Category Archives: Earn Miles

How to Start Applying for Miles & Points Credit Cards

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Million Mile Secrets reader Michael emails:

I have a friend I’m trying to bring into the miles game.  He has good credit (740), but only has … wait for it …. just ONE credit card, which he’s had for years.  Only a $2,500 limit.  100% pay on time.

Is he ready to apply for the big bonuses?  Or should he get a few more cards and a little more cumulative credit limit by starting with cards like the Chase Freedom, and other beginner cards?

Basically, is a 700+ score and only a single card enough to swing for the fences and apply for 4 or 5 cards with 50,000+ bonuses right out of the gate?

This is a great question!   What should you do if you want to start applying for miles and points cards, but only have ONE long-established credit card currently (with a good credit score)?

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What’s the Best Way to Start Applying for Miles & Points Credit Cards?

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Do You Know Someone in the Military? These Credit Cards Will Waive Their Annual Fees!

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I interviewed Andy from Military Money Manual and he mentioned that American Express waives his credit card fees under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  However, American Express isn’t required to do this.

Do You Know Someone In The Military These Credit Cards Will Waive Their Annual Fees

American Express Waived Andy’s Annual Fees Because He’s Active Military

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Get Hilton or IHG Hotel Points With Your Next Meal

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There’s a simple way to earn hotel points for a fun activity you’d be doing anyway.  We’ve seen how to earn airline miles for dining.  Today, let’s see if you can earn hotel points!

  • Sign-up for the free Rewards Network
  • Enter your credit card information
  • Automatically get points in your Hilton or IHG account when using your card at 1 of their ~10,000 restaurants, pubs, and clubs
Get Hilton Or IHG Hotel Points With Your Next Meal

What Would You Like for Dessert…Hilton or IHG Hotel Points?

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How to Eat Meals and Earn Miles

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Next time you’re out to eat, finish all your food and don’t leave any miles on the table!

Here’s how:

  • Sign-up for the free Rewards Network
  • Enter your credit card information
  • Automatically get miles in your frequent flyer account when using your card at 1 of their ~10,000 restaurants, bars, and clubs
How To Eat Meals And Earn Miles

After a Big Meal We’re 1 Step Closer to Our Next Trip (and a Nap!)

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How to Save Money and Earn Extra Points With American Express OPEN Discounts

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One of the additional benefits of American Express business cards (besides the sign-up bonus!) is the AMEX OPEN discount program.

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The American Express OPEN Savings Program Can Save You Money

You get discounts of up to 10% or earn up to 4 extra Membership Rewards points per dollar at 7 popular merchants including Hyatt, Hertz, and FedEx.

Of course, you should compare the price at these merchants after the AMEX OPEN discount to the best price you would pay elsewhere for a comparable hotel or service.  There’s no point paying more just to earn a few extra points!

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