Category Archives: AMEX Starwood (SPG)

“We’re Able to Get Reservations We’d NEVER Make If We Had to Pay Cash”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Your Mileage May Vary

Joe and Sharon write Your Mileage May Vary to share aspirational travel tips with readers.  You can also follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Your Mileage May Vary

Joe “Saving” Sharon at the Grand Canyon, October 2006. We Love to Do Funny Posed Pictures Like This When We Can

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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5 Best Small Business Credit Cards for Airbnb Hosts

I recently shared how becoming an Airbnb host can help folks make extra money.

As a host, you can qualify for a small business credit card.  This is a great way to separate your personal and business expenses and earn miles & points or cash back at the same time!

Best Cards For Airbnb Hosting Expenses 2017

You Can Qualify for a Small Business Card as an Airbnb Host, Which Is a Terrific Way Boost Your Miles & Points Balances!

I’ll share the 5 best cards for Airbnb hosting expenses.

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Earn Bonus Points With New Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton Promotions!

Via One Mile at a Time, Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton have released their latest promotions.  And they’re all different!

Depending on which chain you stay at, you can earn double points, triple points, or even up to 4,000 bonus points per stay!

Marriott Starwood Summer Promotions

Register for These Promotions and Earn Extra Points at Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton Hotels

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these promotions.

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Reader Tip to Help Folks Use the Fewest Points for Airfare

Million Mile Secrets reader, NB, commented:

A word of caution for other readers.  Always check an airline site to see how many frequent flyer miles they are charging for a flight.  Because even with travel portal bonuses, you might still use fewer miles by transferring points directly to an airline and booking an award flight.

For example, I found Southwest airfare for $211, which would require ~16,880 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Sapphire Preferred ($211 cost of airfare / 1.25 cents per point) if booked through the Chase travel portal.

But Southwest was charging 12,601 Southwest points for the same flight.  So I instantly transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio and booked the award flight.

This is terrific advice, NB!

Some folks can develop certain habits when booking award travel and miss opportunities to save miles and points!

For example, I recently shared 3 examples of booking Southwest flights, which result in different values for your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

And you’ll likely come across similar scenarios when comparing award flight prices on with other airline transfer partners vs. flight prices through a travel portal.

Book Airfare With Points

A Quick Comparison of Flight Prices Might Save You Thousands of Miles or Points!

I’ll explain why you’ll want to run the numbers when redeeming points for a flight!

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What’s Next for the AMEX Starwood Card?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Julie, commented:

Do you think the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus will increase again to 35,000 points before they discontinue the card?

Following the recent limited-time 35,000 point offer for the AMEX Starwood card, the sign-up bonus went back to 25,000 Starwood points.

For the last several summers, AMEX has increased the sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards for ~1 month.

I don’t have any inside information, but I have a feeling this year might be different.  Because of the Starwood – Marriott merger, there’s a good chance the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus stays at 25,000 Starwood points.

Whats Next For The AMEX Starwood Card

Starwood Points Are Extremely Valuable! So I Understand Why Folks Are Looking to Earn the Highest Sign-Up Bonus Possible

I’ll explain why it’s unlikely you’ll see an increased sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood cards.

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5 Great Small Business Cards for Freelancers: Graphic and Web Designers, Writers, Fiverr, & More

Do you own a small business and work in the field of digital media?  If so, you can qualify for a small business credit card that earns miles, points, and cash back for business purchases!

Best Cards To Earn Points On Freelance Business Expenses 2017

If You’re a Digital Freelancer, You Have Lots of Options When It Comes to Small Business Credit Cards

Let’s take a look at great small business credit cards for freelancers like writers, web and graphic designers, coders, and more!

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Readers Reveal Their Favorite Uses of Starwood Points

I enjoy hearing from y’all about how you like to use miles & points.  So I loved reading your comments from a recent Starwood giveaway!

We asked how you use Starwood points to get Big Travel.  And we received a lot of enthusiastic responses!

Best Uses Of Starwood Points 2017

Planes, Trains, Hotels, and More! No Matter Your Travel Goals, Starwood Points Can Help You Achieve Them

The giveaway is now closed.  But if you’re looking for ideas for how to use your Starwood points, here are some suggestions from Million Mile Secrets readers!

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Sell on Amazon or eBay? Boost Your Profits and Earn Points With These Cards

Selling products for profit on eBay and Amazon is a quick small business idea that can help you earn lots of miles, points, or cash back.

Besides the rewards, certain cards offer a way to save money on purchases with select merchants.  So you can use these cards to buy items at a discount, like apparel or auto parts.  Then, turn around and sell them for a profit!

Best Credit Cards To Earn Points Selling On eBay 2017

In Addition to Using an eBay or Amazon Business to Earn Miles & Points, Certain Cards Offer a Way to Buy Discounted Merchandise, Which You Can Resell for a Profit!

I’ll share the best credit cards for folks selling on Amazon and eBay.

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5 Great Deals on Southwest This Summer

Lyn writes about Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide on how to quickly and easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  I’ve asked her to share some of the best deals on Southwest flights to help you get Big Travel with Small Money this summer.

Lyn:   I love Southwest for many reasons, including the fantastic low prices they regularly offer to many of my favorite destinations like Denver, Florida, California, and New York City.

Southwest Airlines Summer Sale 2017

Southwest Has Great Deals – Both in Dollars and Points – to Terrific Destinations Throughout the US

I’ve compiled some of the best Southwest deals to help you stretch your points (and cash) in your summer travels.

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Can Authorized Users Earn the Card’s Sign-Up Bonus in the Future?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Diane, commented:

If I add an authorized user to my Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, will this impact their ability to get the card and earn the sign-up bonus in the future?

Great question, Diane!

Adding an authorized user is a great way to earn points faster.  Because they can help you meet a card’s minimum spending requirement.

And authorized users can earn a sign-up bonus on the same card if they decide to apply in the future.

For example, if you’ve ever had the AMEX Starwood card as an authorized user, you’re still eligible to sign-up and get a bonus after meeting the spending requirements.

Authorized User Card Sign Up Bonus

Emily Can Add Her Grandma as an Authorized User, Which Won’t Prevent Her From Earning a Sign-Up Bonus on the Same Card in the Future

I’ll explain what to consider when adding an authorized user.  And share the benefits!

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