Category Archives: AMEX EveryDay

Will You Lose Flexible Points If You Cancel a Card?

 Million Mile Secrets reader, Fran, emailed:

I was told by an AMEX representative that I would lose my AMEX Membership Rewards points if I cancel my Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.  Is this true?

Generally speaking, if you cancel a card that earns flexible bank points, you will lose them.  This goes for cards that earn AMEX Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou points.

Certain banks give you a grace period to use points after cancelling a card.  But there are also a few ways to preserve them.

Preserve Flexible Reward Points

Flexible Points Are the Key to Big Travel!  So Don’t Let Those Hard-Earned Points Disappear by Cancelling a Credit Card!

I’ll explain how to avoid losing flexible rewards points.

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How to Check for American Express Transfer Bonuses

Do you know how to check your AMEX account for transfer bonuses?  AMEX often offers bonus miles or points when you transfer your AMEX Membership Rewards points to travel partners.  That means your points can get you more Big Travel!

If you have a travel goal in mind, it’s easy and worthwhile to check if there are any bonuses available.  Because you could pay fewer points for your award flight or hotel stay.

American Express Transfer Bonus

Pay Fewer AMEX Membership Rewards Points When You Transfer to British Airways for a Flight to Cancun!

I’ll show you how to check for these limited-time bonuses.  And give you tips about when to make the transfer!

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Top 10 No-Annual-Fee Credit Cards for 2017

Lots of travel rewards cards can be worth paying the annual fee.  Because they come with great travel perks like big sign-up bonuses, free hotel nights, trip insurance, and other benefits.

But there are plenty of personal no-annual-fee cards that can get you Big Travel with Small Money too!

These cards are good to keep forever.  Because keeping your cards open for a long time can increase the average age of your accounts and potentially improve your credit score.

Almost all of the cards in this post do NOT earn us a commission.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

Best No Annual Fee Credit Cards 2017

You Can Earn Points & Miles With These Great No-Annual-Fee Cards. And Start Planning Your Next Adventure Sooner Rather Than Later!

Here are my top 10 picks of personal (not business!) credit cards with no annual fee.

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When Can You Transfer the Freedom Unlimited Sign-Up Bonus to Chase Travel Partners?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Prabha, sent an question via email:

With the Chase Freedom Unlimited card, when can I transfer the sign-up bonus of 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline partners like United Airlines instead of redeeming for $150 cash back?

Great question, Prabha!

Earning transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards points is the trick to travel flexibility!  And often times, you can get more value for your points by transferring to airline and hotel partners instead of redeeming for cash back.

But to transfer Chase points to travel partners from no annual fee cards like the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited, you’ll need to have another eligible Chase card, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Otherwise, the points you earn with the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.

Transferable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Sign-Up Bonus With the Freedom Unlimited Can Be Worth More When You Have a 2nd Chase Ultimate Rewards Card! For Example, You Can Get a Free Night at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara Hotel, Which Can Cost $200+!

I’ll explain when Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to airline and hotels partners for Big Travel!

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Big Travel to Europe With This AMEX 100,000-Point Bonus

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If you’re planning a trip to Europe, the fantastic 100,000-point sign-up bonus from The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN offers lots of options for flights.

Depending on your European destination, the points you earn from the card’s sign-up bonus and minimum spending requirement can be more than enough for multiple round-trip award tickets.

You can transfer the American Express Membership Rewards points to terrific airline partners across all 3 major alliances like Air Canada, British Airways, and Delta.  Or for more flexibility, use AMEX Pay With Points, which can make your points effectively worth up to 2 cents each.

Remember, the AMEX Business Platinum 100,000-point sign-up bonus is only available for a limited time until January 25, 2017.

Use AMEX Points Flights To Europe

You Can Earn 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points With the AMEX Business Platinum Sign-Up Bonus, Which Gives You Lots of Options for Flights to Europe

I’ll show you how to use AMEX Membership Rewards points from the Business Platinum for flights to Europe!

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How to Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for United Airlines Award Tickets

Did you know you can use American Express Membership Rewards points for flights on United Airlines?

That’s because American Express has 3 transfer partners that also partner with United Airlines.  And transferring your American Express Membership Rewards points to these airlines can be a better deal than using United Airlines miles!

AMEX Points For United Airlines Flights

You Don’t Need United Airlines Miles to Get Where You’re Going on United Airlines!

I’ll show you how to use your American Express Membership Rewards points for United Airlines flights!

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10X Points at Restaurants With New AMEX Blue for Business Offer

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Update:   Offer has been extended through February 22, 2017.

Starting now, you can earn more points with The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express.

In addition to the usual sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points after making your first purchase on the card within the first 3 months of card membership, you’ll earn a lot more bonus points at US restaurants!

And you’ll get 2X points on other purchases for your 1st year.  To qualify, complete the AMEX Blue for Business application by February 22, 2017.

AMEX Blue For Business Application

10X AMEX Membership Rewards Points at US Restaurants Can Be Worth a Lot.  But Some Folks Can Do Better With Other Cards

I’ll help you decide if the new offer is worth it for you!

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Earn 2X AMEX Rewards on Small Business Purchases Through 2016

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Via Deals We Like, you can earn 2X rewards when you register your eligible AMEX personal and small business cards and shop at small businesses through December 31, 2016.

This is part of the AMEX Shop Small promotion.

Depending which AMEX card(s) you have, this could be a very good deal.

And if your card has bonus spending categories, you can earn even more rewards!

AMEX Shop Small

Register Your AMEX Cards to Earn Extra Miles, Points, or Cash Back With the AMEX Shop Small Promotion

I’ll explain more about the AMEX Shop Small promotion!

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Limited Time: Earn a 20% Bonus on Points Transfers to Etihad

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Via View From the Wing, you’ll get a 20% bonus when you transfer partner loyalty program points to Etihad through October 30, 2016.

This is great news for folks with AMEX Membership Rewards points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Citi ThankYou points, and Starwood points.  Because you can move your points (directly or indirectly) from these 4 transferable points programs to Etihad.

And there are many ways to use Etihad miles, like booking award flights on American Airlines or on any of Etihads’ 26 airline partners.

Limited Time Earn A 20 Bonus On Points Transfers To Etihad

A 20% Bonus on Points Transfers to Etihad Is a Great Deal, Because You Can Book Award Flights With Etihad or on 26 Partner Flights Like American Airlines

I’ll explain why this is a good deal!

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25% Fewer Miles to Europe From 6 US Cities

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Do you live near Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York (JFK), or Washington, DC?  The new Flying Blue Promo Awards could be a good deal for a discounted trip on KLM or Air France to Europe!

And even if you’ve never flown on KLM or Air France, you might have points that transfer to the program.  Because you can transfer Chase Ultimate RewardsAMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou points, and Starwood points to Flying Blue, at a 1:1 ratio!

Plus, when you use Flying Blue Promo Awards, you’ll typically pay fewer miles or points for a round-trip flight to Europe than you would with airlines like Delta or United Airlines.

Flying Blue Promo Awards October 2016

Visit London (Like Emily Did!) and Other European Cities in December 2016 or January 2017 With Discounted Flying Blue Award Tickets From 6 US Cities

I’ll show you which dates you can travel with these discounted tickets.  And share some ideas about earning more Flying Blue miles, saving money on flights within Europe, and more!

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