Category Archives: Hotel Award Booking

Don’t Miss Out on These 5 Sign-Up Bonuses If You’re Close to the “5/24” Limit

Million Mile Secrets reader, Myles, tweeted:

I’ve opened 4 new cards in the past 24 months.  If I get the Chase Amazon Prime card, will it count toward Chase’s “5/24” card limit and keep me from getting other Chase cards in the future?

Unless Myles gets certain small business cards, new cards from ANY bank will count toward Chase’s card limit.

Because Myles is just shy of reaching 5 new cards in the past 24 months, he’ll want to choose his next card wisely!

If you’re in a similar situation, the best choice for a 5th card depends on which cards you already have and your travel goals!

Chase Card Limit

If You’re Close to Hitting Chase’s “5/24” Card Limit, You’ll Want to Plan a Careful Strategy for Choosing Your Next Cards

I’ll share 5 excellent travel credit cards for folks nearing Chase’s card limit!

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They Got $6,000 Business Class Flights to Europe for ~$184 Each!

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!

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

They Got 6000 Business Class Flights To Europe For 184 Each

Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

A big thank you to Austin 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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8 Reasons Why You Should Choose the AMEX Starwood Over the Chase Marriott Card

If you’re looking to earn the most points for free stays at Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels, you’ll want to consider the limited time AMEX Starwood offer.  It’s the biggest bonus I’ve seen for the personal and small business cards!

Remember, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood are now one company.  But the hotel chains still have separate co-branded credit cards.  And the current sign-up bonuses for each of the hotel cards are very different!

For example, the current AMEX Starwood card sign-up bonus is a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.  This can get you 3 free nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii.  But the sign-up bonus with the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card would only get you 2 free nights.

AMEX Starwood Versus Chase Marriott

You’ll Get the Most Big Travel at Marriott, Starwood, or Ritz-Carlton Hotels With the Limited Time AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonus. It Can Get You 3 Free Nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Hawaii

I’ll review the current AMEX and Marriott card offers and share 8 pros of the AMEX Starwood card.

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JetBlue Flash Sale! Domestic and International Flights for as Low as $20 One-Way

JetBlue is having a flash sale.  And if you want in on the action, you’ll have to book quickly!

You can fly from several US cities to both domestic and international locations starting at just $20 one-way in coach.  But the dates and routes are very restrictive.

I found flights from Washington, DC, to Orlando for just $30 one-way in coach.  These fares are valid for departure dates between February 25, 2017, and March 8, 2017.

JetBlue Flash Sale Domestic And International Flights For As Low As 20 One Way

Head to the Bahamas From Chilly Boston for Just $60 One-Way

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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Earn 8,000 Points (Enough for a Free Night) for Every 2 Stays at Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels has just released their Spring promotion.  And it’s a familiar one.

Between March 2, 2017, and April 27, 2017, you’ll earn 8,000 Choice points for every 2 stays you complete.  And there is NO cap on the amount of bonus points you can earn!

Choice Promotion Spring 2017

Choice Says You’ll Earn a “Free Night” After 2 Stays. But You Actually Just Earn Enough Points for a Free Night at a Lower-Category Hotel

I’ll give you the details of this deal.

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Sneak Peek: World of Hyatt Updates, New Program Launches Next Week

I shared the news that Hyatt would be re-vamping their loyalty program starting March 1, 2017.  And now they’ve shared more details about what the new program will look like.

As part of the new program, they’ve launched a website, “For a World of Understanding.”  And there will be a television spot during the Oscars this Sunday night.

Hyatt wants to deepen community engagement and provide new, hands-on experiences for guests.  I like that they’re introducing educational opportunities with a focus on understanding and empathy!

And they’ve kindly offered to gift Hyatt Globalist (top-tier elite) status to a Million Mile Secrets reader in April 2017!

World Of Hyatt

Changes Are Coming to Hyatt Next Week, and It’s Not Just About Points, Stays, and Elite Status

I’ll share the updates so you’ll know what to expect from Hyatt starting next month!

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7 Week-Long Vacations You Can Take With Starwood’s 35,000-Point Bonus

Using Starwood Cash & Points is a terrific way to stretch your points for longer award stays at Starwood hotels.

For example, you can use 35,000 Starwood points plus $525 for 7 nights at category 4 hotels like the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay in Hawaii!  Booking with Cash & Points will save you lots of money because a similar stay costs $1,800+ if you just pay cash.

And until April 5, 2017, you can earn enough points for a 7-night Cash & Points stay with the best-ever sign-up bonuses on both the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

Starwood Points 7 Day Stay

Use Cash & Points With the Limited-Time AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonus to Get a Week-Long Vacation at Hotels Like the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay in Hawaii!

I’ll show you 7 fantastic Starwood hotels you can book a week-long vacation using Cash & Points!

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More Details About Hilton’s New Flexible Redemption Option

I told you about the big changes coming to Hilton’s award program.  And now we know a little bit more!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can officially book Hilton hotels with the Points and Money option starting March 1, 2017.  So you’ll have more choices when you redeem your points!

Hilton Points And Money

Use the Slider to Choose How You Want to Split Your Payment Between Points and Money

I’ll show you what you can look forward to with this new addition!

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7 Best US Starwood Hotels to Book With Points

For a limited time, you can earn a total of 35,000 Starwood points on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards after meet tiered minimum spending requirements.

This is a great deal because you’ll have at least 40,000 Starwood points after meeting the spending requirement.  That’s enough points for multiple free nights at excellent US Starwood hotels.

For example, you could enjoy a weekend in downtown Nashville at one of Starwood’s newest hotels.  Or soak in the sun on the Big Island at a Million Mile Secrets reader’s favorite Hawaiian Starwood hotel.

Best US Starwood Hotels

From New York to San Francisco and Beyond, You Can Redeem Starwood Points to Stay at the Best US Starwood Hotels

I’ll share 7 of the best US Starwood hotels you can book using points from the limited time AMEX sign-up bonus.

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Vacation Longer! 7 Top Hotels Using Starwood’s “Cash & Points”

If you’re willing to forego a completely free vacation, you can get huge value from your Starwood points!

By using Starwood Cash & Points, you can save LOTS of money at incredible hotels around the world.  And now that the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express personal and small business cards come with a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements, you can stay even longer at these great hotels!

Best Uses Of Starwood Cash Points

Starwood Has Jaw-Dropping Hotels All Over! Like The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Dalian, China

I’ll give you ideas for where to use your Starwood points for extended “Cash & Points” stays.

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