Category Archives: AMEX Starwood (SPG)

Rumor: AMEX to Make It Easier to Earn Same-Card Sign-Up Bonus Twice

Via Reddit, the rumor mill is blowing unsourced news that American Express will be scrapping its current policy to disallow you from earning the sign-up bonus on a card if you’ve ever had the card before.

I’m selective about the unsubstantiated buzz I post because it sometimes turns out to be incorrect!

In this case I’m writing about it because it makes sense that AMEX would relax their strict policy based on what else has been happening with them.

If the Rumor Is True, Folks Who Closed Cards Like the Premier Rewards Gold and Starwood AMEX Would Be Eligible to Earn the Sign-Up Bonus Again.  That’d Make It Easier to Get Free Stays at Places Like the St. Regis Princeville Resort

Also, I want it to be true so very, very badly! :)

Continue reading

Coming Soon: 30,000 Mile Bonus & No Foreign Transaction Fees for Alaska Airlines Card

I wrote about rumors that a higher offer was coming soon for the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card.

Via Wandering Aramean, the sign-up bonus on the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature will increase to 30,000 miles on June 1, 2016.

Usually, the sign-up bonus is 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles and a $100 statement credit after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Coming Soon 30,000 Mile Bonus No Foreign Transaction Fees For Alaska Airlines Card

The Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card Will Offer a 30,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus and NO Foreign Transaction Fees

Let’s see if it’s worth waiting for this new offer!

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

Continue reading

2016’s 10 Best Deals in Travel

Last year, I shared my Top 10 Deals in Travel with y’all.  And while some of those terrific deals are still available, it’s time for a 2016 update!

If you’re new to the miles and points hobby, these 10 deals are an excellent way to get started on your way to Big Travel with Small Money.

Before you start signing-up for credit cards, it’s important to consider your travel goals to decide which miles & points are best to collect for your trip!

2016's 10 Best Deals In Travel

Where Do You Want to Go? I’ll Show You My Top 10 Best Deals in Travel Right Now!

Let’s look at current top 10 best travel deals and how you can use them to get Big Travel with Small Money quickly!

Continue reading

Do You Still Earn Points When You Balance Transfer Your Spending to Another Card?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Heather, asked:

If I applied for the Starwood Preferred Guest small business card and used it to pay my taxes, can I transfer the balance to another card, like the Chase Freedom?  Then I’ll have more time to pay my taxes off.  But will it still count towards meeting the minimum spending requirement on the new Starwood Preferred Guest card?

I know it’s not ideal, but I’m stuck with a large tax bill.  Because I can’t pay my taxes by the April 18th deadline, I’ll have to pay the IRS 3% interest on the amount I owe.  I thought I could try to pay my tax bill with a credit card and (at least) earn points & miles for free travel.

Great question Heather!  April 18, 2016, is the IRS filing deadline this year.

Because Heather owes taxes, she could ease the pain of her tax bill by meeting the minimum spending requirements on a new credit card.  And earn points & miles at the same time!

Should You Pay For A Large Purchase With A Credit Card And Then Transfer The Balance

You Can Pay Your Taxes With a Credit Card and Earn Points & Miles. But Be Careful of the Fees!

But she ALSO wants to transfer her balance to a card with a promotional 0% intro APR on balance transfers, so she’ll have more time to pay off the balance.

Does is make sense to put a large expense on a credit card?  And if you transfer the balance will you still earn points & miles?

I’ll answer these questions and explain whether or not it’s a good idea!

Continue reading

Best of Million Mile Secrets – March 2016

1.   I shared the terrific news that the AMEX Hilton cards are offering their best-ever sign-up bonuses until May 4, 2016.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - March 2016

For a Limited Time, You Can Earn the Highest Sign-Up Bonuses Ever Offered on the AMEX Hilton Cards

2.  Did you get in on the highest offers ever (now expired) for the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest cards?

If you did, check out my posts for fun ways to use the bonus like 5 More Excellent Hotels in the US to Splurge on With Starwood Points, 10-Night Award Stays Using Starwood Points & No Money, and 5 Fun & Free 5-Night Hotel Stays Using the Starwood Card’s Limited-Time 35,000 Point Bonus

Continue reading

Last Chance to Apply for Best-Ever AMEX Starwood 35,000 Point Bonuses [OFFER EXPIRED]

Update: This offer for the Starwood AMEX cards is no longer available but check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

If you’ve been considering the improved 35,000 point offers on the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest personal and small business cards, it’s your last chance to apply!

To earn the better bonus, your application must be received by tomorrow, March 30, 2016.

This is the highest bonus ever offered for these cards.  And it may be the last time we’ll see the bonus this high, because Starwood will be purchased by Marriott or another buyer later this year.

Last Chance To Apply For Best Ever AMEX Starwood 35,000 Point Bonuses

Splurge on a Luxury Night at the St. Regis Florence With 35,000 Starwood Points – or Get More Nights at Lower Category Hotels

You can use the sign-up bonus from either card for $1,000+ worth of hotel stays.  Or transfer points to terrific airline partners like American Airlines.  This is a terrific deal!

Continue reading

“Save Then Splurge” for Longer Starwood Stays in Cancun, Phoenix, Montreal, & More!

Update: This offer for the Starwood AMEX cards is no longer available but check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

Want to take a longer vacation, but don’t have enough Starwood points to stay at a top-tier hotel the entire time?

Save then splurge by mixing award stays between Starwood Category 2 hotels and their mid-range or luxury Category 4 through 6 hotels!

Save Then Splurge For Longer Starwood Stays In Cancun Phoenix Montreal More

Treat Yourself at the Luxurious Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa in Cancun

You can stay 1 night in a luxury hotel as a treat.  And extend your vacation by spending the other nights in a Category 2 hotel.

Here are 5 fun ideas for where to use your Starwood points for longer stays!

Continue reading