Category Archives: Best Western

New Offer for 70,000 Best Western Points (But Should You Get It?)

There’s a new offer for the Best Western Rewards MasterCard for 70,000 Best Western points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

The card is NO longer issued by Barclays.  The new card issuer is First Bankcard, an offshoot of the First National Bank of Omaha.

New Offer For 70,000 Best Western Points But Should You Get It

You Can Earn up to 70,000 Best Western Points in the 1st 12 Billing Cycles. But Is It a Good Deal?

I’ll explain the details of the new offer.  And help you decide if it’s right for you!

Emily and I don’t earn a commission on this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

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Which Hotel Points Transfer to Airline Miles (But Is It a Good Idea?)

Million Mile Secrets reader, TB, commented:

 Hi Daraius,

There are some hotel and airline chains in which you can transfer points/miles to points/miles and vice versa for 1:1 or 1:2 or better ratio.

What site can I go to to know what hotel or airline accepts transferred points/miles from other hotels or airlines?

Thank you.

Great question!  You can NOT transfer airline miles from 1 airline to another.  And you can NOT transfer hotel points between hotel programs.  But it is possible to transfer hotel points to airline miles.

Let’s 1st look at transferring hotel points to airline miles.  And later we can take a look at transferring airline miles to hotel points.

Which Hotel Points Transfer To Airline Miles But Is It A Good Idea

You Can Transfer Hotel Points to Airline Miles. But Should You?

I’ll explain how to do it.  And if it’s ever a good idea to make the transfer!

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News You Can Use – $20 Back on AMEX Gift Cards, $25 Off Expedia, 6,000 Starwood Points, & More!

1.   $20 Back on $300 in AMEX Gift Cards at Staples

Via Frequent Miler, when you purchase $300 or more worth of AMEX gift cards at Staples you can get a $20 Staples gift card.  The deal ends June 13, 2015.

News You Can Use 20 Back On AMEX Gift Cards 25 Off At Expedia 6,000 Starwood Points More

You Can Save $20 on $300 or More in American Express Gift Cards

Remember to pay with a card that earns 5% cash back (or 5X points) at office supply stores:

  • AMEX SimplyCash – 5% cash back at US office supply stores
  • Chase Ink Bold (no longer available) – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores
  • Chase Ink Cash – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores
  • Chase Ink Plus – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores

If you buy 2 $200 AMEX gift cards, you’ll pay ~$414 ($400 in gift cards + ~$14 in activation fees).  Plus, you’ll get a $20 Staples gift card and ~$21 in cash back when you pay with a card like the AMEX SimplyCash which earns 5% back at US office supply stores (~$414 in gift cards X 5% cash back).

So you could potentially come out ahead ~$27 (~$41 back – $14 in activation fees).

But that’s only if you have a use for the $20 Staples gift card.  Staples sells everyday household items like paper towels, cleaning supplies, and printer paper.  And some folks like to sell their Staples gift card online.

AMEX gift cards do NOT have a PIN number, so you can’t use them to load your AMEX Bluebird, Serve, or Target Prepaid REDcard.

You can use AMEX gift cards like a credit card at most places.  Costco only accepts AMEX cards (until April 1, 2016) so you could use your gift card there or exchange it for cash with someone who has a Costco membership.

2.   $25 Off $100 at Expedia

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The Trick to Travel Flexibility: Transferable Points

One of the best tricks miles and points enthusiasts use is concentrating their efforts on collecting transferable points to use on award tickets, hotel stays, and more!

Instead of focusing on earning points in a specific frequent flyer or hotel guest program, folks who collect transferable points have many more options for how they use them!

That’s because you can choose to transfer your points to dozens of different programs.

The Trick To Travel Flexibility Transferable Points

The World Awaits: Transferable Points Give You Many More Options for Big Travel With Small Money

Let’s look at why transferable points are a great deal along with some of the best ways to use them!

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How to Decide Where to Stay in Hawaii Using Hotel Points

Update:  The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card offer in this post is no longer available, but check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

Million Mile Secrets reader Brian commented:

I’m totally new to miles.  My wife and I would like to go to Hawaii.  I have enough American Airlines miles to get us there, but need help with hotels.

Where should I start?  What’s a good chain or card to collect miles on for Hawaii?

Planning a trip to Hawaii is very exciting, Brian!  Congratulations on earning the American Airlines miles to get there!

How To Decide Where To Stay In Hawaii Using Hotel Points

Brian and His Wife Have Enough Airline Miles to Fly to Hawaii – but Where Should They Stay?

Let’s see what strategies Brian can use to get Big Hotels with Small Money in Hawaii!

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