The Marriott – Starwood merger officially closed in September 2016. And you can link your Starwood and Marriott accounts to enjoy the perks of both programs.
But you might be wondering, what’s the future of Starwood’s loyalty program?
Lots of Folks Are Wondering About the Future of the Starwood Loyalty Program Now That the Marriott – Starwood Merger Is Complete. I’ll Share What We Know So Far
While I don’t have all the details yet, I’ll share what I know. And give you ideas about earning and using Starwood points going forward!
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Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Discounts & Deals 4 Military
Bobby started Discounts & Deals 4 Military to highlight discounts and easy ways to save money that is unique to military members. You can also find him on Facebook!
Trip Back Home to Oregon
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Platinum, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Southwest, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Hilton Honors, Hotels, IHG, Interviews, Luggage, No Annual Fee, Save Money, Shopping, Southwest, Travel Tips
Via The Points Guy, you can fly from several US cities to Iceland in coach starting at just $200 round-trip!
I found flights from San Francisco to Reykjavik for $260 departing April 16, 2017, and returning April 27, 2017. These fares are valid for travel from April to June, and from September to November 2017 on certain routes.
Don’t Let the Name Fool You – Iceland Is a Beautiful Destination With Green Hills, Waterfalls, and Volcanoes!
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
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Million Mile Secrets reader Aaron asked:
I have been looking to take the family to South Africa. It appears ANA has the best mileage, but taxes and fees are terrible. Do you have any thoughts?
Aaron is mostly correct. ANA Mileage Club can save you tens of thousands of miles for flights to South Africa. But it also adds fuel surcharges to most of its partners.
If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points, you can transfer them to ANA to book award flights. Or move Marriott points to Starwood and then to ANA.
Using airline miles on award flights to South Africa is a great idea, because paid flights are expensive and rarely discounted. But fuel surcharges can be very high.
ANA stopped collecting fuel surcharges on most of its own flights in Spring 2016, but it keeps adding them to most of its partners.
Planning a Trip to South Africa Like Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith? You’ll Use Fewer Miles (but More Cash) Booking With ANA Miles
I’ll show you how to save miles and money, and pitfalls to avoid for award flights to South Africa.
Posted in Aeroplan, Air Canada, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, ANA, Credit Cards, Etihad, Hotels, Lufthansa, Membership Rewards, Mile and Point Resources, Save Money, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Star Alliance, Starwood (SPG), SWISS, Travel Tips, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic
Via Reddit, there’s a new card that earns 3% on dining, 2% on groceries, and 1% on everything else.
With the Capital One Premier Dining Rewards card, you’ll earn a sign-up bonus of $100 when you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
That’s not bad for a card with no annual fee. But it’s NOT a good card for folks just getting into the miles & points hobby!
Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this card, but we’ll always tell you all your options!
You’ll Get the Most Cash Back When You Use Your Card for Dining. But There Are Other Cards With Even Better Returns
I’ll tell you what you need to know about this card. And help you decide if it’s worth it for you!
Posted in American Express, AMEX Blue Cash Everyday, Capital One, Capital One Premier Dining Rewards, Chase, Chase AARP, Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Double Cash, Citibank, Credit Cards, Discover, Discover It, Foreign Transaction Fees, No Annual Fee, Save Money, Shopping, Shopping, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
The merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America continues to move forward, with some big changes coming in the near future!
Via Travel Codex, Alaska Airlines announced more details about the merger with Virgin America. And it’s mostly good news! For example, you can expect enhanced in-flight entertainment, updated cabins, and lots of Virgin America personality across all Alaska Airlines flights.
But they’ve confirmed the Virgin America brand will disappear in 2019.
Alaska Airlines Is Keeping Some of the Virgin America Personality! Including Fun Mood Lighting in the Cabin
I’ll give you an update on the merger, and tell you what to expect going forward.
Posted in Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Bank Of America, Beginner Tips, BOA Alaska Air, Comenity Bank, Comenity Virgin America, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, VIrgin America
If you’ve been waiting to apply for the AMEX Hilton credit cards, your patience has paid off!
Until May 31, 2017, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express have increased sign-up bonuses. And I’ve never seen a higher bonus on these cards!
You’ll earn 80,000 Hilton points after you make $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors card.
And you’ll earn 100,000 Hilton points after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card.
Plus there’s an incredibly valuable new perk on the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass which could be worth hundreds of dollars!
You’ll Have Lots of Options to Redeem Your Hilton Points, From Inexpensive Family-Friendly Hotels to Luxury Resorts, Like the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
I’ll share the details. And give you some ideas for using Hilton points!
Posted in American Express, AMEX Hilton, AMEX Hilton Surpass, Beginner Tips, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Earn Miles, Family Travel, Hilton Honors, Hotels, Save Money, Travel Tips
The 35,000 point sign-up bonuses that come with the AMEX Starwood cards have never been higher, so now is an excellent time to apply! But did you know you might be able to get even MORE Starwood points?
AMEX Starwood cardholders will get 5,000 Starwood points when they refer a friend to an AMEX Starwood personal or small business card, and the friend is approved. So you can apply for the card, and then refer your friends to this great deal. When your friends get it too you’ll earn extra points!
Help Your Friends Get Big Travel – And Earn 5,000 Starwood Points in the Process!
Emily and I obviously won’t get a commission if you refer your friend to the AMEX Starwood cards. But that’s okay, because our readers getting Big Travel is the most important thing to us!
I’ll show you how the Starwood American Express refer-a-friend program works!
Are you one of the lucky folks who got an email offer to earn 10,000 easy AMEX Membership Rewards points?
Via Reddit, AMEX is offering 10,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points to certain cardholders who enroll their charge cards in “Pay Over Time” by May 13, 2017!
It’s a no-brainer to sign-up if you’re eligible. Plus, you’ll get extra flexibility in how you use your AMEX charge card!
Transfer 10,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Delta for a Free Coach Award Flight From Toronto to Miami!
I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal!
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Mercedes-Benz Platinum, AMEX Platinum, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Membership Rewards, Save Money, Travel Tips
If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.
If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.
And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!
Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon
I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!
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