Category Archives: Credit Cards

Southwest Fare Sale Starting at Just $39 One-Way

Book them before they’re gone!

Via Miles to Memories, you can book Southwest flights for just $39 one-way (that’s 1,657 Southwest points!).  But there are other more expensive routes that are still a great deal.  I found a one-way flight from Atlanta to Detroit for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).

But you’ll need to book by March 2, 2017, for travel through June 14, 2017.  And certain routes have different different eligible travel dates.

Southwest Fare Sale Starting At Just 39 One Way

Southwest Is Making It Easier to Get Away This Spring

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“How $6 Dropped My Credit Score 100 Points”

Daraius:   Team member Harlan told me a story about how his credit score dropped unexpectedly.  So I asked him to share his experience with Million Mile Secrets readers.  So they can avoid it happening to them!

Harlan:   Thanks, Daraius!  I clearly remember the day I got an email from Credit Sesame with a “Delinquent Account” alert.

Cancel Recurring Payment

One Small Recurring Payment Ruined My 800+ Credit Score

After I clicked through, I saw my credit score had dropped 100+ points because of a recurring charge on a canceled AMEX card!

I knew how important good credit is for earning lots of miles & points with sign-up bonuses.  So I immediately called to find out what happened.

Here’s what I learned.  I’ll also give some tips so this never happens to you!

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Vacation Longer! 7 Top Hotels Using Starwood’s “Cash & Points”

If you’re willing to forego a completely free vacation, you can get huge value from your Starwood points!

By using Starwood Cash & Points, you can save LOTS of money at incredible hotels around the world.  And now that the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express personal and small business cards come with a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements, you can stay even longer at these great hotels!

Best Uses Of Starwood Cash Points

Starwood Has Jaw-Dropping Hotels All Over! Like The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Dalian, China

I’ll give you ideas for where to use your Starwood points for extended “Cash & Points” stays.

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Starwood AMEX Cards – No Foreign Transaction Fees!

Considering the fantastic limited-time offer on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards?  Good news!

Not only is the sign-up bonus worth LOTS of Big Travel with Small Money, but both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express don’t charge any international fees!

Making them great cards to use overseas, because they can save you a lot of money.

Starwood American Express Foreign Transaction Fees

You’ll Save Money Using Your New AMEX Starwood Card Overseas, Because It Doesn’t Charge Foreign Transaction Fees!

Let’s take a look at how much you can save by using cards, like the AMEX Starwood cards, that do NOT charge foreign transactions fees.

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How Long Will the 60,000 Point Southwest Premier Small Business Offer Last?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Victor, tweeted:

How long will the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card 60,000 point offer last?

Great question!

You can earn 60,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier small business card when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.

That’s a 10,000-point increase from the previous offer on this card!

Chase has NOT indicated if this is a limited-time offer.  But they can change their mind at any point.

Chase Southwest Premier Small Business 60,000 Points

Use Southwest Points From the 60,000 Point Chase Premier Small Business Sign-Up Bonus to Travel to Beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

I’ll let you how long I think the Chase Southwest Premier small business 60,000 point offer will last!

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This Card Has a Best-Ever Sign-Up Bonus and Does NOT Count Against Chase’s 5/24 Rule

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

I’ve written why this is a great offer.  But did you know that applying for the small business version of the AMEX Starwood card will NOT hurt you chances of being approved for Chase cards in the future?

That’s important, because Chase has some of the best travel rewards cards.  And the easiest and fastest way to get Big Travel with Small Money is to sign-up for credit cards with big bonuses.

This Card Has A Best Ever Sign Up Bonus And Does NOT Count Against Chases 524 Rule

The Sign-Up Bonus From the AMEX Starwood Small Business Card Is Enough for a Free Night at the Stunning St. Regis Princeville Resort. And It Will NOT Count Against Chase’s 5/24 Rule

I’ll share the details of the AMEX Starwood small business card offer.  And help you decide whether it might make sense for you!

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“People Say They Can’t Afford Travel. But All It Takes Is a Little Knowledge and Discipline”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Points, Miles & Life

Ian writes Points, Miles & Life to share his travel experiences and give tips and tricks to friends and family.  He’s also a contributor for Points With a Crew.  You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Points Miles Life

My Wife and I on the Ferry Between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, Canada

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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This Month Only: Buy Miles for Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii & Europe

Via One Mile at a Time, you can get up to a 125% bonus (or more if you’re targeted!) on purchased Avianca miles through February 28, 2017.

Avianca is a member of the Star Alliance, so you can use their miles to book flights on airlines like United Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and Air Canada.  And pay fewer miles on certain routes!

Avianca Buy Miles Promotion

Get Up to a 125 % (or 135% if You’re Targeted!) Bonus When You Buy Avianca Miles Through February 28, 2017

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

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Limited Time: Best-Ever 35,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus With AMEX Starwood Cards Returns!

The highest-ever 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood cards is back!

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 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 an excellent deal!  Because 35,000 Starwood points is enough for an award night at the most luxurious Category 7 Starwood hotels, like The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico.  Rooms there can easily cost $800+ per night!

Starwood American Express

Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith Used Starwood Points to Stay at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort Using Starwood Points and Had an Unforgettable Experience!

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide if you should consider applying!

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7 Reasons Why Credit Cards Are Safer Than Debit Cards

Considering diving in to the miles & points hobby, but aren’t sure about the risks of credit cards?

Lots of folks who could qualify for valuable rewards credit cards use debit cards instead.  Because they feel more comfortable with a debit card.

But it’s important to remember that debit cards do NOT offer the same protection as credit cards, like fraud protection or extended warranties & returns.  And they aren’t as safe to use.

Are Credit Cards Safer Than Debit Card

Credit Cards Offer More Protection Than Debit Cards Against Things Like Unauthorized Charges

I’ll explain why!

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