Category Archives: Hotel Award Booking

10 Best Cards to Earn Cash Back at Restaurants

Looking to earn the most cash back when you dine out?

There are lots of cards that include restaurants as a bonus spending category.

Keep in mind, some of the best cash back cards aren’t advertised as such.  Instead, you might earn points, which you can then redeem for cash back or a statement credit.

Best Cash Back Cards To Use At Restaurants 2017

Earning Bonus Cash Back at Restaurants With Certain Cards Means You Might Get Up to 5% of the Cost of the Meal Back!

I’ll share my picks for the best cash back cards to use at restaurants!

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6 Fantastic and Free 5-Day US Hotel Stays With Marriott’s 100,000-Point Bonus

With the increased offer on the Chase Marriott card, you can earn 100,000 Marriott points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

The great news is, that’s enough for 5+ free nights at a number of fantastic Marriott hotels in the US, in popular spots like Las Vegas, Denver, New Orleans, and more!

So you can start planning your next road trip.  Or take a getaway without flying too far from home!

Free Marriott Hotels In US With Points

Beautiful Denver, Colorado, Is an Excellent Spot for a Vacation. And You Can Stay in Downtown Denver for Free Using Your Marriott Points!

Let’s take a look at my list of wonderful Marriott hotels in the US!

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7 Wonderful and Free 5-Night European Hotel Stays With This 100,000-Point Bonus

Planning a trip to Europe?  Good news!  With the increased offer on the Chase Marriott card you can earn 100,000 Marriott points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

That’s enough for 5+ free nights at a number of great Marriott hotels in Europe, in popular destinations like Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and more!

Free Marriott Hotels In Europe With Points

If You’re Planning a European Getaway, You Could Use the Sign-Up Bonus From the Chase Marriott Card for 5+ Free Nights at Hotels in Many Popular European Cities. Including Brussels, Belgium!

Let’s take a look at my list of wonderful Marriott hotels in Europe.

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Do You Know the Difference Between Marriott Hotel Brands?

If you don’t know all 20 of Marriott’s hotel brands, you could be missing out on redeeming your points at some great hotels!

That’s because several brands, like Protea or Autograph Collection, don’t come with the Marriott name.  So some folks might see a hotel with an unfamiliar name, and miss a chance to redeem their points!

And now that the Chase Marriott card comes with 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, there’s even more reason to become familiar with Marriott’s hotel brands.

Marriott Hotel Brands

You Can Redeem Your Marriott Points for Great Stays at Fancy Ritz-Carlton Hotels

I’ll give you a quick summary for each of the Marriott hotel brands!

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Do IHG Cardholders Get Executive Lounge Access?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Jonathan, commented:

I received a postcard from IHG saying I can get Executive Lounge access because I have Platinum elite status with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card.  Is this true?

Great question, Jonathan!  Several folks on FlyerTalk received a similar mailer.

Unfortunately, after calling IHG, it seems this perk was mistakenly listed on the postcard.

Do IHG Cardholders Get Executive Lounge Access

Executive Lounge Access Is NOT a Perk of IHG Platinum Status. This Was a Mistake Listed on a Recent IHG Postcard

I’ll explain how you get executive lounge access at IHG hotels.  And remind y’all about the benefits of IHG Platinum status!

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This Family of 4 Got a 2-Week Adventure Across 6 European Countries With 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!

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

This Family Of 4 Got A 2 Week Adventure Across 6 European Countries With Miles Points

Our Family Loved Seeing the Swiss Alps From the Mountaintops

A big thank you to Julie 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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7 US Hotels Perfect for Food Tourism and Free With Limited-Time 100,000-Point Offer

As ya’ll know, I love to eat!  Whether it’s cheap, authentic Thai food in Queens or a memorable tasting menu in Rome at a 1-star Michelin restaurant.

If you enjoy dining out in different cities, you can do well with the limited-time Chase Marriott 100,000-point sign-up bonus.

Because you can redeem points for free stays in neighborhoods close to fantastic restaurants, including Austin, New York City, and Santa Monica!  And saving money on your hotel stay means you might want to splurge on a fancy meal!

Best US Food Cities 2017

Use Marriott Points to Stay Within a ~5 Minute Walk of Jean-Georges in New York City Where You Can Try This Decadent Tasting Menu Dessert

I’ll share how you can use Marriott points to stay in the best US food cities!

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Everything You Need to Know About Hilton’s 5th Night Free Perk!

Did you know there are ways to use Hilton points to make them 20% more valuable?

Through May 31, 2017, the AMEX Hilton cards have the highest sign-up bonuses ever!  So if you take advantage of those offers, it’s important to know how to best use Hilton points for Big Travel with Small Money!

One great way to extend your points is with Hilton’s 5th night free perk for folks with (super easy to earn!) Hilton elite status.

How To Get Free Nights At Hilton

You Can Book the Conrad Manila for 47,000 Hilton Points per Night. But It Will Cost Just 37,600 Hilton Points per Night When You Stay 5 Nights!

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this valuable perk!

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5 Travel Rewards Cards for College Students

Million Mile Secrets reader, Liz, commented:

After studying abroad last semester, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug.  Although I have a very good credit score, I’m a college student and don’t spend that much, which precludes me from going for cards with sign-up bonuses that require spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

I would like to get a card to start earning rewards for my purchases and develop a credit history.  But in keeping with the number one rule of paying off my balance each month, there doesn’t seem to be a card out there for me.

Ideally, I’m looking for a travel rewards card that offers a sign-up bonus requiring $1,000 in the first 90 days and has a waived annual fee for the first year, or none at all!  Is there a card that you’d recommend for me?

Welcome to the miles & points hobby, Liz!

I’m so glad to hear Liz is interested in earning rewards for travel.  Miles and points are one of the the best ways to travel cheaply.  They’ve given Emily and I the opportunity to visit amazing destinations around the world!

As a college student, it seems Liz has done her homework about the importance of developing a credit history and not carrying credit card balances!

Credit Cards College Students

There Are Lots of Great Rewards Credit Cards for College Students Looking to Get Started in the Miles & Points Hobby!

The good news is most banks offer credit cards with sign-up bonuses that have relatively small minimum spending requirements.  And these cards tend to waive the annual fee or have none at all.  So they’re great for students on a tight budget!

I’ll share tips for beginners in the miles & points hobby.  And 5 great rewards cards for beginners which have low minimum spending requirements!

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Blog Giveaway: 16,000 Marriott Points!

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Million Mile Secrets readers are the best!  To show our appreciation, we’re giving away 18,000 Marriott points!

Blog Giveaway 16000 Marriott Points

Use Marriott Points for a Stay in The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

I’ll show you how to enter!

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