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!
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!
Posted in Choice Privileges, Hilton Honors, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Reader Requests, Ritz-Carlton, Save Money, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, Wyndham
Planning a trip to Europe? Good news! With the increased offer on the Chase Marriott card you can earn 100,000 Marriott points after meeting minimum spending requirements.
That’s enough for 5+ free nights at a number of great Marriott hotels in Europe, in popular destinations like Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and more!
If You’re Planning a European Getaway, You Could Use the Sign-Up Bonus From the Chase Marriott Card for 5+ Free Nights at Hotels in Many Popular European Cities. Including Brussels, Belgium!
Let’s take a look at my list of wonderful Marriott hotels in Europe.
If you don’t know all 20 of Marriott’s hotel brands, you could be missing out on redeeming your points at some great hotels!
That’s because several brands, like Protea or Autograph Collection, don’t come with the Marriott name. So some folks might see a hotel with an unfamiliar name, and miss a chance to redeem their points!
And now that the Chase Marriott card comes with 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, there’s even more reason to become familiar with Marriott’s hotel brands.
You Can Redeem Your Marriott Points for Great Stays at Fancy Ritz-Carlton Hotels
I’ll give you a quick summary for each of the Marriott hotel brands!
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Million Mile Secrets reader, Harold, commented:
If I downgrade my Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Freedom Unlimited, can I still transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Freedom Unlimited to the Chase Sapphire Reserve?
On its own, the points you earn from the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each toward travel or for cash back.
But when you pair it with another eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards card like the Sapphire Reserve, you’ll have the flexibility to combine points and transfer them to terrific airline and hotel partners.
With a downgrade, you’ll also avoid duplicate benefits and save on annual fees. That’s why after getting the Sapphire Reserve, I downgraded the Sapphire Preferred to the no annual fee Freedom Unlimited.
Posted in Air France, Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Beginner Tips, British Airways, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Cash, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Discover, Discover it Miles, Earn Miles, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Ink Bold, KLM, Korean Airlines, Marriott, No Annual Fee, Reader Requests, Ritz-Carlton, Shopping, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic
Million Mile Secrets reader, Gina, commented:
Is the Chase Freedom a cash back card or a points card?
With the Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited cards, you earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which can later be redeemed for cash back, gift cards, or travel.
On their own, the points you earn from the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.
But your points are worth much more and give you flexibility when you also have certain Chase Ultimate Rewards cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve.
Combine Points From the Chase Freedom With Another Eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards Card to Book Free Nights at Fantastic Hotels Like the Andaz Maui
I’ll explain how rewards work with the Freedom and Freedom Unlimited cards.
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As ya’ll know, I love to eat! Whether it’s cheap, authentic Thai food in Queens or a memorable tasting menu in Rome at a 1-star Michelin restaurant.
If you enjoy dining out in different cities, you can do well with the limited-time Chase Marriott 100,000-point sign-up bonus.
Because you can redeem points for free stays in neighborhoods close to fantastic restaurants, including Austin, New York City, and Santa Monica! And saving money on your hotel stay means you might want to splurge on a fancy meal!
Use Marriott Points to Stay Within a ~5 Minute Walk of Jean-Georges in New York City Where You Can Try This Decadent Tasting Menu Dessert
I’ll share how you can use Marriott points to stay in the best US food cities!
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 a 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.
The Bar at the Hotel du Louvre Was Very Inviting!
In this part of the series, I’ll give you my review of the Hyatt Hotel du Louvre, where we stayed in Paris.
Posted in Beginner Tips, Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hilton Honors, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Starwood (SPG), Trip Reports, Ultimate Rewards
Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.
It’s tax time again! April 18, 2017, is the IRS filing deadline this year.
While it’s nice to get a refund, if you owe taxes, you can ease the pain of paying your tax bill by meeting the minimum spending requirements on a new credit card. Or hitting a spending threshold to unlock bonus miles, points, or elite status!
Just remember, you’ll usually pay a processing fee of ~2%, so do the math to see whether it’s worth it.
It Might Be Worth Paying Your Taxes With a Credit Card to Get Big Travel With Small Money When You Unlock Elite Status Levels or Big Sign-Up Bonuses
I’ll show you how to pay your taxes with a credit card. And help you decide if it makes sense for you!
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Million Mile Secrets readers are the best! To show our appreciation, we’re giving away 18,000 Marriott points!
Use Marriott Points for a Stay in The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
I’ll show you how to enter!
Posted in Blog History, Chase, Chase Marriott, Credit Cards, Giveaways, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Save Money, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips
It’s an exciting time for folks in the miles & points hobby, because banks continue to offer some of the highest sign-up bonuses ever on great travel rewards credit cards!
Earning just one sign-up bonus on certain cards can help you make your dream trip a reality. Million Mile Secrets readers have used our tips to help them take trips for nearly free to spots like Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, Disney World, and more!
You Can Use the Chase Ultimate Rewards Points You Earn With Cards Like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Sapphire Preferred to Enjoy a Tropical Caribbean Vacation!
I’ll share my top 7 travel credit cards that get you Big Travel with Small Money.
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