Category Archives: Star Alliance

10 Best Cards to Earn Cash Back at Restaurants

Looking to earn the most cash back when you dine out?

There are lots of cards that include restaurants as a bonus spending category.

Keep in mind, some of the best cash back cards aren’t advertised as such.  Instead, you might earn points, which you can then redeem for cash back or a statement credit.

Best Cash Back Cards To Use At Restaurants 2017

Earning Bonus Cash Back at Restaurants With Certain Cards Means You Might Get Up to 5% of the Cost of the Meal Back!

I’ll share my picks for the best cash back cards to use at restaurants!

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3 AMEX Transfer Partners to Consider for Travel Flexibility

Million Mile Secrets reader, Chris, commented:

I just received the sign-up bonus from The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.  I’m afraid AMEX might try to claw my points back.  Which airline transfer partner would you recommend transferring my points to?

As long as you follow the rules for meeting minimum spending requirements, you should NOT worry about losing sign-up bonus points.

And without travel plans, I like the flexibility of keeping points in my AMEX Membership Rewards account.  Because when you’re ready to book a trip, you’ll have the option to choose from multiple transfer partners.

The best partner depends on your travel goals.  Are you traveling within the US or internationally?  And do you want a coach or Business Class seat?

Transfer AMEX Membership Rewards Points

There Are Plenty of Ways to Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for Flights! The Best Partner Depends on Your Travel Goals

I’ll share a few AMEX airline transfer partners that can get you flexibility for future travel.

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Limited Time! Earn 5,000 Airline Miles per Car Rental

Here’s an amazing opportunity for folks who don’t mind a little inconvenience!

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you can earn 5,000 SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) points per Hertz car rental And there doesn’t seem to be a cap on the amount of times you can earn this bonus!

And SAS is a member of the Star Alliance, which means you can use their points to book flights on airlines like United Airlines, Air Canada, and more.

You must reserve your car by June 30, 2017, and rent by September 30, 2017.

Limited Time Earn 5000 Airline Miles Per Car Rental

Fly to Europe From the US in Coach for Just 60,000 SAS Miles Round-Trip

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal!

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Use This Trick and Save Miles on Domestic Tickets, Including Hawaii!

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Did you know there’s a way to use your Starwood points to get cheap award flights within the US, even to Hawaii?

When you transfer Starwood points to Singapore Airlines, you can book certain award flights on United Airlines for fewer miles!  Because Singapore Airlines and United Airlines are Star Alliance partners, and have access to each other’s award seats.  And sometimes they charge different amounts for the exact same routes!

This is a great trick to know, especially given the increased sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood cards.  Because you can earn enough for a round-trip coach ticket to Hawaii!

Starwood Points For Domestic Flights

Through April 5, 2017, the Sign-Up Bonus on Either the Personal or Small Business Version of the AMEX Starwood Card Is Enough for a Free Round-Trip Coach Ticket to Hawaii!

I’ll show you the best deals when using your Starwood points for domestic flights.  And explain how many miles you can save!

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Save Miles on Award Flights to South Africa Using AMEX & Starwood Points

Million Mile Secrets reader Aaron asked:

I have been looking to take the family to South Africa.  It appears ANA has the best mileage, but taxes and fees are terrible.  Do you have any thoughts?

Aaron is mostly correct.  ANA Mileage Club can save you tens of thousands of miles for flights to South Africa.  But it also adds fuel surcharges to most of its partners.

If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points, you can transfer them to ANA to book award flights.  Or move Marriott points to Starwood and then to ANA.

Using airline miles on award flights to South Africa is a great idea, because paid flights are expensive and rarely discounted.  But fuel surcharges can be very high.

ANA stopped collecting fuel surcharges on most of its own flights in Spring 2016, but it keeps adding them to most of its partners.

How To Book Award Flights To South Africa With ANA Miles

Planning a Trip to South Africa Like Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith? You’ll Use Fewer Miles (but More Cash) Booking With ANA Miles

I’ll show you how to save miles and money, and pitfalls to avoid for award flights to South Africa.

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A 19-Day Trip to Taiwan & Thailand in Business Class, With the Help of Miles & Points

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!

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

A 19 Day Trip To Taiwan Thailand In Business Class With The Help Of Miles Points

First Class Seats on Thai Airways

A big thank you to Carla for sharing her story!

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

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How to Use ANA Award Search

For folks looking to get Big Travel with Small Money, using All Nippon Airways (ANA) miles can sometimes be a good deal.

But even if you don’t want to use ANA miles, their website is handy for searching for award seats on all Star Alliance airlines.  Other sites, like United Airlines, don’t show every Star Alliance option.

If you don’t collect ANA miles, you can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points to ANA at a 1:1 ratio.  And when you move Starwood points to ANA, you’ll get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer.

And you’ll often pay fewer miles using ANA miles for award flights compared to other airlines, like flights to Asia.  But you’ll also pay high taxes and fees, which might not be worth it even if you’re saving miles.  I’ll help you decide!

How To Use ANA Award Search

Visit the Gorgeous Temples of Kyoto, Japan, Using ANA Miles

I’ll show you step-by-step instructions on how to use the ANA award site to book award travel!

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Easy 500 Miles for Folks New to Singapore Airlines

Every mile counts!

Via Points With a Crew, folks who don’t yet have a Singapore Airlines account can earn 500 bonus Singapore Airlines miles by entering promotion code “JOINKF2017″ at sign-up.  But you’ll need to enroll by April 14, 2017.

Easy 500 Miles For Folks New To Singapore Airlines

Use 17,500 Singapore Airlines Miles to Fly One-Way From the Mainland US to Hawaii on United Airlines. That’s 5,000 Miles Less Than United Airlines Charges!

Here’s what you need to know about this deal.

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This Reader Got a Priceless Trip to London With His Brothers for Nearly Nothing!

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!

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

This Reader Got A Priceless Trip To London With His Brothers For Nearly Nothing

The Tower Bridge. We Actually Took a Water Taxi and Got to See All Angles of It From the Water

A big thank you to Michael 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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Mostly Negative Changes Coming to Singapore Airlines’ Award Program

Mostly bad news for folks who like to redeem Singapore Airlines miles.

Via Point Me to the Plane, Singapore Airlines is increasing the price of certain award tickets and removing the current 15% discount for booking online.  These changes go into effect March 23, 2017.

That stinks, but the good news is they’ll no longer charge fuel surcharges on award tickets.

Mostly Negative Changes Coming To Singapore Airlines Award Program

After March 23, 2017, You’ll Pay Significantly MORE Miles for an Amazing First Class Suite on Singapore Airlines

I’ll explain what this news mean for you.

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