Category Archives: Virgin Atlantic

Starting Today: Combine Your Hilton Points With Friends and Family Members for Free!

I let you know about the changes Hilton recently made to their awards program.  And via The Gate, Hilton launched their new points pooling option today!

With points pooling, you can combine Hilton points with friends or loved ones for free.  That’s great news, because Hilton used to charge $2.50 for every 1,000 points you transferred to another Hilton member.  

Hilton Points Pooling

Need More Points for a Stay at a Beautiful Hotel Like the Hilton Barcelona? Ask a Friend or Loved One to Pool Points With You!

Let’s look at how you can transfer your Hilton points to another Hilton member!

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New: AMEX Membership Rewards 30% Airline Transfer Bonus

Via View From the Wing, you can get a 30% bonus when you transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic through May 22, 2017.

AMEX Membership Rewards Transfer Bonus

You Can Use Virgin Atlantic Miles to Fly Delta to Hawaii Without Paying Hefty Fuel Surcharges!

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!

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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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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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How to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements Paying Taxes

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

It’s tax time again!  April 18, 2017, is the IRS filing deadline this year.

While it’s nice to get a refund, if you owe taxes, you can ease the pain of paying your tax bill by meeting the minimum spending requirements on a new credit card.  Or hitting a spending threshold to unlock bonus miles, points, or elite status!

Just remember, you’ll usually pay a processing fee of ~2%, so do the math to see whether it’s worth it.

Pay Taxes With Credit Card

It Might Be Worth Paying Your Taxes With a Credit Card to Get Big Travel With Small Money When You Unlock Elite Status Levels or Big Sign-Up Bonuses

I’ll show you how to pay your taxes with a credit card.  And help you decide if it makes sense for you!

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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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Buy Hotel Points With a 100% Bonus – Is It Worth It?

Via The Shutterwhale, you can earn up to a 100% bonus on Hilton points purchases through May 3, 2017.

If you need Hilton points for an expensive stay or want to top-off your account for a particular award, this could be a good deal!

Hilton Buy Points Promotion

You Can Buy Hilton Points With This Deal to Stay at the Luxurious Conrad Tokyo!

Here’s more about Hilton’s latest buy points promotion.

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Won’t Last! Save Thousands on Business Class Tickets to Europe!

Via FrequentMiler, you can fly from US cities like Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Denver, and more, to European cities including London, Paris, and Madrid, in Business Class from ~$1,795!

I found a Business Class flight from Phoenix to Barcelona leaving May 17, 2017, and returning May 24, 2017, for ~$1,819.  And a Business Class ticket departing from New York (JFK) on August 24, 2017, and returning from London on August 31, 2017, for ~$1,887.  

This is an amazing deal, because Business Class tickets between the US and Europe can easily cost $4,000+.

These fares are valid for travel through January 2018.  On airlines including Delta, American Airlines, and British Airways!

Wont Last Save Thousands On Business Class Tickets To Europe

Fly in Style to Barcelona for Cheap!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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Won’t Last! US to Australia Round-Trip From ~$619, Europe ~$307, India ~$498, and More!

Lots of hot airfare deals right now to all corners of the earth!

Via View From the Wing, you can fly round-trip from the West Coast to Australia and New Zealand in coach for ~$619Frequent Miler reports you can fly round-trip from the East Coast to Europe for $309+.  And according to Secret Flying, you can fly round-trip to India from several US cities for ~$500+!

There’s also a great Southwest fare sale right now!  I found flights from Long Beach to Las Vegas on June 4, 2017, for just $39 one-way.

Fare Sale To Europe India Australia And More

Cheap Flights to New Delhi Means You Can Cross the Taj Mahal Off Your Bucket List!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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