Million Mile Secrets reader Alex writes:
I was wondering if you can give me advice on choosing the right credit card. I already have a Miles & More (Lufthansa) account and ~30,000 miles or so in there.
I’m located in Miami and I try to stick to Lufthansa or Star Alliance partners as my preferred airlines. I fly at least 2 times a year to Europe or Asia but also make some trips within the US.
Great question, Alex! It can be hard to decide which miles & points to collect for your trip, especially if you’re new to our hobby.
If you already have an idea of where & how you want to travel and which airlines or alliances you prefer, you can narrow down your choices of which credit cards to apply for.
And knowing which airlines serve your home airport will help a great deal in making a decision!
Figuring out Which Miles & Points to Collect Doesn’t Have to Be Hard! I’ll Show You How to Choose
I’ll give you tips for how to decide which cards to apply for, depending on your home airport, airline preferences, and travel goals!
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Million Mile Secrets reader, Sanil tweeted:
Should I upgrade my card from Chase Freedom to Chase Freedom Unlimited?
Great question, Sanil!
Both cards have no annual fee and the ability to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points which you can redeem for cash back.
Or transfer to travel partners if you also have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Ink Bold (no longer available) card.
Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to United Airlines for Award Flights in Lufthansa Business Class
The card that’s best for you depends on your spending habits. And you will NOT earn a sign-up bonus if you convert your Chase Freedom to the Freedom Unlimited. I’ll explain!
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1. I shared the news that all 3 Southwest cards are offering 50,000 point sign-up bonuses., making it a great time to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
We don’t earn a commission for these cards, but we always share the best deals!
Take a Friend or Loved One With You Wherever You Go for (Almost) Free With the Southwest Companion Pass!
2. The Starwood and Marriott merger finally became official after a bidding war! And now that it’s official, I let you know your Starwood points are likely safe until 2018.
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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: Holy Smithereens
Jean writes Holy Smithereens to offer travel ideas for the luxurious adventurer.
You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook. And she writes for the luxury section of World Travel Market.
Jean at the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in the United Arab Emirates
The Carlson Hotel Group is being sold to HNA Tourism Group according to StarTribune. Carlson has ~1,400 hotels around the world including the well-known Radisson brand.
I’ll let you know what might happen to your Club Carlson points, their loyalty program, and what could be in store for the Club Carlson credit cards.
HNA Tourism Is Buying Carlson Hotels, Which Includes the Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Copenhagen Pictured Here. So What’s the Future of Your Club Carlson Points?
I wrote about rumors that a higher offer was coming soon for the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card.
Via Wandering Aramean, the sign-up bonus on the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature will increase to 30,000 miles on June 1, 2016.
Usually, the sign-up bonus is 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles and a $100 statement credit after meeting minimum spending requirements.
The Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card Will Offer a 30,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus and NO Foreign Transaction Fees
Let’s see if it’s worth waiting for this new offer!
Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!
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1. $80 Off $500+ AMEX Travel Purchase
Via Points, Miles, & Martinis, there’s an AMEX Offer to save $80 off a $500+ purchase on AMEXTravel.com by June 21, 2016. Be sure to shop around to see if their prices for airfare, hotels, and car rentals are competitive!
Here are my instructions for how to find AMEX Offers in your online American Express account. And how to apply the same AMEX Offer to multiple cards!
Folks can also get $75 in hotel credits at certain hotels with these cards.
Today I’ll Share 3 Travel Deals and How to Get a Free Burrito!
2. 20% Off Southwest Gift Cards With Samsung Pay
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