Category Archives: Airline Award Booking

Top 7 “Premium” Cards You Can Try for Free

The easiest and fastest way to earn lots of miles & points is to sign-up for credit cards with big bonuses.

The biggest bonuses usually come from “premium” cards with valuable perks, like the ability to transfer points for Big Travel, bonus categories, free checked bags, and more.  But they usually have an annual fee.

However, some cards waive the annual fee for the first year.  So you can try the card at no cost!

Best Premium Credit Card

With the Top Card on This List, You’ll Earn Valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points That You Can Transfer to Travel Partners for Big Travel!

Here are my 7 favorite “premium” cards that waive the annual fee the first year of card membership!

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Don’t Miss Out on These 5 Sign-Up Bonuses If You’re Close to the “5/24” Limit

Million Mile Secrets reader, Myles, tweeted:

I’ve opened 4 new cards in the past 24 months.  If I get the Chase Amazon Prime card, will it count toward Chase’s “5/24” card limit and keep me from getting other Chase cards in the future?

Unless Myles gets certain small business cards, new cards from ANY bank will count toward Chase’s card limit.

Because Myles is just shy of reaching 5 new cards in the past 24 months, he’ll want to choose his next card wisely!

If you’re in a similar situation, the best choice for a 5th card depends on which cards you already have and your travel goals!

Chase Card Limit

If You’re Close to Hitting Chase’s “5/24” Card Limit, You’ll Want to Plan a Careful Strategy for Choosing Your Next Cards

I’ll share 5 excellent travel credit cards for folks nearing Chase’s card limit!

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How to Get Around Million Mile Secrets

Million Mile Secrets is here to help you get Big Travel with Small Money.  We’ve got great resources to help you achieve your travel goals!

If you’re new to our site or need help finding your way around, I’ll share some tips!

How To Get Around Million Mile Secrets

Need Help Navigating Million Mile Secrets? I’m Happy to Show You Around!

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They Got $6,000 Business Class Flights to Europe for ~$184 Each!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Austin is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

They Got 6000 Business Class Flights To Europe For 184 Each

Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

A big thank you to Austin for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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8 Reasons Why You Should Choose the AMEX Starwood Over the Chase Marriott Card

If you’re looking to earn the most points for free stays at Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels, you’ll want to consider the limited time AMEX Starwood offer.  It’s the biggest bonus I’ve seen for the personal and small business cards!

Remember, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood are now one company.  But the hotel chains still have separate co-branded credit cards.  And the current sign-up bonuses for each of the hotel cards are very different!

For example, the current AMEX Starwood card sign-up bonus is a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.  This can get you 3 free nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii.  But the sign-up bonus with the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card would only get you 2 free nights.

AMEX Starwood Versus Chase Marriott

You’ll Get the Most Big Travel at Marriott, Starwood, or Ritz-Carlton Hotels With the Limited Time AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonus. It Can Get You 3 Free Nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii

I’ll review the current AMEX and Marriott card offers and share 8 pros of the AMEX Starwood card.

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JetBlue Flash Sale! Domestic and International Flights for as Low as $20 One-Way

JetBlue is having a flash sale.  And if you want in on the action, you’ll have to book quickly!

You can fly from several US cities to both domestic and international locations starting at just $20 one-way in coach.  But the dates and routes are very restrictive.

I found flights from Washington, DC, to Orlando for just $30 one-way in coach.  These fares are valid for departure dates between February 25, 2017, and March 8, 2017.

JetBlue Flash Sale Domestic And International Flights For As Low As 20 One Way

Head to the Bahamas From Chilly Boston for Just $60 One-Way

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

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Improved Offers for These 3 AMEX Cards!

If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards points or like cash back, you’ll be interested in these increased AMEX offers!

For a limited time, you’ll earn up to 25,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points when you sign-up for The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express and meet tiered minimum spending requirements.

And when you sign-up for the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express or Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express by May 3, 2017, you’ll earn 10% cash back at US restaurants the first 6 months you are a cardmember, up to $200 back.  That’s on top of the sign-up bonuses you’ll receive after meeting minimum spending requirements!

Improved Offers For These 3 AMEX Cards

You’ll Earn 10% Cash Back at Restaurants the First 6 Months You’re an AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Or AMEX Blue Cash Preferred Cardmember

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these new offers, so you can decide if they are worth it for you!

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Best Card Strategy for Beginners in 2017

New to the world of miles & points?  You have some exciting memories ahead!

You can earn lots of airline miles and hotel points by signing-up for credit cards and using them responsibly.  If you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to figure out which cards will best help you achieve your travel dreams!

Best Travel Credit Cards 2017

Free Travel Is Just an Sign-Up Bonus or 2 Away!

I’ll help you find a credit card strategy based on your travel goals!

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Southwest Fare Sale Starting at Just $39 One-Way

Book them before they’re gone!

Via Miles to Memories, you can book Southwest flights for just $39 one-way (that’s 1,657 Southwest points!).  But there are other more expensive routes that are still a great deal.  I found a one-way flight from Atlanta to Detroit for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).

But you’ll need to book by March 2, 2017, for travel through June 14, 2017.  And certain routes have different different eligible travel dates.

Southwest Fare Sale Starting At Just 39 One Way

Southwest Is Making It Easier to Get Away This Spring

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How Long Will the 60,000 Point Southwest Premier Small Business Offer Last?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Victor, tweeted:

How long will the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card 60,000 point offer last?

Great question!

You can earn 60,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier small business card when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.

That’s a 10,000-point increase from the previous offer on this card!

Chase has NOT indicated if this is a limited-time offer.  But they can change their mind at any point.

Chase Southwest Premier Small Business 60,000 Points

Use Southwest Points From the 60,000 Point Chase Premier Small Business Sign-Up Bonus to Travel to Beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

I’ll let you how long I think the Chase Southwest Premier small business 60,000 point offer will last!

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