Category Archives: Hotel Promotions

Best Use of 90,000 Starwood Points: Companion Pass, Airline Transfers, or Free Hotel Nights?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Grahme, commented:

I’m thinking of converting 90,000 Starwood points to Marriott points to book a Hotel + Air Package to get the Southwest Companion Pass and a 7-night Marriott hotel certificate.  Would you consider this a good use of Starwood points?

Converting Starwood points to Marriott points to get the Southwest Companion Pass by booking a Hotel + Air package can be an amazing deal worth $4,100+!  That’s one reason 2 Million Mile Secrets team members recently used Starwood points this way!

But Starwood points have other flexible redemption options that make them extremely valuable.  Like free hotel stays at Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton hotels.  Or the ability to transfer Starwood points to airlines, which could get you an amazing First Class ticket worth more than $9,000!

So the best use of Starwood points really depends on your travel goals.

Use 90000 Starwood Points

Using Starwood Points to Get the Companion Pass Means You and a Partner Can Visit Fantastic Southwest Destinations Like New York!

Remember, you only have until March 31, 2017 to redeem hotel points for the Companion Pass.

I’ll compare a few different ways you can use 90,000 Starwood points for Big Travel!

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New Club Carlson Promotion: Earn up to 100,000 Bonus Points

Will you cross paths with a Club Carlson hotel in your upcoming travel?  If so, this new promotion is worth a look!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can earn up to 100,000 bonus Club Carlson points for stays through March 31, 2017.  But there’s an unusal twist.

Before you stay, you’ll have to choose the bonus you want to earn based on the number of stays you think you’ll have in the promotion period.

New Club Carlson Promotion Earn Up To 100000 Bonus Points

Stay at the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel in Iceland for 70,000 Club Carlson Points

I’ll explain this new promotion, and help you decide if it’s worth your effort!

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Do You Know These Secret Ways To Book Cathay Pacific Award Flights?

Update:   Cathay Pacific has extended the transfer bonus until February 28, 2017!

In this post, Million Mile Secrets contributor Andy digs into the limited-time 30% transfer bonus from hotel points to Cathay Pacific!

Andy:   I explained how Cathay Pacific’s great redemption scheme and liberal routing rules allow folks to see more places on the same ticket.  And until December 31, 2016, you can get a 30% Asia Miles bonus for transferring your hotel points.

Specifically, folks with Starwood points can do very well!  Because you can transfer Starwood points to Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) at a good ratio.

Do You Know These Secret Ways To Book Cathay Pacific Award Flights

Cathay Pacific Has Great Options for Seeing Multiple Places on the Same Award Ticket

Many folks have complained about how hard it is to redeem a Cathay Pacific award.  So Million Mile Secrets contributor Andy set out on a mission to find out if Cathay Pacific deserves this reputation.

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Earn Double Points With New Marriott, Starwood Promotions

With the Marriott – Starwood merger well underway, it’s not a surprise that both hotel chains have announced similar promotions for stays in early 2017.

With Marriott’s new MegaBonus promotion, you’ll earn 2X Marriott points on your first 3 stays at Marriott hotels (including Ritz-Carlton).  Travel dates are from January 16, 2017, to April 15, 2017.

And Starwood has launched its Double Take promotion, where you’ll earn 2X Starwood points on your first 3 stays, with the same travel dates.

Plus, you can earn additional bonus points with targeted offers.  I’ll explain!

Earn Double Points With New Marriott Starwood Promotions

Earn 2X Points on Your First 3 Marriott or Starwood Stays With These New Bonus Promotions

I’ll show you how to register for each promotion, and help you decide if it’s worth moving paid stays to Marriott and Starwood.

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Is FoundersCard a Good Deal for Elite Status & Travel Discounts?

FoundersCard is a members-only discount card aimed at entrepreneurs.  But many of the perks and discounts will appeal to frequent travelers, too!

