Category Archives: AMEX Starwood (SPG)

4 Cards. 110,000 Points, 75,000 Miles, & Something Unexpected!

I was recently approved for a 2nd certain hotel credit card while still having my 1st one open!  But the hotel did something odd…I’ll show you later!

It’s been a while since I applied for new credit cards.

I really wanted to get in on the 50,000 mile limited-time Barclays US Airways sign-up bonus and a few others, so last month I applied for 5 cards and was approved for 4 (I’m still waiting to hear back on #5)!

4 Cards 110,000 Points 75,000 Miles Something Unexpected

I Applied for 5 Cards in December…Guess Which Ones?

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“I Had to Redeem My Points for a Backpack”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   the fickle fan

Ruby writes the fickle fan to share experiences and reviews of her travels around the world.

The Fickle Fan - Interview With Ruby

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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Travel to the UK for 25% Fewer Miles With Virgin Atlantic’s Award Seat Sale

Via Muslim Travel Girl, until January 22, 2015, Virgin Atlantic is having an award seat sale which includes most of their destinations.

You’ll pay 25% fewer miles on coach flights, and you can book for travel until December 2015.  But taxes and fees are NOT discounted, and the fuel surcharges are high!

For example, a round-trip coach class ticket between New York and London costs 26,250 miles and $500.  Normally, you’d pay 35,000 miles plus taxes and fees.

There’s also a 25% bonus until February 4, 2015, when you buy miles or use their Miles Booster to earn more miles on paid flights.

Travel To The UK For 25 Fewer Miles With Virgin Atlantics Award Seat Sale

You’ll Need 25% Fewer Miles for Award Tickets on Virgin Atlantic, but Fuel Surcharges Are Still High

I don’t generally like using Virgin Atlantic miles for award tickets, but for some folks this might be a good deal.

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Southwest’s New Destinations – Where to Stay Using Points in Mexico

Update:   Thanks to Million Mile Secrets readers for sharing their thoughts about hotels in Mexico.  Emily and I haven’t been to many of these destinations, so it’s helpful when our readers add their experiences!  We hope these guides can save folks time when searching for hotels, and that our readers continue sharing their feedback and advice.

In response to the news that Southwest will start flying to Belize, Million Mile Secrets reader Julianna commented:

Someone should do a post on points and rewards hotels in Belize…just sayin’.

I’m taking this a step further and checking out which hotels are available using points in all of Southwest’s new international destinations!

Let’s start by looking at Southwest’s new destinations in Mexico:

  • Cancun
  • Mexico City
  • San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos)
  • Puerto Vallarta (starting June 2015)
Southwest's New Destinations Where To Stay Using Points In Mexico

Planning a Trip to Mexico on Southwest? I’ll Show You Where to Stay!

In some cities you’ll have lots of choices, and in others just a few.  I’ll explain!

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Europe in the Spring for 25% to 50% Off With Flying Blue Promo Awards

Thinking of an early spring getaway to Paris, Amsterdam, or beyond?

The new set of Flying Blue Promo Awards from KLM and Air France are out early this month!  You’ll save 25% to 50% off the usual number of miles required to fly between Europe and certain cities.

If you don’t have Flying Blue miles, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards, Starwood, or Citi ThankYou points.

There are 4 North American cities included this month – Atlanta, Houston, Montreal, and Toronto.

And there are ways to get to these departure cities cheaply.  I’ll explain!

Europe In The Spring For 25 To 50 Off With Flying Blue Promo Awards

How Romantic! Get Away to Paris This Spring for Fewer Miles With Flying Blue Promo Awards

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