Category Archives: Airlines

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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This Family of 4 Got a 2-Week Adventure Across 6 European Countries With Miles & Points!

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!

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

This Family Of 4 Got A 2 Week Adventure Across 6 European Countries With Miles Points

Our Family Loved Seeing the Swiss Alps From the Mountaintops

A big thank you to Julie for sharing her story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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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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Important Changes to the Recent 5,000 Airline Miles per Car Rental Deal

Last week I let you know about how to earn 5,000 SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) points per Hertz car rental.  This was an exiting offer because you can use SAS points to book flights on Star Alliance partners like United Airlines, Air Canada, and more.

But via Frequent Miler, the terms of the promotion have changed!

The offer isn’t dead, but it’s now harder to make the most of the deal.  Because they’ve increased the minimum number of rental days to earn the bonus points.

Hertz SAS Promotion

Considering Taking Advantage of the Recent Hertz – SAS Deal? The Terms Have Changed!

Here are the details of the changes to the promotion.

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“The Trick to Travel Is to Treat People Well, and Take a Genuine Interest in Them”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Brian McAdam

Brian writes Brian McAdam to share his techniques to help readers have more time and money for what matters most to them.  You can connect with him through Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to his newsletter.

Brian McAdam

A Passing Photographer Just Happened to Catch My Family Standing in a Field Like This

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Look for These Upcoming Changes to Southwest’s Reservation System

Lyn writes about Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide to help you earn the Southwest Companion Pass step-by-step.  Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!  I’ve asked Lyn to give us an update on Southwest’s reservation system and when we can expect changes and improvements.

Lyn:   You may have noticed some things about Southwest that are different than other airlines.  Of course, their service is outstanding (which is a big reason why I love to fly Southwest!) and they offer amazing deals like the Southwest Companion Pass.  But they also schedule flights differently and you won’t find them on sites like Expedia or Google Flights.

How To Book Southwest Flights

Southwest Has Been Operating Under a Dated Reservations System. But Changes Are on the Way!

I’ll give you a quick overview of the latest intel about when more updates are coming to Southwest’s booking system.  And show you how it may affect us as their customers.

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Win a Free JetBlue Flight for Paying Taxes

Here’s proof that every cloud has a silver lining.  Even owing taxes!

Via The Points Guy, if you owe money on your taxes this year, you could win a free one-way coach flight within the mainland US and Alaska, with JetBlue’s Tax Return Return Flight promotion.

They’re giving away 1,000 free flights.  And you can enter once per day, through April 25, 2017.

JetBlue Tax Return Flight Giveaway

With JetBlue’s Tax Time Sweepstakes, You Could Win a Free One-Way Ticket to the Big Apple!

Here’s more about this giveaway!

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Everything You Need to Know About Hilton’s 5th Night Free Perk!

Did you know there are ways to use Hilton points to make them 20% more valuable?

Through May 31, 2017, the AMEX Hilton cards have the highest sign-up bonuses ever!  So if you take advantage of those offers, it’s important to know how to best use Hilton points for Big Travel with Small Money!

One great way to extend your points is with Hilton’s 5th night free perk for folks with (super easy to earn!) Hilton elite status.

How To Get Free Nights At Hilton

You Can Book the Conrad Manila for 47,000 Hilton Points per Night. But It Will Cost Just 37,600 Hilton Points per Night When You Stay 5 Nights!

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this valuable perk!

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Rumor: New Premium Card from US Bank, Sign-Up Bonus Worth $750!

Via Miles to Memories, there’s a new premium credit card from US Bank coming May 1, 2017!

US Bank’s Altitude Reserve Visa card will compete with cards like the AMEX Platinum, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Citi Prestige.

It will (supposedly!) come with a 50,000 point sign-up bonus, and perks like an annual travel credit, bonus points for travel spending, a credit for Global Entry, and more.

I’m excited about it, because more credit card options means more competition between banks.  And that’s a good thing for folks like us!

US Bank Altitude Reserve Card Premium Travel Card Review

You Can Earn $750 in Travel With the New US Bank Altitude Reserve Card, and Start Planning Your Next Tropical Getaway!

Here’s more information about the new US Bank premium credit card.

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Best Cards to Use at Sam’s Club in 2017

Folks who shop at Sam’s Club can choose from several terrific credit cards to earn miles or cash back on purchases.

Some cards include warehouse clubs, like Sam’s Club, as a bonus category.  So it’s possible to earn bonus cash back on purchases you were already planning!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Sams Club

You Can Earn Lots of Miles or Cash Back at Sam’s Club With Certain Credit Cards

I’ll share the best credit cards to use at Sam’s Club, including several with no annual fee.

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