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New to the world of miles & points?  You have some exciting memories ahead! You can earn lots of airline miles and hotel points by signing-up for credit cards and using them responsibly.  If you’re just starting out, it can be … Continue reading

7 Reasons Why Credit Cards Are Safer Than Debit Cards

Considering diving in to the miles & points hobby, but aren’t sure about the risks of credit cards?

Lots of folks who could qualify for valuable rewards credit cards use debit cards instead.  Because they feel more comfortable with a debit card.

But it’s important to remember that debit cards do NOT offer the same protection as credit cards, like fraud protection or extended warranties & returns.  And they aren’t as safe to use.

Are Credit Cards Safer Than Debit Card

Credit Cards Offer More Protection Than Debit Cards Against Things Like Unauthorized Charges

I’ll explain why!

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Bigger Bonus: 75,000 Hilton Points With the No-Annual-Fee Citi Hilton Visa!

Good news for folks who collect Hilton points!

Via Reddit, the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card has an increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 Hilton points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

This is the best offer that’s been available on this card!  And it’s a terrific deal for a card with no annual fee.

We don’t earn a commission from this offer, but we’ll always tell you the best deals.

Increased Bonus Citi Hilton Visa

With the Increased Sign-Up Bonus From the Citi Hilton Visa, You’ll Have Nearly Enough Points for a Stay at the Luxurious Conrad Hong Kong!

I’ll share the details of this offer and help you decide whether it’s worth applying for!

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How Miles & Points Turned a Honeymoon Trip Into a 6-Country Round-the-World Adventure!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Jessica and Devin are our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

How Miles Points Turned A Honeymoon Trip Into A 6 Country Round The World Adventure

Jessica and Devin at The Cloud Forest in Singapore

A big thank you to both for sharing their story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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When Can You Transfer the Freedom Unlimited Sign-Up Bonus to Chase Travel Partners?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Prabha, sent an question via email:

With the Chase Freedom Unlimited card, when can I transfer the sign-up bonus of 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline partners like United Airlines instead of redeeming for $150 cash back?

Great question, Prabha!

Earning transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards points is the trick to travel flexibility!  And often times, you can get more value for your points by transferring to airline and hotel partners instead of redeeming for cash back.

But to transfer Chase points to travel partners from no annual fee cards like the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited, you’ll need to have another eligible Chase card, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Otherwise, the points you earn with the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.

Transferable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Sign-Up Bonus With the Freedom Unlimited Can Be Worth More When You Have a 2nd Chase Ultimate Rewards Card! For Example, You Can Get a Free Night at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara Hotel, Which Can Cost $200+!

I’ll explain when Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to airline and hotels partners for Big Travel!

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How to Use Fewer Miles for Short Flights With New Alaska Airlines Award Chart

If you collect Alaska Airlines miles (or Starwood points), you now have more opportunities to get Big Travel!

Alaska Airlines has switched to a distance-based award chart.  And most folks will only benefit from the change!  You can now book short-haul flights in coach for as little as 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles one-way. 

Note:   Your flights must be for travel within the continental US and Canada, and operated by Alaska Airlines.

How To Use Fewer Miles For Short Flights With New Alaska Airlines Award Chart

You Can Now Book Cheaper Award Seats to Alaska (and Plenty of Other Places!) With the Updated Alaska Airlines Award Chart

I’ll help you understand this new distance-based award chart!  And give you ideas of how to make the most of it, like adding a free one-way flight to end of your trip!

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Bad News for Southwest Companion Pass – Hotel Point Transfers No Longer Qualify

Update:   Southwest has changed their mind – for now!  Hotel point transfers to Southwest will count towards the Companion Pass through March 31, 2017.

Y’all know I’m a huge fan of the Southwest Companion Pass!  It’s still my favorite deal in travel.  But it’s just become a little harder to get.

Via View From the Wing, Southwest changed the terms for earning the Companion Pass today, January 1, 2017.  Without warning!

Effective immediately, points transfers from hotel and car rental loyalty programs will NOT count toward the Companion Pass.

Bad News For Southwest Companion Pass Hotel Point Transfers No Longer Qualify

The Southwest Companion Pass Is Still a Terrific Deal – but They Just Made It Trickier to Earn Qualifying Points

I’ll share the details, and show you how you can still easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

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Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Travel Credit, Everything to Know

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, Adam, commented:

The Chase website says you can automatically receive UP TO $300 in statement credits for travel-related purchases made with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.  How exactly is the $300 travel credit with the Chase Sapphire Reserve earned and applied?

Thanks for reaching out, Adam!

The Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 annual travel credit couldn’t be easier to use.  When you use your card for a travel purchase, you will automatically be reimbursed, until you’ve spent a total of $300 on travel.  In other words, Chase will pay for the first $300 in travel you spend each calendar year with your card!

Chase Sapphire Reserve Annual Travel Credit

Use The Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Travel Credit for Purchases From Airfare to Train Tickets to Parking Garages

I’ll give you all the information on this $300 travel credit to help you decide if the Chase Sapphire Reserve is worth it for you!

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What Counts as Travel & Earns 3X Points With Chase Ink Business Preferred?

The new Chase Ink Business Preferred card has a terrific 3X bonus category for travel purchases.

This is an excellent perk for folks who spend lots of money on airfare or hotels.  Because you’ll earn bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which are my favorite type of points!

But travel purchases are not limited to airfare and hotels.  The Chase travel category is broad and includes things like admission to a National Park and parking or metro passes.

Chase Ink Business Preferred Travel Benefit

With the Ink Business Preferred, You’ll Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on a Range of Travel Purchases, Including National Park Entrance Fees

I’ll share some expenses you might not realize earn you 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points with the Ink Business Preferred!

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15 Things You MUST Do With Your AMEX Business Platinum

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

I was excited to recently get The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN because of the limited time 100,000-point sign-up bonus and card perks like 50% points back on paid airfare.

But there are so many other benefits with the card like automatic elite status at certain hotel chains.  And concierge services that can help you with exclusive dining reservations and much more!

Plus, I also love the card earns flexible AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because there are many ways to redeem these for Big Travel!

Best Uses Of American Express Business Platinum

The AMEX Business Platinum Card Can Help Folks Get Big Travel! But The Card Has Lots of Other Perks You Can Use to Save Time and Money or Book Fantastic Experiences!

Here are 15 things you can do with the AMEX Business Platinum card!

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