With membership, you get elite status with certain airlines, hotel chains, and car rental companies, discounts on airfare and hotel stays, and several other money-saving benefits.  There’s a hefty annual fee of $395 to join, plus a one-time initiation fee of $95.

FoundersCard Review

Is FoundersCard Worth Its $395 Annual Membership Fee? It Can Be If You Make Use of the Many Perks!

I don’t have FoundersCard.  But Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan does.  And he’ll show you how the discounts can save you money.  And share a FoundersCard review to help you decide if it’s worth it for you!

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Chase Luxury Hotels vs AMEX Fine Hotels

American Express and Chase each offer separate programs for booking paid stays at luxury hotels at more than 900 hotels, resorts, lodges, and spas throughout the world.

When you book a stay through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts or Chase Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, you can find competitive rates and enjoy extra perks like late check-out, room upgrades, and free breakfast.  But you’ll always want to shop around before booking to make sure you get the best deal!

The programs are only available for folks with certain credit cards from each bank.

Chase Luxury Hotels Vs AMEX Fine Hotels

Use AMEX Fine Hotels or Chase Luxury Hotels to Book Stays at Hotels Like the Wynn in Las Vegas and Enjoy Perks Like Free Breakfast for 2 and a $100 Resort Credit!

I’ll compare both of these hotel programs!

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My Adventures Exploring Queens in New York City: Part 5 – SPG Moments at the US Open

I always have a great time when I visit New York.  And usually focus on Manhattan, like most tourists.  But this time, I decided to spend more time in Queens.

I was invited to attend the US Open tournament in a center court suite.  This was the same experience offered on SPG Moments!

It was a fun way to close out my adventures in Queens.  Especially because I got to watch some great matches!

SPG Moments US Open

This Could Be You! SPG Moments Can Be Your Ticket to Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences, Like the US Open Tournament Held in New York Each Year

I’ll share my experience.  And how you can use Starwood points for fun events like this one!

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Free Miles, Points, Coffee, and Pizza! Easy Deals With Air Canada, Starbucks, Papa John’s, and More!

Here are a handful of quick deals that are easy to do in your free time!

If you have a few extra minutes, you can earn 150 Air Canada Aeroplan miles, 1,000 Club Carlson points, or 1,000 IHG points by completing simple online tasks, like filling out a survey, or entering a promotion code.

And when you pay with Visa Checkout, you can get an extra $10 when you load $10+ to your Starbucks account, or a free large one-topping pizza from Papa John’s when you buy a pizza.

Free Miles Points Coffee And Pizza Easy Deals With Air Canada Starbucks Papa Johns And More

Use These Deals to Reset the Expiration Time for Points You Don’t Use Often

I’ll show you how to get your free miles, points, and food!

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IHG Cyber Monday Deals Live Until Friday (Buy Points at a Big Discount!)

If you missed the Cyber Monday festivities, there’s still time to get some nice deals!

IHG is running Cyber Monday deals through Friday, December 2, 2016, at 8:00 pm Eastern time.  You can book lots of hotels at discounts of up to 30%.  You can also book discounted Points & Cash rates!

4 Top Hotels In Mexico The Caribbean And South America Where You Can Stay 3 Nights With Ritz Carlton Card Bonus

Stay in San Juan at a Discount With IHG Cyber Monday Week Sales!

I’ll show you some of the deals still available, and how to maximize them!

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Last Chance for Highest-Ever Offers on AMEX Hilton Cards!

If you want to boost your Hilton points balance with a great sign-up bonus, act fast!

Best-ever limited-time offers for the AMEX Hilton cards are set to expire on November 30, 2016.  

You can earn 75,000 Hilton points with the Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express or 100,000 Hilton points with the Hilton HHonors™ Surpass® Card from American Express, after meeting minimum spending requirements.


Use Hilton Points to Stay at the All-Inclusive Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort in Mexico!  Earn More Points With AMEX Hilton Cards Through November 30, 2016

Emily and I don’t earn a commission from these cards.  But we’ll always let you know about the best deals!

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