Category Archives: American Express

Top 7 “Premium” Cards You Can Try for Free

The easiest and fastest way to earn lots of miles & points is to sign-up for credit cards with big bonuses.

The biggest bonuses usually come from “premium” cards with valuable perks, like the ability to transfer points for Big Travel, bonus categories, free checked bags, and more.  But they usually have an annual fee.

However, some cards waive the annual fee for the first year.  So you can try the card at no cost!

Best Premium Credit Card

With the Top Card on This List, You’ll Earn Valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points That You Can Transfer to Travel Partners for Big Travel!

Here are my 7 favorite “premium” cards that waive the annual fee the first year of card membership!

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Don’t Miss Out on These 5 Sign-Up Bonuses If You’re Close to the “5/24” Limit

Million Mile Secrets reader, Myles, tweeted:

I’ve opened 4 new cards in the past 24 months.  If I get the Chase Amazon Prime card, will it count toward Chase’s “5/24” card limit and keep me from getting other Chase cards in the future?

Unless Myles gets certain small business cards, new cards from ANY bank will count toward Chase’s card limit.

Because Myles is just shy of reaching 5 new cards in the past 24 months, he’ll want to choose his next card wisely!

If you’re in a similar situation, the best choice for a 5th card depends on which cards you already have and your travel goals!

Chase Card Limit

If You’re Close to Hitting Chase’s “5/24” Card Limit, You’ll Want to Plan a Careful Strategy for Choosing Your Next Cards

I’ll share 5 excellent travel credit cards for folks nearing Chase’s card limit!

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They Got $6,000 Business Class Flights to Europe for ~$184 Each!

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!

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

They Got 6000 Business Class Flights To Europe For 184 Each

Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

A big thank you to Austin for sharing his story!

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

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Do You Want to Earn a Sign-Up Bonus on the Same Card More Than Once?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Allen, tweeted:

Which banks let you earn the sign-up bonus on the same card more than once?

Excellent question, Allen!

I understand why folks might want to reapply for a card they have had previously.  Because earning a new card sign-up bonus is the easiest way to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Each bank has different rules when it comes to earning a sign-up bonus on the same card more than once.

Sign Up Bonus More Than Once

Earning a Sign-Up Bonus on Certain Cards for the 2nd Time Could Get You Enough Miles or Points for a Trip to Europe!

I’ll share the rules for getting a sign-up bonus more than once.  And let you know when there are exceptions!

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Better Chase Ink Offers Will Be Available In-Branch Starting Next Month

A few weeks ago, I shared rumors that the Chase Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card would soon have a targeted, increased sign-up bonus of 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Now, via Doctor of Credit, it’s confirmed that this will be a targeted, in-branch ONLY offer beginning March 12, 2017.   The online application will remain at 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after completing the minimum spending.

And at the same time, there’ll be a similar improved in-branch offer for the Chase Ink Cash, with a $500 sign-up bonus after meeting spending requirements.

Chase Ink Better Offers

The Targeted In-Branch Chase Ink Preferred 100,000-Point Bonus Is Worth at Least $1,250 in Big Travel!

I’ll share the details and remind you of each card’s perks!

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8 Reasons Why You Should Choose the AMEX Starwood Over the Chase Marriott Card

If you’re looking to earn the most points for free stays at Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels, you’ll want to consider the limited time AMEX Starwood offer.  It’s the biggest bonus I’ve seen for the personal and small business cards!

Remember, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood are now one company.  But the hotel chains still have separate co-branded credit cards.  And the current sign-up bonuses for each of the hotel cards are very different!

For example, the current AMEX Starwood card sign-up bonus is a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.  This can get you 3 free nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii.  But the sign-up bonus with the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card would only get you 2 free nights.

AMEX Starwood Versus Chase Marriott

You’ll Get the Most Big Travel at Marriott, Starwood, or Ritz-Carlton Hotels With the Limited Time AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonus. It Can Get You 3 Free Nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii

I’ll review the current AMEX and Marriott card offers and share 8 pros of the AMEX Starwood card.

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“Ignore People Who Tell You Not to Earn More Points Than You Plan to Use”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Windbag Miles

Jordan writes Windbag Miles to talk about strategies on earning points for travel, including the credit cards he likes to use.  You can also follow him on Twitter.

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Hurricane Ridge in Sunny Port Angeles, Washington

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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JetBlue Flash Sale! Domestic and International Flights for as Low as $20 One-Way

JetBlue is having a flash sale.  And if you want in on the action, you’ll have to book quickly!

You can fly from several US cities to both domestic and international locations starting at just $20 one-way in coach.  But the dates and routes are very restrictive.

I found flights from Washington, DC, to Orlando for just $30 one-way in coach.  These fares are valid for departure dates between February 25, 2017, and March 8, 2017.

JetBlue Flash Sale Domestic And International Flights For As Low As 20 One Way

Head to the Bahamas From Chilly Boston for Just $60 One-Way

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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Earn 8,000 Points (Enough for a Free Night) for Every 2 Stays at Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels has just released their Spring promotion.  And it’s a familiar one.

Between March 2, 2017, and April 27, 2017, you’ll earn 8,000 Choice points for every 2 stays you complete.  And there is NO cap on the amount of bonus points you can earn!

Choice Promotion Spring 2017

Choice Says You’ll Earn a “Free Night” After 2 Stays. But You Actually Just Earn Enough Points for a Free Night at a Lower-Category Hotel

I’ll give you the details of this deal.

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Improved Offers for These 3 AMEX Cards!

If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards points or like cash back, you’ll be interested in these increased AMEX offers!

For a limited time, you’ll earn up to 25,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points when you sign-up for The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express and meet tiered minimum spending requirements.

And when you sign-up for the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express or Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express by May 3, 2017, you’ll earn 10% cash back at US restaurants the first 6 months you are a cardmember, up to $200 back.  That’s on top of the sign-up bonuses you’ll receive after meeting minimum spending requirements!

Improved Offers For These 3 AMEX Cards

You’ll Earn 10% Cash Back at Restaurants the First 6 Months You’re an AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Or AMEX Blue Cash Preferred Cardmember

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these new offers, so you can decide if they are worth it for you!

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