Category Archives: Singapore Airlines

“If You Don’t Know the Rules, You Could Miss Out on Tens of Thousands of Points”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Upon Arriving

Daniel writes Upon Arriving to cover the latest developments in travel credit card rewards, airline and hotel loyalty programs, and many other travel topics.  Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Upon Arriving

Brad and Me After Getting Scuba Certified in Belize, January 2017

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Fly to India With Citi ThankYou’s Newest Airline Transfer Partner

Via Doctor of Credit, there’s a new Citi ThankYou airline partnerYou can now transfer Citi ThankYou points to Jet Airways, India’s second largest airline.

New Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner

Emily Enjoyed a Jet Airways First Class Suite on Her Way Home From India

I’ll help you decide whether it’s worth transferring your Citi ThankYou points to Jet Airways.

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“I Had No Idea How Accessible Miles & Points Were for People Who Only Fly a Couple Times a Year”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   The City Miler

David writes The City Miler to help family, friends, and readers understand how they can fly around the world using miles.  He shares his travels, as well as writing about bits of New York City life.  Check him out on Instagram and Twitter!

The City Miler

David With His Fiancée Reni Touring the Canals in Copenhagen

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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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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Is Using AMEX Pay With Points the Same as Paying Cash for Airfare?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Howard, emailed:

If I get the The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN and use Pay With Points to purchase Delta airfare, would Delta treat the flight as a cash purchase?

Using Pay With Points to book flights through the AMEX Membership Rewards portal is essentially the same as paying with cash.

Because you can book airfare without having to worry about blackout dates.  And you’ll earn frequent flyer miles for your flight.

This is especially useful for folks with the AMEX Business Platinum card.  Because your points are effectively worth 2 cents each for coach airfare on your selected airline through the AMEX travel portal.

AMEX Pay With Points For Airfare

Using AMEX Pay With Points Is Basically the Same as Paying Cash for Airfare

I’ll explain how using Pay With Points works.  And share the benefits of using points linked to your AMEX Business Platinum.

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

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

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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Limited Time! Earn 5,000 Airline Miles per Car Rental

Here’s an amazing opportunity for folks who don’t mind a little inconvenience!

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you can earn 5,000 SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) points per Hertz car rental And there doesn’t seem to be a cap on the amount of times you can earn this bonus!

And SAS is a member of the Star Alliance, which means you can use their points to book flights on airlines like United Airlines, Air Canada, and more.

You must reserve your car by June 30, 2017, and rent by September 30, 2017.

Limited Time Earn 5000 Airline Miles Per Car Rental

Fly to Europe From the US in Coach for Just 60,000 SAS Miles Round-Trip

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal!

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Use This Trick and Save Miles on Domestic Tickets, Including Hawaii!

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

Did you know there’s a way to use your Starwood points to get cheap award flights within the US, even to Hawaii?

When you transfer Starwood points to Singapore Airlines, you can book certain award flights on United Airlines for fewer miles!  Because Singapore Airlines and United Airlines are Star Alliance partners, and have access to each other’s award seats.  And sometimes they charge different amounts for the exact same routes!

This is a great trick to know, especially given the increased sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood cards.  Because you can earn enough for a round-trip coach ticket to Hawaii!

Starwood Points For Domestic Flights

Through April 5, 2017, the Sign-Up Bonus on Either the Personal or Small Business Version of the AMEX Starwood Card Is Enough for a Free Round-Trip Coach Ticket to Hawaii!

I’ll show you the best deals when using your Starwood points for domestic flights.  And explain how many miles you can save!

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