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Cheap Way to Top-Off Your Alaska Airlines Account!

Here’s a good deal if you want a few more Alaska Airlines miles to top-off your account for an award.  Or if you’d otherwise pay cash for an expensive Business or First Class ticket.

Via Running With Miles, you’ll earn 50 Alaska Airlines miles per $1 for purchases you make through the Alaska Airlines shopping portal.

That works out to 2 cents per mile ($1 spent / 50 miles per $1).  Plus you’ll earn credit card miles, points, or cash back in addition to the 50 Alaska Airlines miles per $1.

Cheap Way To Top Off Your Alaska Airlines Account

You Can Use Alaska Airlines Miles for Award Flights to Asia on Partners Like Cathay Pacific

I’ll explain how the deal works!

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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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Save Money in Europe With a VAT Refund

If you plan to visit Emily’s shopping destinations or other countries in Europe, this tip can save you a LOT of money on big purchases!

When you buy clothing, jewelry, and other items in Europe, you pay an unnecessary tax called a Value Added Tax (VAT).  This tax is meant for citizens of Europe, but NOT visitors!

But there’s a way to get it refunded.  And possibly save you 15% or more on your purchases!

VAT Refund

Planning a Shopping Spree in Europe Like Emily?  You Could Save Money With a VAT Refund

I’ll tell you what you need to know about VAT refunds.  And show you how to get one next time you’re in Europe!

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New Cash Back Credit Card Arriving Next Week

If you’re a fan of cash back cards, here’s something you might be interested in!

Via Doctor of Credit, you’ll soon be able to apply for a new credit card from PayPal that earns 2% cash back everywhere.

However, there are drawbacks.  I’ll explain!

Paypal Extras 2 Cash Back Card

You’ll Earn Unlimited 2% Cash Back With the PayPal Extras MasterCard

I’ll give you the details of the PayPal Extras MasterCard!

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20,000 AMEX Points With a New Card That Won’t Show on Your Personal Credit Report!

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

Million Mile Secrets reader, Chanda, commented:

Can you get the The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express and earn the 20,000 point sign-up bonus if you already have the AMEX Blue for Business card?

Yes!  The no annual fee AMEX Blue Business Plus is considered a different card product from the old AMEX Blue for Business card (no longer available).

So you can earn 20,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements with the new card!

And AMEX small business cards do NOT show up on your personal credit report.  This means they won’t count against Chase’s card limit.

AMEX Blue Business Plus Approval

Earn 20,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points With the AMEX Blue Business Plus, Which Is Enough for a Round-Trip Delta Award Flight From Los Angeles to Seattle!

I’ll share why the AMEX Blue Business Plus offer might appeal to folks looking to boost their AMEX points balance!

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Avoid Overpaying for Admission at Amusement Parks This Summer With These Deals!

The official start of summer is just a couple of weeks away!  And some of y’all might be planning ahead for day trips or weekend getaways to amusement parks.

If you’re traveling as a family, admission costs can add up quickly!  But luckily there are lots of ways to save money on entrance fees at destinations like Legoland and Six Flags!

Theme Park Deals

Everything Is Awesome When You Save Money on Admission to Amusement Parks, Like Legoland!

I’ll share theme park deals to help you save on your summer adventures!

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Walk Your Way to More Travel Memories With This Free App

Whether you’re in your home city or traveling abroad, there’s a neat app that can help you plan a walking adventure.

Sidekix is a free navigation app that guides you to highly-rated attractions, like restaurants, bars, museums, parks, and more.  But it’s NOT just another app that directs you from Point A to Point B in the shortest amount of time.

Instead, Sidekix offers customizable routes.  For example, between your hotel and a museum, you can select a walking route to pass by the most popular restaurants or stores.

SideKix App Review

Foodies Can Use the Sidekix App to Navigate Along a Route With the Most Popular Restaurants

I’ll share my review of the Sidekix app.

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How to Establish a US Bank Relationship to Get Their New Travel Card

Million Mile Secrets reader, Mike, tweeted:

If I don’t currently have a relationship with US Bank, should I get the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card before applying for the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card?

Excellent question, Mike!

Lots of folks are excited about the new US Bank Altitude Reserve card.  Because the card’s sign-up bonus is worth $750 in travel.  And you get $325 in travel credit per cardmember year.

As reader Mike implied, you must have an existing US Bank relationship prior to submitting an application for the card.

But I would NOT recommend applying for any other new US Bank cards if your goal is to get the US Bank Altitude Reserve.  Because the bank is known to have strict application rules.

Establish US Bank Relationship

Stop! Instead of Applying for New Credit Cards, I’ll Share a Better Strategy for Establishing a US Bank Relationship

I’ll remind y’all about the new US Bank card offer.  And share tips to establish a US Bank relationship.

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Free Doughnuts in Select Cities This Summer If You Have These Cards!

Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day!

To celebrate, American Express and Delta are driving a doughnut truck around the US, filled with unique doughnuts inspired by Delta snacks like cookies, pretzels, and peanuts.  And they’re not stopping until August 12, 2017!

Free Doughnuts In Select Cities This Summer If You Have These Cards

Is There a Problem, Officer? Doughnut Truck = Increased Police Presence in These 9 US Cities 😉

I’ll tell you when and where you can find this traveling doughnut truck!

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New AMEX Offers: Omni Hotels,, Texas de Brazil, and More!

Via Running With Miles, there are new AMEX Offers that can help you save cash on purchases you might make anyway!

AMEX Offers are an easy way to save money.  To use these deals, just add the offers to your AMEX card.  Then you’ll earn a statement credit when you make a qualifying purchase.

New AMEX Offers Omni Hotels Texas De Brazil And More

Save on Incredible Omni Hotels & Resorts With This New AMEX Offer!

AMEX Offers are targeted, so you’ll need to sign-in to your American Express account to see which deals you qualify for.

Let’s look at these new offers!

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