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How to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements Paying Taxes

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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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How to Use Official TSA PreCheck Schedule

Did you know there’s a web page dedicated to helping you make the most of your TSA PreCheck membership?

TSA PreCheck can save folks lots of time and inconvenience at airport security checkpoints.  That’s because you won’t have to take off your jacket or remove your toiletries and computer from your bag.  And TSA PreCheck lines are (usually) much shorter than the regular security lines.

TSA PreCheck Hours

Search for Your Airport’s TSA PreCheck Security Checkpoint Schedule

I’ll show you how this simple web page works!

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Save Money on Car Rentals With AutoSlash

When you book your next car rental, check if you can save money!

AutoSlash is a fantastic website that tracks your car rental reservations for price drops.  The site can re-book the reservation automatically or notify you if your rental gets cheaper.  Plus it’s free to use!

AutoSlash can potentially save you hundreds of dollars!  Several Million Mile Secrets readers use the site with great results.

Discount Car Rental

AutoSlash Can Potentially Save You Lots of Money on Car Rentals Because the Site Automatically Monitors Prices for Cheaper Options

I’ll show how you can get a discount car rental using AutoSlash.

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Everything to Know About TSA PreCheck

If you enjoy standing in long lines, removing items from your carry-on, or pulling off your coat in record speeds, this post is not for you!

For the rest of us, TSA PreCheck can be a huge time (and stress!) saver during our visit to the airport.  A membership to TSA PreCheck means you won’t have to remove your toiletries or computer from your bag.  Or take off your jacket at security checkpoints.

And TSA PreCheck lines are often (but not always!) much shorter than the regular security lines.

TSA PreCheck Application

TSA PreCheck Can Save LOTS of Time at Airport Security Checkpoints

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck!

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AMEX Platinum Changes: New $200 Annual Uber Credit, 5X on Hotels, Increased Annual Fee

Big changes are coming to The Platinum Card® from American ExpressAnd it’s mostly good news.

Starting March 30, 2017, the annual fee will increase by $100 to $550 per year.  But they’re also adding new perks, like a $200 yearly Uber credit, 5X points on hotel bookings made through AMEX Travel, and more.

And existing perks, like the $200 annual airline incidental fee credit and airport lounge access, will remain intact.

AMEX Platinum Changes

Starting March 30, 2017, AMEX Platinum Cardholders Will Get $200 in Uber Credit

I’ll explain the changes and what they mean for you!

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Don’t Miss Out on These 5 Sign-Up Bonuses If You’re Close to the “5/24” Limit

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Myles, tweeted:

I’ve opened 4 new cards in the past 24 months.  If I get the Chase Amazon Prime card, will it count toward Chase’s “5/24” card limit and keep me from getting other Chase cards in the future?

Unless Myles gets certain small business cards, new cards from ANY bank will count toward Chase’s card limit.

Because Myles is just shy of reaching 5 new cards in the past 24 months, he’ll want to choose his next card wisely!

If you’re in a similar situation, the best choice for a 5th card depends on which cards you already have and your travel goals!

Chase Card Limit

If You’re Close to Hitting Chase’s “5/24” Card Limit, You’ll Want to Plan a Careful Strategy for Choosing Your Next Cards

I’ll share 5 excellent travel credit cards for folks nearing Chase’s card limit!

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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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