Million Mile Secrets reader, Shane, commented:
I received sign-up bonuses from the Hilton HHonors™ 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!
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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!
Mark is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
Ready to Explore Murren in the Gorgeous Swiss Alps
A big thank you to Mark 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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Good news for folks who like Wyndham hotels! Via Don’t Call the Airline, both versions of the Barclaycard Wyndham cards now have increased sign-up bonuses.
With the annual fee version, you can earn 45,000 Wyndham points (worth 3 nights at any Wyndham hotel) after meeting minimum spending requirements.
And you’ll earn 18,000 Wyndham points (more than enough for 1 night at any Wyndham hotel) after meeting minimum spending requirements with the no-annual-fee version of the card.
We don’t earn a commission for these cards, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!
The Sign-Up Bonus From the Annual Fee Version of the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards Card Is Enough for 3 Free Nights at the Historic Mills House in Charleston, South Carolina. Rooms Here Normally Cost ~$349+ Per Night!
Let’s take a look at these offers.
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Update: After March 31, 2017, transferring hotel points to Southwest no longer counts towards the Companion Pass. But here’s how to earn Companion Pass points when booking paid nights at hotels.
Million Mile Secrets reader, John, emailed:
I’d like to earn the Southwest Companion pass in early 2017 so it will be valid for ~2 years. I currently have 200,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Can I transfer the points to Starwood, then to Marriott so I can take advantage of the Hotel + Travel Package?
John knows Chase Ultimate Rewards points, when transferred straight to Southwest, do NOT count towards the Southwest Companion Pass. But transferring hotel points to Southwest do count.
While you cannot transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Starwood, you can transfer them directly to other hotels, like Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott.
If You Have the Southwest Companion Pass, You Can Take a Travel Buddy to Costa Rica for the Cost of Taxes & Fees!
I’ll show you which hotel points you can transfer to Southwest. And if it’s a good idea!
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Best Western, Chase, Chase Marriott, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hotels, Hyatt, Marriott, Reader Requests, Southwest, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, Wyndham
Via View From the Wing, you can now use your Wyndham hotel points for stays at over 17,000 homes and condos around the world with Wyndham’s Vacation Rentals network.
That’s great news for folks who like earning and using Wyndham points. And because you’ll have more ways to use your points, they just became more valuable!
You Can Now Use Your Wyndham Points for Free Nights at Participating Homes and Condos Around the World Like This Magical Cottage in Ireland!
Here’s more about what the introduction of Wyndham’s Vacation Rentals means for you.
Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.
Via Frequent Miler, you can earn a 25% bonus when you transfer hotel points to United Airlines through November 30, 2016.
In most cases, this is not a great deal because of the unfavorable transfer ratios. But it’s a terrific deal if you book a Marriott Hotel + Air package, especially if you first transfer Starwood points to Marriott.
This promotion can also be a way to convert excess hotel points that you wouldn’t otherwise use.
For a Limited Time, Earn Up to 20,000 Bonus United Airlines Miles When You Convert Hotel Points
I’ll explain more about this deal!
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I love when hotels compete for business, because it often means better deals and perks for folks in our hobby. But today’s events are quite strange!
Wyndham Rewards is trying to convince Starwood members to choose Wyndham instead of Marriott. With their flash promo, “Loyalty Intervention“, Wyndham WAS going to offer 4 Wyndham points for every 1 Starwood point when you donated your entire Starwood account balance to charity.
But it was cancelled before it even launched due to fraud.
Wyndham’s Starwood Promotion Was Scheduled to Begin at 12:00 pm Eastern Time
I’ll give you the details, and explain what happened.
Here’s another flash deal to save money on paid hotel bookings!
Today only, October 11, 2016, you can save $50 off a $200+ Expedia hotel booking. The deal is similar to the Travelocity promotion I wrote about earlier today.
To get the deal, book by 11:59 pm Pacific Time tonight for travel between October 11, 2016, and January 31, 2017.
Like the Travelocity offer, most major chains are excluded.
You Can Save $50 Off a $200+ Expedia Booking at Hotels Like the Best Western Gregory Hotel in Brooklyn
I’ll share the details and important restrictions!
Posted in Best Western, Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Choice Privileges, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Club Carlson, Credit Cards, Hilton HHonors, Hotel Promotions, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Save Money, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, Wyndham
Act fast! Today only, you can save $100 off a $300+ Travelocity hotel booking. But you must book by 11:59 pm Pacific Time today, October 11, 2016.
Travel dates are between October 11, 2016, and December 31, 2016. And most major hotel chains (except Best Western & Hyatt!) are excluded from the deal.
Save $100 Off a $300+ Travelocity Booking at Hotels Like the Hyatt Place Chicago / River North
This is a nice discount, but there are important restrictions. I’ll explain!
Posted in Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Choice Privileges, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Club Carlson, Credit Cards, Hilton HHonors, Hotel Promotions, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Save Money, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, Wyndham
There’s good news for Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards cardholders!
Via The Points Guy, both versions of the cards now come with extra perks like automatic Gold or Platinum elite status and no foreign transaction fees!
Emily and I don’t earn a commission when you apply for either of these cards, but we’ll always tell you about new perks!
Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards Cardholders Can Now Enjoy Automatic Elite Status! This Means Late Check-Out at Hotels Like the Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
I’ll explain what’s changed!
Posted in Avis, Barclaycard, Barclaycard Arrival, Barclaycard JetBlue, Barclaycard Wyndham, Budget, Chase, Credit Cards, Hotel Promotions, Hotels, Rental Cars, Travel Tips, Wyndham