Category Archives: Starwood (SPG)

Act Fast: $75 Off $250+ Hotel Booking

In celebration of Memorial Day, Expedia is offering folks $75 off $250+ hotel bookings through May 29, 2017.  But only while supplies last.

So if you want to take advantage of the deal, I’d suggest booking sooner rather than later!

You Can Save $75 Off a $250+ Expedia Booking at Hotels Like the Hyatt at Olive 8 in Downtown Seattle

I’ll share the details and important restrictions!

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“We’re Able to Get Reservations We’d NEVER Make If We Had to Pay Cash”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Your Mileage May Vary

Joe and Sharon write Your Mileage May Vary to share aspirational travel tips with readers.  You can also follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Your Mileage May Vary

Joe “Saving” Sharon at the Grand Canyon, October 2006. We Love to Do Funny Posed Pictures Like This When We Can

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Earn Easy British Airways Avios Points for Hotel Stays!

Here’s an easy new promotion from Hilton for folks who collect British Airways Avios points.

Via Miles from Blighty, you can earn up to 10,000 bonus British Airways Avios points for Hilton stays through August 31, 2017.

This could make sense for folks looking for ways to earn more British Airways Avios points.  Especially if you already have a particular trip in mind!

British Airways Hilton Promotion

Folks on the West Coast Can Use British Airways Avios Points for Cheap Flights to Hawaii!

I’ll show you how to take advantage of this offer.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for you.

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Earn $10 or $20 Travel Card per NIGHT With This New Hotel Promotion!

If you’re planning a road trip, family reunion, or prefer budget-friendly hotels, there’s a great new promotion for summer travel from Best Western!

Via Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you’ll earn a $10 Best Western travel card for each eligible night you stay at Best Western hotels from May 22, 2017, to September 4, 2017.

And the deal is even sweeter for folks with a AAA or CAA membership.  They’ll earn a $20 Best Western travel card for each eligible night they stay in the same timeframe.

This is an excellent deal, because previous promotions would award a bonus based on stays, not nights.  But you must register before you stay to earn a travel card.

Best Western Summer 2017 Promotion

Best Western Hotels Are Ideal for Families, Road-Trippers, and Folks on a Budget, Because Everyone Gets Free Breakfast!

I’ll explain the details and help you decide if it’s worth switching paid stays to Best Western!

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5 Best Small Business Credit Cards for Airbnb Hosts

I recently shared how becoming an Airbnb host can help folks make extra money.

As a host, you can qualify for a small business credit card.  This is a great way to separate your personal and business expenses and earn miles & points or cash back at the same time!

Best Cards For Airbnb Hosting Expenses 2017

You Can Qualify for a Small Business Card as an Airbnb Host, Which Is a Terrific Way Boost Your Miles & Points Balances!

I’ll share the 5 best cards for Airbnb hosting expenses.

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Earn Bonus Points With New Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton Promotions!

Via One Mile at a Time, Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton have released their latest promotions.  And they’re all different!

Depending on which chain you stay at, you can earn double points, triple points, or even up to 4,000 bonus points per stay!

Marriott Starwood Summer Promotions

Register for These Promotions and Earn Extra Points at Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton Hotels

I’ll tell you what you need to know about these promotions.

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Reader Tip to Help Folks Use the Fewest Points for Airfare

Million Mile Secrets reader, NB, commented:

A word of caution for other readers.  Always check an airline site to see how many frequent flyer miles they are charging for a flight.  Because even with travel portal bonuses, you might still use fewer miles by transferring points directly to an airline and booking an award flight.

For example, I found Southwest airfare for $211, which would require ~16,880 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Sapphire Preferred ($211 cost of airfare / 1.25 cents per point) if booked through the Chase travel portal.

But Southwest was charging 12,601 Southwest points for the same flight.  So I instantly transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio and booked the award flight.

This is terrific advice, NB!

Some folks can develop certain habits when booking award travel and miss opportunities to save miles and points!

For example, I recently shared 3 examples of booking Southwest flights, which result in different values for your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

And you’ll likely come across similar scenarios when comparing award flight prices on with other airline transfer partners vs. flight prices through a travel portal.

Book Airfare With Points

A Quick Comparison of Flight Prices Might Save You Thousands of Miles or Points!

I’ll explain why you’ll want to run the numbers when redeeming points for a flight!

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What’s Next for the AMEX Starwood Card?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Julie, commented:

Do you think the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus will increase again to 35,000 points before they discontinue the card?

Following the recent limited-time 35,000 point offer for the AMEX Starwood card, the sign-up bonus went back to 25,000 Starwood points.

For the last several summers, AMEX has increased the sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards for ~1 month.

I don’t have any inside information, but I have a feeling this year might be different.  Because of the Starwood – Marriott merger, there’s a good chance the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus stays at 25,000 Starwood points.

Whats Next For The AMEX Starwood Card

Starwood Points Are Extremely Valuable! So I Understand Why Folks Are Looking to Earn the Highest Sign-Up Bonus Possible

I’ll explain why it’s unlikely you’ll see an increased sign-up bonus for the AMEX Starwood cards.

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6,000 Starwood Points Winner!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our 6,000 Starwood points giveaway!

6000 Starwood Points Winner May 2017

Are You the Winner of 6,000 Starwood Points?

Find out who won!

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5 Great Small Business Cards for Freelancers: Graphic and Web Designers, Writers, Fiverr, & More

Do you own a small business and work in the field of digital media?  If so, you can qualify for a small business credit card that earns miles, points, and cash back for business purchases!

Best Cards To Earn Points On Freelance Business Expenses 2017

If You’re a Digital Freelancer, You Have Lots of Options When It Comes to Small Business Credit Cards

Let’s take a look at great small business credit cards for freelancers like writers, web and graphic designers, coders, and more!

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