Million Mile Secrets reader, Carberrie, commented:
I have the Citi Hilton Reserve card, which comes with an annual free weekend night at certain Hilton hotels after spending $10,000 in a membership year. I met the spending requirement and have 1 year to use the free night. If I cancel the card to avoid paying the annual fee, will I lose my free night?
The good news is after you earn the free night, you will NOT lose it. Even if you cancel the card.
This policy is similar for other hotel credit cards that come with a free annual night, including some that don’t have a spending requirement, like the Chase IHG card.
Emily and I Used a Free Night From the Citi Hilton Reserve Card to Stay at the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice, Where Rooms Can Cost $500+ per Night During Peak Months
I’ll remind you which cards come with a free hotel night each year. And why it might be worth it to pay the annual fees to keep these cards open!
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Million Mile Secrets reader, Bonnie, commented:
I used hotel points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air package and get the Southwest Companion Pass. Perhaps a post about getting the best value with the 7-night Marriott certificate would be helpful and give some ideas of where to book!
Great suggestion, Bonnie!
It sounds like Bonnie took advantage of a deal that won’t be around much longer! Until March 31, 2017, you can use 270,000 Marriott points to book a Southwest Hotel + Air package.
This gets you a 7-night stay at a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel and 120,000 Southwest points, which is more than enough to earn the Companion Pass!
You have at least 12 months to redeem the 7-night hotel certificate. So you’ll have time to decide if you want to witness beautiful views of the Andes with a stay at the Courtyard Santiago Las Condes. Or leaf peep this autumn in beautiful Vermont with 7 nights at the Courtyard Middlebury.
Use Your Marriott 7-Night Certificate to Check Out the Wonderful Foliage in Vermont and Stay at the Courtyard Middlebury
I’ll share a few examples of Marriott hotels you can book with the 7-night certificate!
Posted in Airlines, Chase, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Marriott, Reader Requests, Save Money, Shopping, Shopping, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader, Rachel, sent us this message on Facebook:
Can I get a small business credit card to use for expenses at my job? I have some travel for work coming up and I think I could meet the minimum spending requirement for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. I already have the personal version.
Great question, Rachel!
It’s unlikely you’ll qualify for your own small business card and earn a sign-up bonus as an employee of a company. Unless you’re an independent contractor and receive a 1099 tax form.
Banks will only extend credit to you for a business card if you’re an owner of a for-profit company. Employees can only become an authorized user on a business credit card account.
That said, it’s possible to get a small business card with just your Social Security Number if you’re an Airbnb host, Uber driver, sell on eBay, or with many other side activities!
As a Traditional Employee, It’s Unlikely You’ll Qualify for a Small Business Card
I’ll explain who can qualify for a small business card!
Posted in Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Business Credit Cards, Chase, Chase Ink Preferred, Credit Cards, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Reader Requests, Save Money, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
Million Mile Secrets reader, Bansi, emailed:
Which credit cards currently have the best deals? We are making a few large purchases for our home.
There are several cards offering terrific sign-up bonuses, including a few best-ever offers that are only available for a limited time.
One of the Top Credit Card Deals Is the Best-Ever Offer for the AMEX Starwood Card! But It’s Only Available for a Limited Time!
I’ll share top travel cards with excellent sign-up bonuses!
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Million Mile Secrets reader, Ana, commented:
What’s your recommendation for primary auto rental insurance if I pay using the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve card and the rental period is longer than 31 days?
The Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve cards are great choices to pay for car rentals. Because you get primary insurance coverage for collisions and damage.
But with these 2 cards, the coverage only applies to rentals of 31 consecutive days or less in the US and most foreign countries.
To get around the time limit, I’d recommend returning your car and renting another one. This way, you’ll restart the clock for insurance coverage.
Having Primary Auto Rental Insurance With the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve Is a Great Perk. But It Only Works on Rentals of 31 Days or Less
I’ll share tips for getting coverage on long car rentals!
