Category Archives: Starwood (SPG)

National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 3 – Highlights of Death Valley & Red Rock Canyon

Considering a trip to Death Valley National Park or Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas?

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan recently returned from a 2,500+ mile road trip through some of the top National Parks in the US.  I’ll let her tell you about it!

Meghan:  Thank you Daraius!  My husband and I love adventure, and with a new(ish!) baby in tow, we decided it would be a great idea to take a road trip to fantastic National Parks like Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

Death Valley Lodging

Overlooking Las Vegas From Atop Red Rock Canyon

I’ll share the highlights of our trip to Death Valley and Red Rock Canyon.  And tips for planning your own trip to these fantastic spots!

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You’ll Soon Earn Fewer Starwood Points for Uber Rides

Via One Mile at a Time, there are negative changes coming to the Starwood – Uber partnership.  As of February 1, 2017, you’ll earn fewer Starwood points for Uber rides.

This is unfortunate for folks who liked taking advantage of the deal between Starwood and Uber, when you could earn up to 4 Starwood points per $1 spent (up to a maximum of $10,000) on Uber rides.

Youll Soon Earn Fewer Starwood Points For Uber Rides

The Number of Starwood Points You Can Earn For Uber Rides Is Changing!

Here’s more about the changes involving the Starwood – Uber partnership.

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Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Points per Night at These Marriott Hotels

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you can earn up to 3,000 Marriott points per night at 21 US Marriott hotels, through March 5, 2017.  Including Marriott hotels in cities like San Diego, Houston, and Wilmington, North Carolina.

Registration isn’t required, but the number of bonus Marriott points you’ll earn depends on the hotel.

So check the list of participating Marriott hotels to see if one fits your upcoming travel plans!

Earn Up To 3000 Bonus Points Per Night At These Marriott Hotels

Headed to Houston? You Can Earn 2,000 Bonus Marriott Points per Night for Stays at the Courtyard Houston I-10 West / Energy Corridor Through March 5, 2017

Here’s more about this offer and whether it could make sense for you.

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Success! A Miles & Points Visit to Mexico City, Mayan Ruins, and Beautiful Cenotes!

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!

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

Success A Miles Points Visit To Mexico City Mayan Ruins And Beautiful Cenotes

Ronnie and His Wife With Chichen Itza in the Backdrop

A big thank you to Ronnie 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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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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Limited-Time! Top 5 Card Bonuses Which Are Now Easier to Unlock

Considering applying for an AMEX card with a big sign-up bonus, like the AMEX Business Platinum or AMEX Business Gold Rewards card, but unsure about meeting the minimum spending requirements?

Good news!  With Plastiq’s latest promotion, you can pay bills with a credit card for a reduced fee.  Which could be a great way meet a card’s minimum spending requirements and earn a big sign-up bonus!

Limited Time Top 5 Card Bonuses Which Are Now Easier To Unlock

The Sign-Up Bonus From the AMEX Business Platinum Card Is More Than Enough Points to Fly to Europe. And Plastiq Can Help You Meet the Minimum Spending Requirements!

Here are 5 AMEX cards whose sign-up bonuses are now easier to unlock.

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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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“I Want to Help My Readers Live a Happier Life – Enjoying Experiences Rather Than Things”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Zen Life and Travel

Katie writes Zen Life and Travel to share the perks and benefits of collecting credit card points, airline miles, hotel points, elite status, and more.  You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Zen Life And Travel

Having Fun at St. Pete Beach, Florida

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Keep Your Marriott Perks: Buy Back Your 2016 Status With Points

If you had Marriott Elite status last year, but didn’t earn it for 2017, you can spend points to extend your status an extra year!

Via View From the Wing, Marriott’s yearly offer to buy back your elite status has returned.  Until March 31, 2017, you can use points to keep your elite status in 2017.  But it might not be a good deal for you!

Keep Your Marriott Perks Buy Back Your 2016 Status With Points

Having a Hard Time Giving Up Your Elite Status? Buy It Back With Points!

I’ll help you decide if this is a good deal for your situation.

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New Club Carlson Promotion: Earn up to 100,000 Bonus Points

Will you cross paths with a Club Carlson hotel in your upcoming travel?  If so, this new promotion is worth a look!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can earn up to 100,000 bonus Club Carlson points for stays through March 31, 2017.  But there’s an unusal twist.

Before you stay, you’ll have to choose the bonus you want to earn based on the number of stays you think you’ll have in the promotion period.

New Club Carlson Promotion Earn Up To 100000 Bonus Points

Stay at the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel in Iceland for 70,000 Club Carlson Points

I’ll explain this new promotion, and help you decide if it’s worth your effort!

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