Category Archives: Hotel Award Booking

Best Cards to Use at Amazon in 2017

If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.

If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.

And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Amazon

Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon

I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!

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7 Fun Travel Goals Once You Have the Starwood Card

Starwood points are some of my favorite points to collect because I can usually get incredible value when I redeem them.  And they’re extremely versatile!

You can do so many things with Starwood points, from booking free flights to reserving free hotels to earning backstage passes at concerts.

How To Use Starwood Points

You Can Use Starwood Points at Excellent Hotels, Like the Le Meridien Tahiti. But There Are Lots of Other Things You Can Do, Too!

I’ll give you some fun ideas for spending your Starwood points!

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Cheap Flights! US and International Routes Starting at Just $39

JetBlue and Southwest are offering very good sales right now!

You can fly to lots of destinations in the US, Caribbean, and Mexico starting at just $39 one-way in coach.  I found flights from New York to Washington, DC, for $52 one-way in coach on April 11, 2017.

Southwest JetBlue Fare Sale

It’s Officially Spring! So You’ll Need to Find Another Excuse to Get Away Besides the Frigid Winter Conditions 😉

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

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5 Top Hotels in Caribbean & Mexico to Book With Starwood Points

Looking for a spectacular hotel to book a tropical getaway?

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn a total of 35,000 Starwood points with the sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.  These are the highest offers I’ve seen for both cards!

You can use these valuable points for fantastic stays at excellent Starwood hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean, like The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa.

Starwood Points For Hotels In The Caribbean

Points From the AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonus and Minimum Spending Requirement Can Get You 2 Nights in a Highly Rated Hotel in Beautiful Grand Cayman!

I’ll share 5 top Starwood hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico you can book with points!

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Should You Keep the Southwest Card AND This Flexible Travel Card?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Susan, commented:

Is there a benefit to having both the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve?  Our travel plans do not include any Southwest flights for the next 18 months.

Great question, Susan!

The only major perk you’ll give up by getting rid of the Chase Southwest card is the annual Southwest points bonus you receive on your card anniversary.

The 6,000 bonus Southwest points offset the card’s annual fee, which for some folks is a reason to keep the card open.

But you’ll earn more flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points and get better bonus spending categories with the Sapphire Reserve.  And you’ll still have the option to transfer points to Southwest to book an award flight.

Should You Keep The Southwest Card AND This Flexible Travel Card

Everyone Gets 2 Free Checked Bags With Southwest.  So the Only Major Perk of Having the Southwest Card Is the Anniversary Points Bonus

I’ll explain what else you should consider if you’re thinking of cancelling the Chase Southwest card.

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Can Company Employees Apply for Their Own Small Business Cards?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Rachel, sent us this message on Facebook:

Can I get a small business credit card to use for expenses at my job?  I have some travel for work coming up and I think I could meet the minimum spending requirement for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  I already have the personal version.

Great question, Rachel!

It’s unlikely you’ll qualify for your own small business card and earn a sign-up bonus as an employee of a company.  Unless you’re an independent contractor and receive a 1099 tax form.

Banks will only extend credit to you for a business card if you’re an owner of a for-profit company.  Employees can only become an authorized user on a business credit card account.

That said, it’s possible to get a small business card with just your Social Security Number if you’re an Airbnb host, Uber driver, sell on eBay, or with many other side activities!

Qualify For A Small Business Card

As a Traditional Employee, It’s Unlikely You’ll Qualify for a Small Business Card

I’ll explain who can qualify for a small business card!

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A 19-Day Trip to Taiwan & Thailand in Business Class, With the Help of Miles & Points

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!

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

A 19 Day Trip To Taiwan Thailand In Business Class With The Help Of Miles Points

First Class Seats on Thai Airways

A big thank you to Carla for sharing her story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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What Are the Best Current Credit Card Deals?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bansi, emailed:

Which credit cards currently have the best deals?  We are making a few large purchases for our home.

There are several cards offering terrific sign-up bonuses, including a few best-ever offers that are only available for a limited time.

Top Travel Card Sign Up Bonuses

One of the Top Credit Card Deals Is the Best-Ever Offer for the AMEX Starwood Card!  But It’s Only Available for a Limited Time!

I’ll share top travel cards with excellent sign-up bonuses!

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Won’t Last! Deep Discount Tickets to Europe

Via Miles to Memories, you can get up to 20% off tickets to Europe with Norwegian Air’s St. Patrick’s Day fare sale!

I found a flight from Newburg, New York to Bergen, Norway departing September 21, 2017, and returning September 25, 2017, for ~$273.

The valid travel dates for these sale fares vary, depending on which European city you’re flying to.  For example, for tickets to Ireland and Scotland, you can get up to 20% off flights between April 18, 2017, and October 28, 2017. 

Norwegian Air Sale

Save Big on Your Trip Across the Pond With Norwegian’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale

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

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Good for Companion Pass: Buy Choice Hotel Points With Up to a 40% Bonus

Need more Choice hotel points?  Good news!  Through April 20, 2017, you can get up to a 40% bonus when you buy Choice hotel points.

If you’re trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, need to top-off your Choice account, or have a specific stay in mind, this deal could be worth it!

Choice Hotels Buy Points Promotion

You Can Use Choice Hotel Points to Save Money in Popular Destinations Like Venice, Italy!

I’ll share the details of the offer.  And help you decide whether buying Choice hotel points with this deal makes sense for you.

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