Category Archives: Travel Tips

Fantastic 100,000-Point Marriott Sign-Up Bonus!

Fantastic news for folks who use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points!

You can now earn 100,000 Marriott points with the increased sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card after completing minimum spending requirements.  That’s 20,000 more points than the previous offer!

And if you recently applied or are planning to apply for the limited time AMEX Starwood offer (available until April 5, 2017), you could have a total of 225,000 Marriott points!  That’s enough for 5 award nights at the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection.

Marriott Card 100,000 Points 2017

Emily Had an Amazing Time at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands! You Can Stay There Too Using Points From the Limited Time Chase Marriott Sign-Up Bonus

I’ll share details of the improved sign-up bonus.  And help you decide if you should apply!

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What We Know (and Do NOT Know!) About the Future of Starwood’s Loyalty Program

The Marriott – Starwood merger officially closed in September 2016.  And you can link your Starwood and Marriott accounts to enjoy the perks of both programs.

But you might be wondering, what’s the future of Starwood’s loyalty program

What Will Happen To Starwood In 2018

Lots of Folks Are Wondering About the Future of the Starwood Loyalty Program Now That the Marriott – Starwood Merger Is Complete. I’ll Share What We Know So Far

While I don’t have all the details yet, I’ll share what I know.  And give you ideas about earning and using Starwood points going forward!

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“If It Seems Like a Good Deal, Jump On It. If You Wait to See If It Worked for Others, It Will Expire”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:   Discounts & Deals 4 Military

Bobby started Discounts & Deals 4 Military to highlight discounts and easy ways to save money that is unique to military members.  You can also find him on Facebook!

Discounts Deals 4 Military

Trip Back Home to Oregon

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Fare Sale: 5 US Cities to Iceland Starting at $200 Round-Trip!

Via The Points Guyyou can fly from several US cities to Iceland in coach starting at just $200 round-trip!

I found flights from San Francisco to Reykjavik for $260 departing April 16, 2017, and returning April 27, 2017.  These fares are valid for travel from April to June, and from September to November 2017 on certain routes.

Wow Air Sale March 2017

Don’t Let the Name Fool You – Iceland Is a Beautiful Destination With Green Hills, Waterfalls, and Volcanoes!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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Save Miles on Award Flights to South Africa Using AMEX & Starwood Points

Million Mile Secrets reader Aaron asked:

I have been looking to take the family to South Africa.  It appears ANA has the best mileage, but taxes and fees are terrible.  Do you have any thoughts?

Aaron is mostly correct.  ANA Mileage Club can save you tens of thousands of miles for flights to South Africa.  But it also adds fuel surcharges to most of its partners.

If you collect AMEX Membership Rewards or Starwood points, you can transfer them to ANA to book award flights.  Or move Marriott points to Starwood and then to ANA.

Using airline miles on award flights to South Africa is a great idea, because paid flights are expensive and rarely discounted.  But fuel surcharges can be very high.

ANA stopped collecting fuel surcharges on most of its own flights in Spring 2016, but it keeps adding them to most of its partners.

How To Book Award Flights To South Africa With ANA Miles

Planning a Trip to South Africa Like Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith? You’ll Use Fewer Miles (but More Cash) Booking With ANA Miles

I’ll show you how to save miles and money, and pitfalls to avoid for award flights to South Africa.

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New! No-Annual-Fee Card Earns Up to 3% Cash Back

Via Reddit, there’s a new card that earns 3% on dining, 2% on groceries, and 1% on everything else.

With the Capital One Premier Dining Rewards card, you’ll earn a sign-up bonus of $100 when you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

That’s not bad for a card with no annual fee.  But it’s NOT a good card for folks just getting into the miles & points hobby!

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this card, but we’ll always tell you all your options!

Capital One Dining Rewards

You’ll Get the Most Cash Back When You Use Your Card for Dining. But There Are Other Cards With Even Better Returns

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this card.  And help you decide if it’s worth it for you!

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AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign-Up Bonuses Ever

If you’ve been waiting to apply for the AMEX Hilton credit cards, your patience has paid off!

Until May 31, 2017, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express have increased sign-up bonuses.  And I’ve never seen a higher bonus on these cards!

You’ll earn 80,000 Hilton points after you make $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors card.

And you’ll earn 100,000 Hilton points after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card.

Plus there’s an incredibly valuable new perk on the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass which could be worth hundreds of dollars!

AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign Up Bonuses Ever

You’ll Have Lots of Options to Redeem Your Hilton Points, From Inexpensive Family-Friendly Hotels to Luxury Resorts, Like the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

I’ll share the details.  And give you some ideas for using Hilton points!

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Targeted: Earn 10,000 Easy AMEX Membership Rewards Points

Are you one of the lucky folks who got an email offer to earn 10,000 easy AMEX Membership Rewards points?

Via Reddit, AMEX is offering 10,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points to certain cardholders who enroll their charge cards in “Pay Over Time” by May 13, 2017!

It’s a no-brainer to sign-up if you’re eligible.  Plus, you’ll get extra flexibility in how you use your AMEX charge card!

AMEX Pay Over Time Bonus

Transfer 10,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Delta for a Free Coach Award Flight From Toronto to Miami!

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal!

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Best Cards to Use at Amazon in 2017

If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.

If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.

And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Amazon

Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon

I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!

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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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