, a Friend or Family Member Can Fly With You for (Almost) Free for Up to 2 Years!

3.   Find out which AMEX prepaid card (Bluebird, REDcard, or Serve) is best for you.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

You Can Load all 3 AMEX Prepaid Cards With a PIN-Enabled Gift Card, So Which 1 Should You Choose?

4.   I explained why the Citi Prestige card shouldn’t sit in your sock drawer.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

The Citi Prestige Gives You Plenty of Incentives That Will Make You Want to Keep This Card in Your Wallet

5.   I let you know you can now earn 25,000 Starwood points on the AMEX Starwood card with less spending.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

With 25,000 Starwood Points You Can Stay at the Sheraton Rhodes Hotel in Greece and Enjoy Beautiful Views of the Aegean Sea!

6.   You can get 3 free nights (worth up to $900+) at any Wyndham hotel with 1 card!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

How Does 3 Nights at a Top Wyndham Hotel, Like the Wyndham Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand Resort Sound?

7.   I broke the bad news to you, the Target Prepaid REDcard can no longer be loaded directly with a credit card.  But you can still add funds with a PIN-enabled gift card!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

You Can Add Funds to the Target Prepaid REDcard With a PIN-Enabled Gift Card

8.   Do you know how to decide if you should keep your AMEX card after the 1st year?

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

I’ll Show You Which AMEX Cards Might Be Worth the Annual Fee

9.   I showed you how you can use your phone abroad without spending big money.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

SIM Cards Are an Affordable Way to Stay Connected Overseas

10.   Emily shared the details about our stopover in Hong Kong.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2015

It Was Nice Having an Extra Office Space in Our Room at the InterContinental Hong Kong

* If you liked this post, why don’t you join the 20,000+ readers who have signed-up to receive free blog posts via email (only 1 email per day!) or in an RSS reader …because then you’ll never miss another update!

* If you liked this post, why don’t you join the 25,000+ readers who have signed-up to receive free blog posts via email (only 1 email per day!) or in an RSS reader …because then you’ll never miss another update!

Editorial Disclaimer: Neither the responses below nor the editorial content on this page are provided or commissioned by the bank advertisers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertisers. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the bank advertisers. It is not the bank advertisers’ responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

6 responses to “Best of Million Mile Secrets – May 2015

  1. This is a very good collection of secrets for people that want to earn bonus miles but one thing that this article doesn’t hint at is that the 7 credit card companies are winning this game. 40 miles away from you in Selma or Shertz a 30 year old girl that just bought a $160,000 house on Army/Air Force Housing Benefit gets 30 or 40 credit card offers in the first 30 days applies for 10 of them for the hotel points then when she gets force separated 2 years later then she winds up with $10,000 in credit card debt literally overnight. The point is that the evidence is OVERWHELMING that 10 times out of 10 when people 30 and under get several credit cards within 2 years they go out and do some shrewd borrowing. The reason that the 7 credit card companies are playing this game is because they are winning this game-and as long as they are winning this game they are going to keep putting credit card offers in everybody’s mail box.

  2. Pete,

    It is not my job to be responsible for others. Every blog on this topic I have read always says to be responsible with your applications and spending.

  3. @Pete:

    While it is true that many people who use credit cards end up getting burned, there is a growing population of churners that use them to reap the rewards while incurring no debt. If you use the cards as you would a debit card (i.e. only spend if you have the money in your bank account to pay off) then you greatly reduce the risk of falling 10k in credit card debt. I’ve had around 30-35 cards in the past 5 years and haven’t paid any interest on all the spending that I’ve done (but in that same time have accrued over 1,000,000 points/miles, companion pass, free night vouchers etc).

    The point is to not make rash or dumb decisions with your money, budget every dollar out, and not commit to travel/point hacking if you feel like you can’t handle it.

  4. @ Kyle @ Alexandros Its all related by 6 degrees of separation. 4 of the 7 credit card companies also issue home loans. Fort Sam Houston in Northeast San Antonio is force separating 6000 people in the next 12 months. All 6000 houses involved were bought on the VA plan hence there was no down payment so on those houses no money ever changed hands in the first place-in 2 years 90% of those houses go into short sale or CRD deed to creditor plus the people living in those houses all have about 30 credit cards each with about $10,000 in debt. Its all related by 6 degrees of separation. It ain’t even a question the credit card companies are wining this game.

  5. You could do as much damage (debt wise) with a single credit card as you can with 40.

    It’s pretty simple, only buy what you have money to afford at that point in time, if you can’t do that then you have other issues to focus on than travel hacking.

    Of course the banks are winning, they are in business to make a profit, but responsible churns win with them.

  6. Hi Darius, have been following your blog but wonder if you have recently applied for a Chase card? Curious to see how the number of new open accounts affect your Chase application as Chase recently tightened their application process and denied many who have multiple accounts open within the last 6 months 1 year.

    This strategy pretty much jeopardize the chance of applying and getting a Chase card (especially Sapphire and Ink). Just a thought for your audience.