Category Archives: Earn Miles

Is Using AMEX Pay With Points the Same as Paying Cash for Airfare?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Howard, emailed:

If I get the The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN and use Pay With Points to purchase Delta airfare, would Delta treat the flight as a cash purchase?

Using Pay With Points to book flights through the AMEX Membership Rewards portal is essentially the same as paying with cash.

Because you can book airfare without having to worry about blackout dates.  And you’ll earn frequent flyer miles for your flight.

This is especially useful for folks with the AMEX Business Platinum card.  Because your points are effectively worth 2 cents each for coach airfare on your selected airline through the AMEX travel portal.

AMEX Pay With Points For Airfare

Using AMEX Pay With Points Is Basically the Same as Paying Cash for Airfare

I’ll explain how using Pay With Points works.  And share the benefits of using points linked to your AMEX Business Platinum.

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5 Travel Rewards Cards for College Students

Million Mile Secrets reader, Liz, commented:

After studying abroad last semester, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug.  Although I have a very good credit score, I’m a college student and don’t spend that much, which precludes me from going for cards with sign-up bonuses that require spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

I would like to get a card to start earning rewards for my purchases and develop a credit history.  But in keeping with the number one rule of paying off my balance each month, there doesn’t seem to be a card out there for me.

Ideally, I’m looking for a travel rewards card that offers a sign-up bonus requiring $1,000 in the first 90 days and has a waived annual fee for the first year, or none at all!  Is there a card that you’d recommend for me?

Welcome to the miles & points hobby, Liz!

I’m so glad to hear Liz is interested in earning rewards for travel.  Miles and points are one of the the best ways to travel cheaply.  They’ve given Emily and I the opportunity to visit amazing destinations around the world!

As a college student, it seems Liz has done her homework about the importance of developing a credit history and not carrying credit card balances!

Credit Cards College Students

There Are Lots of Great Rewards Credit Cards for College Students Looking to Get Started in the Miles & Points Hobby!

The good news is most banks offer credit cards with sign-up bonuses that have relatively small minimum spending requirements.  And these cards tend to waive the annual fee or have none at all.  So they’re great for students on a tight budget!

I’ll share tips for beginners in the miles & points hobby.  And 5 great rewards cards for beginners which have low minimum spending requirements!

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3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Purchasing Airfare Through an Online Travel Agency

Million Mile Secrets reader, Lynn, commented:

I purchased JetBlue airfare through Kayak’s Kiwi.com.  Will my checked baggage fees be the same as if I booked directly with the airline?

It doesn’t matter which site you use to purchase airfare.  Because the amount you’ll pay for things like checked baggage or cancellation charges is based on an airline’s published schedule of fees.

But there are other factors to consider when booking through an Online Travel Agency (OTA) like OrbitzExpedia, or Kiwi.com.

For example, depending on the airline, you might earn fewer miles on your flight if you don’t book directly.  Or you could accidentally book a “no-frills” Basic Economy fare without realizing.

Drawbacks Of Booking Airfare With An Online Travel Agency

Purchasing Airfare Through an Online Travel Agency Is Convenient. But There Are 3 Things You Should Know Before Booking This Way

I’ll explain what you should know before booking airfare through an online travel agency.

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Increased Offer: 40,000 Hotel Points (Up to 5 Free Nights)

Folks who travel with large families should appreciate this deal!

Via Danny the Deal Guru, you’ll earn 40,000 Choice points when you sign-up for the Barclaycard Choice Privileges card by May 31, 2017.  That’s the highest offer I’ve seen for this card!

We don’t earn a commission for the Barclaycard Choice Privileges card, but we’ll always share the best offers with you!

Increased Offer 40000 Hotel Points Up To 5 Free Nights

You Can Use Choice Points at 5-Star Preferred Hotels, Too!

I’ll tell you about this new offer.  And let you know why this is NOT a good card for folks just beginning in miles & points.

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“The Less Frequented Places Are Where You Can Really Experience Culture and Get Out of Your Comfort Zone”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Johnny Africa

John writes Johnny Africa to inspire readers to travel indefinitely.  You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram, too!

Johnny Africa

My First Use of Points? A Big Trip to the Middle East! This Was Me Amongst the Martian Landscapes of Wadi Rum

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Enhance Your Hotel Stay and Earn 3,000 Bonus Points!

Starwood is trying to convince folks to book a suite this year by giving away bonus Starwood points!

Through December 31, 2017, you’ll earn 3,000 bonus Starwood points for booking a suite at Starwood hotels in North and Latin America.  To get the deal, use rate plan “SUITE1PT” when you book by phone or online.

Enhance Your Hotel Stay And Earn 3000 Bonus Points

Trying to Justify Booking a Starwood Hotel Suite? Here’s Some Help!

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this deal!

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5 Ways to Earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points With Freedom This Quarter

Through June 30, 2017, you can earn up to 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your Chase Freedom at grocery and drug stores when you activate the bonus by June 14, 2017.

You’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points if you can make the most of the Chase Freedom 5X bonus categories this quarter.  That’s enough for a free night at Category 1 Hyatt hotels or certain flights on Southwest or United Airlines.

Freedom Card 5X Points April 2017

Your Grocery Shopping Will Earn You Bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards Points This Quarter

Let’s take a look at 5 ideas for earning 7,500 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points. 

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Top 7 Credit Cards to Get Big Travel With Small Money – April 2017

It’s an exciting time for folks in the miles & points hobby, because banks continue to offer some of the highest sign-up bonuses ever on great travel rewards credit cards!

Earning just one sign-up bonus on certain cards can help you make your dream trip a reality.  Million Mile Secrets readers have used our tips to help them take trips for nearly free to spots like Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, Disney World, and more!

Best Travel Credit Cards April 2017

You Can Use the Chase Ultimate Rewards Points You Earn With Cards Like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Sapphire Preferred to Enjoy a Tropical Caribbean Vacation!

I’ll share my top 7 travel credit cards that get you Big Travel with Small Money.

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5 Top Hotels in Central & South America to Book With Starwood Points

Through April 5, 2017, the sign-up bonuses for the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards have increased to a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.  And there are lots of beautiful and interesting hotels in Central and South America where you can stay with Starwood points!

Now is an excellent time to sign-up for these cards.  Because the sign-up bonus has NEVER been higher!  And because of the Marriott Starwood merger, we don’t know if or when these cards will be discontinued.

35,000 Starwood points is more than enough for an award night at top-tier Starwood hotels, like the Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa in Argentina!

Starwood Points For Hotels In South America

The Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa Is Just Steps Away From the Beautiful Iguazú Falls!

I’ll show you some top places to use Starwood points for hotels in South America.

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5 Cards to Earn Miles for Etihad Award Flights

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Million Mile Secrets reader, Ebene, commented:

Can you transfer United Airlines miles to Etihad?  What are the best cards to earn miles to fly Etihad?

You can NOT transfer airline miles to another airline.

For Etihad award flights, you can transfer points directly to the airline from 3 flexible programs – American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest.  You can also use American Airlines miles or ANA miles to fly Etihad.

Etihad miles are also valuable for folks looking to book award seats on any of its 26 airline partners.  For example, using Etihad miles for a Brussels Airlines award flight is one of the cheapest ways to get to Europe!

Etihad Award Flights

Use Etihad Miles for Award Flights to Abu Dhabi Where You Can Visit the Magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

I’ll share 5 cards that can earn you miles for Etihad award flights.

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