Million Mile Secrets reader, Sue, commented:
If I book a Hyatt hotel through SouthwestHotels.com and pay with my Chase Sapphire Reserve, will I earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Hyatt points, and Southwest points? Or can you only earn Hyatt points by booking directly?
You typically will NOT earn points with a hotel loyalty program when you book through SouthwestHotels.com or other 3rd-party sites. That’s because you’re essentially choosing to earn Southwest points instead of hotel points.
But you will earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points paying with the Sapphire Reserve because purchases on the Southwest hotel site codes as travel. And this means the Sapphire Reserve’s $300 annual travel credit can go toward your stay!
Deciding between booking directly with the hotel chain or through SouthwestHotels.com depends on which points you want more!
Do You Want to Earn Hotel Points or Airline Miles on Your Next Hotel Stay? I’ll Help You Decide!
I’ll explain what you should consider to earn the most points booking hotel stays!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Chase, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hotel Award Booking, Hotel Promotions, Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, Reader Requests, Save Money, Southwest, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
Million Mile Secrets reader, Fran, emailed:
I was told by an AMEX representative that I would lose my AMEX Membership Rewards points if I cancel my Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express. Is this true?
Generally speaking, if you cancel a card that earns flexible bank points, you will lose them. This goes for cards that earn AMEX Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou points.
Certain banks give you a grace period to use points after cancelling a card. But there are also a few ways to preserve them.
Flexible Points Are the Key to Big Travel! So Don’t Let Those Hard-Earned Points Disappear by Cancelling a Credit Card!
I’ll explain how to avoid losing flexible rewards points.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX EveryDay, AMEX Platinum, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, Cancel Credit Card, Chase, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Membership Rewards, No Annual Fee, Reader Requests, Save Money, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards
Million Mile Secrets reader, Gaspipe, tweeted:
Which credit cards would cover damage to equipment rentals like skis, golf clubs, etc.?
Several cards provide great benefits like warranty protection when you purchase certain items.
But you will NOT get the same coverage when you rent equipment.
In most cases, you’ll be personally responsible for any damage to rental equipment like skis, scuba gear, golf clubs, etc. So you’ll want to check the fine print in your rental waiver to look for potential liability.
Credit Cards Do NOT Provide Protection When You’re Renting Equipment Like Scuba Gear. So Check the Fine Print of Your Rental Waiver to See What You Will Be Responsible For!
I’ll tell you what to look out for when you rent equipment on vacation.
Million Mile Secrets reader, Knicks02, commented:
When you purchase Marriott points, can these go toward a Hotel + Air package?
Absolutely! You can buy up to 50,000 Marriott points per calendar year. And these points are yours to use as you please.
I’ll explain why purchasing hotel points might make sense for some folks!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Hotels, Marriott, Reader Requests, Ritz-Carlton, Save Money, Southwest, Starwood (SPG), Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader, Myles, tweeted:
I’ve opened 4 new cards in the past 24 months. If I get the Chase Amazon Prime card, will it count toward Chase’s “5/24” card limit and keep me from getting other Chase cards in the future?
Unless Myles gets certain small business cards, new cards from ANY bank will count toward Chase’s card limit.
Because Myles is just shy of reaching 5 new cards in the past 24 months, he’ll want to choose his next card wisely!
If you’re in a similar situation, the best choice for a 5th card depends on which cards you already have and your travel goals!
If You’re Close to Hitting Chase’s “5/24” Card Limit, You’ll Want to Plan a Careful Strategy for Choosing Your Next Cards
I’ll share 5 excellent travel credit cards for folks nearing Chase’s card limit!
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Business Credit Cards, Chase, Chase Amazon Prime, Chase British Airways, Chase Disney Premier, Chase Freedom, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Hyatt, Chase IHG Rewards, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Ritz Carlton, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase United Explorer, Credit Cards, Foreign Transaction Fees, Foreign Transaction Fees, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Hyatt, Lufthansa, Lufthansa, No Annual Fee, Reader Requests, Rental Cars, Shopping, Southwest, Travel Tips, Ultimate Rewards, United Airlines, United Award Booking