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National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 2 – Highlights of Yosemite

According to National Geographic, Yosemite is one of the top 5 most visited US National Parks, with ~4 million visitors each year.  And for good reason!

Whether you want relax and take in the stunning scenery, or be adventurous and head out horseback riding, hiking, or rock climbing, there are endless things to see and do in the park.

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan recently returned from a 2,500+ mile road trip through some of the top National Parks in the US.  I’ll let her tell you about it!

Meghan:  My husband and I love adventure, and with a new(ish!) baby in tow, we decided it would be a great idea to take a road trip to fantastic National Parks like Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

Yosemite Lodging

A Drive to Glacier Point for a View of Half Dome Was a Great Way to Spend a Rest Day From Hiking

I’ll share the highlights of our trip to Yosemite National Park.  And tips for planning your own trip to this fantastic spot!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 5: Best Ways to Fly to Canada & Alaska

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline and hotel partners when the time comes.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  

The AMEX Membership Rewards program has 20 direct airline and hotel partners.  Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well!  This means you’ll have several choices when planning flights to Canada or Alaska!

Or you can keep it simple and use AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal and effectively get up to 2 cents per point.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To Canada

Is Alaska on Your Bucket List? You Can Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Get You There!

I’ll show you the best ways to use American Express Membership Rewards Points for flights to Canada & Alaska!

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Airport Lounge Perks Compared: Chase Sapphire Reserve, AMEX Platinum, Citi Prestige

Wondering what’s the best card for airport lounges?

Spending time in airport lounges can save you money and make your airport experience more enjoyable.  Because many lounges have free Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks (including alcohol), and comfortable seats to relax.

To access lounges you typically need elite status with an airline or a Business Class or First Class ticket.  Some lounges give you access if you purchase a day pass.

But with any AMEX Platinum (personal card, business card, or Mercedes-Benz card), the Citi Prestige, or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can enter 900+ lounges throughout the world for free with Priority Pass Select.

Best Card For Airport Lounges

Use the Priority Pass for Access to 900+ Lounges, Including the Virgin America Loft Lounge in Los Angeles. It’s an Amazing Place to Watch Planes Land. Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith Spotted a Qantas A380 Landing!

I’ll explain which card has the best airport lounge perks for your situation!

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Get Free In-Flight Wi-Fi With the Business Platinum Card

Paying for in-flight Wi-Fi with certain airlines can be expensive.

That’s why I’m excited to have 10 free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes each year with The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.

This perk can be a great way to save money!  And it’s an exclusive benefit of the Business Platinum card.  It’s not available for folks with the personal AMEX Platinum.

Gogo WiFi Passes American Express Business Platinum

You Can Save Money on In-Flight Wi-Fi Purchases by Using the AMEX Business Platinum Free Gogo Wi-Fi Passes on Eligible Airlines!

I’ll show AMEX Business Platinum cardholders how to load free Gogo Wi-Fi passes!

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National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 1 – Introduction & Planning

It’s exciting to travel to faraway places to see new sights and different cultures.  But don’t forget, the US has some of the most amazing (and popular!) parks in the world.

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan recently returned from a 2,500+ mile road trip through some of the top National Parks in the US.  I’ll let her tell you about it!

Meghan:  Thank you Daraius!  My husband and I love adventure, and with a new(ish!) baby in tow, we decided it would be a great idea to take a road trip to fantastic National Parks including Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

National Parks Vacations

Family Hike to Angels Landing, Zion National Park. The Baby Is Sleeping in the Backpack!

Visiting National Parks like these is a great way to spend a vacation, so I’ll share how my family and I planned our trip.  Along with the highlights from each of the parks we visited.

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When Can You Transfer the Freedom Unlimited Sign-Up Bonus to Chase Travel Partners?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Prabha, sent an question via email:

With the Chase Freedom Unlimited card, when can I transfer the sign-up bonus of 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline partners like United Airlines instead of redeeming for $150 cash back?

Great question, Prabha!

Earning transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards points is the trick to travel flexibility!  And often times, you can get more value for your points by transferring to airline and hotel partners instead of redeeming for cash back.

But to transfer Chase points to travel partners from no annual fee cards like the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited, you’ll need to have another eligible Chase card, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Otherwise, the points you earn with the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.

Transferable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Sign-Up Bonus With the Freedom Unlimited Can Be Worth More When You Have a 2nd Chase Ultimate Rewards Card! For Example, You Can Get a Free Night at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara Hotel, Which Can Cost $200+!

I’ll explain when Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to airline and hotels partners for Big Travel!

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Success! A Miles & Points Visit to Mexico City, Mayan Ruins, and Beautiful Cenotes!

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!

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

Success A Miles Points Visit To Mexico City Mayan Ruins And Beautiful Cenotes

Ronnie and His Wife With Chichen Itza in the Backdrop

A big thank you to Ronnie 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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Limited-Time! Top 5 Card Bonuses Which Are Now Easier to Unlock

Considering applying for an AMEX card with a big sign-up bonus, like the AMEX Business Platinum or AMEX Business Gold Rewards card, but unsure about meeting the minimum spending requirements?

Good news!  With Plastiq’s latest promotion, you can pay bills with a credit card for a reduced fee.  Which could be a great way meet a card’s minimum spending requirements and earn a big sign-up bonus!

Limited Time Top 5 Card Bonuses Which Are Now Easier To Unlock

The Sign-Up Bonus From the AMEX Business Platinum Card Is More Than Enough Points to Fly to Europe. And Plastiq Can Help You Meet the Minimum Spending Requirements!

Here are 5 AMEX cards whose sign-up bonuses are now easier to unlock.

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Chase Ritz-Carlton Sign-Up Bonus Decreasing!

Have you been intending to apply for the Chase Ritz-Carlton card?  If so, you’ll want to apply soon!

Via Reddit, it looks like Chase is reducing the Chase Ritz-Carlton sign-up bonus from 3 free nights at participating Ritz-Carlton hotels to just 2 free nights after meeting minimum spending requirements.

The public link for the offer already reflects the reduced sign-up bonus.  But there’s still a link that offers 3 free nights after meeting minimum spending requirements.

This card is NOT affected by the Chase “5/24 rule”, so even if you’ve applied for 5+ cards from any bank (excluding certain business cards) in the past 24 months, you can be approved.

We don’t earn a commission for this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

Chase Ritz Carlton Sign Up Bonus Decreasing

Stay 3 Free Nights at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Along the Coast in Maui, Where Rooms Sell for ~$650 Per Night!

Here’s what you’ll get from this card!

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Meeting AMEX Minimum Spending Just Got Easier!

Need help meeting minimum spending on your new AMEX card?  Plastiq’s latest promotion might be your best bet!

Through February 28, 2017, Plastiq will charge a reduced fee of 2% (normally 2.5%) when you pay bills with your American Express card.

Meet Minimum Spending Plastiq Reduces Fee On AMEX Cards To 2

Pay Almost Any Bill With a Credit Card Through Plastiq!

I’ll give you the details of this promotion!

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