Category Archives: Chase United Explorer

Worth It? Earn Up to a 75% Bonus When You Buy United Airlines Miles

Want more United Airlines miles?  You can get up to a 75% bonus on purchased United Airlines miles through July 3, 2017.

This deal could be worth it if you have a particular trip in mind, or need a few extra United Airlines miles to top-off your account.

United Airlines Buy Miles Promotion

Earn Bonus United Airlines Miles When You Buy Miles Through July 3, 2017

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!

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“Earning a Decent Amount of Points Is Easy. Extracting the Best Value Is the Hard Part”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   My Travel Tools

Ben writes My Travel Tools to showcase his personal travels and assist fellow travelers with tips, tricks, and tools for traveling the world efficiently and cheaply.  You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

My Travel Tools

This Is the View From the Coastal Trail in Cinque Terre. We Hiked the Whole Trail in a Day! This Was Just One Stop on Our Almost Month-Long Honeymoon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Tips & Tricks to Save on a Trip to New York City This Summer

I’ll share how you can get Big Travel with Small Money on a trip to the Big Apple, including tips from Million Mile Secrets readers!

Free Things To Do In NYC

Using Miles & Points Can Save You Lots of Money on a Trip to New York City! And There Are Many Free Things to Do Once There for Folks Traveling on a Budget!

Using miles & points can save you money on flights and hotel stays.  And there are plenty of cheap or free things to do throughout the city, like exploring beautiful parks or attending the taping of popular TV shows!

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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.

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Earn Up to 1,500 United Airlines Miles for Shopping!

Via Points, Miles & Martinis, you can earn up to 1,500 United Airlines miles for qualifying purchases through their summer shopping portal promotion.

The deal is good through June 23, 2017.  And the more you spend, the more bonus points you’ll earn!

United Summer Shopping Portal Promotion

Plan on Doing Any Online Shopping This Month? With This Deal, You Can Earn Bonus Miles for Your Purchases!

Here are the details!

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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!

Upon Arriving

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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