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Avoid Rental Car Headaches With This Simple Trick

Million Mile Secrets reader, Elsa, commented:

When picking up a rental car, I always take a picture of the dashboard showing the mileage & gas level before I leave the lot, along with photos of the car’s pre-existing damage.

And reader David, commented:

I have always wondered how taking a photo would help.  Couldn’t a person just take the photo after they damaged the vehicle and say it was like that?

Taking a few quick photos before driving your rental car off the lot could save you time, money, and aggravation.

Because if the rental car company says you damaged vehicle or didn’t refuel to the right level, your photos can prove otherwise.

Rental Car Photos

Taking Photos of Your Rental Car Only Takes ~2 Minutes and Can Save You Time and Money If the Rental Car Company Sends You a Bill for Damages

I’ll share tips for taking photos of your rental car!

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Save Time & Money With Costco Travel Part 3: Car Rentals

I shared how Costco Travel offers a fantastic way to save money and get extra perks for vacation packages

But Costco members can also use the travel program to find great rental car deals.  Most of the team at Million Mile Secrets book car rentals this way, including myself.

Because you can often find the cheapest prices.  And reservations are flexible, so you can cancel at any time without paying a fee.

Costco Travel Rental Cars

You Can Find Great Deals on Rental Cars Through Costco Travel

I’ll compare rental car rates for sample reservations at Costco Travel with other popular booking sites!

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“If You Don’t Know the Rules, You Could Miss Out on Tens of Thousands of Points”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Upon Arriving

Daniel writes Upon Arriving to cover the latest developments in travel credit card rewards, airline and hotel loyalty programs, and many other travel topics.  Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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Brad and Me After Getting Scuba Certified in Belize, January 2017

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Limited Time: Earn 70,000 Airline Miles With Targeted Card Offer

Good news!  Some folks have been targeted to earn 70,000 United Airlines miles after meeting minimum spending requirements with the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card.

That’s 20,000 United Airlines miles more than the most recent public offer!

We don’t earn a commission for the targeted offer, but Emily and I will always tell you about better deals!

Limited Time Earn 70000 Airline Miles With Targeted Card Offer

If You Make the Most of This Offer by Adding an Authorized User and Meeting Minimum Spending Requirements, You’ll Earn 78,000 United Airlines Miles. That’s More Than Enough for 3 Round-Trip Coach Flights to San Francisco From the Mainland US & Canada!

I’ll share the details.  And show you how to check whether you’ve been targeted!

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Making Mom’s Paris Dreams Come True: Part 2 – She Felt Like Royalty on This Flight

Emily:   I love to travel, and my mom does, too!

When I was growing up in Ohio, we could only afford road trips to local amusement parks.  But collecting miles and points has opened a world of travel neither of us thought possible!

She and I decided to go to London and Paris for a mother-daughter getaway.  We flew Business Class and stayed in 5-star hotels.  I paid a fraction of the retail cost by using airline miles and hotel points.

I’ve never traveled so long with my mom before, and at the end of the trip, I felt like I had a new best friend!  Without the miles & points hobby, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience the joy of traveling with my mom.

Making Moms Paris Dreams Come True Part 2 She Felt Like Royalty On This Flight

The Flight Was Much More Entertaining Because I Was Able to Sit Next to My Mom!

In this series, I’ll show you how you can get to Paris, too!

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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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Making Mom’s Paris Dreams Come True: Part 1 – Introduction & Planning

Emily:   I love to travel, and my mom does, too!

When I was growing up in Ohio, we could only afford road trips to local amusement parks.  But collecting miles and points has opened a world of travel neither of us thought possible!

She and I decided to go to London and Paris for a mother-daughter getaway.  We flew Business Class and stayed in 5-star hotels.  I paid a fraction of the retail cost by using airline miles and hotel points.

I’ve never traveled so long with my mom before, and at the end of the trip, I felt like I had a new best friend!  Without the miles & points hobby, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience the joy of traveling with my mom.

Making Moms Paris Dreams Come True Part 1 Introduction Planning

I Had a Great Time Traveling With My Mom to Europe!

In this series, I’ll show you how you can get to Europe, too!

My mom, Connie:   Emily asked me if I would like to visit Paris. I said, “Oh yes, of course!” but did not realize that it would be a dream come true.  I was excited beyond measure, me going to Paris and with my daughter.  It just could not get any better.  Paris?  Really?  The food, the shopping, the sites to see truly was a dream come true.

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Limited Time! Earn 5,000 Airline Miles per Car Rental

Here’s an amazing opportunity for folks who don’t mind a little inconvenience!

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you can earn 5,000 SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) points per Hertz car rental And there doesn’t seem to be a cap on the amount of times you can earn this bonus!

And SAS is a member of the Star Alliance, which means you can use their points to book flights on airlines like United Airlines, Air Canada, and more.

You must reserve your car by June 30, 2017, and rent by September 30, 2017.

Limited Time Earn 5000 Airline Miles Per Car Rental

Fly to Europe From the US in Coach for Just 60,000 SAS Miles Round-Trip

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal!

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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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A 19-Day Trip to Taiwan & Thailand in Business Class, With the Help of 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!

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

A 19 Day Trip To Taiwan Thailand In Business Class With The Help Of Miles Points

First Class Seats on Thai Airways

A big thank you to Carla 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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