Category Archives: Marriott

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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National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 3 – Highlights of Death Valley & Red Rock Canyon

Considering a trip to Death Valley National Park or Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas?

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. 😉

Death Valley Lodging

Overlooking Las Vegas From Atop Red Rock Canyon

I’ll share the highlights of our trip to Death Valley and Red Rock Canyon.  And tips for planning your own trip to these fantastic spots!

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Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Points per Night at These Marriott Hotels

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you can earn up to 3,000 Marriott points per night at 21 US Marriott hotels, through March 5, 2017.  Including Marriott hotels in cities like San Diego, Houston, and Wilmington, North Carolina.

Registration isn’t required, but the number of bonus Marriott points you’ll earn depends on the hotel.

So check the list of participating Marriott hotels to see if one fits your upcoming travel plans!

Earn Up To 3000 Bonus Points Per Night At These Marriott Hotels

Headed to Houston? You Can Earn 2,000 Bonus Marriott Points per Night for Stays at the Courtyard Houston I-10 West / Energy Corridor Through March 5, 2017

Here’s more about this offer and whether it could make sense for you.

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When Can You Transfer the Freedom Unlimited Sign-Up Bonus to Chase Travel Partners?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Prabha, sent an question via email:

With the Chase Freedom Unlimited card, when can I transfer the sign-up bonus of 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline partners like United Airlines instead of redeeming for $150 cash back?

Great question, Prabha!

Earning transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards points is the trick to travel flexibility!  And often times, you can get more value for your points by transferring to airline and hotel partners instead of redeeming for cash back.

But to transfer Chase points to travel partners from no annual fee cards like the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited, you’ll need to have another eligible Chase card, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Otherwise, the points you earn with the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.

Transferable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Sign-Up Bonus With the Freedom Unlimited Can Be Worth More When You Have a 2nd Chase Ultimate Rewards Card! For Example, You Can Get a Free Night at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara Hotel, Which Can Cost $200+!

I’ll explain when Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to airline and hotels partners for Big Travel!

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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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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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Chase Ritz-Carlton Sign-Up Bonus Decreasing!

Have you been intending to apply for the Chase Ritz-Carlton card?  If so, you’ll want to apply soon!

Via Reddit, it looks like Chase is reducing the Chase Ritz-Carlton sign-up bonus from 3 free nights at participating Ritz-Carlton hotels to just 2 free nights after meeting minimum spending requirements.

The public link for the offer already reflects the reduced sign-up bonus.  But there’s still a link that offers 3 free nights after meeting minimum spending requirements.

This card is NOT affected by the Chase “5/24 rule”, so even if you’ve applied for 5+ cards from any bank (excluding certain business cards) in the past 24 months, you can be approved.

We don’t earn a commission for this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

Chase Ritz Carlton Sign Up Bonus Decreasing

Stay 3 Free Nights at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Along the Coast in Maui, Where Rooms Sell for ~$650 Per Night!

Here’s what you’ll get from this card!

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“I Want to Help My Readers Live a Happier Life – Enjoying Experiences Rather Than Things”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Zen Life and Travel

Katie writes Zen Life and Travel to share the perks and benefits of collecting credit card points, airline miles, hotel points, elite status, and more.  You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Zen Life And Travel

Having Fun at St. Pete Beach, Florida

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Keep Your Marriott Perks: Buy Back Your 2016 Status With Points

If you had Marriott Elite status last year, but didn’t earn it for 2017, you can spend points to extend your status an extra year!

Via View From the Wing, Marriott’s yearly offer to buy back your elite status has returned.  Until March 31, 2017, you can use points to keep your elite status in 2017.  But it might not be a good deal for you!

Keep Your Marriott Perks Buy Back Your 2016 Status With Points

Having a Hard Time Giving Up Your Elite Status? Buy It Back With Points!

I’ll help you decide if this is a good deal for your situation.

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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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