Category Archives: National

Best of Million Mile Secrets – March 2017

1.   The Chase Marriott sign-up bonus has never been higher!  You’ll earn 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases.  The previous offer was 80,000 Marriott points with a $3,000 minimum spending requirement, so this is a nice improvement!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets March 2017

Emily Spent a Week at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands, Made Possible With Marriott Points

2.   I told you everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck.

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“I Don’t Understand…I Made a Reservation”

Renting a car is usually an uneventful part of a travel experience.  Except for the time I booked a round-trip rental instead of a one-way.  Oops!

Well, team member Keith recently got back from a ski trip to Aspen.  And his plans included picking up a car from National Car Rental to drive to Denver.

When he showed up at the car rental counter, they had his reservation, but they did NOT have the vehicle he booked.  So they charged him a $500 fee to rent a different vehicle! 


 Does this remind you of a Seinfeld episode?

I’ll share the positive outcome of the car rental saga.  And explain what you should do if you’re in a similar situation!

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Save Money on Car Rentals With AutoSlash

When you book your next car rental, check if you can save money!

AutoSlash is a fantastic website that tracks your car rental reservations for price drops.  The site can re-book the reservation automatically or notify you if your rental gets cheaper.  Plus it’s free to use!

AutoSlash can potentially save you hundreds of dollars!  Several Million Mile Secrets readers use the site with great results.

Discount Car Rental

AutoSlash Can Potentially Save You Lots of Money on Car Rentals Because the Site Automatically Monitors Prices for Cheaper Options

I’ll show how you can get a discount car rental using AutoSlash.

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Don’t Leave Southwest Points on the Table When You Rent a Car!

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines at GotoTravelGal.com.  And  she offers her free “Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help you quickly and easily earn the amazing Southwest Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.  

So I’ve asked her to share some tips on how to earn Southwest points when you rent a car.

Lyn:   Renting a car is a common activity for travelers who want an independent mode of transportation at their destination.  

Whether you’ll be sight-seeing around a US National Park, driving along the Pacific Coast highway, or just want the freedom to stop at the grocery and explore a destination on your own time, car rentals can come in quite handy.

Did you know it’s quite easy to earn Southwest points every time you rent a car?  But NOT all the points you earn will qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Southwest Points Car Rental

We’ve Got Tips for How to Earn Southwest Points on Your Next Car Rental!

I’m going to show you the current bonus point offers from Southwest, explain a few caveats to help make sure the deal is right for you, and walk you through how to book your Southwest car rental.

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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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My All-Time Favorite Car Upgrade!

I’m not loyal to any rental car brand.  When I rent a car, my biggest concern is finding the agency with the best price.

I usually rent the cheapest car, which is usually an economy car.  Often times, I get upgraded to a compact or a mid-size car, because car rental companies don’t have a large stock of economy cars on the lot.

During my recent visit to San Francisco, I received my all-time favorite Avis free upgrade!

Avis Free Upgrade

Driving Narrow, Winding Roads Helped Keep My Lead Foot in Check

I’ll show you my latest Avis free upgrade, the best I’ve ever had!

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

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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.

I’ll share more news about the Sapphire Reserve!

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What’s the Best No-Annual-Fee Credit Card for Military Personnel?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Rather B tweeted:

What’s the best first no annual fee card for my military son?  Bag fees aren’t an issue.  But $3,000 minimum spending to get the sign-up bonus may be hard.

Thank you for the question, Rather B.  And thanks to your son for his service!

American Express cards are a good pick if you are in a similar situation.  That’s because American Express will waive credit card fees for members of the military, like late fees and over-limit fees!

What's The Best No Annual Fee Credit Card For Military Personnel

To Our US Military, American Express Has You Covered

I’ll explain how military personnel can avoid annual fees.  And suggest other credit card options, too!

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Earn 1 Free Car Rental Day for Every 2 Qualifying Rentals at National Car Rental

Via One Mile at a Time, National Car Rental’s One, Two, Free promotion is back!

Folks with upcoming rental car plans can save money from this promotion.  Because you’ll earn 1 free car rental day for every 2 rentals of two days or longer in the US through January 31, 2017.  But first, you have to register.

There are other opportunities to earn points for free rentals, like referring a friend.  Or renting a car through the mobile app.

Earn 1 Free Car Rental Day For Every 2 Qualifying Rentals At National Car Rental

With National Car Rental, You Can Get 1 Free Car Rental Day for Every 2 Rentals Through January 31, 2017

I’ll explain more about the offer!

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Benefits Guide

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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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