Category Archives: Air France

Keep Points Flexibility After Downgrading This Chase Travel Card

Million Mile Secrets reader, Harold, commented:

If I downgrade my Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Freedom Unlimited, can I still transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Freedom Unlimited to the Chase Sapphire Reserve?

Absolutely!

On its own, the points you earn from the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each toward travel or for cash back.

But when you pair it with another eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards card like the Sapphire Reserve, you’ll have the flexibility to combine points and transfer them to terrific airline and hotel partners.

With a downgrade, you’ll also avoid duplicate benefits and save on annual fees.  That’s why after getting the Sapphire Reserve, I downgraded the Sapphire Preferred to the no annual fee Freedom Unlimited.

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Does the Chase Freedom Earn Cash Back or Points?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Gina, commented:

Is the Chase Freedom a cash back card or a points card?

With the Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited cards, you earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which can later be redeemed for cash back, gift cards, or travel.

On their own, the points you earn from the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.

But your points are worth much more and give you flexibility when you also have certain Chase Ultimate Rewards cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Chase Freedom Rewards

Combine Points From the Chase Freedom With Another Eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards Card to Book Free Nights at Fantastic Hotels Like the Andaz Maui

I’ll explain how rewards work with the Freedom and Freedom Unlimited cards.

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Act Fast! Amazing Deals to Europe for ~$400

Via The Flight Deal, you can fly coach round-trip from lots of big (and small!) US cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York, Portland, and Tucson, to cities in Europe, like Madrid, London, and Paris, for only ~$400+! 

These deals are good for flights on airlines like Delta, American Airlines, KLM, Air France, United Airlines, and more!

I found a flight from Los Angeles to London departing November 11, 2017, and returning November 20, 2017, for ~$459.

And a flight leaving Phoenix on January 17, 2018, and returning from Madrid on January 31, 2018, for ~$385!

There are cheap fares available on various routes through February 2018.

Cheap Flights To Europe

Fly From the US to Madrid for Only ~$400!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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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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Top 7 Credit Cards to Get Big Travel With Small Money – April 2017

It’s an exciting time for folks in the miles & points hobby, because banks continue to offer some of the highest sign-up bonuses ever on great travel rewards credit cards!

Earning just one sign-up bonus on certain cards can help you make your dream trip a reality.  Million Mile Secrets readers have used our tips to help them take trips for nearly free to spots like Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, Disney World, and more!

Best Travel Credit Cards April 2017

You Can Use the Chase Ultimate Rewards Points You Earn With Cards Like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Sapphire Preferred to Enjoy a Tropical Caribbean Vacation!

I’ll share my top 7 travel credit cards that get you Big Travel with Small Money.

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Improved Offer for the American Express Platinum Card!

About a month ago, I told you about upcoming changes to The Platinum Card from American Express.

Some changes were good (like $200 in Uber credits per year), and some were definitely bad (like an increased annual fee).  These changes are now live!

And the card now comes with a new 60,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus after meeting minimum spending.  That’s more than enough for 2 round-trip flights to anywhere in the mainland US!

The new bonus is 20,000 more AMEX Membership Rewards points than the most recent offer.  But the minimum spending is higher.

American Express Platinum Application

Use the Sign-Up Bonus From the AMEX Platinum for a Free Flight to Paris!

I’ll help you decide if this new offer is worth it for you.

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Best Cards to Use at Amazon in 2017

If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.

If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.

And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Amazon

Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon

I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!

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Save Time Searching for Award Seats on Oneworld Airlines With Award Finder

Ever had trouble searching for award seats on Oneworld partners like American Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways, or Air Berlin?

If so, you might be interested the free Google Chrome plugin, Award Finder.  It can search for award seats on 8 different airlines, all at once!

Award Finder

Online Tools Like Award Finder Can Help Take the Frustration Out of Searching for Award Seats!

I’ll show you what Award Finder can (and can’t!) do for you, next time you’re looking for award tickets.

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Top 7 Credit Cards to Get Big Travel With Small Money – March 2017

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

The end of winter is right around the corner!  So it’s the perfect time to start planning your spring getaway.

Lots of credit cards come with great sign-up bonuses and travel benefits, including travel creditsairport lounge access, and Global Entry reimbursements.  Some can save you thousands of dollars on your upcoming travel!

Best Travel Credit Cards March 2017

Use Miles & Points to Visit the Stunning Beaches of Durban, South Africa, Like I Did!

Here are my picks for the best travel credit cards March 2017.

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March 2017 Flying Blue Promo Awards: 3 Cities to Europe for 25% Off

The March 2017 Flying Blue Promo Awards are out!  But you can’t book them until tomorrow.  And this month, they’re very limited (only 1 US city!).

Starting March 1, 2017, you can book Promo Awards for travel this upcoming May and June 2017.  You will get discounts on award flights between Europe and cities including Chicago, Cancun, and Mexico City.

Even if you’ve never flown KLM or Air France, you may have points that transfer to the program.  Because you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points, AMEX Membership Rewards points, Citi ThankYou points, and Starwood points to Flying Blue, at a ratio of 1:1!

Flying Blue Promo Awards March 2017

Experience the Alps This Summer at a Discount With Flying Blue!

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these discounted award tickets.

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