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

Daraius Dubash - Million Miles Secrets

At restaurant Sant Pau near Barcelona, Spain. Daraius & Emily used miles to travel for free on Swiss Air to Europe

Daraius writes the Million Mile Secrets blog to show time-starved people 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.


Daraius believes that everyone can 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 Daraius’ secrets to fly for much less,  stay in wonderful hotels for much less, and rent cars for much less than retail price.

Like Daraius, you will learn how to have Big Travel with Small Money. You will find all the information to start collecting and using miles & points for your travel, easily arranged, on Million Mile Secrets.

Daraius has visited over 30 countries in 6 out of 7 continents,  and has 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.  He uses his expertise and specialized tools  to help his blog readers and his family travel and experience the world for less.

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.

Million Mile Secrets - Emily & Daraius at Carnival

Million Mile Secrets - Emily & Daraius at Carnival

Daraius currently has an exciting career in Global Marketing for a Fortune 500 Consumer Product Company, and 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.

In his spare time, Daraius loves to plan his future travels and plot on how to increase his 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.

He recently got engaged in London and is looking forward to planning a few honeymoons in 2012!

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  1. bruce glasser

    I want to travel to capetown in september/october using american miles for business class. Any recommendations as to the best routes to take. They all seem unavailable.

  2. @bruce glasser – Your main choice is British Airways, but they charge fuel surcharges.

  3. My husband is a retired CPA and loves doing tax returns for AARP. However, he’s really not interested in this game or learning how to do it. He leaves everything to me! So I do wonder what most of us who love this game really have in common? Most of my friends want me to play for them, but they don’t have any passion for learning. Most think it’s frustrating! My husband loves all the benefits but would never play it himself.

  4. Thanks so much for all you do! Exciting to be starting the points/miles journey. I got in on the SWA cards and am completing the spend on the second card right now. Unfortunately, my wife just started a new job and kind of blew it on her end. She missed the minimum spend on the first card by 74 bucks and applied for the same card twice! I am wondering if she should cancel the card and try to reapply again if those offers come through at a later time? What is the best way to proceed?

    Also, I got some kind of targeted offer in the mail, that still offers the 50K SWA bonus for the premier card and gives me 5K to refer them from Chase. If anybody is interested let me know and I’ll send you the code. Won’t work for my wife though because that is the card she already got!

  5. @Lynn – LOL! I suspect that many folks experience the same thing with their partner!

    @Todd – You could call and ask if they will give you an extension, but I wouldn’t count on it!

  6. @ Daraius What about cancelling her SW premier card with chase in hopes of being able to reapply when/if they offer the 50K again? How long would she have to have it cancelled for to reapply?

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