Category Archives: Earn Miles

“Traveling Gives You New Perspective of Other Lifestyles, and a Greater Appreciation for What You Have Waiting for You at Home”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Travelling King

Samantha writes Travelling King to provide tips, suggestions and guides to help readers plan their travels.  You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Travelling King

Ben and Sam at Hobbiton in New Zealand

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Top 10 Easiest Awards to Book in 2017

To get the Biggest Travel with Smallest Money, it’s worth the time and effort to learn award booking tricks.  But it takes practice!

If you’re looking for an easy way to to earn points and book cheap travel, I’ll give you a few ideas!  So even if you’re new to our hobby, you can begin your miles & points journey right away!

Easy Award Flights And Hotels To Book 2017

Here Are Hassle-Free Deals to Help You Accomplish Your Travel Goals!

I’ll share my favorite no-brainer deals that can give you your dream vacation in no time!

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Can You Earn a 2nd AMEX Sign-Up Bonus When You Apply for a New Business?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Danielle, commented:

I opened the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express in the past using my Social Security number.  I recently started a new business and have an EIN number.  Can I open another AMEX Starwood small business card using my EIN to earn another sign-up bonus?

Great question, Danielle!

With the AMEX once per card, per lifetime rule, it’s very unlikely you’ll earn the sign-up bonus again by applying with a new Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Because you must also include your Social Security number on a small business credit card application.  So AMEX can see if you’ve earned the sign-up bonus before.

AMEX Business Card Sign Up Bonus

With AMEX Personal or Small Business Cards, You Can NOT Earn a Sign-Up Bonus on the Same Card More Than Once

Instead of applying for the same card, I’ll share other ways to boost your miles & points balances!

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Do ALL Credit Inquiries Count Toward Chase’s 5/24 Limit?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Ryan, commented:

Does the Chase “5/24 rule” only apply to inquires for credit cards or also other loans as well?  I have 4 credit inquires in the past 24 months, including 1 loan and 3 credit cards.

Also, are there any free reliable tools to count credit inquiries?

Great questions, Ryan!

Only new credit card accounts count toward Chase’s “5/24” limit.  So if you’ve opened 5 or more new credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months, you will NOT be approved for most Chase cards.

The exception is certain small business cards, which do NOT appear on your personal credit report.

Additional credit inquiries for loans or declined card applications don’t count toward Chase’s 5/24 limit.  That said, all banks review your credit report.  And too many inquiries could impact your chances of getting approved for new cards.

Do ALL Credit Inquiries Count Toward This Banks Strict Card Limit

Understanding Chase Application Rules Can Help You Earn More Sign-Up Bonuses, Which Is the Fastest Way to Get Big Travel!

Because of the strict Chase application rules, I’ll explain why it’s best to get their cards first.  And remind y’all the easy way to check your 5/24 status.

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Limited Time: Get 15% Points Rebate on Award Flights

Planning a JetBlue award flight between now and July 31, 2017?  This promotion is for you!

You’ll save 15% on award flights when you register for this promotion, book by June 19, 2017, and travel by July 31, 2017.  And certain folks can stack this promotion with other deals to save 25% on award flights!

JetBlue Points Rebate June 2017

Visit Colorful Quito for Fewer JetBlue Points Through July 31, 2017

Here’s what you need to know about this deal!

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“Earning a Decent Amount of Points Is Easy. Extracting the Best Value Is the Hard Part”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   My Travel Tools

Ben writes My Travel Tools to showcase his personal travels and assist fellow travelers with tips, tricks, and tools for traveling the world efficiently and cheaply.  You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

My Travel Tools

This Is the View From the Coastal Trail in Cinque Terre. We Hiked the Whole Trail in a Day! This Was Just One Stop on Our Almost Month-Long Honeymoon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Review: Capital One Spark Miles Vs. Capital One Spark Miles Select

If you’re a fan of Capital One Venture cards, you’ll probably like Capital One Spark Miles cards, too!

Capital One Spark Miles cards earn flexible miles that you can use on nearly any travel purchase, like flights, hotels, rental cars, and Lyft.

The Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business comes with 20,000 Spark miles (worth $200 in travel) after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months.  And the Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business card offers 50,000 Spark miles (worth $500 in travel) after spending $4,500 on purchases within the first 3 months.

Capital One Spark Miles Card Review

Use Capital One Spark Miles for a Free Tour of the Eiffel Tower

Here’s what you need to know about these cards!

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This Card Is Disappearing for Good!

Big changes are coming if you’re a Chase Fairmont cardmember!

Via reader IAD Gr8, Chase is converting the Fairmont credit card to the Chase Sapphire Preferred on August 15, 2017!

Chase stopped accepting new applications for the card earlier this year.  But plenty of folks still have the card!

This Card Is Disappearing For Good

You Can No Longer Apply for the Chase Fairmont Card – and Folks Who Already Have It Will Soon Receive a Chase Sapphire Preferred Replacement!

I’ll share what we know!  And help you decide what to do.

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“My Roaring River State Park Trip for Less With These (Soon to Be Devalued!) Citi Prestige Perks”

Million Mile Secrets team member Joseph recently used his Citi Prestige Card to book travel over Memorial Day weekend.  Because the Citi Prestige is about to lose some of its perks, I thought I’d have him tell you what he did, and remind y’all about the upcoming changes!

Joseph:   Thanks, Daraius!  A friend invited me to Kansas for a camping trip over Memorial Day weekend.  And while I’m not a huge fan of camping, I AM a fan of my Kansan friend!

I used my Citi Prestige for nearly every expense, and received ~$400 in free travel during the trip.

Review Of Roaring River State Park

I Used ~20,500 Citi ThankYou Points for Round-Trip Flights from Dayton to Wichita. The Cash Price Was $328

I’ll show you which Citi Prestige perks I used.  And remind you of the upcoming changes to the card!

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Tips & Tricks to Save on a Trip to New York City This Summer

I’ll share how you can get Big Travel with Small Money on a trip to the Big Apple, including tips from Million Mile Secrets readers!

Free Things To Do In NYC

Using Miles & Points Can Save You Lots of Money on a Trip to New York City! And There Are Many Free Things to Do Once There for Folks Traveling on a Budget!

Using miles & points can save you money on flights and hotel stays.  And there are plenty of cheap or free things to do throughout the city, like exploring beautiful parks or attending the taping of popular TV shows!

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