Category Archives: Delta Skymiles

Best Ways to Fly to Orlando With Miles & Points (or Small Money)!

Now that summer is here, many folks are starting to think about vacations.

A perennial favorite are the theme parks in Orlando, Florida.  And it’s within reach if you want to use your miles and points!

Best Ways To Fly To Orlando With Miles Points Or Small Money

Considering a Trip to Orlando? Use Your Points or Find Low Fares to Get There!

I’ve written about how to save money at Disney World.  Now I’ll show you the best ways to use your points.

I’ll also give you tips about budget airlines.  And offsetting the cost of your flights! Continue reading

Should You Cancel Cards to Improve Your Chances of Getting New Ones?

Million Mile Secrets reader Phil commented:

Should I cancel a card to “free up” credit with a given bank to increase my chances of getting a new card?  Or should I hold onto the card to keep my relationship with the bank strong?

Two examples:

1.   I have had the US Bank Lifemiles Visa for almost a year now.  I don’t use it much, but they recently increased my limit from $6,000 to $8,000.  Now I am considering applying for the US Bank Club Carlson Visa this month.  I have 16 credit cards, and a relatively short credit history (I only had 1 credit card until 2 years ago, and got that first 1 in 2009), and an income that is not particularly impressive.

Do I cancel the Lifemiles Visa before applying for the Club Carlson Visa, or should I keep it?

And if I cancel it, should I wait a few weeks until after I pay the $75 and get 6,000 renewal points?

2.  I currently have 3 AMEX credit cards (Blue Sky, Starwood Preferred Guest, and downgraded Delta SkyMiles, which has no fees or benefits), and just received a AMEX Premier Rewards Gold in March.

I would like to apply for 1 of the AMEX Hilton cards soon. Should I cancel 1 of my other AMEX cards first?

Excellent question, Phil!  You have some decisions to make.

Should You Cancel Cards To Improve Your Chances Of Getting New Ones

Should Phil Cancel Some Cards to Improve His Chances of Getting Approved for New Ones?

Let’s look at each bank separately to find Phil’s best strategy.

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Better Offer Returns for Alaska Airlines Card: 25,000 Miles + $100 Statement Credit!

I wrote about a better offer for the Bank of America Alaska airlines card last month.  And now, via View From the Wing, there’s a new working link!

You’ll earn 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles when your account is approved.  And a $100 statement credit after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

That more than makes up for the $75 annual fee, which is NOT waived for the 1st year.

Better Offer Returns For Alaska Airlines Card 25,000 Miles 100 Statement Credit

It’s Back! Earn 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles Plus a $100 Statement Credit With the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card

Emily and I don’t earn a commission from this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best offers!

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Use Delta Miles to Get to Europe (Even From the West Coast!)

Update:  The offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card From American Express, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card American Express, and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card From American Express have expired.  But check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

Delta miles are great to use for award flights to Europe.  And they’re easy to earn!

Use Delta Miles To Get To Europe Even From The West Coast

Fly to Amsterdam (and Many Other European Cities) on a Delta Award Flight This Fall!

I’ll show how to use your Delta miles to fly to Europe.  Even from the West Coast, where folks sometimes have trouble finding available award seats! Continue reading

Plan Your Trip to Hawaii With These Credit Card Offers

Update:  The offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card From American Express, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card American Express, and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card From American Express have expired.  But check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

There are a lot of ways to explore Hawaii with miles and points.  If you’re flexible, that’s even better, because Hawaii is a very popular year-round destination.

Plan Your Trip To Hawaii With These Credit Card Offers

Using Your Miles and Points Is a Great Way to Get to Hawaii!

I’ll show you the best uses of miles and points for a Hawaiian vacation.  And I’ll let you know which cards can help you get there faster! Continue reading