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This New Hotel Promotion Sounds Familiar!

Choice Hotels has released their new promotion for stays between May 11 and July 31, 2017.  And it’s similar to their last promotion.

You’ll earn 8,000 Choice points after 2 stays, enough for a free night at low-category hotels.  But now you can redeem those points for a $50 gift card to select merchants, like Amazon and Chili’s!

Choice Hotel Promotion Summer 2017

You Can Use Choice Points to Stay at Both Economical Hotels and Luxury Resorts

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New to Amazon Prime? Earn 3,000 Points for Signing-Up!

If you’re NOT already an Amazon Prime member, now is a good time to sign-up!

Via View From the Wing, you’ll get 3,000 JetBlue points for purchasing 1 year of Amazon prime ($99 plus tax) through May 8, 2017!

JetBlue points are worth ~1.4 cents each towards JetBlue flights, so 3,000 JetBlue points are worth ~$42 in JetBlue airfare (3,000 JetBlue points x 1.4 cents per point).

New To Amazon Prime Earn 3000 Points For Signing Up

Buying an Amazon Prime Membership Can Help You Reach Your Travel Goals!

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Top 5 Small Business Credit Cards With No Annual Fee for 2017

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

Having a no annual fee card is a great way to earn rewards for your small business expenses.

For example, certain small business cards come with 5% cash back categories.  So you can earn bonus cash back on purchases you were already planning.

And if you’re new to the hobby, a no annual fee card is a great place to start.  Because you never have to cancel the card.  This can help you build a relationship with the bank and can increase your credit score by creating a longer credit history!

Best No Annual Fee Business Cards 2017

Earning up to 5% Cash Back on Certain Business Expenses Can Really Add Up!

I’ll share the 5 best no annual fee business cards!

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New AMEX Offers: Save on Rental Cars, Hotels, Office Supplies, and More!

You can now load new AMEX Offers to save on purchases you’d likely make anyway!

Via Running With Miles, there is a new list of AMEX Offers available for merchants like Office Depot, Sixt, Whole Foods, and more!

AMEX Offers are an easy way to save money.  To take advantage of these deals, just add the offers to your AMEX card.  And you’ll earn a statement credit when you make a qualifying purchase with that card!

New AMEX Offers Save On Rental Cars Hotels Office Supplies And More

Save 20% at Hilton Resorts for Stays Through September 10, 2017

AMEX Offers are targeted, so you’ll need to sign-in to your American Express online account to see which deals you qualify for.

I’ll give you the scoop on these new offers!

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 4 – Museum of Science & Industry and Other Activities in Chicago

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 4 Museum Of Science Industry And Other Activities In Chicago

It Was Neat to See the Inner Workings and Stages of a Real Jet Engine at the Museum of Science and Industry

We had an amazing time seeing Hamilton!  And despite the quick visit, we packed in tons of other activities.  Including a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry and participating in one of the largest protests in Chicago’s history!

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10 Best Cards to Earn Cash Back at Restaurants

Looking to earn the most cash back when you dine out?

There are lots of cards that include restaurants as a bonus spending category.

Keep in mind, some of the best cash back cards aren’t advertised as such.  Instead, you might earn points, which you can then redeem for cash back or a statement credit.

Best Cash Back Cards To Use At Restaurants 2017

Earning Bonus Cash Back at Restaurants With Certain Cards Means You Might Get Up to 5% of the Cost of the Meal Back!

I’ll share my picks for the best cash back cards to use at restaurants!

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Update: Earn 3X Points on Almost Anything With This New Card!

Last week I shared a rumor about new valuable US Bank card, the US Bank Altitude Reserve.

And now we have new details about the card!  Some are a bit disappointing, but some are really exciting!

For example, the $325 annual travel credit is per cardmember year, NOT calendar year.  So you won’t be able to get it twice before the second annual fee is due (like you can with the Chase Sapphire Reserve).

But getting approved for the card might be easier than we first thought!  I’ll explain.

Update Earn 3X Points On Almost Anything With This New Card

Earn 4.5% Back on Nearly All Purchases With This Upcoming Card!

Here’s what you can expect from the upcoming US Bank Altitude Reserve!

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Keep Points Flexibility After Downgrading This Chase Travel Card

Million Mile Secrets reader, Harold, commented:

If I downgrade my Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Freedom Unlimited, can I still transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Freedom Unlimited to the Chase Sapphire Reserve?

Absolutely!

On its own, the points you earn from the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each toward travel or for cash back.

But when you pair it with another eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards card like the Sapphire Reserve, you’ll have the flexibility to combine points and transfer them to terrific airline and hotel partners.

With a downgrade, you’ll also avoid duplicate benefits and save on annual fees.  That’s why after getting the Sapphire Reserve, I downgraded the Sapphire Preferred to the no annual fee Freedom Unlimited.

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The Secret Way to Get $200 in Free Food With Your AMEX Platinum

American Express recently added new perks to The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, including monthly Uber credits up to $200 a year and 5X points on hotel bookings made through AMEX Travel.

If you’re in an area Uber serves, the Uber credit can save you lots of money on transportation, and help off-set the $550 annual fee.  You’ll get up to $15 in credit per month ($35 in December).

But did you know you’re not just limited to using the Uber credit on rides?  You can also apply the credit to meals purchased through UberEATS!

The Secret Way To Get 200 In Free Food With Your AMEX Platinum

Shhh! You Can Also Use the Monthly AMEX Platinum Uber Credit to Order Food Through UberEATS!

I’ll fill you in on how it works!

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5 Cards to Earn Miles for Etihad Award Flights

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, Ebene, commented:

Can you transfer United Airlines miles to Etihad?  What are the best cards to earn miles to fly Etihad?

You can NOT transfer airline miles to another airline.

For Etihad award flights, you can transfer points directly to the airline from 3 flexible programs – American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest.  You can also use American Airlines miles or ANA miles to fly Etihad.

Etihad miles are also valuable for folks looking to book award seats on any of its 26 airline partners.  For example, using Etihad miles for a Brussels Airlines award flight is one of the cheapest ways to get to Europe!

Etihad Award Flights

Use Etihad Miles for Award Flights to Abu Dhabi Where You Can Visit the Magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

I’ll share 5 cards that can earn you miles for Etihad award flights.

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