Category Archives: AMEX Platinum

7 Reasons Why Credit Cards Are Safer Than Debit Cards

Considering diving in to the miles & points hobby, but aren’t sure about the risks of credit cards?

Lots of folks who could qualify for valuable rewards credit cards use debit cards instead.  Because they feel more comfortable with a debit card.

But it’s important to remember that debit cards do NOT offer the same protection as credit cards, like fraud protection or extended warranties & returns.  And they aren’t as safe to use.

Are Credit Cards Safer Than Debit Card

Credit Cards Offer More Protection Than Debit Cards Against Things Like Unauthorized Charges

I’ll explain why!

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Hot! One-Way Flights From Certain US Cities to Europe for $70!

Fare deal alert!

Via Pizza in Motion, you can fly one-way from cities like Miami and San Francisco, to spots in Europe like Berlin, London, and Frankfurt, from ~$70 one-way on WOW Air!

I found flights from San Francisco to Frankfurt for ~$70 on March 7, 2017.  This sale is valid for several days between January and early June 2017.

WOW Air Sale February 2017

Fly to Frankfurt, Germany, From San Francisco for ~$70 One-Way With This Sale From WOW Air

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

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2 Days Only: JetBlue Fare Sale, One-Way Flights From $39

If you’re planning a getaway this spring, JetBlue is having a 2-day fare sale!  One-way flights cost as little as ~$39.  But you must book by tomorrow, February 15, 2017.

Travel dates are March 1, 2017, to May 24, 2017.  There are blackout dates depending on the destination.

US and international flights are included.  And when JetBlue paid fares drop, award ticket prices go down, too!

Most flights cost more than $39.  But you can find some very cheap deals, like New York (JFK) to Daytona Beach for ~$104.  Or Chicago to Fort Lauderdale for ~$59.

JetBlue Fare Sale February 2017

Escape the Cold Weather for Cheap With JetBlue’s 2-Day Fare Sale

I’ll share the details!

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New Offer: Earn 25,000 Cathay Pacific Miles With This Card

Yesterday I told y’all about the upcoming Cathay Pacific card from Synchrony Bank.

You can now apply for the Cathay Pacific credit card.  You’ll earn 25,000 Cathay Pacific miles after spending $2,500 on purchases in the first 90 days of opening your account.

Cathay Pacific Card Now Available

Fly From Chicago to Rome Round-Trip in Business Class for 80,000 Cathay Pacific Miles. That’s 35,000 Fewer Miles Than American Airlines Charges!

I’ll help you decide if this is a good card for your situation!

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Avoid Duplicate Card Perks and 2 Annual Fees by Downgrading This Chase Card

Million Mile Secrets reader, John, commented:

I recently got the Chase Sapphire Reserve card because of the sign-up bonus and 3X bonus on dining.  Plus, I’ll use the $300 annual travel credit without a problem.  Is there any reason to hold on to the Chase Sapphire Preferred?

Great question, John!  And thank you for being a continued reader of our blog!

There’s no reason to keep both cards.  Because the Sapphire Reserve has all of the same benefits as the Sapphire Preferred, and then some.

So you can downgrade your Sapphire Preferred card to a no annual fee Chase card and avoid having duplicate benefits.  And you can save money on the annual fee.

Sapphire Preferred Vs Sapphire Reserve

If You Recently Got the Sapphire Reserve, You Can Downgrade the Sapphire Preferred to Avoid Duplicate Benefits and 2 Annual Fees

I’ll compare both cards.  And explain what I recently did in this situation!

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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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Add Your Known Traveler Number to Get Through Security Faster Next Time You Fly

Now that 30 airlines participate in PreCheck, it’s easy to save time at the airport by avoiding long security lines!

If you have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, you can get an expedited security screening.  But to enter the PreCheck line, you must add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your airline reservations.

How To Add Your Known Traveler Number

Speed Through Airport Security With TSA PreCheck. But First, Add Your Known Traveler Number to Your Airline Accounts

I’ll show you how to add your Known Traveler Number on 6 major US airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest!

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Best of Million Mile Secrets – January 2017

1.   Earning the Southwest Companion Pass is easier now that the Chase Southwest Business Premier bonus has increased to 60,000 Southwest points!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets January 2017

Bring a Friend to the Bahamas, Mexico, or Costa Rica for (Nearly) Free With the Southwest Companion Pass!

2.   Did you know you can now use fewer miles for short flights with Alaska Airlines’ new award chart?

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Can You Book a Coach Award Flight and Upgrade Using Cash or Miles?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Matt, commented:

Is there a way to get a coach flight with miles and then use cash or miles to upgrade to Economy Plus?

Great question, Matt!

Each airline has different rules for upgrading your seat on an award flight.

In many cases, you can pay cash to upgrade at the time you book your flight.  Or you’ll have the option to upgrade when you check-in.

And some airlines allow you to use miles or points to upgrade to a more comfortable extra legroom seat on a coach award flight.

Upgrade Award Flight

For Coach Award Flights, Sometimes You Can Use More Miles or Pay Cash to Get a Better Economy Plus Seat. With Certain Airlines, This Means Free Drinks & Snacks!

I’ll explain the upgrade policy on coach award tickets for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and United Airlines.

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TSA PreCheck Adds 11 More Airlines: Spirit, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and More

If you already enjoy a faster airport security with TSA PreCheck, I have good news!  And for folks who are NOT enrolled in TSA PreCheck, you now have even more reason to sign-up!

Via Travel Skills, TSA PreCheck has added 11 more airlines to the list of participants, including popular airlines like Avianca, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, and Spirit Airlines.  There are also smaller airlines, like Canadian charter airline Sunwing, which could be useful for folks who fly to Canada.

TSA PreCheck Adds 11 More Airlines Spirit Virgin Atlantic Emirates And More

TSA PreCheck Will Get You Through Airport Security Faster

I’ll show you how to get TSA PreCheck, and remind you of the perks of the program.

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