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Daraius Dubash and Emily Jablon have earned and redeemed millions of airline miles and hotel points – most of which they acquired for free and without flying in airplanes or staying in hotels.

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At Restaurant Sant Pau Near Barcelona, Spain.  Daraius & Emily Used Miles to Travel for Free on Swiss Air to Europe

Million Mile Secrets shows time-starved folks how, they too, can acquire airline miles and hotel points, and travel very comfortably to see the world, for a fraction of what they would otherwise pay for such travels.

They believe everyone can use airline and hotel loyalty points to travel for free – whether it is a trip in First Class to Thailand or a family visit to grandma in Florida.

By reading Million Mile Secrets you will learn their secrets to fly for much less,  stay in wonderful hotels for much less, and rent cars for much less than retail price.

They have visited over 30 countries in 6 out of 7 continents, and have flown on International First Class (where tickets costs about $20,000 per ticket) to Europe, Asia, and the US, many times for virtually no money.  They use their expertise and specialized tools to help their blog readers and their families travel and experience the world like they never thought possible.

Emily in Lake Como, Italy

Emily Used her Miles to Visit Lake Como, Italy


As a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Daraius roamed the world, as an auditor for a Fortune 500 company, to ensure that rules, regulations, and policies were enforced.  He also prepared many tax returns as a volunteer with the AARP.

Daraius now uses his ability to interpret complicated airline rules and marketing promotions – honed from mastering complex accounting rules – to make the most of airline, hotel, and rental car promotions.

But Daraius believes using your miles and points to travel shouldn’t require a degree in Accounting!  That’s why they started Million Mile Secrets.  They present the information in a helpful way that anyone can understand.

Emily was a Project Manager for General Dynamics (a Fortune 100 Company) and completed her MBA in 2014. She has worked in the Operations divisions of 2 publicly traded companies.

Busy people don’t have time to study the constantly changing deals, strategies, and requirements.  That’s why Million Mile Secrets only has the best offers and most relevant news, including their easy-to-follow analysis that has earned the trust of over 16,000 loyal readers.

Daraius has worked in the Finance, Auditing & Global Marketing divisions of Fortune 500 companies.  He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Master’s in Engineering Management from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

News outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, and Business Insider call upon Daraius and Emily for their expertise at Big Travel with Small Money.

You Dont Have To Pay To Upgrade To An Overwater Bungalow In Bora Bora

Miles and Points Can Get you an Overwater Villa at the InterContinental Thalasso Bora Bora

In his spare time, Daraius loves to plan his future travels and plot how to increase their stash of miles and points (currently over 3 million).  He loves listening to classical music, reading non-fiction (history and biography), eating good ethnic food, and taking long walks.

Emily loves to Latin dance, listen to music, spend time with friends, and help plan future trips.

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  1. Can I use my Gold Am Ex card to pay my IRS bill and get Skymiles?

  2. how do i go about buying a companion ticket for us airway travel thank you

  3. Hi Daraius. This is a lay-up for you.

    Do you know if Chase cards permit you to purchase American Express Gift Cards *without* counting such a purchase as a cash advance?

    I recently got a Citi card, read that they are tough in that regard, and confirmed same with a phone call to them.

    Totally separately, your thoughts on this?

    Costco will only allow you to use AmEx to purchase stuff. But, you can purchase Costco gift cards online using Visa, MC, or Discover. I just met most of my spend requirement purchasing CC cards, which is an easy one for my wife and I since we spend a lot there. Also, another idea: purchase the CC cards with Visa, then purchase discounted gift cards in Costco with the CC cards (example: $80 for $100 gift cards for a wide assortment of retailers/restaurants/movie theaters).

    I’ve been spending too much time reading your blog, I fear….


  4. Daraius, Please help me, I stupidly transferred all my SPG points to Avios back in August not realising I can’t transfer them back to SPG, now I need to use SPG points and I have barely any to cover anything. Is there any loophole that I can turn my avios points back to SPG?

