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National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 3 – Highlights of Death Valley & Red Rock Canyon

Considering a trip to Death Valley National Park or Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas?

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan recently returned from a 2,500+ mile road trip through some of the top National Parks in the US.  I’ll let her tell you about it!

Meghan:  Thank you Daraius!  My husband and I love adventure, and with a new(ish!) baby in tow, we decided it would be a great idea to take a road trip to fantastic National Parks like Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

Death Valley Lodging

Overlooking Las Vegas From Atop Red Rock Canyon

I’ll share the highlights of our trip to Death Valley and Red Rock Canyon.  And tips for planning your own trip to these fantastic spots!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 6: Caribbean & Mexico

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 opens up lots of options for award flights to the Caribbean & Mexico!

Or you can keep it simple and use AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal and get a fixed amount per point.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To Caribbean

Transfer AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Terrific Airline Partners for Flights to Beautiful Destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico!

I’ll show you the best ways to use American Express Membership Rewards Points for flights to the Caribbean & Mexico!

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National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 2 – Highlights of Yosemite

According to National Geographic, Yosemite is one of the top 5 most visited US National Parks, with ~4 million visitors each year.  And for good reason!

Whether you want relax and take in the stunning scenery, or be adventurous and head out horseback riding, hiking, or rock climbing, there are endless things to see and do in the park.

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan recently returned from a 2,500+ mile road trip through some of the top National Parks in the US.  I’ll let her tell you about it!

Meghan:  My husband and I love adventure, and with a new(ish!) baby in tow, we decided it would be a great idea to take a road trip to fantastic National Parks like Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

Yosemite Lodging

A Drive to Glacier Point for a View of Half Dome Was a Great Way to Spend a Rest Day From Hiking

I’ll share the highlights of our trip to Yosemite National Park.  And tips for planning your own trip to this fantastic spot!

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National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 1 – Introduction & Planning

It’s exciting to travel to faraway places to see new sights and different cultures.  But don’t forget, the US has some of the most amazing (and popular!) parks in the world.

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan recently returned from a 2,500+ mile road trip through some of the top National Parks in the US.  I’ll let her tell you about it!

Meghan:  Thank you Daraius!  My husband and I love adventure, and with a new(ish!) baby in tow, we decided it would be a great idea to take a road trip to fantastic National Parks including Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

National Parks Vacations

Family Hike to Angels Landing, Zion National Park. The Baby Is Sleeping in the Backpack!

Visiting National Parks like these is a great way to spend a vacation, so I’ll share how my family and I planned our trip.  Along with the highlights from each of the parks we visited.

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When Can You Transfer the Freedom Unlimited Sign-Up Bonus to Chase Travel Partners?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Prabha, sent an question via email:

With the Chase Freedom Unlimited card, when can I transfer the sign-up bonus of 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline partners like United Airlines instead of redeeming for $150 cash back?

Great question, Prabha!

Earning transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards points is the trick to travel flexibility!  And often times, you can get more value for your points by transferring to airline and hotel partners instead of redeeming for cash back.

But to transfer Chase points to travel partners from no annual fee cards like the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited, you’ll need to have another eligible Chase card, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Otherwise, the points you earn with the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.

Transferable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Sign-Up Bonus With the Freedom Unlimited Can Be Worth More When You Have a 2nd Chase Ultimate Rewards Card! For Example, You Can Get a Free Night at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara Hotel, Which Can Cost $200+!

I’ll explain when Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to airline and hotels partners for Big Travel!

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Best Use of 90,000 Starwood Points: Companion Pass, Airline Transfers, or Free Hotel Nights?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Grahme, commented:

I’m thinking of converting 90,000 Starwood points to Marriott points to book a Hotel + Air Package to get the Southwest Companion Pass and a 7-night Marriott hotel certificate.  Would you consider this a good use of Starwood points?

Converting Starwood points to Marriott points to get the Southwest Companion Pass by booking a Hotel + Air package can be an amazing deal worth $4,100+!  That’s one reason 2 Million Mile Secrets team members recently used Starwood points this way!

But Starwood points have other flexible redemption options that make them extremely valuable.  Like free hotel stays at Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton hotels.  Or the ability to transfer Starwood points to airlines, which could get you an amazing First Class ticket worth more than $9,000!

So the best use of Starwood points really depends on your travel goals.

Use 90000 Starwood Points

Using Starwood Points to Get the Companion Pass Means You and a Partner Can Visit Fantastic Southwest Destinations Like New York!

Remember, you only have until March 31, 2017 to redeem hotel points for the Companion Pass.

I’ll compare a few different ways you can use 90,000 Starwood points for Big Travel!

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Blog Giveaway: 7,000 Southwest Points!

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter!

Thanks to everyone for supporting the blog!  To show our thanks, Emily and I are giving away 7,000 Southwest points.

Blog Giveaway 7000 Southwest Points

The Companion Pass Is Now Harder to Earn! Console Yourself by Entering This Contest to Win 7,000 Southwest Points

I’ll show you how to enter!

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“I Want to Help My Readers Live a Happier Life – Enjoying Experiences Rather Than Things”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Zen Life and Travel

Katie writes Zen Life and Travel to share the perks and benefits of collecting credit card points, airline miles, hotel points, elite status, and more.  You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Zen Life And Travel

Having Fun at St. Pete Beach, Florida

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Earn Southwest Companion Pass Points With These Products

Lyn blogs about Southwest at Go To Travel Gal.  So I’ve asked her write about ways to earn more Southwest points that qualify for the Companion Pass.  Because hotel points transfers to Southwest won’t count towards the Southwest Companion Pass after March 31, 2017.

Lyn:   Thanks to some timely deals to earn Southwest points through Rapid Rewards Shopping, you can earn nearly 5,000 Southwest points relatively cheaply.  And most will qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Earn Southwest Companion Pass Points With These Products

Trying to Earn the Companion Pass? I’ll Show You Ways to Earn Qualifying Southwest Points for Cheap!

For a step-by-step process of how to easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass, you can download my free guide.

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File Your Taxes With TurboTax and Earn 1,000 Southwest Points

It’s officially tax season!  And TurboTax is giving folks an incentive to use their software.

Via Reddit, you’ll receive 1,000 Southwest points when you file your tax return with TurboTax through the Southwest Shopping portal!

File Your Taxes With TurboTax And Earn 1000 Southwest Points

Nothing in This World Is Certain but Death and 1,000 Bonus Southwest Points! 😉

I’ll give you the details of this deal.

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