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!
David is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
Awesome View of Kyoto From the Arashiyama Monkey Park
A big thank you to David 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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Million Mile Secrets reader, Jessica, commented:
Does the 50% points back Pay With Points perk with The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN work for airfare purchased for family members who are not cardholders? I booked a flight for myself, but need to purchase flights for my 3 children. Can I purchase their tickets and get 50% of the points back?
Excellent question, Jessica!
The good news is the Business Platinum Pay With Points perk is NOT just for the primary cardholder.
As long as you use AMEX Membership Rewards points linked to your Business Platinum card, you’ll be eligible to get 50% of the points back after booking coach flights on your selected airline. Or on Business Class or First Class flights on any airline. It doesn’t matter who the passengers are!
This is a terrific perk for family travel because sometimes you can’t find enough available award seats when transferring points directly to an airline partner.
Get 50% of Your AMEX Membership Rewards Points Back With the Business Platinum Card, Even When You Book Airfare for Family Members!
I’ll explain how using AMEX Pay With Points with the Business Platinum card can be a great deal!
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Until March 2, 2017, you’ll earn a 25% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin Atlantic.
Normally, Citi ThankYou points transfer to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio. With this promotion, you’ll earn 1,250 Virgin Atlantic miles for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points you move.
Earn a 25% Bonus When You Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Virgin Atlantic Through March 2, 2017
I’ll explain if it’s a good deal!
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Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Rich Travel / Poor Travel
George shows people how he flies all over the world in First Class for free on his web series Rich Travel / Poor Travel. You can also follow him on Twitter!
Pondering My Life in Tokyo
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
If you make the most of the Chase Freedom 5X bonus categories this quarter, you’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points! That’s enough for a free night at Category 1 Hyatt hotels. Or for certain flights on Southwest or United Airlines.
Through March 31, 2017, you can earn up to 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your Chase Freedom at gas stations and commuter transportation when you activate the bonus by March 14, 2017.
So I put together a list of ways to help you earn the most points!
Earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Uber, Lyft, and Taxis This Quarter!
Here are 5 ideas for earning 7,500 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points this quarter.
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I shared news that the Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 point bonus will soon be cut in half, to 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting the same minimum spending requirement.
Until January 11, 2017, with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, you can earn a phenomenal sign-up bonus of 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting the minimum spending requirement.
Then, transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest to book award flights with no blackout dates! Or you can get $1,500 worth of Southwest flights by booking through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal. But you’ll have to call to book this way!
And folks with the Companion Pass can get double the savings. This means up to ~$3,000 worth of Southwest flights!
We don’t earn a commission for the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!
The Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus Can Add Up to Major Savings! Especially for Folks With the Companion Pass!
I’ll give you some ideas on how to use the Chase Sapphire Reserve bonus on Southwest for Big Travel!
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Amazing news for y’all who had hoped to transfer hotel points to Southwest and earn the Companion Pass in the New Year.
Earlier this week, Southwest announced, without warning, points transfers from hotel and car rental loyalty programs would NO LONGER count toward the Companion Pass.
But they’ve changed their mind! You can now earn the Companion Pass with hotel and car rental points transfers through March 31, 2017.
Kudos to Southwest for responding to their customers!
Grab a Loved One and Start Planning a Trip – Hotel Point Transfers Can Earn You a Southwest Companion Pass If You Transfer by March 31, 2017!
I’ll share the details!
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Good news if you’re considering a trip to Europe this year!
Via The Points Guy, there are lots of available coach and Business Class award seats from the US to Vienna on United Airlines’ Star Alliance partners Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa.
There Are Currently LOTS of United Airlines Award Seats Available for Flights From the US to Vienna!
I’ll share with you what I found. And remind you how to earn and use United Airlines miles!
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Here’s a terrific opportunity to save miles on Delta award flights through July 2017.
Via The Real Deal, you can book Delta award flights within the US (including Hawaii!) and Canada starting at 5,000 Delta miles one-way in coach. Or 9,000 Delta miles in Premium Economy.
To get the discount, you must book by January 13, 2017. Travel dates are from January 24, 2017, to July 31, 2017, with blackout dates for certain routes.
Fly to Orlando From Cities Like Boston, New York, or Cincinnati for 10,000 Delta Miles One-Way
I’ll show you how you can save!
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Via One Mile at a Time, British Airways is kicking off the New Year with a promotion.
You can earn 3X British Airways Avios points on flights booked and flown by March 31, 2017. But you must register for the deal by March 31, 2017, to earn the bonus points.
You’ll earn points on British Airways, plus on American Airlines, Finnair, and Iberia trans-Atlantic flights, when you credit flights to your British Airways account. And paid tickets in any class of service, like coach, Business, or First Class, qualify.
Earn 3X British Airways Avios Points on Paid Tickets Through March 31, 2017!
Let’s take a look at the details of this promotion!
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