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Can You Earn More Than One Sign-Up Bonus With the Same AMEX Business Card?

A Million Mile Secrets reader emailed:

I was recently approved for a 2nd Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  My 1st card is for a different business.  Am I eligible to earn the sign-up bonus twice?

It’s possible, but very unlikely you’ll earn multiple sign-up bonuses with the same AMEX small business card.  Even if you apply using separate Employer Identification Numbers (EINs).

The general rule is AMEX restricts personal and small business card sign-up bonuses to once, per person, per lifetime.

And I spoke with an AMEX representative who confirmed sign-up bonuses are intended for new applicants only.

Multiple AMEX Starwood Card Sign Up Bonuses

Before Applying for the Same AMEX Small Business Card Again, Consider It’s Unlikely You’ll Get the Sign-Up Bonus Twice!

Instead of potentially not getting a sign-up bonus with the same AMEX card, I’ll share other ways to increase your points balances!

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How Long Will the 60,000 Point Southwest Premier Small Business Offer Last?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Victor, tweeted:

How long will the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card 60,000 point offer last?

Great question!

You can earn 60,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier small business card when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.

That’s a 10,000-point increase from the previous offer on this card!

Chase has NOT indicated if this is a limited-time offer.  But they can change their mind at any point.

Chase Southwest Premier Small Business 60,000 Points

Use Southwest Points From the 60,000 Point Chase Premier Small Business Sign-Up Bonus to Travel to Beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

I’ll let you how long I think the Chase Southwest Premier small business 60,000 point offer will last!

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Avoid Duplicate Card Perks and 2 Annual Fees by Downgrading This Chase Card

Million Mile Secrets reader, John, commented:

I recently got the Chase Sapphire Reserve card because of the sign-up bonus and 3X bonus on dining.  Plus, I’ll use the $300 annual travel credit without a problem.  Is there any reason to hold on to the Chase Sapphire Preferred?

Great question, John!  And thank you for being a continued reader of our blog!

There’s no reason to keep both cards.  Because the Sapphire Reserve has all of the same benefits as the Sapphire Preferred, and then some.

So you can downgrade your Sapphire Preferred card to a no annual fee Chase card and avoid having duplicate benefits.  And you can save money on the annual fee.

Sapphire Preferred Vs Sapphire Reserve

If You Recently Got the Sapphire Reserve, You Can Downgrade the Sapphire Preferred to Avoid Duplicate Benefits and 2 Annual Fees

I’ll compare both cards.  And explain what I recently did in this situation!

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How to Add a Companion to Southwest Flights Booked Through a Travel Portal

Million Mile Secrets reader, Camilla, commented:

Can you book a Southwest flight through the Chase travel portal using Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and then add a companion if you have the Companion Pass?

Folks with the Companion Pass can add a companion to any Southwest flight.  It doesn’t matter if it’s booked directly through the airline or a travel portal!

This is good news for folks with the Companion Pass looking to get Big Travel on Southwest with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.  Because points linked to your Sapphire Reserve account are worth 1.5 cents each when you book travel through Chase.

Or those using the Pay With Points perk with the The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

You Can Add Your Companion to Any Southwest Flight!

I’ll show you how to add your companion to a Southwest flight when you book through a travel portal.

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5 Ways to Collect Miles Other Than Sign-Up Bonuses

Million Mile secrets reader, Amol, emailed:

I am an occasional business traveler.  I have yet to collect enough points to redeem for award travel.  Do you need to travel more frequently to make use of award miles?

And reader Marie, commented:

Do you have tips for someone wanting to book award travel, but doesn’t have credit cards that earn miles?  I travel internationally at least 3 to 5 times a year in addition to domestic travel.

Great questions!

The easiest and fastest way to get enough frequent flyer miles for award travel is to sign-up for credit cards with big bonuses.

But some folks like to get their feet wet with award travel before jumping into collecting credit card miles & points.

If you’re like readers Amol and Marie, you might have a few miles saved up from paid travel, but not enough to book your next trip.  Although it helps, you don’t have to fly more frequently or get new credit cards to collect enough miles for an award flight.

Collect Miles Without Credit Cards

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses Are the Easiest Way to Earn Miles for Award Travel. But There Are Many Other Ways to Save Miles to Book a Trip!

I’ll share 5 ways you can collect miles other than sign-up bonuses!

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

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

Million Mile Secrets reader, Jack, commented:

My wife applied for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite 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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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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Perks of Having the Southwest Companion Pass & AMEX Business Platinum

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Jim, commented:

I have 90,000 Marriott points and 180,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points.  I am debating between getting the Southwest Companion Pass by redeeming my points for a Marriott Hotel + Air package.  Or getting The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN to use the Pay With Points perk for Southwest flights.  Which should I choose?

I’d do both!

Jim currently has enough points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air Package, which will earn him the Southwest Companion Pass, 120,000 Southwest points, and a 7-night certificate at a Marriott Category 1 to 5 hotel!  But all of his AMEX Membership Rewards points would be gone!

So he can also get the AMEX Business Platinum card before January 25, 2017, and earn up to 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

Then, he’ll have the flexibility to use these points for Southwest flights or transfer to other terrific AMEX partners in the future!

Companion Pass AMEX Business Platinum

Use the Perks of the Southwest Companion Pass and AMEX Business Platinum Card to Get the Most Big Travel With Small Money!

I’ll explain the perks of having the Companion Pass AND the AMEX Business Platinum card!

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Can You Earn the Southwest Companion Pass With Just 11 Paid Hotel Nights?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Clint, tweeted:

It would be great to earn the Southwest Companion Pass with only 11 paid nights booked through SouthwestHotels.com.  

I agree, Clint!

Recently, Lyn from Go To Travel Gal wrote about a way to earn up to 10,000 Southwest points per night for hotel stays.  And these points DO count toward earning the Companion Pass.

As Clint points out, earning 10,000 Southwest points per night for an 11-night stay would get you the 110,000 Southwest points required to earn the Companion Pass!

I found a few examples that could make it possible to earn the Companion Pass with an 11-night hotel stay.  But, it’s very expensive!

Southwest Companion Pass Points With Paid Hotel Stays

An 11-Night Stay at the Park Hyatt Dubai Could Earn You Enough Southwest Points to Get the Companion Pass. But It Will Cost More Than $5,000!

Instead, I recommend combining the points you earn from SouthwestHotels.com with other points to earn the Companion Pass.

Or you can earn points from the hotel site throughout the year, instead of all in one shot!  I’ll explain!

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Better Travel Portal for Business Class Airfare: Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve?

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Gail, commented:

Which gets you better value when booking airfare in Business Class or First Class: using the Pay With Points perk with The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN or using the Chase travel portal with the Chase Sapphire Reserve?

Excellent question, Gail!

On the surface, folks with the AMEX Business Platinum card get more value per point when redeeming AMEX Membership Rewards points for Business Class or First Class airfare.  Because using the Pay With Points perk, you effectively get 2 cents per point.

But it’s easier to earn points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve because of the card’s fantastic 3X bonus on travel and dining purchases.  Plus, you get 1.5 cents per point through the Chase travel portal, which is still good deal!

You’ll also use fewer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at the time of booking, compared to redeeming AMEX Membership Rewards points for the same flight!

Business Class Airfare With AMEX Or Chase Points

You Can Book Lie-Flat United Airlines Business Class Seats Using Points From the AMEX Business Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve

I’ll compare the pros and cons of redeeming points through bank travel portals for Business Class airfare!

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