Category Archives: Ritz-Carlton

Fantastic 100,000-Point Marriott Sign-Up Bonus!

Fantastic news for folks who use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points!

You can now earn 100,000 Marriott points with the increased sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card after completing minimum spending requirements.  That’s 20,000 more points than the previous offer!

And if you recently applied or are planning to apply for the limited time AMEX Starwood offer (available until April 5, 2017), you could have a total of 225,000 Marriott points!  That’s enough for 5 award nights at the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection.

Emily Had an Amazing Time at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands!  You Can Stay There Too Using Points From the Limited Time Chase Marriott Sign-Up Bonus

I’ll share details of the improved sign-up bonus.  And help you decide if you should apply!

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What We Know (and Do NOT Know!) About the Future of Starwood’s Loyalty Program

The Marriott – Starwood merger officially closed in September 2016.  And you can link your Starwood and Marriott accounts to enjoy the perks of both programs.

But you might be wondering, what’s the future of Starwood’s loyalty program

What Will Happen To Starwood In 2018

Lots of Folks Are Wondering About the Future of the Starwood Loyalty Program Now That the Marriott – Starwood Merger Is Complete. I’ll Share What We Know So Far

While I don’t have all the details yet, I’ll share what I know.  And give you ideas about earning and using Starwood points going forward!

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Best Cards to Use at Amazon in 2017

If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.

If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.

And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Amazon

Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon

I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!

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7 Fun Travel Goals Once You Have the Starwood Card

Starwood points are some of my favorite points to collect because I can usually get incredible value when I redeem them.  And they’re extremely versatile!

You can do so many things with Starwood points, from booking free flights to reserving free hotels to earning backstage passes at concerts.

How To Use Starwood Points

You Can Use Starwood Points at Excellent Hotels, Like the Le Meridien Tahiti. But There Are Lots of Other Things You Can Do, Too!

I’ll give you some fun ideas for spending your Starwood points!

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Readers Love These Starwood Hotels and You Might Too!

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards have the highest sign-up bonus ever.  So we’ve been giving you ideas for how to get the best use of your Starwood points.

And many of you have given us great ideas, too!

Best Starwood Hotels

Emily Stayed at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Venice, and Many of You Want to Do the Same!

I’ll show you what Million Mile Secrets readers say are the best Starwood hotels for redeeming Starwood points!

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How to Add an Authorized User or Employee Card to Your Starwood AMEX

Adding an authorized user or employee card to your AMEX Starwood personal or small business cards is a great way to earn points faster.

Because any purchases made on the authorized user’s card will earn Starwood points in your account.

With more points, it’s be easier to book free nights at Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels.  Or book award flights by transferring Starwood points to ~30 airline partners.

How To Add Authorized User To Starwood AMEX

Use the Extra Starwood Points You Get From Your Authorized User’s Spending to Book a Free Night at Hotels Like the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona

I’ll show you how to add an authorized user to your AMEX Starwood card.

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“I Was Extremely Skeptical When I Was Introduced to Miles & Points – But After Some Coaching I Was Hooked”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Mining for Miles

Mordechai writes Mining for Miles to tell readers about the best uses of miles & points and maximizing their credit card spending.  You can join his active and thoughtful community on Facebook.  And check out his destination pictures (and memes!) on Instagram.

Mining For Miles

London Tower Bridge – Image Copyright Mining for Miles

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Win 3,750,000 Marriott Points (or 1,250,000 Starwood Points!)

We don’t usually talk about sweepstakes, but this one is too good NOT to mention!

Via The Gate, Marriott is giving away 3,750,000 points to a lucky member who enters this contest by May 31, 2017.  And each person can enter multiple times!

Marriott Free Travel For Life Sweepstakes

“Free Travel for Life” Is Actually 3,750,000 Marriott Points

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal.  And remind you of how to earn more Marriott points!

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Can You Purchase Points to Use for a Marriott Hotel + Air Package?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Knicks02, commented:

When you purchase Marriott points, can these go toward a Hotel + Air package?

Absolutely!  You can buy up to 50,000 Marriott points per calendar year.  And these points are yours to use as you please.

For example, you can redeem points for free nights at Marriott or Ritz-Carlton hotels, convert Marriott points to Starwood points, or add purchased points to your existing balance to book a Hotel + Air Package.

Some folks might consider purchasing Marriott points for a Hotel + Air package if it’ll help them get the Southwest Companion Pass.  But you only have until March 31, 2017, to get it this way!

Purchase Hotel Points For Marriott Flight Package

Purchasing Marriott Points Can Top off Your Account, So You Can Book a Hotel + Air Package and Earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ll explain why purchasing hotel points might make sense for some folks!

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Worth It? Up to 30% Off Starwood Points Purchases

Good news!  Via The Points Guy, you can get up to 30% off when you buy or gift Starwood points through April 30, 2017.

This might make sense for folks who need more Starwood points for a specific stay.  Or if you need to top-off your account to transfer points to a Starwood airline transfer partners, like Delta, British Airways, or American Airlines!

Remember, you’ll get a 5,000 mile bonus when you move 20,000 Starwood points to airline transfer partners with a 1:1 ratio.

Starwood Buy Points Promotion

Buy or Gift Starwood Points and Save Up to 30% Through April 30, 2017

I’ll help you decide whether this deal makes sense for you.

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