Category Archives: ANA

This Couple Used Miles & Points for a Luxurious $12,000 Trip to Thailand!

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!

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

This Couple Used Miles Points For A Luxurious 12000 Trip To Thailand

Ready for Our 16-Hour Business Class Flight From Houston to Taipei!

A big thank you to Dale 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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3 AMEX Transfer Partners to Consider for Travel Flexibility

Million Mile Secrets reader, Chris, commented:

I just received the sign-up bonus from The Enhanced 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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5 Cards to Earn Miles for Etihad Award Flights

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

Million Mile Secrets reader, Ebene, commented:

Can you transfer United Airlines miles to Etihad?  What are the best cards to earn miles to fly Etihad?

You can NOT transfer airline miles to another airline.

For Etihad award flights, you can transfer points directly to the airline from 3 flexible programs – American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest.  You can also use American Airlines miles or ANA miles to fly Etihad.

Etihad miles are also valuable for folks looking to book award seats on any of its 26 airline partners.  For example, using Etihad miles for a Brussels Airlines award flight is one of the cheapest ways to get to Europe!

Etihad Award Flights

Use Etihad Miles for Award Flights to Abu Dhabi Where You Can Visit the Magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

I’ll share 5 cards that can earn you miles for Etihad award flights.

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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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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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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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“I Was Extremely Skeptical When I Was Introduced to Miles & Points – But After Some Coaching I Was Hooked”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:   Mining for Miles

Mordechai writes Mining for Miles to tell readers about the best uses of miles & points and maximizing their credit card spending.  You can join his active and thoughtful community on Facebook.  And check out his destination pictures (and memes!) on Instagram.

Mining For Miles

London Tower Bridge – Image Copyright Mining for Miles

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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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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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 10: South America

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 several choices for flights to South America!

Or you can save time and points by using AMEX Pay With Points to book coach or Business Class flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To South America

AMEX Membership Rewards Points Can Get You to Brazil and Many Other Destinations in South America!

I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for flights to South America!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 9: Africa

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 many choices for flights to Africa!

Or you can save time and points by using AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To Africa

Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for a Flight to Beautiful Cape Town, South Africa

I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for flights to Africa!

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