Category Archives: Beginner Tips

Every Category 7 Starwood Hotel in One Spot!

In case you missed it, the sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood cards has never been higher!

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn a total of 35,000 Starwood points on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

That’s enough for a free night at nearly all category 7 Starwood hotels, like The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico.  Rooms there can easily cost $800+ per night!

Category 7 Starwood

Santa Marina, A Luxury Collection Resort, Hangs Over the Aegean Sea in Mykonos, Greece

Here’s a list of all 49 category 7 Starwood hotels!

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Will You Lose Free Nights If You Cancel a Hotel Card?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Carberrie, commented:

I have the Citi Hilton Reserve card, which comes with an annual free weekend night at certain Hilton hotels after spending $10,000 in a membership year.  I met the spending requirement and have 1 year to use the free night.  If I cancel the card to avoid paying the annual fee, will I lose my free night?

The good news is after you earn the free night, you will NOT lose it.  Even if you cancel the card.

This policy is similar for other hotel credit cards that come with a free annual night, including some that don’t have a spending requirement, like the Chase IHG card.

Hotel Cards With Free Annual Nights

Emily and I Used a Free Night From the Citi Hilton Reserve Card to Stay at the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice, Where Rooms Can Cost $500+ per Night During Peak Months

I’ll remind you which cards come with a free hotel night each year.  And why it might be worth it to pay the annual fees to keep these cards open!

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A Completely Free Trip to Iceland With Points & Cash Back Cards, Including Spending Money!

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!

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

A Completely Free Trip To Iceland With Points Cash Back Cards Including Spending Money

My Group of Icelandic Friends That Took Me in as One of Their Own. If You Make It to the Festival, Come Say Hello. I’ll Be With the Boom Box

A big thank you to Antonio for sharing his story!

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

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“If It Seems Like a Good Deal, Jump On It. If You Wait to See If It Worked for Others, It Will Expire”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Discounts & Deals 4 Military

Bobby started Discounts & Deals 4 Military to highlight discounts and easy ways to save money that is unique to military members.  You can also find him on Facebook!

Discounts Deals 4 Military

Trip Back Home to Oregon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Merger Update: Big Changes Coming to Alaska Airlines and Virgin America!

The merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America continues to move forward, with some big changes coming in the near future!

Via Travel Codex, Alaska Airlines announced more details about the merger with Virgin America.  And it’s mostly good news!  For example, you can expect enhanced in-flight entertainment, updated cabins, and lots of Virgin America personality across all Alaska Airlines flights.

But they’ve confirmed the Virgin America brand will disappear in 2019.

Merger Update Big Changes Coming To Alaska Airlines And Virgin America

Alaska Airlines Is Keeping Some of the Virgin America Personality! Including Fun Mood Lighting in the Cabin

I’ll give you an update on the merger, and tell you what to expect going forward.

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AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign-Up Bonuses Ever

If you’ve been waiting to apply for the AMEX Hilton credit cards, your patience has paid off!

Until May 31, 2017, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express have increased sign-up bonuses.  And I’ve never seen a higher bonus on these cards!

You’ll earn 80,000 Hilton points after you make $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors card.

And you’ll earn 100,000 Hilton points after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card.

Plus there’s an incredibly valuable new perk on the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass which could be worth hundreds of dollars!

AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign Up Bonuses Ever

You’ll Have Lots of Options to Redeem Your Hilton Points, From Inexpensive Family-Friendly Hotels to Luxury Resorts, Like the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

I’ll share the details.  And give you some ideas for using Hilton points!

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Best Cards to Use at Amazon in 2017

If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.

If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.

And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Amazon

Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon

I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!

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7 Fun Travel Goals Once You Have the Starwood Card

Starwood points are some of my favorite points to collect because I can usually get incredible value when I redeem them.  And they’re extremely versatile!

You can do so many things with Starwood points, from booking free flights to reserving free hotels to earning backstage passes at concerts.

How To Use Starwood Points

You Can Use Starwood Points at Excellent Hotels, Like the Le Meridien Tahiti. But There Are Lots of Other Things You Can Do, Too!

I’ll give you some fun ideas for spending your Starwood points!

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Buy Cheap American Airlines Miles With Latest Bonus Promotion

You can buy American Airlines miles at a steep discount right now!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can buy American Airlines miles for as low as ~1.8 cents each through April 13, 2017.

American Airlines Bonus Promotion March 2017

Fly to Vienna in Business Class for 115,000 American Airlines Miles Round-Trip!

I’ll share the details!

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Last Chance!! Earn the Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Points

Don’t forget!  You have just 10 days left to earn the Southwest Companion Pass by transferring hotel points to Southwest.

Through March 31, 2017, you can transfer points from hotels like Marriott, Hyatt, and Choice to earn the 110,000 Southwest points required in a calendar year to qualify for the Companion Pass.  Emily and I consider the Southwest Companion Pass to be the BEST deal in travel!

Last Chance Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Points

The Southwest Companion Pass Is Extremely Valuable for Domestic Travel. And Even Several Destinations South of the Border

I’ll tell you why it’s best to transfer your hotel points to Southwest as soon as possible to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

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