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
I shared a preview of this year’s Daily Getaways deals, and today, April 14, 2017, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, Daily Getaways has a deal on Wyndham hotel points!
You can buy 15,000 Wyndham points for $175. That’s enough for a night at ANY Wyndham hotel, even their all-inclusive resorts and top-tier resorts.
Like many of the Daily Getaways offers, this could sell out quickly. So don’t forget to set a reminder if you’re interested!
You Can Use the Wyndham Points You Buy at the Stunning Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa in Tucson, and Save Your Cash for Another Vacation!
Here’s how to take advantage of this deal.
A few weeks ago, I told you about the upcoming Daily Getaways promotion.
Via One Mile at a Time, we now have a preview of what to expect from the 2017 Daily Getaways! You’ll have the chance to save on hotels, car rentals, amusement parks, and more!
Daily Getaways is a 5 week long promotion offered every year by the US Travel Association. And they’ve released a preview of the first 2 weeks.
Daily Getaways Can Sell Out Quickly, So Take a Look to See If Any Interest You Before They Sell Out
I’ll share what we know about the deals, and let you know if they’re worth it.
Posted in Alamo, Beginner Tips, Best Western, Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Family Travel, Hotel Award Booking, Hotel Promotions, Hotels, IHG, Loews, Lowes, MGM, Omni, Rental Cars, Save Money, Travel Tips, Wyndham
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!
Kyle is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
Stopped for a Picture During Our 4×4 Tour of the Kipu Ranch
A big thank you to Kyle for sharing his story!
Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Delta, Barclaycard, Barclaycard Wyndham, Business Credit Cards, Chase, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Delta Skymiles, Family Travel, Hilton Honors, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, Interviews, Save Money, Success Story, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, Wyndham
Have a Barclaycard credit card like the Arrival Plus, American Airlines Aviator, or JetBlue Plus card? Check your email, spam, and snail mail!
Via Doctor of Credit, folks have reported getting targeted spending bonuses, in categories like gas stations, restaurants, home improvement stores, and more. Two Million Mile Secrets team members received offers too!
To qualify, you must activate the bonus by May 31, 2017. Spending between April 1, 2017, and June 30, 2017, will count towards the bonus. And you can earn a maximum of 2,500 points or miles with the deal.
Some of the Bonuses Include Spending at Gas Stations
I’ll share more about these targeted offers. And help you decide whether they make sense for you!
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Need more Wyndham points? The normal offer for the no-annual-fee version of the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards card is 18,000 Wyndham points after meeting minimum spending requirements.
But if you make a test booking on the Wyndham website, you’ll see an offer for 15,000 Wyndham points after meeting minimum spending requirements. Plus a $50 statement credit when you spend a total of $2,000 on purchases in the same timeframe.
In some cases, this could be a better deal, even though you’re earning fewer bonus points. But you shouldn’t consider these offers if you’re new to miles and points.
Emily and I don’t earn anything from the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards card, but we’ll always share new deals with our readers!
15,000 Wyndham Points Is Enough for a Free Night at Almost ANY Wyndham Hotel. Like the Otherwise Expensive Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley!
I’ll help you decide whether the 15,000 point (plus a statement credit!) offer on the no-annual-fee Barclaycard Wyndham card makes sense for you.
Check your email!
Via Loyalty Traveler, there’s a targeted Wyndham promotion to earn 3X Wyndham points on paid stays when you register, book, and stay through May 25, 2017. Your check-in date can be as late as May 25, 2017, and check-out by June 2, 2017.
With this deal, you’ll earn a minimum of 3,000 Wyndham points per stay. That’s a nice bonus if you like Wyndham hotels and have paid stays coming up anyway.
Earn 3X Wyndham Points on Wyndham Hotel Stays Through May 25, 2017 – but Only If You’re Targeted
I’ll explain how the bonus works and remind you of what you can do with Wyndham points.
Posted in Barclaycard, Barclaycard Wyndham, Credit Cards, Hilton Honors, Hotel Award Booking, Hotel Promotions, Hotels, IHG, Marriott, Save Money, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, Wyndham
Ready to save Big Money on travel like hotels, car rentals, and attractions? Good news!
Via Loyalty Traveler, the US Travel Association’s Daily Getaways is back. And starting April 10, 2017, they’ll offer 5 weeks of different daily deals and discounts.
In the Past, Folks Have Been Able to Save Cash on Travel Purchases Like Car Rentals With the Daily Getaways Promotion!
Here’s what we know about the 2017 Daily Getaways deal so far.
Looking for a quick discount for your upcoming travel?
Via One Mile at a Time, you can get $30 off a hotel (or flight & hotel) when you book through Travelocity by July 31, 2017. This deal is part of “T-Mobile Tuesdays“, a program that gives T-Mobile customers discounts on lots of fun stuff. But for this deal, you do NOT have to be a T-Mobile customer!
T-Mobile Publishes Deals Every Tuesday Exclusively for Their Customers. But This Deal Is Open to Anyone!
I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal.
Posted in Club Carlson, Hilton Honors, Hotel Promotions, Hotels, IHG, La Quinta, Marriott, Save Money, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, Wyndham
Million Mile Secrets reader, Shane, commented:
I received sign-up bonuses from the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and Citi Hilton Visa card. My wife and I are trying to save up more points for a free trip. If she gets an AMEX or Citi Hilton card under her name, can she use my Hilton loyalty number so the sign-up bonuses go into my account?
Excellent question, Shane!
Generally, you can NOT receive a credit card sign-up bonus if the name on the credit card application is different from the loyalty account.
As an alternative, Shane’s wife can apply and earn Hilton points from credit card sign-up bonuses in her own loyalty account. Then, transfer the points to Shane’s account. But there are some rules to know!
Don’t be Discouraged That You Can’t Earn Sign-Up Bonuses Using a Spouse’s Loyalty Account Number! Instead, You Can Earn the Points in Your Own Account and Transfer Them Over!
I’ll explain the rules and fees associated with transferring hotel points!
Posted in American Express, AMEX Hilton, Beginner Tips, Choice Privileges, Citi Hilton, Citibank, Club Carlson, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Hilton Honors, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, Wyndham