Category Archives: American Express

Southwest Fare Sale Starting at Just $39 One-Way

Book them before they’re gone!

Via Miles to Memories, you can book Southwest flights for just $39 one-way (that’s 1,657 Southwest points!).  But there are other more expensive routes that are still a great deal.  I found a one-way flight from Atlanta to Detroit for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).

But you’ll need to book by March 2, 2017, for travel through June 14, 2017.  And certain routes have different different eligible travel dates.

Southwest Fare Sale Starting At Just 39 One Way

Southwest Is Making It Easier to Get Away This Spring

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“How $6 Dropped My Credit Score 100 Points”

Daraius:   Team member Harlan told me a story about how his credit score dropped unexpectedly.  So I asked him to share his experience with Million Mile Secrets readers.  So they can avoid it happening to them!

Harlan:   Thanks, Daraius!  I clearly remember the day I got an email from Credit Sesame with a “Delinquent Account” alert.

Cancel Recurring Payment

One Small Recurring Payment Ruined My 800+ Credit Score

After I clicked through, I saw my credit score had dropped 100+ points because of a recurring charge on a canceled AMEX card!

I knew how important good credit is for earning lots of miles & points with sign-up bonuses.  So I immediately called to find out what happened.

Here’s what I learned.  I’ll also give some tips so this never happens to you!

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Vacation Longer! 7 Top Hotels Using Starwood’s “Cash & Points”

If you’re willing to forego a completely free vacation, you can get huge value from your Starwood points!

By using Starwood Cash & Points, you can save LOTS of money at incredible hotels around the world.  And now that the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express personal and small business cards come with a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements, you can stay even longer at these great hotels!

Best Uses Of Starwood Cash Points

Starwood Has Jaw-Dropping Hotels All Over! Like The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Dalian, China

I’ll give you ideas for where to use your Starwood points for extended “Cash & Points” stays.

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Starwood AMEX Cards – No Foreign Transaction Fees!

Considering the fantastic limited-time offer on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards?  Good news!

Not only is the sign-up bonus worth LOTS of Big Travel with Small Money, but both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express don’t charge any international fees!

Making them great cards to use overseas, because they can save you a lot of money.

Starwood American Express Foreign Transaction Fees

You’ll Save Money Using Your New AMEX Starwood Card Overseas, Because It Doesn’t Charge Foreign Transaction Fees!

Let’s take a look at how much you can save by using cards, like the AMEX Starwood cards, that do NOT charge foreign transactions fees.

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Can You Earn More Than One Sign-Up Bonus With the Same AMEX Business Card?

A Million Mile Secrets reader emailed:

I was recently approved for a 2nd Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  My 1st card is for a different business.  Am I eligible to earn the sign-up bonus twice?

It’s possible, but very unlikely you’ll earn multiple sign-up bonuses with the same AMEX small business card.  Even if you apply using separate Employer Identification Numbers (EINs).

The general rule is AMEX restricts personal and small business card sign-up bonuses to once, per person, per lifetime.

And I spoke with an AMEX representative who confirmed sign-up bonuses are intended for new applicants only.

Multiple AMEX Starwood Card Sign Up Bonuses

Before Applying for the Same AMEX Small Business Card Again, Consider It’s Unlikely You’ll Get the Sign-Up Bonus Twice!

Instead of potentially not getting a sign-up bonus with the same AMEX card, I’ll share other ways to increase your points balances!

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This Couple Lived in Europe for 5 Months and Visited 16 Countries!

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!

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

This Couple Lived In Europe For 5 Months And Visited 16 Countries

Pure Bliss at the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands

A big thank you to Rob for sharing his story!

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

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Which Starwood Card: Personal or Small Business?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Toshio, commented:

I am interested in applying for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.  But I’m not sure of the difference in perks between the personal and small business versions.  Can you compare both cards?

Both versions of the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest card come with a 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus through April 5, 2017.

But the AMEX Starwood small business card has a larger tiered minimum spending requirement.

That’s because it comes with a few added perks and benefits that are NOT available on the personal version.

AMEX Starwood Personal Or Small Business

Only 1 Version of the AMEX Starwood Card Gets You Access to Sheraton Club Lounges!

I’ll explain the differences between both.  And help you decide which card is right for you!

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This Card Has a Best-Ever Sign-Up Bonus and Does NOT Count Against Chase’s 5/24 Rule

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 35,000 Starwood points on both the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express personal and small business cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

I’ve written why this is a great offer.  But did you know that applying for the small business version of the AMEX Starwood card will NOT hurt you chances of being approved for Chase cards in the future?

That’s important, because Chase has some of the best travel rewards cards.  And the easiest and fastest way to get Big Travel with Small Money is to sign-up for credit cards with big bonuses.

This Card Has A Best Ever Sign Up Bonus And Does NOT Count Against Chases 524 Rule

The Sign-Up Bonus From the AMEX Starwood Small Business Card Is Enough for a Free Night at the Stunning St. Regis Princeville Resort. And It Will NOT Count Against Chase’s 5/24 Rule

I’ll share the details of the AMEX Starwood small business card offer.  And help you decide whether it might make sense for you!

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Targeted: Earn 5,000 to 50,000 Bonus Hilton Points!

Have an upcoming Hilton stay?  Via Deals We Like, check to see if you’re targeted for Hilton’s “Win Back” promotion.  Where you can earn up to 50,000 bonus points for certain stays.

There are 4 different targeted offers.  I’ll show you how to check to see if you’re eligible.

Signing-up is worth it if you have a particular stay in mind!

Hilton Win Back Promotion

Check to See If You Were Targeted for Any of Hilton’s 4 Latest Win Back Promotions

Let’s take a look at the details of this promotion.

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This Month Only: Buy Miles for Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii & Europe

Via One Mile at a Time, you can get up to a 125% bonus (or more if you’re targeted!) on purchased Avianca miles through February 28, 2017.

Avianca is a member of the Star Alliance, so you can use their miles to book flights on airlines like United Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and Air Canada.  And pay fewer miles on certain routes!

Avianca Buy Miles Promotion

Get Up to a 125 % (or 135% if You’re Targeted!) Bonus When You Buy Avianca Miles Through February 28, 2017

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!

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