Category Archives: Philosophy

Why I Treat My Credit Cards Like Debit Cards

I’ve always said the best (and quickest) way to earn lots of miles & points for Big Travel is from credit card sign-up bonuses and spending.

But there are still folks out there who balk at applying for lots of cards.  They’re afraid their credit score will suffer, or that they’ll spend more they can afford and end up in debt.

This hobby is NOT for everyone.  If over-spending tempts you, or if you’re not good at budgeting and keeping track of expenses, you might get yourself in trouble.

One trick I always use to make sure I don’t spend too much or end up carrying a balance is treating my credit cards like debit cards.

Why I Treat My Credit Cards Like Debit Cards

Can You Manage Your Spending and Stick to a Budget?

I’ll explain how folks in our hobby maintain a high credit score and share some tricks that make it easier to manage your credit card spending.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Daraius & Emily: Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

We wish you lots of happy memories, joy, and laughter with your friends, family, and loved ones.

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Why You Should Earn & Burn Miles, Points, and Calories!

UPDATE: The Chase Sapphire Preferred no longer earns 3X points on the 1st Friday of the month.

In our hobby, great deals are NOT going to last forever.  So enjoy them as much as you can while you can!

I loved getting 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points at restaurants on the 1st Friday of each month with my Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Enjoy 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on First Fridays Until the End of the Year!

Enjoy 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on 1st Fridays Until the End of 2015!

But View from the Wing reminds us this is ending after 2015.

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Daraius’ Diary: The Truth About Strangers

Daraius:  We’ve got a great team at Million Mile Secrets helping with posts.  But I miss writing as much as I did in the old days!  So here I am writing about stuff that I really care about (and which isn’t all miles-and-points related).

“That best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” – William Wordsworth

I don’t like stereotyping people.  At least that’s what I tell myself.  After all, I feel uncomfortable, sad, and mad when folks – sometimes – make assumptions about me based on my darker skin or accent.

Iceland Stereotype

Hello Stranger!

And if there’s one thing I believe very, very strongly, it’s that people are the same the world over.  Sure, we may look different, and talk differently and eat differently and follow different religions.

But beneath the surface, we’re all human beings with the same human needs.  We all want to love and be loved, to be accepted, to care for our families, to dream, to celebrate, to have fun and laugh, to be respected and understood.  And be true to ourselves.


So I’m very embarrassed to say…

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Become a Hero on Your Trip to Hawaii!

Are you planning a trip to Hawaii?

Via, Mommy Points, The Kauai Humane Society needs your help.

Even if you are NOT interested in adopting a dog, you can help save a dog’s life without paying a dime!

If you’re flying on Alaska Airlines and returning non-stop to 1 of these West Coast cities:

  • Oakland
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • Seattle

You can help the Kauai Humane Society shuttle a dog from Kauai to the mainland where the dog has a much better chance of being adopted.

It’s easy and free!

Become A Hero On Your Trip To Hawaii

You Could Save the Day for Dogs Who Need a Home and It Won’t Cost You a Dime!

So how can you help?

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