I always have a great time when I visit New York. And I usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists. But this time, I decided to stay in Manhattan, but explore Queens.
I stayed in Manhattan at Hyatt Herald Square. But made the trip across the river for my adventures.
I Made the Hyatt Herald Square My Home Base
Here’s what I thought of the experience!
Posted in Airbnb, Airlines, British Airways, Chase, Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Hotels, Hyatt, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Trip Reports, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines
Need a weekend getaway? You can use 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Ink Business Preferred sign-up bonus for simple, fun, and easy-to-redeem trips within the mainland US!
For example, you can transfer 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines for 2 round-trip coach tickets to New York City. Then use the remaining 30,000 points from the sign-up bonus for a night at a luxurious Hyatt hotel.
I’ll also show you how to get fun trips to Key West and Las Vegas!
Use 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for 2 Round-Trip Tickets and a Free Night in the Big Apple!
Here’s how to use the sign-up bonus from the Chase Ink Business Preferred card for a vacation!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Cash, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase United Explorer, Citi Prestige, Citibank, Credit Cards, Hotels, Hyatt, Save Money, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines, United Award Booking
Million Mile Secrets reader, Kim, tweeted:
Any advice on how to pick the best airline for The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN to get 50% points back with Pay With Points?
Fantastic question, Kim!
Using AMEX Pay With Points with the AMEX Business Platinum card is a flexible way to book flights without blackout dates. And you’ll get 50% of your points back for coach tickets booked with Pay With Points. But only on your selected airline.
Plus, the AMEX Business Platinum $200 statement credit for airline incidentals only applies to your selected airline. So this can impact your decision, too.
Thinking About Which Airline to Choose for AMEX Pay With Points? I’ll Help You Decide!
I’ll explain if there’s a benefit of choosing one airline over another!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Express, Business Credit Cards, Business Platinum, Chase, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Membership Rewards, Save Money, Southwest, Spirit, Travel Tips, United Airlines
Folks traveling through Denver for the holiday season, be warned!
Via The Points Guy, until January 1, 2017, travelers will experience an influx of ice when traveling through the Denver airport. Free of charge!
Denver airport has opened an ice skating rink in the airport’s open-air plaza, open between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm daily. So check it out!
I Can’t Skate, but You Might Enjoy a Quick Spin on the Ice in Denver Over the Holidays!
I like seeing airports go out of their way to make the holiday travel more enjoyable for travelers!
The new Chase Ink Business Preferred card is an exciting offer for many folks. Because it comes with a big sign-up bonus of 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting spending requirements.
Million Mile Secrets team member Keith was approved for the Ink Business Preferred the day it launched. He was thrilled about the sign-up bonus offer and ongoing perks, like $600 in cell phone insurance.
And he was kind enough to share photos of the card opening and activation.
Team Member Keith Plans to Use the 80,000 Point Ink Business Preferred Sign-Up Bonus for a Trip to New Zealand!
I’ll share more insights for folks considering the Ink Business Preferred.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, Business Platinum, Chase, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Save Money, United Airlines, United Award Booking
With most airline loyalty programs, you have to earn miles or use them by a set date to prevent them from expiring.
To reset the clock, there’s an easy way to to earn airline miles from Uber rides.
Use Thanks Again to earn 25 points on every Uber ride (even cheap fares). Then, transfer the points to 7 eligible airlines to keep your existing miles or points from expiring.
Tick, Tock! I’ll Show You an Easy Way to Earn Points to Keep Your Airline Miles From Expiring With Uber Rides!
I’ll show you how it’s easy to earn and redeem Thanks Again points to keep your airline account active!
Posted in Aeromexico, Airlines, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Frontier, JetBlue, Shopping, Southwest, Travel Tips, United Airlines
JetBlue offers a terrific Business Class called Mint. You get lie-flat seats, tasty food, and terrific amenities. And depending on the Mint seat you choose, you can even get an individual suite with extra privacy.
Mint is only available on select JetBlue routes. But there are lots of new Mint routes planned!
The challenge is getting a Mint seat using points. Unless there’s a seat sale, it’s usually NOT a good deal to redeem JetBlue points for a seat in Mint Business Class.
But now you can use AMEX Membership Rewards points linked to The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN card to get 50% of your points back when you book JetBlue Mint Business Class tickets. This can be a good deal!
Using the AMEX Business Platinum 50% Points Back Perk With Pay With Points Can Be a Great Way to Book a Comfortable JetBlue Mint Business Class Ticket!
I’ll show you how to book a JetBlue Mint Business Class ticket using AMEX Pay With Points!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, Business Platinum, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, JetBlue, Membership Rewards, Travel Tips, United Airlines, United Award Booking
If you have lots of credit cards from the major US banks, these new offers from Banco Popular might interest you!
Via Travel Codex, Banco Popular has released the Avianca Vuela Card, with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Avianca miles after using promotion code “AVSPWE” and making a purchase in the first 90 days of opening your account. The annual fee is $149.
You can also apply for the Avianca Vida Card. It comes with a lower sign-up bonus of 20,000 Avianca miles. But the $59 annual fee is lower too! It doesn’t look like you can use a promo code with the Avianca Vida Card to increase the sign-up bonus.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission on these cards, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals we find!
Head to Bogota One-Way in First Class for Less Than 1 Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus!
I’ll give you more details about these deals, so you can decide if one of these cards is right for you.
Posted in Air Canada, Airlines, Airlines, Avianca, Banco Popular, Banco Popular Avianca, Beginner Tips, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Sweet Spots, Travel Tips, United Airlines
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!
Tina is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
Tina and Her Mother Outside the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel
A big thank you to Tina for sharing her story!
Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Chase, Chase United Explorer, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Interviews, Save Money, Star Alliance, Starwood (SPG), Success Story, Travel Tips, United Airlines, United Award Booking
Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Cardpe Diem
Cristi writes Cardpe Diem to share her discoveries on how to make travel dreams come true. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram!
View of Yosemite Valley From the Top of Yosemite Falls
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Hyatt, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Earn Miles, Hotels, Hyatt, Interviews, Membership Rewards, Save Money, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines