Considering a new car and wondering if it’s possible to rack up a few thousand miles & points using a credit card to buy it?
In short, it is! And that’s great news for folks looking for ways to meet a card’s minimum spending requirements, if you want to earn extra rewards, or qualify for a yearly spending bonus for a purchase you’d make anyway!
Getting a New Car Is Fun. But Earning Miles, Points, or Cash Back for Your Purchase Is Even Better!
I’ll show you how to put some (or all!) of the purchase price of a car on a credit card. And mention a few pitfalls you should look out for!
Do you use your AMEX Platinum card to visit airport lounges for free? You’ve now got a few more options!
Via USA Today, starting today, AMEX Platinum cardholders and up to 2 guests can access US Escape Lounges by presenting their card, ID, and same-day boarding pass.
This perk applies to folks who have any version of the AMEX Platinum card, including The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.
But don’t get too excited. There are only 3 Escape Lounges in the US. And one is a Priority Pass lounge, which means folks with AMEX Platinum cards already have access through the free Priority Pass Select membership you get with the card.
Enjoy a Complimentary Buffet and Premium Drinks for Free in US Escape Lounges With Your AMEX Platinum Card
I’ll explain where you can visit an Escape Lounge for free with your AMEX Platinum card!
Million Mile Secrets reader, Bob, commented:
I have several credit cards that will reimburse me for the Global Entry application fee. Can I pay for a friend’s application fee using my card and still get the credit?
Excellent question, Bob! You certainly can!
When you pay the $100 Global Entry fee with cards like the AMEX Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you’ll automatically get a credit for the charge once every 4 or 5 years (depending on the card).
This terrific perk is NOT linked to the cardholder. So you can pay the fee for ANYONE and still get the credit. This is great for folks who already have Global Entry.
If you have a Global Entry fee credit to spare, I’m sure your friends will appreciate you saving them time and money! 🙂
You Can Use Certain Credit Cards to Pay for Someone Else’s Global Entry Fee and Still Get a Credit! Friends or Family Will Appreciate You Saving Them Money and Time at the Airport
I’ll remind y’all which cards come with the $100 Global Entry fee credit! And how you can use it to pay the fee for a friend or family member.
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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.
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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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!
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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Hurry! Via Points, Miles & Martinis, Delta has award seats to the Caribbean and Florida starting at 10,000 Delta miles each way in coach for travel between September 26, 2017, and November 14, 2017.
But you must book before tomorrow, May 10, 2017, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time!
Need a Vacation? Visit the Caribbean This Fall With Delta’s Discounted Award Seats!
Let’s take a look at the details of this sale.
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Good news! Via Points, Miles & Martinis, folks with the personal or business AMEX Platinum card can earn 7,500 bonus Hilton points when they stay 2+ nights at nearly any Hilton hotel.
To earn the bonus, you must register for the promotion and complete your qualifying stay by August 7, 2017. Plus, you need to pay with your AMEX Platinum card.
Pay for Your Next Hilton Stay of 2+ Nights With Your AMEX Platinum and Earn 7,500 Bonus Hilton Points
I’ll share the details of this offer. And show you how you can take advantage of this great deal.
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There have been a lot of new and exciting offers in the miles & points world lately!
When banks compete for business by increasing their credit card perks, we receive the benefits! Your dream vacation is closer than ever if you know which credit cards to sign-up for.
You Can Relax Knowing You Got Your Vacation for Nearly Free!
Here are my picks for the best travel credit cards May 2017.
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Just in time for Cinco de Mayo! Folks traveling in the next couple of weeks can enjoy a nice extra from Delta lounges.
Via Reddit, if you have an AMEX Delta credit card, you’ll receive 2 free premium alcoholic drinks inside Delta Sky Club airport lounges through May 14, 2017.
If You’re Heading to a Delta Lounge, You’ll Get 2 Free Premium Drinks for Showing Your Delta AMEX Card
I’ll tell you about this nice gesture!
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