Category Archives: Choice Privileges

National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 4 – Highlights of Zion & Bryce Canyon

If you’re planning a trip to Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks, you’ll want to read this post!

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan recently returned from a 2,500+ mile road trip through some of the top National Parks in the US.  I’ll let her tell you about it!

Meghan:  Thank you Daraius!  My husband and I love adventure, and with a new(ish!) baby in tow, we decided it would be a great idea to take a road trip to fantastic National Parks like Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

Brice Canyon Lodge

We Were Lucky to Have Great Weather During Our Time in Zion National Park. The Temperature in Mid-October Was Perfect for Hiking!

I’ll share the highlights of our trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon.  And tips for planning your own trip to these awesome destinations!

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Blog Giveaway: 7,000 Southwest Points!

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Thanks to everyone for supporting the blog!  To show our thanks, Emily and I are giving away 7,000 Southwest points.

Blog Giveaway 7000 Southwest Points

The Companion Pass Is Now Harder to Earn! Console Yourself by Entering This Contest to Win 7,000 Southwest Points

I’ll show you how to enter!

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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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The Big Travel Guide to AMEX Membership Rewards Points: Part 1 – Transfer Partners

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline and hotel partners when the time comes.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  This can mean a First Class adventure around-the-world, a family trip to Europe, or so many other options!

The AMEX Membership Rewards points program has 20 direct airline and hotel partners.  Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well!

AMEX Transfer Partners

With 20 Airline & Hotel Transfer Partners, There Are Plenty of Ways to Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for Big Travel! Including Flying British Airways Business Class!

I’ll tell you all about the AMEX transfer partners.  And what you should know before transferring AMEX Membership Rewards points to book award travel.

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Secret Way to Companion Pass With NOTHING More Than Card Sign-Ups

You’ve probably heard the Southwest Companion Pass will soon be harder to earn.

After March 31, 2017, you will no longer be able to earn the Companion Pass with hotel and car rental points transfers.  But there’s another easy way to qualify for this amazing travel perk!

It’s possible to earn the Southwest Companion Pass without putting any more than $4,000 in minimum spending on your cards (the amount necessary to earn 2 Southwest credit card sign-up bonuses).

Southwest Companion Pass Credit Cards

Take a Friend to Belize for Nearly Free With the Southwest Companion Pass by Following These Easy Steps

I’ll show you how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass with credit card sign-ups alone!

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Bad News for Southwest Companion Pass – Hotel Point Transfers No Longer Qualify

Update:   Southwest has changed their mind – for now!  Hotel point transfers to Southwest will count towards the Companion Pass through March 31, 2017.

Y’all know I’m a huge fan of the Southwest Companion Pass!  It’s still my favorite deal in travel.  But it’s just become a little harder to get.

Via View From the Wing, Southwest changed the terms for earning the Companion Pass today, January 1, 2017.  Without warning!

Effective immediately, points transfers from hotel and car rental loyalty programs will NOT count toward the Companion Pass.

Bad News For Southwest Companion Pass Hotel Point Transfers No Longer Qualify

The Southwest Companion Pass Is Still a Terrific Deal – but They Just Made It Trickier to Earn Qualifying Points

I’ll share the details, and show you how you can still easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

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15 Things You MUST Do With Your AMEX Business Platinum

I was excited to recently get The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN because of the limited time 100,000-point sign-up bonus and card perks like 50% points back on paid airfare.

But there are so many other benefits with the card like automatic elite status at certain hotel chains.  And concierge services that can help you with exclusive dining reservations and much more!

Plus, I also love the card earns flexible AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because there are many ways to redeem these for Big Travel!

Best Uses Of American Express Business Platinum

The AMEX Business Platinum Card Can Help Folks Get Big Travel! But The Card Has Lots of Other Perks You Can Use to Save Time and Money or Book Fantastic Experiences!

Here are 15 things you can do with the AMEX Business Platinum card!

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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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New Choice Hotels Promotion: Double Points for Paid Stays

Have an upcoming stay at a Choice Hotel?  You can earn double points for qualifying stays between December 15, 2016, and February 9, 2017, with Choice Hotels Winter Promotion.

Even if you don’t have a trip planned, it could be worth registering anyway.  Because it only takes a few minutes, and you never know when a travel opportunity might pop up! 🙂

Choice Hotels Winter Promotion

Earn Double Choice Points for Qualifying Stays With the Choice Hotels Winter Promotion

Let’s take a look at the offer.

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How Can I Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass?

Update:   After March 31, 2017, transferring hotel points to Southwest no longer counts towards the Companion Pass.  But here’s how to earn Companion Pass points when booking paid nights at hotels.

Million Mile Secrets reader, John, emailed:

I’d like to earn the Southwest Companion pass in early 2017 so it will be valid for ~2 years.  I currently have 200,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  Can I transfer the points to Starwood, then to Marriott so I can take advantage of the Hotel + Travel Package?

John knows Chase Ultimate Rewards points, when transferred straight to Southwest, do NOT count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.  But transferring hotel points to Southwest do count.

While you cannot transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Starwood, you can transfer them directly to other hotels, like Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott.

How Can I Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Earn The Southwest Companion Pass

If You Have the Southwest Companion Pass, You Can Take a Travel Buddy to Costa Rica for the Cost of Taxes & Fees!

I’ll show you which hotel points you can transfer to Southwest.  And if it’s a good idea!

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