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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 13: Hotels

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 travel options 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.  

I’ve recently shared how you can use AMEX Membership Rewards points with airline partners for travel to destinations around the world like Africa and South America.

Now I’ll explain how you can use AMEX Membership Rewards points for free stays at hotel transfer partners, including at hotel chains that are not direct partners!

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Hotels

Marriott Is NOT a Direct AMEX Hotel Transfer Partner, but There’s Still a Way to Use Points for Stays at Hotels Like the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa in India!

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

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How to Use Flexible Points With Different Banks to Book Multiple Airline Tickets on the Same Flight

Million Mile Secrets reader, Ray, commented:

I have enough Chase Ultimate Rewards points for one round-trip flight to Spain.  But I would need to use my AMEX Membership Rewards points for a 2nd airline ticket.  Any ideas how I can use points from both programs for a trip for 2 to Spain on the same airline?

Excellent question, Ray!

The trick is to take advantage of airline alliances, which let you to use partner airline miles to book an award flight.

Ray can transfer his flexible AMEX and Chase points to airline partners within any of the 3 major airline alliances – OneworldSkyTeam, and Star Alliance.  So it’s possible to choose different AMEX and Chase airline transfer partners and still book 2 tickets on the same flight.

Book Multiple Flights With Flexible Points

Book Multiple Award Tickets to Spain or Elsewhere by Transferring Flexible Points to Different Airline Partners and Taking Advantage of Alliances

I’ll share tips for folks looking to book multiple award flights with flexible points in different programs.

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What’s the Difference Between US Bank FlexPoints and Altitude Points?

A Million Mile Secrets reader emailed:

How do the US Bank travel credit cards work?  Can I redeem points for a statement credit or only toward travel purchases?

This is a great question!

US Bank has 2 different kinds of points – FlexPoints and Altitude points.  You can redeem both types of points for travel, statement credits, or gift cards.  But you’ll get the most value using your points toward travel.

For example, you can earn 50,000 points with the new US Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card after meeting minimum spending requirements.  The sign-up bonus is worth $750 toward travel.  But you would only get $500 if you redeemed the points for a statement credit.

US Bank Points

You’ll Get the Most Value for Your US Bank FlexPoints or Altitude Points By Booking Travel, Like Rental Cars

I’ll compare US Bank FlexPoints and Altitude points.  And show an example of how many points you’ll use for a flight.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for the US Bank Altitude Reserve card, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

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How You Earn Flexible Bank Points With Several Cards in the Same Program

Million Mile Secrets reader, Amy, commented:

Is American Express Membership Rewards similar to Chase Ultimate Rewards where you earn points on each card individually?  Or are AMEX Membership Rewards points pooled into one account automatically?

Fantastic question, Amy!

When you have multiple cards that earn AMEX Membership Rewards points, all of your rewards will automatically accumulate in one account.

This is different from other flexible bank points programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou where you earn points in separate accounts.

But with all 3 programs, it’s important to keep at least 1 card active to avoid losing all your flexible points.

Multiple Flexible Points Credit Cards

Flexible Points Are Key to Big Travel! So It’s Good to Know How You Earn Points With Several Cards in the 3 Major Flexible Points Programs.

I’ll explain how folks with multiple cards in the same program earn flexible points with AMEX, Chase, and Citi!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 12: Australia & New Zealand

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 Australia and New Zealand!

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 Australia

I Enjoyed My Visit to Sydney! If You’re Planning to Visit, You Can Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points With Terrific Airline Transfer Partners!

I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for flights to Australia and New Zealand!

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Tips & Tricks to Save on a Trip to New York City This Summer

I’ll share how you can get Big Travel with Small Money on a trip to the Big Apple, including tips from Million Mile Secrets readers!

Free Things To Do In NYC

Using Miles & Points Can Save You Lots of Money on a Trip to New York City! And There Are Many Free Things to Do Once There for Folks Traveling on a Budget!

Using miles & points can save you money on flights and hotel stays.  And there are plenty of cheap or free things to do throughout the city, like exploring beautiful parks or attending the taping of popular TV shows!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 11: Asia

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 choices for flights to Asia!

Or you can use AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal.  This could save you time and points, especially when you can find cheap airfare!

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To Asia

AMEX Membership Rewards Points Are Great for Flights to Asia! So You Can Visit Destinations Like Hong Kong, Which Emily Really Enjoyed!

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

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How to Book Disney Trips With AMEX Membership Rewards Points

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at Mousehacking.com.  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking trips to Walt Disney World and Disneyland using AMEX Membership Rewards points.

Ken and Emily:  American Express Membership Rewards points are valuable because of their great flexibility.  And you can transfer them to 20 airline and hotel partners.

If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, getting the most out of these transfer partners can be the key to saving Big Money!

In most cases you’ll get more value from transferring AMEX Membership Rewards points to airline partners than to hotel partners.  You’ll want to keep this in mind to avoid using your AMEX Membership Rewards points now on a hotel stay if you could get much better value out of them in the future.

Disney World With American Express Membership Rewards Points

You Can Use Your AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin!

We’ll show you the best ways to visit Disney with American Express Membership Rewards points!

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Does Pooling Hilton Points Keep Them From Expiring?

Million Mile Secrets readers, Robert and Brian, commented:

Does pooling Hilton points with friends and family reset the expiration date for your hotel points?

Excellent question!

Hilton points expire after 12 months of no earning or redemption activity.

Unfortunately, combining Hilton points with friends or loved ones does NOT extend the life of your points.  So be mindful of the expiration date or you risk losing your points!

That said, there are lots of ways to keep your Hilton points from expiring.  Even without staying in a hotel!

Keep Hilton Points From Expiring

Pooling Points Will NOT Extend the Life of Your Hilton Points. But There Are Lots of Other Ways to Reset the Expiration Date!

I’ll share how to keep Hilton points from expiring!

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Get Free Nights at Disney With Your Hotel Card

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

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at Mousehacking.com.  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking stays at Walt Disney World and Disneyland using free nights from hotel credit cards.

Ken and Emily:   There are a few ways to save on hotels at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, like booking with points or using Citi’s 4th night free.  But what about getting a truly free night?

There are hotel credit cards that offer a free hotel night each year, and some of them can be used for free nights near Disney parks!

Disney World Hotel Discounts 2017

Free Nights Are a Great Way to Get More Time at Your Favorite Disney Parks

We’ll show you cards that earn annual free nights you can use at Disney destinations!

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