Category Archives: Beginner Tips

How to Buy a Car With a Credit Card to Earn Miles

Considering a new car and wondering if it’s possible to rack up a few thousand miles & points using a credit card to buy it?

In short, it is!  And that’s great news for folks looking for ways to meet a card’s minimum spending requirements, if you want to earn extra rewards, or qualify for a yearly spending bonus for a purchase you’d make anyway!

Can You Buy A Card With A Credit Card

Getting a New Car Is Fun. But Earning Miles, Points, or Cash Back for Your Purchase Is Even Better!

I’ll show you how to put some (or all!) of the purchase price of a car on a credit card.  And mention a few pitfalls you should look out for!

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Excited to Use Your 2 Free Night Certificates at ANY Hyatt Hotel?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Tskr, commented:

How soon do the 2 free night certificates post after meeting the spending requirements on the The Hyatt Credit Card?

The free night certificates typically post to your Hyatt loyalty account a few days after the statement close date in which you meet the spending requirement.  And you have 12 months from the date they’re issued to redeem them.

The Chase Hyatt card can be extremely valuable!  Because you can use the certificates at ANY Hyatt hotel in the world, including all-inclusive resorts like the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

Hyatt Free Night Certificates

You Can Use the Chase Hyatt Card Sign-Up Bonus for 2 Free Nights at the All-Inclusive Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

I’ll remind y’all about the Chase Hyatt card offer.  And let you know when to expect the free night certificates!

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2 Types of Travel Insurance: Medical Coverage Vs. Trip Protection

Million Mile Secrets reader, Nancy, commented:

Do you have any advice for travel insurance carriers?

Travel insurance is broad and complex.  Because there are separate insurances that cover trip related incidents vs. medical issues.

For example, you’ll get coverage for mishaps like trip delays just by paying with credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige.

But if you’re looking for medical coverage while traveling outside the US, you might consider purchasing a supplemental travel medical insurance policy.

Travel Insurance Coverage

Are You Looking for Trip Protection Benefits, Travel Medical Insurance, or Both?

I’ll explain what you should consider when looking for travel insurance.

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A ~$36,000 Round-the-World Trip in First Class for a Fraction of the Cost!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Amy is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A 36000 Round The World Trip In First Class For A Fraction Of The Cost

Enjoying First Class in the Emirates A380

A big thank you to Amy for sharing her story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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Blog Giveaway: 7,000 Southwest Points!

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Million Mile Secrets readers are the best!  To thank you, Emily and I are giving away 7,000 Southwest points!

Blog Giveaway 7000 Southwest Points May 2017

Southwest Has Added a Few New Destinations, Including Grand Cayman!

I’ll show you how to enter!

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“With Miles & Points, You’re Not Restricted to One Most Memorable Experience”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Points Fitness

Ricardo writes Points Fitness to help readers earn tons of rewards and great value, and use credit cards to earn miles and see a bit more of the world.  Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Points Fitness

We Reached the Clouds in Machu Picchu

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Confused by Cards With Similar Names? Here’s a Chart to Explain!

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There are LOTS of credit cards out there, all with different benefits and bonuses.

Banks seem to enjoy giving their credit cards similar names.  You might apply for the wrong one if you aren’t careful!

I’ve put a lot of credit cards with similar sounding names side-by-side, so you can compare the perks and decide which card is best for you, and find the application link, all in one place!

Confused By Cards With Similar Names Heres A Chart To Explain

Take the Time to Differentiate These Credit Cards So You’ll Know Which Card Will Give You the Biggest Travel!

Let’s look at the most common credit cards with similar sounding names!

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Changes Coming Soon to This Card’s $300 Annual Travel Credit

Have you been considering the Chase Sapphire Reserve?  You might want to apply soon if you’d hoped to make the most of the $300 annual travel credit.

Via Travel After Work, Chase has changed when you’re eligible for the annual $300 travel credit.  Starting May 21, 2017, new applicants will receive their $300 travel credit after each cardmember anniversary, instead of each calendar year.

Changes Coming Soon To This Cards 300 Annual Travel Credit

The Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit Can Be Used for Nearly ANY Travel Purchase, From Hotels and Flights to Taxis and Uber!

I’ll explain how this will affect new cardholders!

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Timing Your Trip: Why the Travel Season Makes a Difference

The time of year you choose to vacation usually affects the prices you’ll pay and your travel experience.

Busy seasons (like holidays) can attract lots of tourists to popular destinations.  I typically prefer traveling in low or shoulder season when things are quieter and cheaper!

But some folks would rather book a getaway during peak season to enjoy the best weather.  Or because it works best for family vacation schedules.

High Season Versus Shoulder Season Travel

Emily Traveled to the British Virgin Islands During High Season Because of the Ideal Weather. And She Booked a Marriott Award Stay, Which Costs the Same Amount of Points Regardless of Season!

I’ll share the pros and cons of traveling to a destination during its high season, shoulder season, and off-season.

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Flash Sale! Buy IHG Points With 100% Bonus

Do you collect and use IHG points?  Here’s a chance to buy them for cheap!

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you’ll get a 100% bonus when you buy 5,000+ IHG points through May 19, 2017.  This could save you even more than the Points & Cash trick!

Flash Sale Buy IHG Points With 100 Bonus

I’ll Show You How to Save Big at IHG Hotels With This Promotion!

I’ll tell you about this deal!

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