Category Archives: Capital One

How a Family of 4 Enjoyed the Magic of Disney for Nearly Nothing!

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!

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

How A Family Of 4 Enjoyed The Magic Of Disney For Nearly Nothing

My Family at One of the Shared Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Pools

A big thank you to Jonathan for sharing his story!

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

Continue reading

Top 10 Easiest Awards to Book in 2017

To get the Biggest Travel with Smallest Money, it’s worth the time and effort to learn award booking tricks.  But it takes practice!

If you’re looking for an easy way to to earn points and book cheap travel, I’ll give you a few ideas!  So even if you’re new to our hobby, you can begin your miles & points journey right away!

Easy Award Flights And Hotels To Book 2017

Here Are Hassle-Free Deals to Help You Accomplish Your Travel Goals!

I’ll share my favorite no-brainer deals that can give you your dream vacation in no time!

Continue reading

Considering a Disney Dream Cruise? Read This First!

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on taking a cruise aboard the Disney Dream!

Ken and Emily:   While many people think first of Disneyland or Walt Disney World when considering a Disney vacation, Disney Cruise Line is an excellent option as well.

Even if you’ve been on a cruise before, a Disney cruise is extra special.  We’ll be focusing on the Disney Dream, but Disney has 3 other ships, all among the best in the world.

Disney Dream Cruise Review

Get Ready for an Amazing Cruise on the Disney Dream!

We’ll share what you need to know for your first Disney Dream cruise!

Continue reading

Review: Capital One Quicksilver & QuicksilverOne

If you’re looking for a card with a straightforward back structure, low to no annual fees, and no foreign transaction fees, the Capital One Quicksilver cards could be worth considering.

Both cards come with unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase.  But the right card for you depends on whether you’re trying to build or improve your credit, or if you already have a good score and an established credit history.

That said, these aren’t the best cards for folks new to miles & points.  I’ll explain why.

Capital One Quicksilver Review

With Unlimited 1.5% Cash Back on Every Purchase, Your Savings Could Really Add Up!

I’ll share the details of each card.  And help you decide whether applying makes sense for you!

Continue reading

My Review of ReserveAmerica – The Online Camping & RV Reservation Site

Million Mile Secrets team member Jesse recently planned a trip to Napa Valley using ReserveAmerica, a site that helps you reserve camping spots in the US.  And we thought it could be a useful resource for some of our readers!

ReserveAmerica Review

ReserveAmerica Can Help You Book Camping Spots Across the US

So here’s a review of ReserveAmerica.  And how to use the site.

Continue reading

Review: Capital One Spark Miles Vs. Capital One Spark Miles Select

If you’re a fan of Capital One Venture cards, you’ll probably like Capital One Spark Miles cards, too!

Capital One Spark Miles cards earn flexible miles that you can use on nearly any travel purchase, like flights, hotels, rental cars, and Lyft.

The Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business comes with 20,000 Spark miles (worth $200 in travel) after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months.  And the Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business card offers 50,000 Spark miles (worth $500 in travel) after spending $4,500 on purchases within the first 3 months.

Capital One Spark Miles Card Review

Use Capital One Spark Miles for a Free Tour of the Eiffel Tower

Here’s what you need to know about these cards!

Continue reading

Establish Credit History and Boost Your Credit Score With This No Annual Fee Card

It’s difficult to get approved for most popular miles & points cards without an excellent credit score, or if you have a blemish on your credit report.  That’s why folks sometimes ask if there’s a good card to help build a credit history.  

Besides making you eligible for better rewards cards in the future, establishing a credit history helps if you’re looking to qualify for other types of credit, like car loans and mortgages.

I think the no annual fee Capital One® Platinum Credit Card is a great fit for folks new to the US, recent graduates, or if your credit score is ~650.  But this card is NOT ideal if you’re looking to earn rewards, like cash back or miles & points.

Capital One Platinum Card Review

If You’re Looking to Build Your Credit History, You Might Consider the No Annual Fee Capital One Platinum Card

I’ll share tips if you’re new to applying for credit cards.  And my review of the Capital One Platinum card.

Continue reading

Review: Capital One Venture Card Vs. Capital One VentureOne

Y’all know how much I love getting Big Travel with Small Money by collecting airline miles and hotel points.  But sometimes there are blackout dates around my travel times.  Or there aren’t available award seats or nights on the dates I want.

If you prefer the flexibility of booking flights, rooms, and other travel whenever you want, the Capital One® Venture® and Capital One® VentureOne® cards are a better option than credit cards like the Chase United Explorer or Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express, which earn miles & points that you can only use if there are available award seats or nights.

The Capital One VentureOne comes with 20,000 Venture miles (worth $200 in travel) after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months.  And the Capital One Venture card offers 40,000 Venture miles (worth $400 in travel) after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months.

Capital One Venture Card Review

If You Book a Las Vegas Show Through Your Hotel, It Should Code as a Travel Purchase, Which You Can Erase With Venture Miles!

I’ll show you what I like about the Capital One Venture cards.  But why folks new to miles & points might do better with different cards.

Continue reading

Avoid Overpaying for Admission at Amusement Parks This Summer With These Deals!

The official start of summer is just a couple of weeks away!  And some of y’all might be planning ahead for day trips or weekend getaways to amusement parks.

If you’re traveling as a family, admission costs can add up quickly!  But luckily there are lots of ways to save money on entrance fees at destinations like Legoland and Six Flags!

Theme Park Deals

Everything Is Awesome When You Save Money on Admission to Amusement Parks, Like Legoland!

I’ll share theme park deals to help you save on your summer adventures!

Continue reading

This Card Is a Great Option For Folks Looking to Build Credit!

If you’re a beginner in the world of credit, looking to repair your credit score, or are new to the US, here’s a credit card just for you!

The Journey® Student Rewards from Capital One® is for folks with average credit.  And it’s a much better option than using a debit card, like some tend to do when their credit is less than perfect.  Because it will help you to qualify for better cards later!

However, if you already have good credit, this is NOT the card for you.  I’ll explain!

Capital One Journey Student Credit Card Review

The Capital One Student Journey Card Is Useful for Students Who Are Trying to Build Credit, but Also Like Traveling Abroad

I’ll tell you what you need to know about the Capital One Journey Student card.

Continue reading