Category Archives: Credit Cards

When You Should (and Should NOT) Use Points for Hotel Stays

Million Mile Secrets reader John commented:

How do you find out if a hotel is worth staying at with points?  And how do you find such great deals?  What time of the year are the rates more expensive?  It seems like every hotel is different.  I am interested in only Hyatt hotels and Starwood hotels.

When You Should And Should NOT Use Points For Hotel Stays

Do You Know When Should You Use Points to Stay at Hotels Like the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa?

John can get Big Travel with Small Money by using points to stay at pricey hotels.  Most hotels use a fixed award chart so John pays the same amount of points all year.

But other hotels like Starwood use a variable chart.  So John will pay a different rate depending on when he books.

John can quickly find award nights at Hyatt and Starwood hotels by using sites like Hotel Hustle and AwardMapper.

And I’ll explain when John might want to save his points and pay with his credit card instead!

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Is It Worth Transferring AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Starwood and Then to Airline Partners?

Million Mile Secrets reader Joyce emails:

My husband traveled for his job so we always had miles and points to work with.  He is retired now so I am the person looking for the least expensive options for traveling on our dime.  Your posts are extremely helpful and I love investigating all of the options for accumulating miles and points.

My question is:  Can I transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to my Starwood Preferred Guest account?  And then transfer those same points from Starwood Preferred Guest to an airline with the 25% bonus (I know I will need to transfer in 20,000 point increments)?

Yes.  Joyce can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Starwood and then to airline partners.  She’ll get a bonus 5,000 miles for every 20,000 AMEX points she transfers.

Is It Worth Transferring AMEX Membership Rewards Points To Starwood And Then To Airline Partners

Joyce Can Transfer AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Starwood Preferred Guest, Then to Airline Partners – But Should She?

But it’s NOT the best use of her points!

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Better Offer for Citi Hilton HHonors Card: 60,000 Hilton Points

Doctor of Credit reports that you can earn 60,000 Hilton points when you spend $1,000 in purchases with the Citi Hilton HHonors card within the 1st 4 months of opening your account.


60,000 Hilton Points Gets You 1 Night at the Hilton New York Midtown (Depending on Your Travel Date)

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this card but because of the mother-in-law rule I always tell you about the best offers!

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“I Have a Juris Doctor in Law…I’ve Never Practiced”

Welcome to the next interview in our interview series where travel bloggers share their insights on having Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:   Matthewriter

Matthew started Matthewriter to write about his travel and share budget travel tips.

And he’s giving away a $25 Amazon gift card!

Matthewriter - Interview With Matthew

Bears on Matt’s Trip to the Katmai Peninsula, Alaska – 2014

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Quickly Find the Right Hotel AND Save 10% With the StayAtHand App!

I’ve written about StayFaster, which can help you easily compare hotel rates while still allowing you to earn hotel points and receive elite status benefits like room upgrades and free breakfast.

But they also have a mobile app called, StayAtHand.  It has more search options than their regular StayFaster website, such as automatically finding last-minute hotel deals based on your location.

Quickly Find The Right Hotel AND Save 10 With The StayAtHand App

The StayAtHand App Has All the Benefits of the StayFaster Site With Even More Search Capability! And It’s Free!

So how can you use StayAtHand to save on hotels in the US?

Save 10% on Your Next Hotel Stay With StayAtHand

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