Category Archives: Avis

British Airways AARP Discount Extended, Save up to $400 on Round-Trip Flights

Good news if you book paid flights on British Airways!  Via The Points Guy, the British Airways AARP discount has been extended to December 31, 2016, for travel through March 31, 2017.

If you’re an AARP member (anyone of any age can join AARP for $16 per year), you can save up to $400 on paid, round-trip, trans-Atlantic flights from the US on British Airways and certain partner airlines.

Plus, until October 1, 2016, you can get a free AARP membership by spending $15+ at Walgreens.

British Airways AARP Discount

Do You Know the Secret to Saving up to $400 on Paid British Airways Flights?

I’ll remind you of how the discount works and other perks you get with an AARP membership!

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How to Activate Chase Sapphire Reserve Rewards When You Get the Card

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

Last week, I wrote how Million Mile Secrets team member Keith was approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve because of his Chase Private Client status.  He anxiously awaited the delivery so he could start taking advantage of all the Chase Sapphire Reserve rewards!

One week later, the card was delivered via UPS.  The Sapphire Reserve was in a regular envelope, as it seems Chase ran out of the special boxes they used to deliver the new cards.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Rewards

The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card’s Look and Feel Is Similar to the Sapphire Preferred. But Some Folks Might Be Receiving Plastic Cards! I’ll Explain Why.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Benefits Guide

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

There’s no doubt the Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of the most exciting cards to come around in a long time.

And the official Chase Sapphire Reserve Benefits Guide is now available online.  Along with an incredible sign-up bonus, you’ll also have access to benefits and perks that make your travel more comfortable, save you money, and protect your purchases made with the card.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Benefits Guide

The Chase Sapphire Reserve Comes With a Long List of Travel and Shopping Benefits, Like Lounge Access and No Foreign Transaction Fees

Let’s take a look at everything you’ll get with this card!

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Do World Elite MasterCard Authorized Users Get Rental Car Elite Status?

Million Mile Secrets Reader Joe tweeted:

Does the authorized user on a World Elite MasterCard enjoy the car rental agency status upgrade for Avis and Sixt? Thanks!

Good question, Joe!

If you are the primary cardholder of a World Elite MasterCard, you are eligible for free rental car elite status with Avis, National, and and Sixt!

Unfortunately, authorized users will NOT get elite status with these participating rental car companies.

Do World Elite MasterCard Authorized Users Get Rental Car Elite Status

Don’t Cheat Yourself Out of an Upgrade! You Qualify for Rental Car Elite Status If You’re the Primary Cardholder of a World Elite MasterCard

I’ll tell you about each participating elite status program, as well as how to qualify.

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All the Ways to Earn British Airways Avios Points for Big Travel!

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

Update: Beginning February 2, 2016, British Airways will no longer offer 1-way, short-haul (under 650 miles) coach award tickets on partner airlines in North America for 4,500 British Airways Avios points.  Instead these flights will cost 7,500 British Airways Avios points.

If you’re new to our hobby, British Airways Avios points might not be your 1st pick for airline miles to collect, especially if you’re not planning travel to Europe.

But British Airways Avios points are actually terrific for Big Travel with Small Money within the US and abroad!

That’s because you can use them for award flights on oneworld partner airlines like American Airlines and Air Berlin, or other partners like Aer Lingus or Alaska Airlines!

All The Ways To Earn British Airways Avios Points For Big Travel

Not Just for UK Flights! Collect British Airways Avios Points for Big Travel at Home and Overseas!

Let’s look at all the ways to earn British Airways Avios points!

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How to Get the Best Deal Renting a Car in Iceland

Folks who took advantage of the low fares to Iceland on WOW Air are wondering how to get a good deal on a rental car in Iceland.  Because the usual rental places like Avis, Budget, and Hertz, can be much more expensive there.

How To Get The Best Deal On A Car Rental In Iceland

Iceland Is a Beautiful Country! But Car Rentals Can Be Expensive. Find Out How to Get a Good Deal!

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Details (So Far!) About the New Avis Loyalty Program

Avis has begun rolling out its new loyalty program, Avis Preferred.  And it’s revenue-based, so you’ll earn more points the more you spend (or rent) with Avis.

Details So Far About The New Avis Loyalty Program

The New Avis Preferred Program Is Revenue-Based. And You Can Sign-Up Starting Now!

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News You Can Use – $20 Off Visa Gift Cards, Save $60 at Hotels.com, 5,000 Bonus Hilton Points, & More!

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

1.   $20 Back on $300 in Visa Gift Cards at Staples

Via Miles to Memories, when you purchase $300 or more in Visa gift cards at Staples, you can get a $20 Visa prepaid card via Easy Rebate.

The deal is valid until this Saturday, June 27, 2015.

News You Can Use 20 Off Visa Gift Cards Save 60 At Hotels.com 5,000 Bonus Hilton Points More

Earn a $20 Visa Prepaid Card When You Buy $300 or More in Visa Gift Cards at Staples

To make the most of the deal, pay with a card that earns 5% cash back (or 5X points) at office supply stores like:

If you buy 2 $200 Visa gift cards, you’ll pay ~$414 ($400 in gift cards + ~$14 in activation fees).

And you’ll get a $20 Visa prepaid card and ~$21 in cash back when you pay with a card like the AMEX SimplyCash, which earns 5% back at US office supply stores (~$414 in gift cards X 5% cash back).

So you’ll make a profit of ~$27 (~$41 back – $14 in activation fees).  That’s a great deal!

Visa gift cards have a PIN, so you can load them to your AMEX Bluebird, Serve, or Target Prepaid REDcard and then pay bills you can’t normally pay with a credit card.

2.   Avis 1-Way Rentals for ~$20

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Is It Worth Paying the AMEX Starwood Card’s Foreign Transaction Fee?

Note:  As of August 11, 2015, the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest cards NO longer add foreign transaction fees!

Million Mile Secrets reader, Gary, commented:

Hi Daraius,
I’m staying at the Sheraton in Port Douglas, Australia.  If I use my Starwood Preferred Guest card there will I still get hit with a 2.7% foreign transaction fee?  Starwood points are hard to earn!

Using the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express to pay for stays at Starwood hotels is a great way to earn valuable Starwood points.  But you’ll be charged a ~3% foreign transaction fee when you’re outside the US.

Note:  Starting August 11, 2015, the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest card will NO longer add foreign transaction fees!

Is It Worth Paying The AMEX Starwood Cards Foreign Transaction Fee

It’s Sometimes Worth It to Pay the ~3% Foreign Transaction Fee. But Usually It’s NOT!

I’ll explain when it might be worth it to pay the foreign transaction fee.  And why it is usually NOT.

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News You Can Use – $20 Back on Visa Gift Cards, 1,000 Club Carlson Points, Easy Alaska Airlines Miles, & More!

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

1.   Buy $300 in Visa or MasterCard Gift Cards, Get $20 Back

Miles to Memories writes, you’ll get a $20 Staples gift card when you spend $300 or more on Visa or MasterCard gift cards.  This deal ends April 25, 2015 (this Saturday).

There’s a limit of 1 rebate per household.

News You Can Use 20 Back On Visa Gift Cards 1,000 Club Carlson Points Easy Alaska Airlines Miles More

Buy $300 or More in Visa or MasterCard Gift Cards and Get a $20 Staples Gift Card

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