Category Archives: Ultimate Rewards

Excited to Use Your 2 Free Night Certificates at ANY Hyatt Hotel?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Tskr, commented:

How soon do the 2 free night certificates post after meeting the spending requirements on the The Hyatt Credit Card?

The free night certificates typically post to your Hyatt loyalty account a few days after the statement close date in which you meet the spending requirement.  And you have 12 months from the date they’re issued to redeem them.

The Chase Hyatt card can be extremely valuable!  Because you can use the certificates at ANY Hyatt hotel in the world, including all-inclusive resorts like the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

Hyatt Free Night Certificates

You Can Use the Chase Hyatt Card Sign-Up Bonus for 2 Free Nights at the All-Inclusive Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

I’ll remind y’all about the Chase Hyatt card offer.  And let you know when to expect the free night certificates!

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Blog Giveaway: 7,000 Southwest Points!

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Million Mile Secrets readers are the best!  To thank you, Emily and I are giving away 7,000 Southwest points!

Blog Giveaway 7000 Southwest Points May 2017

Southwest Has Added a Few New Destinations, Including Grand Cayman!

I’ll show you how to enter!

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Everything to Know About Flying Standby on Southwest

Lyn writes about Southwest Airlines on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide on how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass that Emily and I believe is the best deal in travel.  Lyn shared that Southwest made some changes regarding their standby procedures.  I’ve asked her to share the specifics to help you understand the details of how to fly standby on Southwest.

Lyn:   If you ever need to fly standby, meaning you can catch an earlier or later flight to the same destination on the same day if there is an open seat, Southwest has made some positive changes to their policies.  Especially for Southwest elite status members and those who purchase premium fares.

How To Fly Standby On Southwest

If You Missed Your Original Flight – or Want to Fly Earlier Than Planned – Here’s Everything You Need to Know About How to Fly Standby on Southwest

I’ll share the changes.  And how you can fly standby should you ever need to!

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Confused by Cards With Similar Names? Here’s a Chart to Explain!

There are LOTS of credit cards out there, all with different benefits and bonuses.

Banks seem to enjoy giving their credit cards similar names.  You might apply for the wrong one if you aren’t careful!

I’ve put a lot of credit cards with similar sounding names side-by-side, so you can compare the perks and decide which card is best for you, and find the application link, all in one place!

Confused By Cards With Similar Names Heres A Chart To Explain

Take the Time to Differentiate These Credit Cards So You’ll Know Which Card Will Give You the Biggest Travel!

Let’s look at the most common credit cards with similar sounding names!

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Changes Coming Soon to This Card’s $300 Annual Travel Credit

Have you been considering the Chase Sapphire Reserve?  You might want to apply soon if you’d hoped to make the most of the $300 annual travel credit.

Via Travel After Work, Chase has changed when you’re eligible for the annual $300 travel credit.  Starting May 21, 2017, new applicants will receive their $300 travel credit after each cardmember anniversary, instead of each calendar year.

Changes Coming Soon To This Cards 300 Annual Travel Credit

The Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit Can Be Used for Nearly ANY Travel Purchase, From Hotels and Flights to Taxis and Uber!

I’ll explain how this will affect new cardholders!

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Timing Your Trip: Why the Travel Season Makes a Difference

The time of year you choose to vacation usually affects the prices you’ll pay and your travel experience.

Busy seasons (like holidays) can attract lots of tourists to popular destinations.  I typically prefer traveling in low or shoulder season when things are quieter and cheaper!

But some folks would rather book a getaway during peak season to enjoy the best weather.  Or because it works best for family vacation schedules.

High Season Versus Shoulder Season Travel

Emily Traveled to the British Virgin Islands During High Season Because of the Ideal Weather. And She Booked a Marriott Award Stay, Which Costs the Same Amount of Points Regardless of Season!

I’ll share the pros and cons of traveling to a destination during its high season, shoulder season, and off-season.

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5 Best Small Business Credit Cards for Airbnb Hosts

I recently shared how becoming an Airbnb host can help folks make extra money.

As a host, you can qualify for a small business credit card.  This is a great way to separate your personal and business expenses and earn miles & points or cash back at the same time!

Best Cards For Airbnb Hosting Expenses 2017

You Can Qualify for a Small Business Card as an Airbnb Host, Which Is a Terrific Way Boost Your Miles & Points Balances!

I’ll share the 5 best cards for Airbnb hosting expenses.

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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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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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5 Great Small Business Cards for Freelancers: Graphic and Web Designers, Writers, Fiverr, & More

Do you own a small business and work in the field of digital media?  If so, you can qualify for a small business credit card that earns miles, points, and cash back for business purchases!

Best Cards To Earn Points On Freelance Business Expenses 2017

If You’re a Digital Freelancer, You Have Lots of Options When It Comes to Small Business Credit Cards

Let’s take a look at great small business credit cards for freelancers like writers, web and graphic designers, coders, and more!

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