Category Archives: Beginner Tips

How to Keep an Excellent Credit Score While Applying for Lots of Credit Cards

Million Mile Secrets reader, Brittany, tweeted:

Can you do a post on maintaining a credit score of 750+ while applying for lots of cards?  I can’t find a recent one.

Did you know applying for lots of credit cards can actually improve your credit score?

If you aren’t familiar with how your credit score works, credit cards can seem scary.  Because the way you handle your credit cards can greatly impact your credit score.

But if you understand the factors of your credit score, you’ll see it’s less impacted by the number of cards you have.  And has more to do with how you use them.

How To Keep An Excellent Credit Score While Applying For Lots Of Credit Cards

Don’t Let Applying for Multiple Credit Cards Keep You Away From Getting Big Travel With Small Money!

I’ll show you why applying for lots of credit cards is NOT always bad for your credit score.  And how they can even enhance it!

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A Free Week in Hawaii With Miles & Points Is Easier Than You Think!

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!

A Free Week In Hawaii With Miles Points Is Easier Than You Think

View from the Top of the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

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

A big thank you to Harry 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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Rumor: Chase Freedom Bonus Categories – January to June 2017

We MAY know the upcoming Chase Freedom bonus categories for the first half of 2017!

Via Reddit, you can expect to earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) with your Chase Freedom when you spend on gas stations and commuter passes from January to March 2017.  And grocery stores and drug stores from April to June 2017.

This is NOT confirmed.  But a Reddit user says that’s what they were told by a Chase representative.

Reminder Last Day To Activate 1st Quarter Chase Freedom 5X Bonus

Your Chase Freedom MAY Earn 5X Points on Commuter Passes, Like Subways and Buses

I’ll tell you what we know!

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Earn 3X JetBlue Points When You Shop at Amazon!

Here’s another bonus promotion just in time for the busiest shopping month of the year!

Via Running With Miles, you’ll earn 3 JetBlue points for every $1 you spend at Amazon when you sign-in to your JetBlue account and shop through JetBlue’s link.  This is on top of the rewards you’ll earn from your credit card!

There’s no end date listed for the deal.  I hope it sticks around!

Amazon Prime Membership Discount

Shop at Amazon and Earn 3 JetBlue Points per $1, Plus Credit Card Rewards!

I’ll help you make the most of this deal!

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Free Access to US Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, & More This Weekend With Your Bank of America Card!

Interested in visiting a new museum, zoo, or aquarium this weekend?

If you’re a Bank of America (or Merrill Lynch) debit or credit cardholder, you can get into certain museums and other cultural centers for free on the first full weekend of each month.

Free Museums December 2016

There Are Over 150 Participating Locations, Including the Newseum in Washington, DC, Where You Can Get in Free With Your Bank of America Card

I’ll show you how you can get fee admission to places like the Denver Zoo, the Long Island Children’s Museum, and the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia.

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“Nothing Is as Humbling as Seeing Thousands of Graves at the Normandy Invasion Beaches”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  The Traveling Professor

Steve writes The Traveling Professor to give tips and pointers to readers and travelers.  You can also find him on Facebook! And if you have any questions, you can email him here.

The Traveling Professor

The Professor in Florence

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

I became an American Airlines AAdvantage member on August 24, 1984.  I have Platinum elite status.  And I am a “Million Miler” with 1,495,955 miles flown in the air.

However, I estimate I have earned over 10,000,000 miles & points through flying, credit cards, credit card bonuses, and through other miles earning opportunities.  I started collecting miles & points with my American Airlines AAdvantage account. Continue reading

2 North American Cities to Europe for 25% Discount With Flying Blue

The new Flying Blue Promo Awards are out!

Starting today, December 1, 2016, you can book this month’s Promo Awards.  You will get discounts on award flights to Europe from Mexico City and Toronto.

Even if you’ve never flown KLM or Air France, you may have points that transfer to the program.  Because you can transfer Chase Ultimate RewardsAMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou points, and Starwood points to Flying Blue, at a ratio of 1:1!

2 North American Cities To Europe For 25 Discount With Flying Blue

Fly to Croatia for Less With Flying Blue Promo Awards

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these discounted award tickets.

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New AMEX Offers – Save With Alitalia, La Quinta, GNC, and More!

You can now load new AMEX Offers and save on purchases you might make anyway!

Via Deals We Like, there are fresh AMEX Offers available for Alitalia, La Quinta, Lowe’s, and more!

AMEX Offers are an easy way to save money.  To take advantage of these deals, just add the offers to your AMEX card.  Then you’ll earn a statement credit when you make a qualifying purchase.

New AMEX Offers Save With Alitalia La Quinta GNC And More

Get a $160 Statement Credit When You Spend $800 With Alitalia for Things Like Airfare, Seat Upgrades, and More

Sign-in to your American Express online account to see which deals you qualify for, because AMEX Offers are targeted.

I’ll give you the scoop on these new offers!

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50% Bonus When You Buy British Airways Avios Points – 6 Days Only!

Do you have plans for a short flight coming up?  You might benefit from this offer from British Airways!

Via One Mile at a Time, British Airways is selling their British Airways Avios points with a 50% bonus until December 5, 2016, at 6:59 pm Eastern Time.

British Airways Avios Points Discount

Hop Around Europe for Cheap With British Airways Avios Points. I’ll Show You How!

I’ll help you decide if this is a good deal for you!

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Free Miles, Points, Coffee, and Pizza! Easy Deals With Air Canada, Starbucks, Papa John’s, and More!

Here are a handful of quick deals that are easy to do in your free time!

If you have a few extra minutes, you can earn 150 Air Canada Aeroplan miles, 1,000 Club Carlson points, or 1,000 IHG points by completing simple online tasks, like filling out a survey, or entering a promotion code.

And when you pay with Visa Checkout, you can get an extra $10 when you load $10+ to your Starbucks account, or a free large one-topping pizza from Papa John’s when you buy a pizza.

Free Miles Points Coffee And Pizza Easy Deals With Air Canada Starbucks Papa Johns And More

Use These Deals to Reset the Expiration Time for Points You Don’t Use Often

I’ll show you how to get your free miles, points, and food!

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