Category Archives: Travel Tips

Readers Share the Creative Ways They’d Like to Use IHG Points

We love hearing from y’all about your future travel plans and how you like using miles & points.  So I enjoyed reading your comments from our recent IHG points giveaway!

We received tons of entries, and love your enthusiasm!

IHG Experiences

Lots of Readers Want to Be Able to Use Their Points for a Hot Air Balloon Ride

The contest is closed now.  But here are the kinds of experiences Million Mile Secrets readers would use IHG points for!

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How to Stay in Tokyo for Free: Part 3 – Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review

Emily:   Have you always wanted to visit Japan?  You can get there for a fraction of the cost with a few credit card sign-up bonuses!

My boyfriend and I recently flew from Austin to Japan for ~$200 round trip in Business Class.  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country with LOTS to see and do, from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples to hot springs.  I loved Tokyo for its energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review

Tokyo Is a Vibrant City With Endless Amounts of Things to See and Do!

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!  In this series, I’ll go into detail about where I stayed in Tokyo, what to do, and some of my favorite restaurants, and show you how you can do it, too!

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Back for a Limited Time! Save $400 on Business Class Flights

One of the best deals for buying Business Class tickets has returned!  But only for a very limited time.

Via View From the Wing, you can once again use the British Airways AARP discount to save $400 on round-trip Business Class and First Class flights!  You’ll have to book by June 29, 2017, for outbound travel August 1, 2017, through January 8, 2018.

Back For A Limited Time Save 400 On Business Class Flights

This Deal Can Help Turn a Business Class Fare That Costs Thousands in to Hundreds

I’ll remind you about this amazing deal!

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New Promotion: Save Hundreds After Just 2 Hotel Stays!

Via Deals We Like, Club Carlson is having an excellent promotion!

When you complete 2 Club Carlson stays, you’ll earn either a free Friday night certificate or 10,000 bonus Club Carlson points.  And you can earn the bonus 3 times!

New Promotion Save Hundreds After Just 2 Hotel Stays

Club Carlson Includes Radisson Blu Hotels, Like the Funky Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago!

I’ll give you the details of this deal.

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Get Big Travel With These 5 Barclaycard Credit Cards!

For folks looking to get Big Travel with Small Money, there are several Barclaycard credit cards that offer excellent sign-up bonuses and perks.

But Barclaycard is known to be strict with the number of cards they’ll approve you for.  Typically, you won’t get approved for more than 1 or 2 cards per year.

So you’ll want to choose the best offers that help achieve your travel goals!

Best Barclaycard Offers 2017

Use Valuable Miles With a Certain Barclaycard Credit Card to Offset the Cost of Airbnb Stays, Like the Cozy Apartment I Booked in New York City!

I’ll share my picks for the top 5 Barclaycard card offers!

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Limited Time: Buy Airline Miles With a 50% Bonus

Via One Mile at a Time, British Airways is having a sale on points!

You can get a 50% bonus when you buy British Airways Avios points through June 30, 2017.  And you don’t have to buy a minimum amount of points to activate the bonus!

Limited Time Buy Airline Miles With A 50 Bonus

British Airways Avios Points Are Extra Useful Outside the US, Where You Can Book Flights Under 650 Miles for Just 4,500 Points

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal.

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How to Stay in Tokyo for Free: Part 2 – Our $200 Business Class Flights to Japan

Emily:   Have you always wanted to visit Japan?  You can get there for a fraction of the cost with a few credit card sign-up bonuses!

My boyfriend and I recently flew from Austin to Japan for ~$200 round trip in Business Class.  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country with LOTS to see and do, from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples to hot springs.  I loved Tokyo for its energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 2 Our 200 Business Class Flights To Japan

Aboard the Final Plane Before Our Japan Adventure!  I Loved Business Class, but Was SO Excited to Arrive in Okinawa

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Fly One-Way to Europe From Several US Cities for ~$90+!

If you haven’t made summer vacation plans yet, WOW Air has a terrific sale to cities in Europe, like Dublin, London, Frankfurt, and more!

Via Frequent Miler, flights from Chicago start at ~$90 one-way.  And from Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco, fares start at ~$100 one-way.

Seats are limited and return flights are more expensive.  But this could be a good opportunity to fly to Europe cheaply, and use miles and points for the trip home!

Fly One Way To Europe From Several US Cities For 90

Visit Ireland This Summer With One-Way Flights on WOW Air Starting at ~$90

I’ll explain how to book it!

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How to Stay in Tokyo for Free: Part 1 – Introduction & Planning

Emily:   Have you always wanted to visit Japan?  You can get there for a fraction of the cost with a few credit card sign-up bonuses!

My boyfriend and I recently flew from Austin to Japan for ~$200 round trip in Business Class.  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country with LOTS to see and do, from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples to hot springs.  I loved Tokyo for its energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants. 

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 1 Introduction Planning

The Tokyo Skyline Is Busy and Beautiful

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!  In this series, I’ll go into detail about where I stayed in Tokyo, what to do, and some of my favorite restaurants, and show you how you can do it, too!

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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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