Category Archives: Airlines

How Long Is a Year When It Comes to Credit Card Benefits?

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Adam, commented:

When does the year reset for the $25,000 cap on the AMEX SimplyCash bonus categories?

With the AMEX SimplyCash card, you’ll earn 5% and 3% cash back in select categories.  But this is limited to a maximum of $25,000 in spending in each 5% and 3% category every rebate year.

How Long Is A Year When It Comes To Credit Card Benefits

If You’ve Already Spent $25,000 in Each of the 5% or 3% Cash Back Categories With the AMEX SimplyCash Card, When Can You Start Earning Bonus Cash Back Again?

The spending limit will reset after 12 billing cycles starting with your bill that includes February 1.

I’ll explain the meaning of a “rebate year.”  And I’ve created an organized list to help you track the spending limits on popular credit cards!

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Will You Get Better Purchase & Travel Insurance With the Chase Sapphire Preferred or AMEX?

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Million Mile Secrets reader, John, commented:

Do you have a view on whether purchase protection (and other similar benefits such as car rental insurance, warranty extension, etc.) is significantly different on American Express cards versus the Chase Sapphire Preferred?  I have an easier time using Chase Ultimate Rewards points than AMEX Membership Rewards points.

Great question, John!

We talk a lot about how you can earn Big Travel with American Express cards and the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.  But they also come with insurance that can cover your purchases, belongings, and travel plans when things go wrong.

Will You Get Better Purchase Travel Insurance With The Chase Sapphire Preferred Or AMEX

Will You Get Better Purchase & Travel Protection With the Chase Sapphire Preferred or AMEX Membership Rewards Cards?

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“As Is the Case With Many Stories, It All Started With a Girl”

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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:   Hungry for Points

Terence writes Hungry for Points to share tips, tricks, and news related to his 2 favorite hobbies, points and food.

You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Hungry For Points - Interview With Terence

Terence and His Wife, Cuddling with Koalas in Brisbane, Australia, During Their Honeymoon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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These Airline & Hotel Cards May Soon Be Harder to Get!

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Chase has been tightening their credit card application policies.  And now there are rumors they’ll apply the stricter rules to co-branded airline and hotel cards, like the Chase Hyatt, Chase IHG Rewards, or Chase United Explorer.

According to Doctor of Credit, Chase may soon stop approving folks for co-branded cards if they’ve opened ~5 or more credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months.

These Airline Hotel Cards May Soon Be Harder To Get

Considering Chase Airline or Hotel Cards? You Might Want to Apply Soon Because the Rules May Soon Change!

I do NOT have confirmation of these changes.  But I’ll share what I know and what you should do if you’ve been considering these cards!

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We’ll Always Tell You About the Best Offers — Top 10 Cards With No Commission!

Update:   The 50,000 point Citi ThankYou Premier sign-up bonus is no longer available.  Thanks to reader Ryan for letting us know!

Several years ago, we made a promise to always tell our readers about the best credit card deals, even if it means we don’t earn a commission.

It’s common for there to be many different sign-up bonuses for the same card.  So if I find an offer that’s better than my affiliate link, I’ll tell you about it instead!

And I’m always grateful when readers bring better offers to our attention!

We'll Always Tell You About The Best Offers Top 10 Cards With No Commission

We Want You to Know About the Best Deals That Will Get You on Your Way to Your Next Adventure – Even If We Don’t Earn a Commission

Find out about the top 10 offers that don’t give us a commission, but still earn you Big Travel!

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10 Things I Wish I Knew About Miles & Points When Starting Out

A key to faster achievement is to learn from the mistakes of others.  That way you save time by not having to make those mistakes yourself!

Each Friday I post an interview with a miles & points blogger.  And 1 of the questions I ask is, “What do you now know about collecting miles and points which you wish you knew when you started out?”

I went through the interviews and picked out the top 10 things folks wish they had known from the beginning.

10 Things I Wish I Knew About Miles Points When Starting Out

I’m So Grateful for Everything I’ve Learned About Miles & Points! Here I Am With My Dad in the Maldives on a $27,000 Family Vacation That Only Cost ~$4,300

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News You Can Use – Free American Airlines Status, 1,300 American Airlines Miles for $1, Cheap Business Class Flights to London & Paris, & More

1.   American Airlines Is Offering Elite Status (Targeted)

Via The Points Guy, American Airlines is sending out emails and mailers to select loyalty program members to earn Gold or Platinum elite status through May 31, 2016.  All you have to do is sign-up with the supplied promotion code by February 22, 2016.

News You Can Use Free American Airlines Status 1,300 American Airlines Miles For 1 Cheap Business Class Flights To London Paris More

Were You Targeted for Free Gold or Platinum Elite Status on American Airlines? Check Your Email or Mailbox to Find Out!

To keep the status through 2017, you’ll need to earn 7,000 EQMs (elite qualifying miles) for Gold status.  And 10,000 EQMs to keep Platinum status.  Some commenters report slightly different offers.

Elite status members get perks like free upgrades, free checked bags, and bonus miles on flights.

Check your email inbox, or regular mailbox, to see if you got the offer!

2.   Bonus Miles for $1 or $12 Magazine Subscriptions

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