Category Archives: Hotel Award Booking

7 Phenomenal US Food Cities to Sample With Hilton’s Best-Ever Limited-Time Offer

Two things I love most are eating and saving money.  And thanks to miles & points, I can do both at the same time!

I’ll show you how to stay for free at hotels in 7 US cities known for great street food, 5-star restaurants, and world-famous food festivals!  So you’ll have more money to spend on your taste buds!

I’ve been researching Hilton hotels, because for a limited time, the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express comes with 100,000 Hilton points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.  That’s the highest bonus ever!

Stand in Line for Hours at Franklin’s Barbecue in Austin.  It’s Part of the Experience!

I’ll give food enthusiasts ideas for how to use Hilton points to accomplish their delicious goals!

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Stay Free at These 7 Secretly Fantastic European Cities With 100,000-Point Hilton Bonus

Until May 31, 2017, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express have increased sign-up bonuses.  So you might be looking for ideas about how to use Hilton points.

To spark your imagination, I made a list of Hilton hotels in 7 often-overlooked (but fantastic!) European cities where you can stay for free with the sign-up bonuses from these cards.

Underrated European Cities To Visit

The City of Budapest, Hungary, Sits on the Banks of the Danube River

Let’s take a look at my list of Marriott hotels in 7 underrated European cities.

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 2 – Flights and Hotel

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold out months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 2 Flights And Hotel

If You’re an AMEX Platinum Cardholder, You Could Buy Hard-to-Get Hamilton Tickets and Only Pay Face Value

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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2 Nights of Absolute Luxury From 1 Card Bonus!

Want to splurge for a special occasion and spend a couple of nights at luxury hotel?  You can with the limited-time offer on the Chase Marriott Premier card for 100,000 Marriott points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

So I’ve put together a list of 7 amazing Category 9 Marriott hotels around the world.  Using 100,000 Marriott points or 35,000 Starwood points, you can get 2 free nights in spots like Rome, Paris, Hawaii, and more! 

Free Luxury Hotels With Points

100,000 Marriott Points Is More Than Enough for 2 Free Nights at the Stunning Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Waimea, Hawaii

Let’s take a look at my list of luxurious Marriott hotels that would be perfect for your next big getaway.

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“Buy” IHG Points for the Lowest Price Ever and Save on IHG Stays!

Great news for folks looking for more IHG points or discounted IHG hotel stays!  With IHG’s Sunshine Sale, you can save up to 30% at certain hotels, save 20% on points & cash bookings, or earn more bonus points for paid nights.

I’m most excited about the ability to get a 20% discount on the cash portion of a Cash & Points booking, because you can use this discount to “buy” points at the cheapest price ever!

IHG Sale Spring 2017

With IHG’s Latest Promotion, You Can Save Up to 30% Off Stays at Hotels Like the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber in Honolulu, Hawaii!

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide whether it’s worth it!

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 1 – Introduction and Planning

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 1 Introduction And Planning

If You Want to See Hamilton – An American Musical, You’ll Normally Wait Months and Spend a LOT of Money

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Should You Use the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Card for Hyatt Stays?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Sudeep, tweeted:

Which card is better to use for an upcoming stay at a Hyatt hotel?  The Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Visa?

Thanks for the question!  Both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Hyatt Visa earn 3 points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels.

So it depends on what type of points you want to earn.  However, I’d recommend paying with the Chase Sapphire Reserve if you have both cards!

Chase Sapphire Reserve Or Chase Hyatt Card For Hyatt Stays

Should Sudeep Use His Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Card to Pay for a Hyatt Stay, Like the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa? Both Are Great Options If You Want to Earn Hyatt Points

I’ll explain why!

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Don’t Let Your Hotel Card’s Free Anniversary Night Go to Waste!

Million Mile Secrets reader, W, commented:

Is there an expiration date for the free weekend anniversary night you get with the limited-time AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass offer?

The free weekend night you earn with the current Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express offer must be redeemed for stays within 12 months after the date it’s issued.

This expiration policy is similar for other hotel cards with a free anniversary night, like the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and Chase Hyatt.

So to make the most of the free night benefit, it’s important to book a stay before it expires.  Otherwise, you’ll miss out on an opportunity to save money!

Hotel Card Free Night Expiration

You Have 12 Months to Redeem the AMEX Hilton Surpass Free Weekend Night for a Stay at Hotels Like the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

I’ll share some tips for using your card’s free anniversary night!

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Does This Trick Reset the Expiration Date for Your Hotel Points?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Kris, commented:

My hotel points expire in April 2017.  If I use them to book an award stay for February 2018, can I cancel the stay in January 2018 and get the points back?

Points in most hotel loyalty programs expire after 12 to 24 months of no earning or redemption activity.  Although there are a few exceptions.

But reader Kris suggested a way to keep hotel points from expiring that works with some hotel chains.  But I’d caution folks to read the cancellation policy before using this trick.  Because you don’t want to risk losing your points!

Hotel Points Expiration

The Best Way to Keep Points From Expiring Is by Booking Award Stays at Hotels Like the Hyatt Centric Chicago!

I’ll explain which chains work to use the book and cancel trick.  And remind y’all some easy ways you can generate activity in your hotel loyalty account to keep points alive!

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Complete List of New IHG PointBreaks Hotels: Book Starting Monday!

Yesterday I showed you a few hotels you can expect to see on IHG’s latest PointBreaks list.

Now, IHG has released the full hotel list!  You’ll pay just 5,000 IHG points per night at over 100 IHG hotels worldwide.  You can book starting Monday, April 24, 2017, for stays through July 31, 2017.

IHG PointBreaks April To July 2017

Stay at the Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach for 5,000 IHG Points per Night and Make It Your Home Base for Exploring Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands

I’ll give you the full list!  And remind you of ways to save even more booking PointBreaks hotels.

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