Category Archives: American Express

This Family of 4 Got a 2-Week Adventure Across 6 European Countries With 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!

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

This Family Of 4 Got A 2 Week Adventure Across 6 European Countries With Miles Points

Our Family Loved Seeing the Swiss Alps From the Mountaintops

A big thank you to Julie 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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Everything You Need to Know About Hilton’s 5th Night Free Perk!

Did you know there are ways to use Hilton points to make them 20% more valuable?

Through May 31, 2017, the AMEX Hilton cards have the highest sign-up bonuses ever!  So if you take advantage of those offers, it’s important to know how to best use Hilton points for Big Travel with Small Money!

One great way to extend your points is with Hilton’s 5th night free perk for folks with (super easy to earn!) Hilton elite status.

How To Get Free Nights At Hilton

You Can Book the Conrad Manila for 47,000 Hilton Points per Night. But It Will Cost Just 37,600 Hilton Points per Night When You Stay 5 Nights!

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this valuable perk!

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Rumor: New Premium Card from US Bank, Sign-Up Bonus Worth $750!

Via Miles to Memories, there’s a new premium credit card from US Bank coming May 1, 2017!

US Bank’s Altitude Reserve Visa card will compete with cards like the AMEX Platinum, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Citi Prestige.

It will (supposedly!) come with a 50,000 point sign-up bonus, and perks like an annual travel credit, bonus points for travel spending, a credit for Global Entry, and more.

I’m excited about it, because more credit card options means more competition between banks.  And that’s a good thing for folks like us!

US Bank Altitude Reserve Card Premium Travel Card Review

You Can Earn $750 in Travel With the New US Bank Altitude Reserve Card, and Start Planning Your Next Tropical Getaway!

Here’s more information about the new US Bank premium credit card.

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Best Cards to Use at Sam’s Club in 2017

Folks who shop at Sam’s Club can choose from several terrific credit cards to earn miles or cash back on purchases.

Some cards include warehouse clubs, like Sam’s Club, as a bonus category.  So it’s possible to earn bonus cash back on purchases you were already planning!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Sams Club

You Can Earn Lots of Miles or Cash Back at Sam’s Club With Certain Credit Cards

I’ll share the best credit cards to use at Sam’s Club, including several with no annual fee.

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Act Fast! Amazing Deals to Europe for ~$400

Via The Flight Deal, you can fly coach round-trip from lots of big (and small!) US cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York, Portland, and Tucson, to cities in Europe, like Madrid, London, and Paris, for only ~$400+! 

These deals are good for flights on airlines like Delta, American Airlines, KLM, Air France, United Airlines, and more!

I found a flight from Los Angeles to London departing November 11, 2017, and returning November 20, 2017, for ~$459.

And a flight leaving Phoenix on January 17, 2018, and returning from Madrid on January 31, 2018, for ~$385!

There are cheap fares available on various routes through February 2018.

Cheap Flights To Europe

Fly From the US to Madrid for Only ~$400!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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How to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements Paying Taxes

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

It’s tax time again!  April 18, 2017, is the IRS filing deadline this year.

While it’s nice to get a refund, if you owe taxes, you can ease the pain of paying your tax bill by meeting the minimum spending requirements on a new credit card.  Or hitting a spending threshold to unlock bonus miles, points, or elite status!

Just remember, you’ll usually pay a processing fee of ~2%, so do the math to see whether it’s worth it.

Pay Taxes With Credit Card

It Might Be Worth Paying Your Taxes With a Credit Card to Get Big Travel With Small Money When You Unlock Elite Status Levels or Big Sign-Up Bonuses

I’ll show you how to pay your taxes with a credit card.  And help you decide if it makes sense for you!

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A New Online Travel Guide for Food Lovers!

Anthony Bourdain fans rejoice!  According to Conde Nast Traveler, he’s starting his own online travel guide, Explore Parts Unknown.”  There, you’ll be able to get details of the spots he visits on his popular TV show, “Parts Unknown.”

This is great news for foodies like me.  Because finding good food is Anthony Bourdain’s forte!  On the site, you can find information about countries like Colombia, Madagascar, India, Korea, and more.

List Of Anthony Bourdain Restaurants

Who Knew Soup Could Be So Beautifully Prepared? On His New Site, Anthony Bourdain Discusses Eating Hu Tieu, a Traditional Vietnamese Soup, in Ho Chi Minh City

Here’s more about Anthony Bourdain’s new online travel guide.

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The Secret Way to Get $200 in Free Food With Your AMEX Platinum

American Express recently added new perks to The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, including monthly Uber credits up to $200 a year and 5X points on hotel bookings made through AMEX Travel.

If you’re in an area Uber serves, the Uber credit can save you lots of money on transportation, and help off-set the $550 annual fee.  You’ll get up to $15 in credit per month ($35 in December).

But did you know you’re not just limited to using the Uber credit on rides?  You can also apply the credit to meals purchased through UberEATS!

The Secret Way To Get 200 In Free Food With Your AMEX Platinum

Shhh! You Can Also Use the Monthly AMEX Platinum Uber Credit to Order Food Through UberEATS!

I’ll fill you in on how it works!

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Is Using AMEX Pay With Points the Same as Paying Cash for Airfare?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Howard, emailed:

If I get the The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN and use Pay With Points to purchase Delta airfare, would Delta treat the flight as a cash purchase?

Using Pay With Points to book flights through the AMEX Membership Rewards portal is essentially the same as paying with cash.

Because you can book airfare without having to worry about blackout dates.  And you’ll earn frequent flyer miles for your flight.

This is especially useful for folks with the AMEX Business Platinum card.  Because your points are effectively worth 2 cents each for coach airfare on your selected airline through the AMEX travel portal.

AMEX Pay With Points For Airfare

Using AMEX Pay With Points Is Basically the Same as Paying Cash for Airfare

I’ll explain how using Pay With Points works.  And share the benefits of using points linked to your AMEX Business Platinum.

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5 Travel Rewards Cards for College Students

Million Mile Secrets reader, Liz, commented:

After studying abroad last semester, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug.  Although I have a very good credit score, I’m a college student and don’t spend that much, which precludes me from going for cards with sign-up bonuses that require spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

I would like to get a card to start earning rewards for my purchases and develop a credit history.  But in keeping with the number one rule of paying off my balance each month, there doesn’t seem to be a card out there for me.

Ideally, I’m looking for a travel rewards card that offers a sign-up bonus requiring $1,000 in the first 90 days and has a waived annual fee for the first year, or none at all!  Is there a card that you’d recommend for me?

Welcome to the miles & points hobby, Liz!

I’m so glad to hear Liz is interested in earning rewards for travel.  Miles and points are one of the the best ways to travel cheaply.  They’ve given Emily and I the opportunity to visit amazing destinations around the world!

As a college student, it seems Liz has done her homework about the importance of developing a credit history and not carrying credit card balances!

Credit Cards College Students

There Are Lots of Great Rewards Credit Cards for College Students Looking to Get Started in the Miles & Points Hobby!

The good news is most banks offer credit cards with sign-up bonuses that have relatively small minimum spending requirements.  And these cards tend to waive the annual fee or have none at all.  So they’re great for students on a tight budget!

I’ll share tips for beginners in the miles & points hobby.  And 5 great rewards cards for beginners which have low minimum spending requirements!

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