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National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 3 – Highlights of Death Valley & Red Rock Canyon

Considering a trip to Death Valley National Park or Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas?

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 like Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

Death Valley Lodging

Overlooking Las Vegas From Atop Red Rock Canyon

I’ll share the highlights of our trip to Death Valley and Red Rock Canyon.  And tips for planning your own trip to these fantastic spots!

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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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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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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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Can You Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to a Spouse?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Soosie, commented:

Can you please tell me if it is possible to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points directly (not to airline/hotel program) from spouse to spouse?  Thanks!

Great question, Soosie!

It is possible to directly transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your spouse.  This is great news for folks who want to combine points to book award travel.

But Chase has different rules for transfers depending if you have a personal or small business card.

Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Spouse

Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Your Spouse Can Make It Easier to Book Award Travel, Like Singapore Airlines First Class Suites!

I’ll explain the rules for transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to someone else!

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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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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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“I Want to Help My Readers Live a Happier Life – Enjoying Experiences Rather Than Things”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Zen Life and Travel

Katie writes Zen Life and Travel to share the perks and benefits of collecting credit card points, airline miles, hotel points, elite status, and more.  You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Zen Life And Travel

Having Fun at St. Pete Beach, Florida

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Act Fast: Chase Fairmont Card Officially Discontinued, Working Link Found

If you’ve been considering the Chase Fairmont card, you have very little time left to apply.

Via Reddit, the Chase Fairmont is being discontinued. They’re officially NO longer accepting applications for the card, and the last known application link was taken down this afternoon.  But Frequent Miler reports there’s still a working link!

I doubt the link will last long.  So you’ll have to move fast if you’re interested!

This card is NOT affected by the Chase “5/24 rule”, so even folks who have applied for more than 5 cards from any bank (excluding certain business cards) in the past 24 months can be approved.

We don’t earn a commission on this card, but we’ll always let you know about important changes to our miles & points hobby!

Act Fast Chase Fairmont Card Officially Discontinued Working Link Found

Spend a Couple of Nights in the Breathtaking Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for Free!

I’ll show you why this card is worth a look!

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