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Success! Family of 6 to Europe, First Class to Maldives, & More!

I love when folks use their miles & points to earn Big Travel with Small Money!  I thought I’d share recent reader success stories!

Success Family Of 6 To Europe First Class To Maldives More

Congrats! It’s Great to Hear About Using Miles & Points for Family Trips!

Amazing!  This family of 6 used miles and points for flights to Europe AND hotel stays!

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“I Think I Got My First Delta Account When I Was Around Age 12”

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

Miles & Points Interview:

Gilbert Ott is the creator and writer of God Save The Points.  He writes about tips and tricks on how to earn miles.  You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

God Save The Points - Interview With Gilbert

Flying British Airways’ “Baby Bus”, Their Direct Flight From New York to London City With Only 32 Seats, All Business Class!

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

I was young!  I think I got my first Delta account when I was around age 12.  I don’t quite remember why I was so hell-bent on it, but I was.

Perhaps I read an in-flight magazine talking about the places it would take me.  I got everyone in my family an account too.  They were NOT miles people…

Why did you start your blog?  What’s special about it?

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Is It a Good Idea to Use Airline Miles to Buy Merchandise?

Million Mile Secrets reader HP tweeted:

Is it a waste to use miles for merchandise?  After having a baby, I don’t have plans to travel, and a new iPad would be nice!

Congrats on your baby, HP!

You will NOT get the best value for your miles by redeeming them for merchandise.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

Everyone’s situation is unique.  You should always use your points & miles in a way that makes sense for your situation.  And what makes you happiest!

But you should NOT continue to use an airline miles earning credit card if your goal is to use them for merchandise.

Is It A Good Idea To Use Airline Miles To Buy Merchandise

There Are Better Ways to Earn Free Merchandise Than Cashing-In Your Miles

I’ll show you better credit card options if you aren’t planning to use your rewards for travel.  And also a couple ways to save your miles, in case you think you’ll use them for travel later!

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Viva Cuba! Part 5 – Flights to Cuba

Emily:  When I learned about America’s more relaxed policy towards travel to Cuba, I jumped at the opportunity!

Cuba has a lot to offer.  My friends and I were drawn to the classic cars, the Art Deco architecture, and, of course, the friendly people!  We also love music and dance, which is one of Cuba’s specialties! Rick Steves recently produced an excellent video on Cuba that’s fun and informative.

The US and Cuba reached an agreement for direct flights.  Flight availability to Cuba from various US airports and search engines is ALWAYS changing, so be sure to try multiple search engines and cities, if possible.  Readers have reported that some flights to Cuba from the US may be opening up.  When I went to Cuba in December 2015, flights were not scheduled yet. My friends and I flew via Cancun, and continued our journey to Havana.

Note:  Regulations surrounding US travel to Cuba are always changing, so make sure you check the current rules before planning your trip.  There are limited opportunities to use miles & points, but you can save some money.  I’ll show you how later in this series!

Viva Cuba Part 5 Flights To Cuba

Cuba Was Even Gorgeous From the Sky

My travel partners included many of the same friends who accompanied me to Croatia!

Robbie (pink hair) is a professional dance instructor who teaches salsa, kizomba, and bachata.  Sarita is also a dance teacher, as well as a graphic designer.  Gissell teaches fitness classes and loves rock climbing.

On this trip, I went with 3 new friends – Diana, a local art teacher, Chelsea, who manages a hostel, and Antonio, who works in IT design.  Traveling as a group of 7 was fun, but definitely challenging at times!  We had a great time together, and can’t wait to return!

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Easily Earn 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points per Year on Auto-Pilot for a Free Hyatt Stay or Flight

If you have a small business, you could be earning enough points to jump start a great vacation with minimal effort!

You earn 5 points per $1 in select business categories business with the Chase Ink Plus® Business Credit Card.  And you might meet the requirements necessary to hold a small business credit card without realizing it!

By setting recurring bills like Netflix or internet to auto-pay with a Chase business card, you can earn LOTS of Chase Ultimate Rewards points every month without lifting a finger.

Easily Earn 15000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Per Year On Auto Pilot For A Free Hyatt Stay Or Flight

You Can EASILY Earn a Free Night at Lots of Great Hotels by Following This 1 Step

I’ll show you how simple it can be to get Big Travel with Small Money from the Chase Ink Plus with this 1 easy strategy!  And help you figure out if you qualify for a business credit card.

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