Category Archives: AMEX Starwood (SPG)

Readers Love These Starwood Hotels and You Might Too!

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards have the highest sign-up bonus ever.  So we’ve been giving you ideas for how to get the best use of your Starwood points.

And many of you have given us great ideas, too!

Best Starwood Hotels

Emily Stayed at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Venice, and Many of You Want to Do the Same!

I’ll show you what Million Mile Secrets readers say are the best Starwood hotels for redeeming Starwood points!

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Can Company Employees Apply for Their Own Small Business Cards?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Rachel, sent us this message on Facebook:

Can I get a small business credit card to use for expenses at my job?  I have some travel for work coming up and I think I could meet the minimum spending requirement for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  I already have the personal version.

Great question, Rachel!

It’s unlikely you’ll qualify for your own small business card and earn a sign-up bonus as an employee of a company.  Unless you’re an independent contractor and receive a 1099 tax form.

Banks will only extend credit to you for a business card if you’re an owner of a for-profit company.  Employees can only become an authorized user on a business credit card account.

That said, it’s possible to get a small business card with just your Social Security Number if you’re an Airbnb host, Uber driver, sell on eBay, or with many other side activities!

Qualify For A Small Business Card

As a Traditional Employee, It’s Unlikely You’ll Qualify for a Small Business Card

I’ll explain who can qualify for a small business card!

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A 19-Day Trip to Taiwan & Thailand in Business Class, With the Help of Miles & Points

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Carla is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A 19 Day Trip To Taiwan Thailand In Business Class With The Help Of Miles Points

First Class Seats on Thai Airways

A big thank you to Carla for sharing her story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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What Are the Best Current Credit Card Deals?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bansi, emailed:

Which credit cards currently have the best deals?  We are making a few large purchases for our home.

There are several cards offering terrific sign-up bonuses, including a few best-ever offers that are only available for a limited time.

Top Travel Card Sign Up Bonuses

One of the Top Credit Card Deals Is the Best-Ever Offer for the AMEX Starwood Card!  But It’s Only Available for a Limited Time!

I’ll share top travel cards with excellent sign-up bonuses!

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How to Add an Authorized User or Employee Card to Your Starwood AMEX

Adding an authorized user or employee card to your AMEX Starwood personal or small business cards is a great way to earn points faster.

Because any purchases made on the authorized user’s card will earn Starwood points in your account.

With more points, it’s be easier to book free nights at Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels.  Or book award flights by transferring Starwood points to ~30 airline partners.

How To Add Authorized User To Starwood AMEX

Use the Extra Starwood Points You Get From Your Authorized User’s Spending to Book a Free Night at Hotels Like the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona

I’ll show you how to add an authorized user to your AMEX Starwood card.

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How to Easily Apply for a Credit Card Through Your Smartphone

Are you one of the many folks applying for credit cards on your smartphone instead of your computer?

I had never applied for a credit card on my phone before, so I decided to see just how easy (or difficult!) it was.  And I was pleasantly surprised!  The entire process took just a couple of minutes.

Starwood American Express Application

I’ll Give You a Look at the Mobile Application Process for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card From American Express

I’ll show you how to apply for a credit card with your smartphone, so you can take advantage of the best deals no matter where you are!

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Up to 30% Bonus When You Convert Hotel Points to Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, Air Canada is offering up to a 30% bonus when you transfer hotel points to Air Canada Aeroplan miles through April 17, 2017.

If you like booking award tickets on Air Canada or Star Alliance partner airlines, like United Airlines, using Air Canada Aeroplan miles, this could be a good deal.  Especially if you collect Starwood or Marriott points!

Air Canada Transfer Bonus

Use Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for Big Travel on Star Alliance Partner Airlines Like United Airlines

I’ll share the details of the promotion and help you decide if transferring hotel points with this bonus is worth it.

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11 Consecutive Nights in Fun Places With 1 Starwood Card Bonus!

Are you planning an extended vacation?

Until April 5, 2017, you can earn enough points for 11 consecutive award nights at Starwood category 2 hotels with the best-ever sign-up bonuses on both the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

This is an excellent way for folks to get Big Travel with Small Money in fun destinations like Cancun, Memphis, and Niagara Falls!  Using points for an 11-night stay can save you thousands of dollars!

Long Stays With Starwood Points

Use Points From the Limited Time AMEX Starwood Card Sign-Up Bonus for an 11-Night Stay in Fantastic Destinations Like Niagara Falls

I’ll show you how to earn Starwood points for your extended getaway!  And share 4 hotels where you can get long stays with Starwood points.

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Cheap Award Seats to Europe With Air Berlin!

Via Will Run for Miles, Air Berlin is having a huge sale on certain award tickets through March 19, 2017.  Including award seats between the US and Europe, on flights within Europe, and more!

For example, you can fly in coach between San Francisco and Berlin anytime between April 24, 2017, and May 31, 2017, for 15,000 Air Berlin miles one-way.  That same ticket would normally cost 25,000 Air Berlin miles.  Saving you 10,000 miles each way!

So if you’re planning a trip to Europe, this sale could make sense for you.

Air Berlin Sale

Emily Flew Air Berlin From New York (JFK) to Dusseldorf, Germany, in Coach and Found It Very Comfortable!

Here’s more about Air Berlin’s latest award ticket sale!

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How to Earn 4 Free Starwood Nights per Year With Chase Freedom

Did you know you can use bonus points you earn with the Chase Freedom card for up to 5 free Starwood nights per year, if you have another Chase card like the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Business Preferred?

This could be a strategy some of y’all haven’t considered!

How To Earn Free Starwood Stays

Dream of Visiting the Pyramids of Giza? I’ll Show You How to Use the Chase Freedom Card for 5 Free Nights at the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa in Cairo!

I’ll show you how to earn free Starwood stays with the Chase Freedom card!  And remind you of other ways to earn and use Starwood points.

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