Category Archives: Chase Ritz Carlton

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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Add Your Known Traveler Number to Get Through Security Faster Next Time You Fly

Now that 30 airlines participate in PreCheck, it’s easy to save time at the airport by avoiding long security lines!

If you have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, you can get an expedited security screening.  But to enter the PreCheck line, you must add your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to your airline reservations.

How To Add Your Known Traveler Number

Speed Through Airport Security With TSA PreCheck. But First, Add Your Known Traveler Number to Your Airline Accounts

I’ll show you how to add your Known Traveler Number on 6 major US airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest!

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How Miles & Points Brought a Family of 9 Together for a Bahamian Holiday Trip

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!

Andy and his family are our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

How Miles Points Brought A Family Of 9 Together For A Bahamian Holiday Trip

In the Gorgeous Lobby of the Royal Towers in Atlantis Resort for a Group Photo

A big thank you to Andy for sharing their story!

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

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Can You Book a Coach Award Flight and Upgrade Using Cash or Miles?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Matt, commented:

Is there a way to get a coach flight with miles and then use cash or miles to upgrade to Economy Plus?

Great question, Matt!

Each airline has different rules for upgrading your seat on an award flight.

In many cases, you can pay cash to upgrade at the time you book your flight.  Or you’ll have the option to upgrade when you check-in.

And some airlines allow you to use miles or points to upgrade to a more comfortable extra legroom seat on a coach award flight.

Upgrade Award Flight

For Coach Award Flights, Sometimes You Can Use More Miles or Pay Cash to Get a Better Economy Plus Seat. With Certain Airlines, This Means Free Drinks & Snacks!

I’ll explain the upgrade policy on coach award tickets for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and United Airlines.

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TSA PreCheck Adds 11 More Airlines: Spirit, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and More

If you already enjoy a faster airport security with TSA PreCheck, I have good news!  And for folks who are NOT enrolled in TSA PreCheck, you now have even more reason to sign-up!

Via Travel Skills, TSA PreCheck has added 11 more airlines to the list of participants, including popular airlines like Avianca, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, and Spirit Airlines.  There are also smaller airlines, like Canadian charter airline Sunwing, which could be useful for folks who fly to Canada.

TSA PreCheck Adds 11 More Airlines Spirit Virgin Atlantic Emirates And More

TSA PreCheck Will Get You Through Airport Security Faster

I’ll show you how to get TSA PreCheck, and remind you of the perks of the program.

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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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Keep Your Marriott Perks: Buy Back Your 2016 Status With Points

If you had Marriott Elite status last year, but didn’t earn it for 2017, you can spend points to extend your status an extra year!

Via View From the Wing, Marriott’s yearly offer to buy back your elite status has returned.  Until March 31, 2017, you can use points to keep your elite status in 2017.  But it might not be a good deal for you!

Keep Your Marriott Perks Buy Back Your 2016 Status With Points

Having a Hard Time Giving Up Your Elite Status? Buy It Back With Points!

I’ll help you decide if this is a good deal for your situation.

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Top 7 Travel Cards for January 2017

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

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, you’ll be happy to know there are some exciting sign-up offers in the miles & points world!

Certain credit cards are offering great sign-up bonuses and perks including airline credits, airport lounge access, and more.  And a few of them can be worth $1,000 or more! 

Top 7 Travel Cards For January 2017

Picture Yourself In a Hammock on the Beach In the Maldives! With Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses, This Could Be You!

I’ll share my top 7 travel credit cards to get Big Travel with Small Money.

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“Had I Known Applying for Cards Wouldn’t Really Lower My Score, I’d Have Circled the World a Few More Times”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Grab a Mile

Teja and Sasidhar write Grab a Mile to show how families can travel well without breaking the bank.  You can find them on Twitter, Instagram, and 500px!

Grab A Mile

Sasidhar and Teja in Hallstatt, Austria

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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5 Top Miami Beach Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

Considering a trip to Miami Beach to enjoy the city’s famous nightlife and beautiful beaches?  You can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for free nights at top hotels in this tropical destination!

Miami Beach is a great spot to escape to during the cold winter months, or for a special occasion like a bachelor or bachelorette party, shopping trip, or anniversary.

Emily loved spending a long weekend there for her birthday a few years ago.  And wants to return to compare the Cuban food of Miami Beach to what she had more recently in Cuba!

Miami Beach Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

Escape the Cold and Plan a Getaway to Miami Beach Using Your Starwood, Marriott, & Ritz-Carlton Points!

Here are 5 highly rated hotels in Miami Beach where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points!

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