Category Archives: Star Alliance

Use Miles on These New Routes to the Caribbean, Mexico, and the US!

Great news!  You’ll now have more options for award seats on new routes with Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Air Canada.

And fly to spots like Cuba, Turks and Caicos, Mexico, Chattanooga, Salt Lake City, and more!

Use Miles On These New Routes To The Caribbean Mexico And The US

Use Your Miles & Points to Get to Cuba. Emily Loved It!

I’ll give you ideas for how to use miles & points for award seats on these new routes!

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News You Can Use – Starwood Adds New Airline Transfer Partner!, Meet Minimum Spending Paying Rent, New Hyatt & Starwood Promos

1.   Transfer Your Starwood Points to Virgin America

Link:   How to Use Virgin America Miles

View From the Wing reports you can transfer Starwood points to Virgin America at a 1:1 ratio.  The option isn’t listed on the Starwood partner transfer page yet, but you can make a transfer by calling Starwood at 888-625-4990.

News You Can Use Starwood Adds New Airline Transfer Partner Meet Minimum Spending Paying Rent New Hyatt Starwood Promos

Want to Fly Virgin America or Their Airline Partners? Now It’s Even Easier With 1:1 Transfers From Starwood!

This could be handy for folks to visit Hawaii or Australia with Virgin America miles!

The representative I spoke to said the transfer would take 7 to 10 business days.  And the names on both accounts must match for the transfer to clear.  Once the transfer is complete, it can not be reversed.

The 1:1 transfer rate is double what you’ll get when you transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Virgin America.  And as with all Starwood points transfers to airlines, you’ll get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer!

Here are more ideas to use Virgin America miles, including flights on Singapore Airlines and Emirates.

2.   RadPad Will Raise Fees to 3.49%, but Plastiq Lowers to 2% for MasterCard Payments

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We’ll Always Share the Best Credit Card Offers – Top 10 Cards That Don’t Earn Us Anything!

Emily and I are committed to making sure our readers get the best available credit card deals.  We earn a commission from some offers, and we’re grateful when you use our links!

But sometimes there are offers that earn more miles & points than the links that earn us a commission.  And we will always tell you about the higher offer.

And we hope that by doing so, we’re helping you achieve your travel goals sooner.  And that you’ll share your experiences and success stories with us!

We love our Million Mile Secrets family!  So we’re also grateful when y’all bring better offers to our attention!

We'll Always Share The Best Credit Card Offers Top 10 Cards That Don't Earn Us Anything

We Want This to Be You! That’s Why We’ll Always Tell You About the Best Offers – Even When They Don’t Earn Us a Thing!

Here are the top 10 cards that currently do NOT earn us a commission but DO earn you Big Travel with Small Money!

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Now Available Online: Freedom Unlimited Card With 1.5X Points Everywhere

Via Miles to Memories, Chase has activated the online application for the Chase Freedom Unlimited ahead of schedule.  The card is interesting because it offers 1.5% cash back or 1.5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 on all purchases.

It does NOT have rotating 5X categories like the regular Freedom card.

But like the Freedom, it has no annual fee and the same sign-up bonus of 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($150) after you spend $500 within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

Now Available Online Freedom Unlimited Card With 1.5X Points Everywhere

Earn 1.5X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on Purchases, Then Move the Points to Your Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold Card. From There You Can Transfer to Partners Like United Airlines to Fly on Star Alliance Airlines Such as This Lufthansa Business Class Flight Emily Took Home From Paris

Until now, the Freedom Unlimited was only available in Chase branches.

Considering the Freedom Unlimited?

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Captivating Croatia: Part 14 – Return Flight on Lufthansa

Emily:  I’ve wanted to go to Croatia for the last several years.  I heard wonderful things about the country and how beautiful (and relatively affordable) it was compared to the rest of Europe.  It’s located in Eastern Europe and is just a few hours from Venice, Italy, making it a great side trip.

Last year, my friends and I organized a group trip to visit Rovinj, a small coastal town on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.  It’s a gorgeous town full of romance.  Everything is stunning there, from the streets to the houses.  The food is also excellent.

We went for a kizomba dance festival.  Later in the trip report series, I will introduce you to kizomba and describe what an incredible dance it is!  The dance festival was amazing and Croatia is definitely a place I want to return and spend more time exploring!  The trip’s retail cost was ~$17,000 but I paid ~$900.

Return Flight On United

A Little More Space to Stretch Out!  I Flew Business Class on the Way Home

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How Many Chase Cards Can You Get? (And Which to Get First!)

UPDATE: The offer for the British Airways card in this post has expired.  But check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

Chase has some of the best points and miles cards available. With them, you can get free nights at fancy hotels, award flights, or lots of flexibility, depending which cards you choose. 

But folks are concerned about applying for new Chase cards because of the stricter approval policies Chase will likely start enforcing in April 2016.

How Many Chase Cards Can You Get And Which To Get First

Concerned About the Upcoming Changes to Chase Card Approvals? Let’s Take a Closer Look at How They Work

I’ll explain the new rules.  And recommend which cards to consider.

We don’t earn a commission on many of the cards in this post but we’re committed to letting you know about the best offers!

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First Cuba Cruises in 50 Years, New Cheap & Award Flights to Europe, Las Vegas, China

1.   Carnival Cruises to Cuba Begin May 2016

Link:   Cruise to Cuba With Carnival / Fathom

Visiting Cuba is getting easier!  You can soon use miles & points to fly thereAnd now you can take a cruise!

Carnival Cruise Line’s Fathom brand sets sail to Cuba starting May 1, 2016.  This will be the 1st time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has sailed to Cuba.  And tickets are still available for the maiden voyage!

First Cuba Cruises In 50 Years New Cheap Award Flights To Europe Las Vegas China

Head to Cuba by Air OR Water! Now Cruising to Cuba Is an Option With Carnival Cruise Line Starting May 1, 2016!

Departures will be from Miami every other Sunday, and last 7 days.  You can get to Miami from anywhere in the mainland US for 25,000 miles round-trip in coach on:

  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • United Airlines

If you’re near Miami, you can:

Southwest also flies to Miami.  And you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest to book any available seat.  Remember, a friend can fly with you for only the cost of taxes and fees with the Southwest Companion Pass!

2.   China Eastern Begins Non-Stop Flights Between Chicago and Shanghai

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