  5. Richard Simard

    I’d like to use your $30 referral to Uber. Please contact me at my e-mail address. I just signed up for your e-mail updates a couple of minutes ago. Thanks

  6. Question: how often do you churn over credit cards. That is, I now applied and was accepted for 4 new cards. I will meet the spending requirements for the 3 months. After I have done that, what time period do you recommend I cancel those cards, and apply for 4 new ones.


  7. Does the 17000 bonus points for signing up for Reliant Rapid Reward program count towards companion pass?

  8. @John George – I’d keep the cards open for 8 to 10 months and apply for different cards after 3 to 4 months.

  9. Freeman Grover

    Hi Daraius,
    Can you tell me how to get the Southwest Airways companion pass?

  10. Holy cow I wish I had found your blog before we applied for the Marriott Card!!
    Here is the deal:
    My husband and I are going to be taking a trip to China (3 weeks, Beijing, Nanjing, 1 stop not sure which province yet and Guangzhou and maybe Hong Kong? Depending on direct flights). The trip will be in the fall Oct/Nov-ish 2015.
    We know there is a Marriott hotel in Guangzhou so we can use the points there.
    We will need two Seattle/Beijing airline tickets there and then 4 tickets home since we are adopting two toddlers. Plus a few domestic China flights.
    I am a SAHM so he is the only one that can apply for credit cards.

    What would be the next card we should apply for?
    I was thinking Delta because they have the shortest direct flights but after reading several of your comments I wondered about the Chase Card.
    Generally using the Chase card how long does it take to get the points converted over to Skymiles or whatever thing you are using? I am worried we will not have enough time.
    If we are both are listed as a user on the card can points be put in each Skymiles account or only one?

    Thank you so much for your help!!

  11. Michael Peterson

    Any Suggestions on secured cards that offer points? I use them for business in the past 9 months and have “earned” almost a million points combined on a US Bank Lan Pass card, a USB Avianca and USB AreoMexico card and can’t find an empty seat to use them for Travel in the USA or Europe. Looking to earn points for travel to Europe. Ideas? Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

  12. Hi Daraius,
    Can you let me know if space is still available for Austin’s Frequent Traveler University and where to sign up.
    Thank You,

  13. easy question from a newbie… we have long held cards in AAdvantage, IHG and Starwoods. If we want to begin to really accrue points should we cancel these cards, start a countdown and re-apply in 90 days to get enrollment bonuses?

    Will this work or is the cancel/ re-enroll period longer than that?

    also any suggestion on best program to earn toward free rd trip airfare from hawaii to switzerland?


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  15. I’m buying American Airlines tickets to fly my granddaughter home during college breaks. I didn’t sign her up for AAdvantage Miles until her second flight on Nov. 2014. When trying to get the miles for the first flight AA keeps asking me for the ticket no. that I can’t locate. I have the dates, flight nos. and locator code. Is there another way to find the ticket no. or put the burden on American?

  16. Yestersay I flew UA over Bering Strait and their inflight wifi (no longer gogo flight) over the entire strait was incredibly fast (almost 500kb/s)!

  17. Hello, My wife and I are taking a cruise with the Gohagan Travel Company that leaves Honfleur, France on May 21, 2015. We would like to fly from Chicago to Paris on May 18 2015 and arrive on May 19th in the morning. We would return to Chicago on June 4th from either Shannon or Dublin. We have around 554,000 American Express miles that we would like to use for our flights and hotel rooms in Ireland. Our cruise ends in Glasgow on May 29th and we are going to spend a few days in Ireland. I will quickly admit that I am overwelmed with how to most efficiently utilize our points. Do you know of any service I can use to pay them to accomplish this goal. Thanks so much. Your web site is very helpful. Bob Bingle

  18. Your blog is really inspiring, but as I live in Europe – is there a way to own american CC’s?

    Hopefully your answer won’t be just two letters …. lol …

  19. My husband and I would like to do a year long around the world trip. How should I start looking for airline tickets? I have 300,00+ pts with Chase Sapphire. Thanks for your help.

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  21. We know there is a Marriott hotel in Guangzhou so we can use the points there.
    We will need two Seattle/Beijing airline tickets there and then 4 tickets home since we are adopting two toddlers. Plus a few domestic China flights.
    I am a SAHM so he is the only one that can apply for credit cards.

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