Good news for Hilton HHonors rewards members! There will soon be more hotels you can use with your points.
Via One Mile at a Time, Hilton has introduced their 14th hotel brand, the “Tapestry Collection“, which will launch in the fall of 2017. Hilton says these hotels will be “approachable and familiar,” and “refreshingly uncommon.”
Business or Pleasure? Hilton’s New Hotel Collection Doesn’t Have a Very Clear Role in the Hilton Portfolio
I’ll share what I know about this new hotel brand!
Posted in Airlines, American Express, AMEX Hilton, AMEX Hilton Surpass, Beginner Tips, Citi Hilton, Citi Hilton Reserve, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hawaiian Airlines, Hilton HHonors, Hotels, Membership Rewards, Virgin Atlantic
There’s a new and interesting way to get to Europe coming soon!
Via One Mile at a Time, Emirates will launch a new route on March 26, 2017, between Newark and Dubai, with a connection in Athens!
Fly One of the World’s Best Airlines Non-Stop From Newark to Athens Beginning March 26, 2017!
I’ll let you know what this means for folks in the miles & points community!
Posted in Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Express, Chase, Citibank, Delta Skymiles, Emirates, Hotels, Korean Airlines, Membership Rewards, Starwood (SPG), Ultimate Rewards
You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points. Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline partners when you’re ready to book.
Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.
The AMEX Membership Rewards program has 17 direct airline partners. Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well, which gives you choices for flights to the India, which is one of my favorite travel destinations!
And you’ll have great options for travel to the Middle East too!
Or you can save time (and potentially points) by using AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal.
With AMEX Membership Rewards Points, You’ll Have Lots of Flight Options to India!
I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for flights to India & the Middle East!
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If you’ve been considering the limited-time 100,000 point offer on the The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN card, here’s your last chance to apply!
To earn the bonus, you must apply by January 25, 2017. It’s meant for small business owners, so don’t be intimidated if you don’t have a big company. You can apply using your social security number.
This is the highest public offer I’ve seen for this card. And because folks with this card will now effectively get 2 cents per point when using Pay With Points for ticket purchases through the AMEX travel portal, the sign-up bonus alone is worth $2,300 in paid airfare!
100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points Is More Than Enough For a Free Flight to Europe!
Plus you’ll get perks like an annual $200 statement credit for airline incidentals and free Hilton Gold elite status. It really is a fantastic deal. I’ve added the AMEX Business Platinum to my wallet!
Posted in American Express, AMEX Platinum, Business Platinum, Chase, Credit Cards, Hilton HHonors, Hotels, Membership Rewards, Save Money, Singapore Airlines, Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader, Jim, commented:
I have 90,000 Marriott points and 180,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points. I am debating between getting the Southwest Companion Pass by redeeming my points for a Marriott Hotel + Air package. Or getting The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN to use the Pay With Points perk for Southwest flights. Which should I choose?
I’d do both!
Jim currently has enough points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air Package, which will earn him the Southwest Companion Pass, 120,000 Southwest points, and a 7-night certificate at a Marriott Category 1 to 5 hotel! But all of his AMEX Membership Rewards points would be gone!
So he can also get the AMEX Business Platinum card before January 25, 2017, and earn up to 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.
Then, he’ll have the flexibility to use these points for Southwest flights or transfer to other terrific AMEX partners in the future!
Use the Perks of the Southwest Companion Pass and AMEX Business Platinum Card to Get the Most Big Travel With Small Money!
I’ll explain the perks of having the Companion Pass AND the AMEX Business Platinum card!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, Business Platinum, Credit Cards, Hotel Award Booking, Hotel Promotions, Hotels, Marriott, Membership Rewards, Reader Requests, Save Money, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader, Clint, tweeted:
It would be great to earn the Southwest Companion Pass with only 11 paid nights booked through SouthwestHotels.com.
I agree, Clint!
Recently, Lyn from Go To Travel Gal wrote about a way to earn up to 10,000 Southwest points per night for hotel stays. And these points DO count toward earning the Companion Pass.
As Clint points out, earning 10,000 Southwest points per night for an 11-night stay would get you the 110,000 Southwest points required to earn the Companion Pass!
I found a few examples that could make it possible to earn the Companion Pass with an 11-night hotel stay. But, it’s very expensive!
An 11-Night Stay at the Park Hyatt Dubai Could Earn You Enough Southwest Points to Get the Companion Pass. But It Will Cost More Than $5,000!
Instead, I recommend combining the points you earn from SouthwestHotels.com with other points to earn the Companion Pass.
Or you can earn points from the hotel site throughout the year, instead of all in one shot! I’ll explain!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Chase, Chase Southwest, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Reader Requests, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips
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!
Jessica and Devin are our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
Jessica and Devin at The Cloud Forest in Singapore
A big thank you to both for sharing their story!
Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Chase, Citi Hilton Reserve, Citi Prestige, Citi Thank You Points, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Credit Cards, Hilton HHonors, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Interviews, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Star Alliance, Success Story, TAP Air Portugal, Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader, Gail, commented:
Which gets you better value when booking airfare in Business Class or First Class: using the Pay With Points perk with The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN or using the Chase travel portal with the Chase Sapphire Reserve?
Excellent question, Gail!
On the surface, folks with the AMEX Business Platinum card get more value per point when redeeming AMEX Membership Rewards points for Business Class or First Class airfare. Because using the Pay With Points perk, you effectively get 2 cents per point.
But it’s easier to earn points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve because of the card’s fantastic 3X bonus on travel and dining purchases. Plus, you get 1.5 cents per point through the Chase travel portal, which is still good deal!
You’ll also use fewer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at the time of booking, compared to redeeming AMEX Membership Rewards points for the same flight!
You Can Book Lie-Flat United Airlines Business Class Seats Using Points From the AMEX Business Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve
I’ll compare the pros and cons of redeeming points through bank travel portals for Business Class airfare!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Airlines, American Express, Big Spenders, Business Credit Cards, Business Platinum, Chase, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Hotels, Membership Rewards, Reader Requests, Save Money, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
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Folks Now Have 2 Different Options for Redeeming Virgin America Points!
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