Category Archives: Ritz-Carlton

Which Starwood Card: Personal or Small Business?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Toshio, commented:

I am interested in applying for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.  But I’m not sure of the difference in perks between the personal and small business versions.  Can you compare both cards?

Both versions of the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest card come with a 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus through April 5, 2017.

But the AMEX Starwood small business card has a larger tiered minimum spending requirement.

That’s because it comes with a few added perks and benefits that are NOT available on the personal version.

AMEX Starwood Personal Or Small Business

Only 1 Version of the AMEX Starwood Card Gets You Access to Sheraton Club Lounges!

I’ll explain the differences between both.  And help you decide which card is right for you!

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Marriott and Starwood Announce 2017 Hotel Category Changes

If you have an upcoming stay at a Marriott or Starwood hotel, this news may affect you!

Via View From the Wing, Marriott and Starwood have released their lists of 2017 category changes.  And there are many hotels going up (or down) in price.

Marriott And Starwood Category Changes 2017

More Than 1,600 Starwood and Marriott Hotels Are Changing Categories!

I’ll tell you what this means for you, and how to make sure you get the most for your points!

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I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 8 – Big Bus Tour

Emily:   I love to travel, and my mom does, too!

When I was growing up in Ohio, we could only afford road trips to local amusement parks.  But collecting miles and points has opened up a whole new world of travel neither of us thought possible!

She and I decided to go to London and Paris for a mother-daughter getaway.  We flew Business Class and stayed in 5-star hotels.  I paid for this trip for a fraction of the retail cost by using airline miles and hotel points.

I’ve never traveled so long with my mom before, and at the end of the trip, I felt like I had a new best friend!  Without the miles & points hobby, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience the joy of traveling with my mom.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 8 Big Bus Tour

A London “Big Bus” Tour Is a UK Must!

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Planning a European Vacation With Ink Business Preferred 80,000-Point Bonus

Looking to travel to Europe?  You can transfer the 80,000 point sign-up bonus from the Ink Business Preferred℠ card to Chase’s terrific airline partners for award flights to popular destinations like Dublin, London, and Paris!

And because Chase has partners from all 3 major alliances, you can book award tickets on dozens of airlines, including Air France, Delta, and Lufthansa!

With remaining points, you can book free hotel stays at chains like Hyatt or IHG.  And if you need more Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you can combine your existing points from cards like the Chase Freedom or Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Or you can redeem points directly through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal to get $1,000 worth of travel!

Chase Points For Trip To Europe

Take Off to London or Many Other European Cities Using the Ink Business Preferred Sign-Up Bonus to Book Award Flights and Free Hotel Nights!

I’ll show you how to use your points to get Big Travel to Europe!

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How Miles & Points Brought a Family of 9 Together for a Bahamian Holiday Trip

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!

Andy and his family are our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

How Miles Points Brought A Family Of 9 Together For A Bahamian Holiday Trip

In the Gorgeous Lobby of the Royal Towers in Atlantis Resort for a Group Photo

A big thank you to Andy for sharing their story!

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

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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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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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