Category Archives: Chase Sapphire Preferred

Best Cards to Use at Sam’s Club in 2017

Folks who shop at Sam’s Club can choose from several terrific credit cards to earn miles or cash back on purchases.

Some cards include warehouse clubs, like Sam’s Club, as a bonus category.  So it’s possible to earn bonus cash back on purchases you were already planning!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Sams Club

You Can Earn Lots of Miles or Cash Back at Sam’s Club With Certain Credit Cards

I’ll share the best credit cards to use at Sam’s Club, including several with no annual fee.

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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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Act Fast! Amazing Deals to Europe for ~$400

Via The Flight Deal, you can fly coach round-trip from lots of big (and small!) US cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York, Portland, and Tucson, to cities in Europe, like Madrid, London, and Paris, for only ~$400+! 

These deals are good for flights on airlines like Delta, American Airlines, KLM, Air France, United Airlines, and more!

I found a flight from Los Angeles to London departing November 11, 2017, and returning November 20, 2017, for ~$459.

And a flight leaving Phoenix on January 17, 2018, and returning from Madrid on January 31, 2018, for ~$385!

There are cheap fares available on various routes through February 2018.

Cheap Flights To Europe

Fly From the US to Madrid for Only ~$400!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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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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A New Online Travel Guide for Food Lovers!

Anthony Bourdain fans rejoice!  According to Conde Nast Traveler, he’s starting his own online travel guide, Explore Parts Unknown.”  There, you’ll be able to get details of the spots he visits on his popular TV show, “Parts Unknown.”

This is great news for foodies like me.  Because finding good food is Anthony Bourdain’s forte!  On the site, you can find information about countries like Colombia, Madagascar, India, Korea, and more.

List Of Anthony Bourdain Restaurants

Who Knew Soup Could Be So Beautifully Prepared? On His New Site, Anthony Bourdain Discusses Eating Hu Tieu, a Traditional Vietnamese Soup, in Ho Chi Minh City

Here’s more about Anthony Bourdain’s new online travel guide.

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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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5 Travel Rewards Cards for College Students

Million Mile Secrets reader, Liz, commented:

After studying abroad last semester, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug.  Although I have a very good credit score, I’m a college student and don’t spend that much, which precludes me from going for cards with sign-up bonuses that require spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

I would like to get a card to start earning rewards for my purchases and develop a credit history.  But in keeping with the number one rule of paying off my balance each month, there doesn’t seem to be a card out there for me.

Ideally, I’m looking for a travel rewards card that offers a sign-up bonus requiring $1,000 in the first 90 days and has a waived annual fee for the first year, or none at all!  Is there a card that you’d recommend for me?

Welcome to the miles & points hobby, Liz!

I’m so glad to hear Liz is interested in earning rewards for travel.  Miles and points are one of the the best ways to travel cheaply.  They’ve given Emily and I the opportunity to visit amazing destinations around the world!

As a college student, it seems Liz has done her homework about the importance of developing a credit history and not carrying credit card balances!

Credit Cards College Students

There Are Lots of Great Rewards Credit Cards for College Students Looking to Get Started in the Miles & Points Hobby!

The good news is most banks offer credit cards with sign-up bonuses that have relatively small minimum spending requirements.  And these cards tend to waive the annual fee or have none at all.  So they’re great for students on a tight budget!

I’ll share tips for beginners in the miles & points hobby.  And 5 great rewards cards for beginners which have low minimum spending requirements!

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7 US Cities to Singapore Starting at Just $328!

Via The Flight Deal, you can fly from 7 US cities to Singapore round-trip in coach starting at just $328!

I found flights from Chicago to Singapore for $328 departing October 17, and returning October 23, 2017.  This fare is valid for travel late August through early December 2017, and January through February 2018.

7 US Cities To Singapore Starting At Just 328

You Don’t Usually See Flights to Singapore This Dirt Cheap!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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“The Less Frequented Places Are Where You Can Really Experience Culture and Get Out of Your Comfort Zone”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Johnny Africa

John writes Johnny Africa to inspire readers to travel indefinitely.  You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram, too!

Johnny Africa

My First Use of Points? A Big Trip to the Middle East! This Was Me Amongst the Martian Landscapes of Wadi Rum

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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5 Ways to Earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points With Freedom This Quarter

Through June 30, 2017, you can earn up to 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your Chase Freedom at grocery and drug stores when you activate the bonus by June 14, 2017.

You’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points if you can make the most of the Chase Freedom 5X bonus categories this quarter.  That’s enough for a free night at Category 1 Hyatt hotels or certain flights on Southwest or United Airlines.

Freedom Card 5X Points April 2017

Your Grocery Shopping Will Earn You Bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards Points This Quarter

Let’s take a look at 5 ideas for earning 7,500 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points. 

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