Category Archives: Credit Cards

5 Top Barcelona Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

Y’all know how much I love travel!  Because I get to meet new people, see new things, and review places I’ve been.

But I also enjoy researching and strategizing where to use my miles & points next, so I can get the Biggest Travel from them.

Thanks to Jenny for her suggestion to cover which hotels to stay in Barcelona using Marriott and Starwood points!

Barcelona Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

Find a Hotel Near Attractions Like the Incredible Sagrada Familia Basilica. Stay Free With Marriott or Starwood Points!

Here are my top 5 Marriott and Starwood hotels for folks visiting Barcelona.  And a budget hotel for folks who want to spend fewer points!

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Selecting an Airline With the AMEX Business Platinum & Why I Chose Southwest

Besides the huge 100,000 point sign-up bonus, a major reason I got The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN was the 50% points back perk.

Because I’ll get 2 cents per point when I use my AMEX Membership Rewards points to book coach airfare on my selected airline.  So picking 1 of the 9 eligible airlines is important to make sure I make the most of this benefit!

Plus, the airline selection matters for earning the Business Platinum’s $200 airline incidental credit.

I decided on Southwest.

American Express Business Platinum Airline Credit

I Selected Southwest as My Business Platinum Airline.  I’ll Get a Great Deal With My AMEX Membership Rewards Points and Use the $200 Airline Incidental Credit!

I’ll show you how to select your airline for the American Express Business Platinum airline credit.

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Sneak Peek at 2017’s Hottest Credit Cards to Travel in Style

There are more great cards than ever to help you achieve Big Travel with Small Money!  Because banks continue to release new credit cards with lucrative sign-up bonuses.

And earning just one sign-up bonus on certain cards can get you a trip you may have never though possible!  Like a round-trip award flight to Australia with the Chase Sapphire Reserve or a getaway to Kauai with the The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN.

Top 7 Travel Cards For December 2016

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses Make the Trip of Your Dreams Possible, Whether It’s Far Away Like Singapore, or Closer to Home

Here are my top 7 travel credit cards for 2017.

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$2,300+ Worth of Airfare With 1 Sign-Up Bonus!

I was excited to be approved for the limited-time AMEX Platinum Business Card offer.

Between the 100,000 point sign-up bonus and points from the minimum spending requirement, I earned more than 115,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points.  That’s almost triple the amount you’d normally earn with The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN!

These points are worth at least $2,300 in paid airfare because of the card’s Pay With Points perk.  So it’s a fantastic card for folks looking to get Big Travel!

And this is an AMEX small business card.  So it does NOT count toward card limits for new Chase applications!

American Express Business Platinum Activation

The AMEX Business Platinum Card Offer Is Great for Folks Looking to Get Big Travel!

Activating the AMEX Business Platinum was a breeze!  I’ll show you how to do it!
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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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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.

Rumor Chase Freedom Bonus Categories January To June 2017

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!

JetBlue Points Amazon

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

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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