Category Archives: Citibank

Save Time & Money With Costco Travel Part 4: Cruises

I know lots of folks who love to vacation at sea.

Cruises are popular because there’s so much included in the price, like meals, onboard entertainment, and unlimited use of the water slides!  So it’s a great option for a family getaway.  Plus, many cruise itineraries include visits to multiple destinations.  And you only have to unpack once!

If you’re planning a cruise and are a Costco member, I recommend checking options on Costco Travel.  Because similar to warehouse club’s vacation packages, you can often find the best prices and get extra perks.  For example, a Costco Travel cruise might come with a credit to use onboard or an all-inclusive beverage package.

Costco Travel Cruises

Sail the Mediterranean Sea or Book Other Fantastic Cruises Through Costco Travel!

I’ll share the benefits of booking a cruise with Costco Travel!  And compare prices and perks you find through the warehouse club with what you’ll get booking directly or through a 3rd party site.

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You Can Save a Friend or Family Member $100 With This Card Perk!

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bob, commented:

I have several credit cards that will reimburse me for the Global Entry application fee.  Can I pay for a friend’s application fee using my card and still get the credit?

Excellent question, Bob!  You certainly can!

When you pay the $100 Global Entry fee with cards like the AMEX Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you’ll automatically get a credit for the charge once every 4 or 5 years (depending on the card).

This terrific perk is NOT linked to the cardholder.  So you can pay the fee for ANYONE and still get the credit.  This is great for folks who already have Global Entry.

If you have a Global Entry fee credit to spare, I’m sure your friends will appreciate you saving them time and money! 🙂

Global Entry Fee Credit

You Can Use Certain Credit Cards to Pay for Someone Else’s Global Entry Fee and Still Get a Credit!  Friends or Family Will Appreciate You Saving Them Money and Time at the Airport

I’ll remind y’all which cards come with the $100 Global Entry fee credit!  And how you can use it to pay the fee for a friend or family member.

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Reader Tip to Help Folks Use the Fewest Points for Airfare

Million Mile Secrets reader, NB, commented:

A word of caution for other readers.  Always check an airline site to see how many frequent flyer miles they are charging for a flight.  Because even with travel portal bonuses, you might still use fewer miles by transferring points directly to an airline and booking an award flight.

For example, I found Southwest airfare for $211, which would require ~16,880 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Sapphire Preferred ($211 cost of airfare / 1.25 cents per point) if booked through the Chase travel portal.

But Southwest was charging 12,601 Southwest points for the same flight.  So I instantly transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio and booked the award flight.

This is terrific advice, NB!

Some folks can develop certain habits when booking award travel and miss opportunities to save miles and points!

For example, I recently shared 3 examples of booking Southwest flights, which result in different values for your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

And you’ll likely come across similar scenarios when comparing award flight prices on with other airline transfer partners vs. flight prices through a travel portal.

Book Airfare With Points

A Quick Comparison of Flight Prices Might Save You Thousands of Miles or Points!

I’ll explain why you’ll want to run the numbers when redeeming points for a flight!

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“I’ve Taken Trips That a College Student Wouldn’t Be Able to Afford Otherwise”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Millennial Side Hustle

Adrian writes Millennial Side Hustle to share to readers his experience in traveling and making money.  You can also follow him on Instagram.

Millennial Side Hustle

As a College Student, I Did Not Think It Was Possible to Stay at One of New York City’s Most Expensive Hotels at Over $900 a Night for Free!

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Won’t Last! Fly to Europe From Several US Cities From ~$318+!

Via FrequentMiler, you can fly from several US cities, including Los Angeles, Boston, and Fort Lauderdale, to European cities like Barcelona, Venice, and Amsterdam, from just ~$318+!

For example, I found a flight from Miami to Barcelona for ~$358, departing October 24, 2017, and returning October 31, 2017.  And a flights between Los Angeles and Brussels leaving March 1, 2018, and returning March 15, 2018, for ~$360!

These sale fares are good for flights through March 2018, depending on the route.  And include airlines like Delta, United Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Air Canada, and more!

Cheap Fares To Europe

Grab a Cheap Flight to Barcelona to Visit the Stunning La Sagrada Familia!

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

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Get Free Nights at Disney With Your Hotel Card

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at Mousehacking.com.  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking stays at Walt Disney World and Disneyland using free nights from hotel credit cards.

Ken and Emily:   There are a few ways to save on hotels at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, like booking with points or using Citi’s 4th night free.  But what about getting a truly free night?

There are hotel credit cards that offer a free hotel night each year, and some of them can be used for free nights near Disney parks!

Disney World Hotel Discounts 2017

Free Nights Are a Great Way to Get More Time at Your Favorite Disney Parks

We’ll show you cards that earn annual free nights you can use at Disney destinations!

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Today’s Daily Getaway: Buy Hyatt Points for as Little as ~1.04 Cents Each!

Here’s a good deal for folks who know how to get good value from Hyatt points!

At 1:00 pm Eastern Time today, you can buy various quantities of Hyatt points at a big discountUp to 46% off, depending on which package you buy!

If you’re interested in buying Hyatt points for cheap, make sure you’re ready to purchase the second these deals go live.  Because they’ll likely sell out immediately!

Discounted Hyatt Points 2017

Hyatts of the Caribbean! Book a Beautiful Hotel in the West Indies at a Big Discount With These Hyatt Packages. Like the All-Inclusive Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall!

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these deals!

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Rumor: Electronics Ban to Include Flights From Many Popular Vacation Destinations!

A few months ago, I let you know about the electronics ban on flights to the US from 10 cities.  Now, according to One Mile at a Time, it’s rumored the ban will soon include flights from ALL of Europe!

This isn’t good news for folks who like to use their devices to get work done or watch movies in-flight.  Because if it’s an extension of the current electronics ban, only cell phones, smartphones, and necessary medical equipment will be allowed in the cabin.

In Flight Electronics Ban Europe

If the Rumors Are True, You Won’t Be Able to Use Certain Devices on Flights to the US From Europe!

Here’s what we know so far about the rumored expansion of the in-flight electronics ban.

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Earn Bonus Hilton Points With Your AMEX Platinum Card!

Good news!  Via Points, Miles & Martinis, folks with the personal or business AMEX Platinum card can earn 7,500 bonus Hilton points when they stay 2+ nights at nearly any Hilton hotel.

To earn the bonus, you must register for the promotion and complete your qualifying stay by August 7, 2017.  Plus, you need to pay with your AMEX Platinum card.

Hilton AMEX Platinum Promotion

Pay for Your Next Hilton Stay of 2+ Nights With Your AMEX Platinum and Earn 7,500 Bonus Hilton Points

I’ll share the details of this offer.  And show you how you can take advantage of this great deal.

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Today’s Daily Getaway: Save $350 on Orbitz Prepaid Hotels

Here’s an easy way to save big on an upcoming hotel stay!

At 1:00 pm Eastern Time, you can buy a $1,000 Orbitz coupon for $650, for a savings of 35%!  There are only 55 coupons available, and they’ll likely sell out immediately.  So you’ll need to be at your computer the second this deal goes live.

Orbitz Promo Code 2017

Book a $1,000 Hotel Stay at Orbitz Prepaid Hotels Around the World and Get 35% Off With This Daily Getaways Sale

But the coupon also comes with lots of restrictions!  I’ll tell you what you need to know, and help you decide if this deal is worth it.
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