Category Archives: Membership Rewards

Why You Should Take a Screenshot When You Apply for New Cards

Million Mile Secrets reader, Jack, commented:

My wife applied for the Citi American Airlines Platinum Select MasterCard.  She was approved and completed the minimum spending requirements to earn the sign-up bonus.  But after inquiring with Citi, the bank claims there is no record of her applying for an offer with a sign-up bonus.

They want proof of the offer and we do not have any.  Any suggestions?

Jack’s wife’s situation is one of the most frustrating situations readers ask about.

Folks see an offer to earn a terrific sign-up bonus, like 50,000 airline miles or free hotel nights.  Then, they apply to find out they used an outdated link.  Or the bank can’t find records of the offer.

Everyone makes mistakes, including the banks.  That’s why it’s important to keep records and take screenshots of credit card offers during the application process.

Why You Should Take A Screenshot When You Apply For New Cards

A Quick Screenshot Can Be the Difference Between Earning a Sign-Up Bonus or Not!

I’ll show you simple ways you can screenshot an offer page.

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Best of Million Mile Secrets – January 2017

1.   Earning the Southwest Companion Pass is easier now that the Chase Southwest Business Premier bonus has increased to 60,000 Southwest points!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets January 2017

Bring a Friend to the Bahamas, Mexico, or Costa Rica for (Nearly) Free With the Southwest Companion Pass!

2.   Did you know you can now use fewer miles for short flights with Alaska Airlines’ new award chart?

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Top 10 No-Annual-Fee Credit Cards for 2017

Lots of travel rewards cards can be worth paying the annual fee.  Because they come with great travel perks like big sign-up bonuses, free hotel nights, trip insurance, and other benefits.

But there are plenty of personal no-annual-fee cards that can get you Big Travel with Small Money too!

These cards are good to keep forever.  Because keeping your cards open for a long time can increase the average age of your accounts and potentially improve your credit score.

Almost all of the cards in this post do NOT earn us a commission.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

Best No Annual Fee Credit Cards 2017

You Can Earn Points & Miles With These Great No-Annual-Fee Cards. And Start Planning Your Next Adventure Sooner Rather Than Later!

Here are my top 10 picks of personal (not business!) credit cards with no annual fee.

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Canadian National Parks You Can Visit for Free on a Weekend Trip

Million Mile Secrets reader, Chris, commented:

Which Canadian National Parks are easy to fly to for a weekend trip?

I recently wrote about an amazing deal to get free admission to Canada’s national parks in 2017.

This means you can use miles & points for an award flight to Canada.  Then enjoy a weekend experience in beautiful places like Banff National Park.

Canadian National Parks Close To Airports

You Can Get Free Admission to See Majestic Views in Banff National Park, Which Is Canada’s Oldest National Park

I’ll share 3 Canadian National Parks that are located within ~1.5 hours of an airport!

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Ends Soon: Select 3X Points Category With AMEX Business Gold

Are you an AMEX Business Gold Rewards cardholder?

Don’t forget, you only have through January 31, 2017, (a few more days!) to change your 3X bonus category.  But new applicants will have 2 months after they become a cardmember to select their 3X bonus category.

Along with the improved 50,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus, the bonus category you choose can really make an impact on how many points you earn throughout the year.

AMEX Business Gold 3X Categories

If You Don’t Change Your 3X Bonus Category by January 31, 2017, Your Category Will Remain the Same as the Previous Year

Here’s more about the 3X bonus points categories.  And how to make your selection for your AMEX Business Gold Rewards card!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 10: South America

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline partners when you’re ready to book.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  

The AMEX Membership Rewards program has 17 direct airline partners.  Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well, which gives you several choices for flights to South America!

Or you can save time and points by using AMEX Pay With Points to book coach or Business Class flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To South America

AMEX Membership Rewards Points Can Get You to Brazil and Many Other Destinations in South America!

I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for flights to South America!

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Earn Big Miles & Points With These 7 Quick Small Business Ideas

Folks with small business credit cards have lots of ways to earn miles & points thanks to many terrific bonus spending categories.

This is especially helpful for folks who are impacted by tougher credit card application rules, which limits the opportunity to earn new card sign-up bonuses.

So spending a lot in bonus categories is the next best way to increase your points balances!  And many bonus categories are common for small business owners, like advertising, office supplies, and shipping.

Earn Miles And Points With A Small Business

Spending for Your Small Business on Certain Credit Cards Is a Great Way to Earn Miles & Points, Especially in Bonus Categories!

Keep in mind, earning points with a small business takes time!

I’ll share a few quick small business ideas which can earn bonus miles & points!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 9: Africa

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline partners when you’re ready to book.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  

The AMEX Membership Rewards program has 17 direct airline partners.  Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well, which gives you many choices for flights to Africa!

Or you can save time and points by using AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To Africa

Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for a Flight to Beautiful Cape Town, South Africa

I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for flights to Africa!

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My 6 LEAST Favorite Ways to Use AMEX Points

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

There are lots of ways to use American Express Membership Rewards points.  Like transferring them to travel partners, or for statement credits.  You can even use your AMEX Membership Rewards points for store gift cards!

But be careful when deciding how to use your points.  Unless you have no interest in using your points for travel, it’s best to avoid certain redemption options.

Because you’ll get better value when you transfer your AMEX Rewards points to certain travel partners or use them for airfare through the AMEX travel portal.

Using AMEX Membership Rewards

You Can Use Your AMEX Membership Rewards Points for Amazon Purchases…But SHOULD You?

Here’s a list of the 6 least valuable ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards points.

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Hilton Announces New Upscale “Tapestry Collection” Brand

Good news for Hilton HHonors rewards members!  There will soon be more hotels you can use with your points.

Via One Mile at a Time, Hilton has introduced their 14th hotel brand, the “Tapestry Collection“, which will launch in the fall of 2017.  Hilton says these hotels will be “approachable and familiar,” and “refreshingly uncommon.”

Hilton Announces New Upscale Tapestry Collection Brand

Business or Pleasure? Hilton’s New Hotel Collection Doesn’t Have a Very Clear Role in the Hilton Portfolio

I’ll share what I know about this new hotel brand!

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