Category Archives: Ritz-Carlton

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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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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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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Hooray! Southwest Reverses Decision, Hotel Points Transfers Count for Companion Pass!

Amazing news for y’all who had hoped to transfer hotel points to Southwest and earn the Companion Pass in the New Year.

Earlier this week, Southwest announced, without warning, points transfers from hotel and car rental loyalty programs would NO LONGER count toward the Companion Pass.

But they’ve changed their mind!  You can now earn the Companion Pass with hotel and car rental points transfers through March 31, 2017. 

Kudos to Southwest for responding to their customers!

Hooray Southwest Reverses Decision Hotel Points Transfers Count For Companion Pass

Grab a Loved One and Start Planning a Trip – Hotel Point Transfers Can Earn You a Southwest Companion Pass If You Transfer by March 31, 2017!

I’ll share the details!

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Top 7 Travel Cards for January 2017

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, you’ll be happy to know there are some exciting sign-up offers in the miles & points world!

Certain credit cards are offering great sign-up bonuses and perks including airline credits, airport lounge access, and more.  And a few of them can be worth $1,000 or more! 

Top 7 Travel Cards For January 2017

Picture Yourself In a Hammock on the Beach In the Maldives! With Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses, This Could Be You!

I’ll share my top 7 travel credit cards to get Big Travel with Small Money.

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“Had I Known Applying for Cards Wouldn’t Really Lower My Score, I’d Have Circled the World a Few More Times”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Grab a Mile

Teja and Sasidhar write Grab a Mile to show how families can travel well without breaking the bank.  You can find them on Twitter, Instagram, and 500px!

Grab A Mile

Sasidhar and Teja in Hallstatt, Austria

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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5 Top Miami Beach Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

Considering a trip to Miami Beach to enjoy the city’s famous nightlife and beautiful beaches?  You can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for free nights at top hotels in this tropical destination!

Miami Beach is a great spot to escape to during the cold winter months, or for a special occasion like a bachelor or bachelorette party, shopping trip, or anniversary.

Emily loved spending a long weekend there for her birthday a few years ago.  And wants to return to compare the Cuban food of Miami Beach to what she had more recently in Cuba!

Miami Beach Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

Escape the Cold and Plan a Getaway to Miami Beach Using Your Starwood, Marriott, & Ritz-Carlton Points!

Here are 5 highly rated hotels in Miami Beach where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points!

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5 Top New Orleans Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

Planning a trip to New Orleans?  You can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for free nights at top hotels in this vibrant city!

And explore the city’s popular restaurants, bars, casinos, and shopping.  Or even make a special trip to celebrate Mardi Gras!  Because sometimes it’s worth it to splurge on a nice hotel. 😉

New Orleans Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

Consider Staying at One of These Top 5 Marriott and Starwood Hotels On Your Next Trip to New Orleans

Here are 5 top hotels (that get great reviews!) in New Orleans where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points.

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5 Top Washington, DC, Hotels Using Marriott & Starwood Points

Considering a trip to Washington, DC?  Remember, you can use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points for free nights at top hotels in our nation’s capital!

Emily and I spent a weekend there a number of years ago and loved visiting spots like the Washington Monument, The White House, and the World War II Memorial.  There’s so much to see and do there!

Washington DC Marriott And Starwood Hotels With Points

Check Out These Top 5 Hotels Where You Can Use Your Marriott or Starwood Points to Save Money During Your Next Trip to Washington, DC

I’ll show you 5 top hotels in Washington, DC, where you can stay using Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood points!

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