Category Archives: Etihad

5 Cards to Earn Miles for Etihad Award Flights

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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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Want to Earn More Miles? Don’t Use Your Airline Credit Card for Regular Spending!

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Want to earn more American Airlines miles or British Airways Avios points for regular spending?  You may think using an American Airlines or British Airways co-branded credit card is your best option.  But it isn’t!

Because with the personal and small business American Express Starwood cards, you can earn MORE miles when you transfer the Starwood points you earn to most airlines.

Plus, until April 5, 2017, both cards are offering a limited-time increased sign-up bonus of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

Ways To Earn American Airlines Miles

Want to Use American Airlines Miles or British Airways for an Exotic Vacation? Get the Best Rate for Regular Spending With the AMEX Starwood Cards!

I’ll explain why the AMEX Starwood cards are great to use for everyday spending.  Especially if you want to rack-up more airline miles.

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Combine Points From These 2 Sign-Up Bonuses for Ultimate Travel Experiences

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I recently shared 7 fun travel goals for folks who earn the limited time AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus, which ends April 5, 2017

But you can set your goals even higher if you combine the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus with the limited time Chase Marriott card offer.  With the 2 sign-up bonuses, you can earn a total of 75,000 Starwood points after meeting spending requirements.

Then, use the versatile Starwood points to book a once-in-a-lifetime stay at top Starwood hotels.  Or transfer points to airline partners for free flights!

Free Hotels And Flights With Starwood Points 2017

With the AMEX Starwood and Chase Marriott Card Sign-Up Bonuses, You’ll Have Enough Points for 2 Free Nights at the Luxurious Gritti Palace Hotel in Venice, Italy!

I’ll share how you can use 75,000 Starwood points for free hotel stays, flights, and more!

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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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Electronics Ban on Flights to US From 10 Cities – What You Need to Know

Update:   The UK will also ban electronics in the cabin from certain destinations. 

Heads up!  If you’re flying to the US from certain cities in the Middle East and North Africa, be prepared to check all large electronics, including laptops, tablets, cameras, and Kindles.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the new policy must be implemented in the next 96 hours, and affects 9 airlines operating to the US from 10 international airports.  And the ban is indefinite.

This will be very inconvenient for folks who like to get work done, read e-books, or watch movies on their devices in-flight.  Only cell phones, smartphones, and necessary medical equipment will be allowed in the cabin.

Electronics Ban US Flights

If You’re Traveling From Certain Cities in the Middle East and North Africa to the US, You’ll Have to Check Your Laptop or Tablet

I’ll give you the details and suggest other options if this will affect you.

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Everything to Know About TSA PreCheck

If you enjoy standing in long lines, removing items from your carry-on, or pulling off your coat in record speeds, this post is not for you!

For the rest of us, TSA PreCheck can be a huge time (and stress!) saver during our visit to the airport.  A membership to TSA PreCheck means you won’t have to remove your toiletries or computer from your bag.  Or take off your jacket at security checkpoints.

And TSA PreCheck lines are often (but not always!) much shorter than the regular security lines.

TSA PreCheck Application

TSA PreCheck Can Save LOTS of Time at Airport Security Checkpoints

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck!

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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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The 10 Best Travel Deals in 2017

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Let’s see what’s new and exciting in 2017!

If you’re just getting started in miles and points hobby, these 10 deals are an excellent way to get Big Travel with Small Money.  For example, cheap award flights to Europe in coach or Business Class.  Or a 4th night free on paid hotel stays.

Best Travel Deals 2017

Emily and I Are Excited to Share Our Top 10 Best Travel Deals for 2017!

Here are the best travel deals for 2017!

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Top 7 “Premium” Cards You Can Try for Free

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The easiest and fastest way to earn lots of miles & points is to sign-up for credit cards with big bonuses.

The biggest bonuses usually come from “premium” cards with valuable perks, like the ability to transfer points for Big Travel, bonus categories, free checked bags, and more.  But they usually have an annual fee.

However, some cards waive the annual fee for the first year.  So you can try the card at no cost!

Best Premium Credit Card

With the Top Card on This List, You’ll Earn Valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points That You Can Transfer to Travel Partners for Big Travel!

Here are my 7 favorite “premium” cards that waive the annual fee the first year of card membership!

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They Got $6,000 Business Class Flights to Europe for ~$184 Each!

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!

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

They Got 6000 Business Class Flights To Europe For 184 Each

Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

A big thank you to Austin 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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