The ExpertFlyer website has saved me countless hours of frustration when trying to find award seats.
Folks who do a fair amount of air travel (whether on paid or award flights) should consider using this powerful tool to save time and money.
You can be automatically alerted when the award seats you want become available, search for upgrades, find the best airfares, and access handy features like seat maps, flight timetables, and more.
Note: You can get a free ExpertFlyer subscription, but its features are very limited.
ExpertFlyer Is a Great Tool for Finding Award Seats, Cheap Airfare, and More
I’ll show how ExpertFlyer can make your travel planning easier!
I wrote several years ago about the best ways to get Hilton points.
Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Peter for commenting that it’s time for an update! A lot has changed since 2012.
Since then, Hilton has made significant changes to its award chart, so their points aren’t worth as much as before. But they’re still among the easiest points to get through credit card sign-up bonuses and spending.
Hilton Points Are Still Very Easy to Earn, and I’ll Show You How!
Hilton hotels include DoubleTree, Conrad, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Home2Suites, Homewood Suites, and Waldorf Astoria brand hotels.
Let’s take a fresh look at how you can earn lots of Hilton points.
The ancient ruins of Rome (and the amazing food!), the romance of Paris (dinner inside the Eiffel Tower!), the theater in London (I won’t mention the food)…
It’s the time of year when folks are planning their summer trips to Europe. Sometimes low-level award seats can be hard to find because it’s such a popular place to go!
So it’s good to have options for the cheapest ways to get there using miles and points!
Here are my favorite cheap award tickets to Europe. If you don’t mind flying coach class, you could get there for as few as 25,000 miles round-trip!
Planning a Summer Getaway to Europe? I’ll Show You the Cheapest Ways to Get There!
And remember, you don’t have to fly there and back on the same airline.
Sometimes you’ll get a better deal (and more available award seats) by booking 1-way flights on different airlines. Or you might mix-and-match because you don’t have enough points in 1 program for a round-trip ticket.
Folks on FlyerTalk are reporting a possible 100,000 point sign-up bonus on the American Express Platinum card via CardMatch. You’ll get the bonus after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months.
This is more than double the usual sign-up bonus of 40,000 points! A similar offer was available in 2013, but it didn’t last very long. So you’ll have to act quickly!
Not everyone is able to get the 100,000 point offer. To find out if you’ve been targeted, enter your name, address, and last 4 digits of your social security number on the CardMatch website. This will NOT generate an inquiry on your credit report.
Enter Your Details at CardMatch to See If You’re Eligible for the 100,000 Point Offer!
This is a very good deal if you can get it! And you might find increased bonuses on other cards, too. I’ll explain!
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AwardWallet is 1 of my favorite tools because it keeps track of most of our airline miles, hotel points, and car rental points. For example, you can track your American Airlines miles with Award Wallet.
You Can Use AwardWallet to Track Your Miles & Points
But not all airline programs, like United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, participate in AwardWallet. But there’s a way you can still add those miles to your AwardWallet account!