Category Archives: Hotel Award Booking

Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 13: Hotels

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you travel options when you’re ready to book.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  

I’ve recently shared how you can use AMEX Membership Rewards points with airline partners for travel to destinations around the world like Africa and South America.

Now I’ll explain how you can use AMEX Membership Rewards points for free stays at hotel transfer partners, including at hotel chains that are not direct partners!

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Hotels

Marriott Is NOT a Direct AMEX Hotel Transfer Partner, but There’s Still a Way to Use Points for Stays at Hotels Like the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa in India!

I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for hotels!

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How a Family of 4 Enjoyed the Magic of Disney for Nearly Nothing!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Jonathan is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

How A Family Of 4 Enjoyed The Magic Of Disney For Nearly Nothing

My Family at One of the Shared Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Pools

A big thank you to Jonathan for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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How You Earn Flexible Bank Points With Several Cards in the Same Program

Million Mile Secrets reader, Amy, commented:

Is American Express Membership Rewards similar to Chase Ultimate Rewards where you earn points on each card individually?  Or are AMEX Membership Rewards points pooled into one account automatically?

Fantastic question, Amy!

When you have multiple cards that earn AMEX Membership Rewards points, all of your rewards will automatically accumulate in one account.

This is different from other flexible bank points programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou where you earn points in separate accounts.

But with all 3 programs, it’s important to keep at least 1 card active to avoid losing all your flexible points.

Multiple Flexible Points Credit Cards

Flexible Points Are Key to Big Travel! So It’s Good to Know How You Earn Points With Several Cards in the 3 Major Flexible Points Programs.

I’ll explain how folks with multiple cards in the same program earn flexible points with AMEX, Chase, and Citi!

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Top 10 Easiest Awards to Book in 2017

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

To get the Biggest Travel with Smallest Money, it’s worth the time and effort to learn award booking tricks.  But it takes practice!

If you’re looking for an easy way to to earn points and book cheap travel, I’ll give you a few ideas!  So even if you’re new to our hobby, you can begin your miles & points journey right away!

Easy Award Flights And Hotels To Book 2017

Here Are Hassle-Free Deals to Help You Accomplish Your Travel Goals!

I’ll share my favorite no-brainer deals that can give you your dream vacation in no time!

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How to Earn Lucrative Sign-Up Bonuses Without Paying Annual Fees Out-of-Pocket

I’ve written why even thrifty folks like me should consider annual fee cards.  Because these cards often come with big sign-up bonuses and great perks that can help you achieve your travel goals!

That said, I understand folks new to our hobby might not be comfortable paying an annual fee expense.  Team members Keith and Scott remember feeling this way when they first started out.  And now they each have 8+ cards with annual fees.  

But there’s a strategy you can use to earn valuable sign-up bonuses on certain annual fee cards without paying the fee out-of-pocket.

Ways To Offset Credit Card Annual Fee

Get Big Travel With Valuable Sign-Up Bonuses on Certain Chase Ultimate Rewards Cards Without Paying an Annual Fee Out of Your Pocket

I’ll explain how you can offset annual fees with certain credit cards!

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Let IHG PointBreaks Inspire Your Travel

Million Mile Secrets team member Joseph is (likely) heading to Panama for his next trip.  I asked him to tell you how he decided upon his destination!

Joseph:   I always anticipate the new IHG PointBreaks hotel list every few months.  That’s because you can book hotels all over the world for just 5,000 IHG points a night.  And IHG points are easy to earn!

I was especially looking forward to this latest PointBreaks list, because it’s been a while since I’ve traveled.  I decided to let the PointBreaks list decide my next travel destination.

How To Book IHG PointBreaks Hotels

I Booked a One-Bedroom Suite in St. Robert, Missouri, Last Winter for 5,000 IHG Points

Sometimes it can be fun to chase great sales and promotions, and let the deals decide where you travel!

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He Gave His Parents a First Class Trip to Beijing, Hong Kong, & Singapore With Miles & Points!

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Ramy is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

He Gave His Parents A First Class Trip To Beijing Hong Kong Singapore With Miles Points

My Parents Enjoying Their Welcome Drink in Etihad First Class From Cairo to Abu Dhabi

A big thank you to Ramy for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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Do ALL Credit Inquiries Count Toward Chase’s 5/24 Limit?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Ryan, commented:

Does the Chase “5/24 rule” only apply to inquires for credit cards or also other loans as well?  I have 4 credit inquires in the past 24 months, including 1 loan and 3 credit cards.

Also, are there any free reliable tools to count credit inquiries?

Great questions, Ryan!

Only new credit card accounts count toward Chase’s “5/24” limit.  So if you’ve opened 5 or more new credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months, you will NOT be approved for most Chase cards.

The exception is certain small business cards, which do NOT appear on your personal credit report.

Additional credit inquiries for loans or declined card applications don’t count toward Chase’s 5/24 limit.  That said, all banks review your credit report.  And too many inquiries could impact your chances of getting approved for new cards.

Do ALL Credit Inquiries Count Toward This Banks Strict Card Limit

Understanding Chase Application Rules Can Help You Earn More Sign-Up Bonuses, Which Is the Fastest Way to Get Big Travel!

Because of the strict Chase application rules, I’ll explain why it’s best to get their cards first.  And remind y’all the easy way to check your 5/24 status.

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

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

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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How to Book Disney Trips With AMEX Membership Rewards Points

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 trips to Walt Disney World and Disneyland using AMEX Membership Rewards points.

Ken and Emily:  American Express Membership Rewards points are valuable because of their great flexibility.  And you can transfer them to 20 airline and hotel partners.

If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, getting the most out of these transfer partners can be the key to saving Big Money!

In most cases you’ll get more value from transferring AMEX Membership Rewards points to airline partners than to hotel partners.  You’ll want to keep this in mind to avoid using your AMEX Membership Rewards points now on a hotel stay if you could get much better value out of them in the future.

Disney World With American Express Membership Rewards Points

You Can Use Your AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin!

We’ll show you the best ways to visit Disney with American Express Membership Rewards points!

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