Category Archives: Hotels

Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 1 – Introduction and Planning

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 1 Introduction And Planning

If You Want to See Hamilton – An American Musical, You’ll Normally Wait Months and Spend a LOT of Money

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Should You Use the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Card for Hyatt Stays?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Sudeep, tweeted:

Which card is better to use for an upcoming stay at a Hyatt hotel?  The Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Visa?

Thanks for the question!  Both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Hyatt Visa earn 3 points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels.

So it depends on what type of points you want to earn.  However, I’d recommend paying with the Chase Sapphire Reserve if you have both cards!

Chase Sapphire Reserve Or Chase Hyatt Card For Hyatt Stays

Should Sudeep Use His Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Hyatt Card to Pay for a Hyatt Stay, Like the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa? Both Are Great Options If You Want to Earn Hyatt Points

I’ll explain why!

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Don’t Let Your Hotel Card’s Free Anniversary Night Go to Waste!

Million Mile Secrets reader, W, commented:

Is there an expiration date for the free weekend anniversary night you get with the limited-time AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass offer?

The free weekend night you earn with the current Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express offer must be redeemed for stays within 12 months after the date it’s issued.

This expiration policy is similar for other hotel cards with a free anniversary night, like the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and Chase Hyatt.

So to make the most of the free night benefit, it’s important to book a stay before it expires.  Otherwise, you’ll miss out on an opportunity to save money!

Hotel Card Free Night Expiration

You Have 12 Months to Redeem the AMEX Hilton Surpass Free Weekend Night for a Stay at Hotels Like the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

I’ll share some tips for using your card’s free anniversary night!

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A Surprise Solo Trip to 6 Continents, Made Possible 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!

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

A Surprise Solo Trip To 6 Continents Made Possible With Miles Points

At Machu Picchu

A big thank you to Satish for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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Does This Trick Reset the Expiration Date for Your Hotel Points?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Kris, commented:

My hotel points expire in April 2017.  If I use them to book an award stay for February 2018, can I cancel the stay in January 2018 and get the points back?

Points in most hotel loyalty programs expire after 12 to 24 months of no earning or redemption activity.  Although there are a few exceptions.

But reader Kris suggested a way to keep hotel points from expiring that works with some hotel chains.  But I’d caution folks to read the cancellation policy before using this trick.  Because you don’t want to risk losing your points!

Hotel Points Expiration

The Best Way to Keep Points From Expiring Is by Booking Award Stays at Hotels Like the Hyatt Centric Chicago!

I’ll explain which chains work to use the book and cancel trick.  And remind y’all some easy ways you can generate activity in your hotel loyalty account to keep points alive!

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Blog Giveaway: Hyatt Globalist Elite Status!

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Emily and I are very thankful for our readers!  So this week, we’re giving away Hyatt Globalist elite status!

Blog Giveaway Hyatt Globalist Elite Status

You Can Save Money and Get Excellent Perks With Hyatt Globalist Elite Status, Including Free Breakfast at Hotels. That Will Save You and a Partner $70 per Day at the Park Hyatt Maldives

I’ll show you how to enter!

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Complete List of New IHG PointBreaks Hotels: Book Starting Monday!

Yesterday I showed you a few hotels you can expect to see on IHG’s latest PointBreaks list.

Now, IHG has released the full hotel list!  You’ll pay just 5,000 IHG points per night at over 100 IHG hotels worldwide.  You can book starting Monday, April 24, 2017, for stays through July 31, 2017.

IHG PointBreaks April To July 2017

Stay at the Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach for 5,000 IHG Points per Night and Make It Your Home Base for Exploring Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands

I’ll give you the full list!  And remind you of ways to save even more booking PointBreaks hotels.

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Sneak Peek: IHG PointBreaks Hotels for 5,000 Points!

The new IHG PointBreaks list will be released tomorrow, April 21, 2017, at 12:00 pm Eastern Time!

Every 3 months, IHG runs a promotion called PointBreaks, where they offer certain hotels worldwide for just 5,000 IHG points per night.  And you’ll be able to book this new list on April 24, 2017 (Monday).

IHG PointBreaks April 2017

Stay at the Beautiful HUALUXE Nanchang High-Tech Zone in China for Just 5,000 IHG Points!

Here’s a sneak peek at the list of upcoming PointBreaks hotels!

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Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free at Disney to Save Big Money!

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at Mousehacking.com.  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking Walt Disney World resorts with the Citi Prestige card to get the 4th night free benefit!

Ken and Emily:  You can book Walt Disney World stays with Starwood points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, but some folks choose to save their points for other trips and instead put their Disney stay on a credit card.

For the 3 stays we’ve booked at Walt Disney World in the past year, we’ve used the Citi Prestige.  When you book a hotel stay of 4+ nights through the Citi Prestige Concierge, you’ll get a statement credit for the 4th night.  However, starting July 23, 2017, the 4th night free credit will be based on the average nightly cost of your stay, excluding taxes.

This a great perk, and a terrific way to save money on Walt Disney World resort stays.  We saved $1,165 on a split stay between Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club on a recent trip to Disney from this benefit alone!

Disney World Hotel Discounts 2017

A Free Night at Walt Disney World Means More Magical Views for Less!

Let’s see how to book Walt Disney World resorts using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit.

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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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