Category Archives: Credit Cards

“You Can Dive Into This Hobby and Change Your Life for the Better”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  All the Right Points

Evan shows All the Right Points readers how to earn and burn points and miles for premium travel and luxury hotel nights.

You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

All The Right Points

Checking out the Queen of the Skies (British Airways 747-400)

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Everything to Know About TSA PreCheck

If you enjoy standing in long lines, removing items from your carry-on, or pulling off your coat in record speeds, this post is not for you!

For the rest of us, TSA PreCheck can be a huge time (and stress!) saver during our visit to the airport.  A membership to TSA PreCheck means you won’t have to remove your toiletries or computer from your bag.  Or take off your jacket at security checkpoints.

And TSA PreCheck lines are often (but not always!) much shorter than the regular security lines.

TSA PreCheck Application

TSA PreCheck Can Save LOTS of Time at Airport Security Checkpoints

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck!

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How to Easily Apply for a Credit Card Through Your Smartphone

Are you one of the many folks applying for credit cards on your smartphone instead of your computer?

I had never applied for a credit card on my phone before, so I decided to see just how easy (or difficult!) it was.  And I was pleasantly surprised!  The entire process took just a couple of minutes.

Starwood American Express Application

I’ll Give You a Look at the Mobile Application Process for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card From American Express

I’ll show you how to apply for a credit card with your smartphone, so you can take advantage of the best deals no matter where you are!

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How to Earn 4 Free Starwood Nights per Year With Chase Freedom

Did you know you can use bonus points you earn with the Chase Freedom card for up to 5 free Starwood nights per year, if you have another Chase card like the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Business Preferred?

This could be a strategy some of y’all haven’t considered!

How To Earn Free Starwood Stays

Dream of Visiting the Pyramids of Giza? I’ll Show You How to Use the Chase Freedom Card for 5 Free Nights at the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa in Cairo!

I’ll show you how to earn free Starwood stays with the Chase Freedom card!  And remind you of other ways to earn and use Starwood points.

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3 Tips for Primary Insurance Coverage With Car Rentals Over 31 Days

Million Mile Secrets reader, Ana, commented:

What’s your recommendation for primary auto rental insurance if I pay using the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve card and the rental period is longer than 31 days?

The Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve cards are great choices to pay for car rentals.  Because you get primary insurance coverage for collisions and damage.

But with these 2 cards, the coverage only applies to rentals of 31 consecutive days or less in the US and most foreign countries.

To get around the time limit, I’d recommend returning your car and renting another one.  This way, you’ll restart the clock for insurance coverage.

3 Tips For Primary Insurance Coverage With Car Rentals Over 31 Days

Having Primary Auto Rental Insurance With the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve Is a Great Perk.  But It Only Works on Rentals of 31 Days or Less

I’ll share tips for getting coverage on long car rentals!

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“I Was Extremely Skeptical When I Was Introduced to Miles & Points – But After Some Coaching I Was Hooked”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Mining for Miles

Mordechai writes Mining for Miles to tell readers about the best uses of miles & points and maximizing their credit card spending.  You can join his active and thoughtful community on Facebook.  And check out his destination pictures (and memes!) on Instagram.

Mining For Miles

London Tower Bridge – Image Copyright Mining for Miles

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Last Chance to Try This Excellent Card for Free the First Year!

I reminded you about the Chase Sapphire Reserve sign-up bonus dropping to 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for in-branch applications on March 12, 2017.

And we now know that Chase will also no longer waive the $95 annual fee on in-branch applications for the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card card after March 12, 2017.

Emily and I don’t get a commission for folks who apply in-branch.  But we’re committed to sharing the best deals with y’all!

Last Chance To Try This Excellent Card Free The First Year

Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to United Airlines for Free Flights South of the Border

I’ll remind you why the Chase Ink Business Preferred is still worth applying for!

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Does This Big AMEX Centurion Lounge Policy Change Affect You?

I told you about the changes coming to the AMEX Platinum cards, including an increased $550 annual fee with the personal version.  And now, another big benefit change is coming on March 30, 2017.

Via View From the Wing, AMEX will be restricting AMEX Platinum cardholders to 2 complimentary guests per visit, and eliminating free admission of immediate family.

Folks who travel with their kids will likely NOT be happy with this change!  But if you usually travel solo, you might welcome the new policy.

Does This Big AMEX Centurion Lounge Policy Change Affect You

If You’re Traveling With More Than 2 Guests (Including Immediate Family Members), You’ll Soon Have to Pay Admission for Your Additional Companions

I’ll tell you about this upcoming change!

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4 Days Left: Apply In-Branch for $1,500+ in Free Travel

I shared 2 months ago that the Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 point sign-up bonus would be reduced by half for online applications.  But the original sign-up bonus is still available to folks who visit a Chase branch to apply!

But after March 12, 2017, (this Sunday!), you will no longer earn 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you apply for the Chase Sapphire Reserve in-branch.

We don’t earn a commission for the online or in-branch Chase Sapphire Reserve offers, but Emily and I will always remind you about the best deals for Big Travel!

Last Chance For 100000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points In Branch

You’ll Get at Least $1,500 in Travel From the Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus, but You Must Apply In-Branch by March 12, 2017

If you’re interested in the Chase Sapphire Reserve‘s larger sign-up bonus, this is your last opportunity!

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Get a Disney World Vacation With Starwood Points!

Folks planning a trip to Disney World can save Big Money by using Starwood points to book a Nights & Flights package.

Because you can use 60,000 or 70,000 Starwood points and get 5 hotel nights at or near Disney World AND 50,000 airline miles.  That’s enough for 2 round-trip coach award tickets within the US!

And you can easily earn these points with the limited time AMEX Starwood 35,000-point sign-up bonuses on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card.

Disney World Packages

Take Advantage of the Limited Time AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonuses to Book a Disney World Package and Visit The Most Magical Place on Earth!

I’ll explain how you can book Disney World packages using Starwood points!

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