Category Archives: Inspiration

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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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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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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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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“Traveling Gives You New Perspective of Other Lifestyles, and a Greater Appreciation for What You Have Waiting for You at Home”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:   Travelling King

Samantha writes Travelling King to provide tips, suggestions and guides to help readers plan their travels.  You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Travelling King

Ben and Sam at Hobbiton in New Zealand

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Use Southwest Points to Save Money on a Family Trip to San Diego

Lyn writes about Southwest for her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has taken her family to many destinations around the US, flying nearly free on the airline.  I’ve asked her to share some tips on taking a family trip to San Diego, one of her family’s favorite places, on Southwest Airlines.

Lyn:   San Diego was our very first trip where we flew our entire family, including me, my husband and 2 school-age sons, completely on miles.  It was quite an achievement to take that first flight, knowing we paid next to nothing out of pocket!

Save Money On Family Trip To San Diego

San Diego Was Our First Family Trip Flown Entirely on Miles on Southwest

San Diego offers an array of outdoor and adventurous activities, as well plenty to entertain the kids!  I’ll share some of my favorite things to do.  And how to get there on the cheap.

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My Review of ReserveAmerica – The Online Camping & RV Reservation Site

Million Mile Secrets team member Jesse recently planned a trip to Napa Valley using ReserveAmerica, a site that helps you reserve camping spots in the US.  And we thought it could be a useful resource for some of our readers!

ReserveAmerica Review

ReserveAmerica Can Help You Book Camping Spots Across the US

So here’s a review of ReserveAmerica.  And how to use the site.

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“The Old Man and the Seats”

Million Mile Secrets team member Scott traveled to the Dominican Republic at a discount thanks to miles.  And he has a Father’s Day story to tell…

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.

The old man had taught the boy about baseball and the boy loved him.

The Old Man And The Seats

Feel Her Tropical Sun, Sink Your Toes in Her White Sand Beaches, Explore Her Fascinating Colonial Zone. And Consider Meeting an Old Man at a Game That’s Lived Over 100 Years in the Dominican Republic

I was that boy in America.  And the old man was my dad who was once a younger man.  And while traveling to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I met another old man who let me stay in his seats.

This Is a Love Story.  And Love Isn’t a Perfect Game

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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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