Category Archives: AMEX Starwood (SPG)

How to Start Applying for Miles & Points Credit Cards

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Million Mile Secrets reader Michael emails:

I have a friend I’m trying to bring into the miles game.  He has good credit (740), but only has … wait for it …. just ONE credit card, which he’s had for years.  Only a $2,500 limit.  100% pay on time.

Is he ready to apply for the big bonuses?  Or should he get a few more cards and a little more cumulative credit limit by starting with cards like the Chase Freedom, and other beginner cards?

Basically, is a 700+ score and only a single card enough to swing for the fences and apply for 4 or 5 cards with 50,000+ bonuses right out of the gate?

This is a great question!   What should you do if you want to start applying for miles and points cards, but only have ONE long-established credit card currently (with a good credit score)?

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What’s the Best Way to Start Applying for Miles & Points Credit Cards?

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How to Earn Miles on 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

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Million Mile Secrets reader Kathy Hart emails with a question:

I read that if I fly 1 airline, I can credit miles to another.  Is that accurate?  If so, how do I do that?  I would like to fly Alaska Airlines soon–I’ve never flown them and would rather earn miles on an airline I fly.

How To Earn Miles On 11 Other Airline Programs When Flying Alaska Airlines

Kathy Can Earn Miles on 11 Airlines When She Flies on Alaska Airlines

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50% Off Award Flights to Europe With Air France & KLM

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If you’re looking for a cheaper way to get to Europe this fall, the newest Flying Blue Promo Awards are out.  Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program for Air France and KLM.

You’ll save 25% to 50% off the regular number of points required for an award ticket on certain routes to or from Europe.  This time, the North American destinations included in the sale are Dallas and Montreal, Canada, and both are 50% off.

Tickets must be booked by July 31, 2014 for travel between September 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014.

If you don’t live near Dallas or Montreal, don’t worry.  There are ways to get there cheaply, and I’ll show you how.

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Looking to Fly to Europe This Fall? Flying Blue Promo Awards Could Save You Points!

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50% Off London British Airways Award Flights & Why It’s Not a Good Deal

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Fancy a trip to London this autumn or winter?

For 2 weeks only, British Airways is having a sale on coach class award tickets to and from London, UK.  Over 20 destinations are included, and cost half the number of miles normally needed for an award seat.  But you have to book by July 13, 2014, for travel between October 1, 2014, and February 28, 2015.   And travel between December 18, 2014, and January 10, 2015 (when many folks want to travel), is excluded.

You can book both 1-way and round-trip award tickets with this sale.  But even though you’re paying half the usual number of miles, you’re still responsible for paying the full amount of taxes and fees for the ticket.  Those can be upwards of 400 pounds (~$684) round-trip!

BUT…you’ll have to jump through some hoops to take advantage of the deal, including signing-up for a UK Avios account.

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You Can Book Over 20 Destinations for Half the Usual Number of Miles (but the Same High Taxes and Fees)

But are there any circumstances where this may be a good deal for you?

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Which Are the Best Credit Cards for Earning American Airlines Miles?

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Update:  A credit card offer in this post, may no longer be available, but check the Hot Deals for the latest offers!

Million Mile Secrets reader Mike comments:

I’m trying to figure out the best credit card for accruing miles for the American Airlines AAdvantage program.  I travel quite a bit and charge about $15,000 to $20,000 per month.  I charge just about everything I can to my current card (AMEX) and I pay my balance off in full each month.  My credit is solid.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

There are a lot of ways to earn American Airlines miles through credit cards.  Mike has some choices to make!

Which Are The Best Credit Cards For Earning American Airlines Miles

Want to Fly American Airlines? There Are Lots of Credit Cards for That!

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