Category Archives: Sweet Spots

Top 10 Easiest Awards to Book in 2017

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

To get the Biggest Travel with Smallest Money, it’s worth the time and effort to learn award booking tricks.  But it takes practice!

If you’re looking for an easy way to to earn points and book cheap travel, I’ll give you a few ideas!  So even if you’re new to our hobby, you can begin your miles & points journey right away!

Easy Award Flights And Hotels To Book 2017

Here Are Hassle-Free Deals to Help You Accomplish Your Travel Goals!

I’ll share my favorite no-brainer deals that can give you your dream vacation in no time!

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Let IHG PointBreaks Inspire Your Travel

Million Mile Secrets team member Joseph is (likely) heading to Panama for his next trip.  I asked him to tell you how he decided upon his destination!

Joseph:   I always anticipate the new IHG PointBreaks hotel list every few months.  That’s because you can book hotels all over the world for just 5,000 IHG points a night.  And IHG points are easy to earn!

I was especially looking forward to this latest PointBreaks list, because it’s been a while since I’ve traveled.  I decided to let the PointBreaks list decide my next travel destination.

How To Book IHG PointBreaks Hotels

I Booked a One-Bedroom Suite in St. Robert, Missouri, Last Winter for 5,000 IHG Points

Sometimes it can be fun to chase great sales and promotions, and let the deals decide where you travel!

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Limited-Time 10% Airline Transfer Bonus – Worth It?

Via Reddit, you’ll earn a 10% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Etihad through July 5, 2017.

This is a nice little bonus if you would have moved points to Etihad anyway.  But I wouldn’t transfer points unless you have a definite plan for the miles!  Because Etihad miles expire 3 years from the date you earn them.

And Etihad miles can be incredibly valuable for certain flights.

Citi ThankYou Etihad Transfer Bonus

Book Award Seats on Etihad’s Partner Airlines for Incredible Deals to Europe and Beyond

I’ll help you decide if transferring points to Etihad is a good idea!

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How to Book Disney Trips With AMEX Membership Rewards Points

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at Mousehacking.com.  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking trips to Walt Disney World and Disneyland using AMEX Membership Rewards points.

Ken and Emily:  American Express Membership Rewards points are valuable because of their great flexibility.  And you can transfer them to 20 airline and hotel partners.

If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, getting the most out of these transfer partners can be the key to saving Big Money!

In most cases you’ll get more value from transferring AMEX Membership Rewards points to airline partners than to hotel partners.  You’ll want to keep this in mind to avoid using your AMEX Membership Rewards points now on a hotel stay if you could get much better value out of them in the future.

Disney World With American Express Membership Rewards Points

You Can Use Your AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin!

We’ll show you the best ways to visit Disney with American Express Membership Rewards points!

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4 Ways to Fly to Europe Using Fewer Points or Less Cash!

Million Mile Secrets reader, Matt, tweeted:

What are the cheapest cities to fly to in Western Europe?

Great question, Matt!

The best deals can be different depending if you’re redeeming miles & points or booking paid airfare.

For example, one great option to Europe is using British Airways Avios points for flights to Dublin, Dusseldorf, or Berlin.

Or for inexpensive paid airfare, you can consider flights on low-cost airlines like Norwegian Air and WOW Air to destinations like Iceland, London, Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen.

A great part about flying to Europe cheaply is you can travel around to other destinations using budget airlines like RyanAir or via Europe’s extensive rail network.

Cheap Flights To Europe

You Can Explore Europe for Less When You Book Great Deals Using Miles, Points, or Cash

I’ll share how to get to Europe for cheap!

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Family Fun in New York City Using Southwest Points

Lyn writes about flying on Southwest for her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has flown her family all over the US almost entirely free on Southwest.  I’ve asked her to share how families can visit New York City on the cheap, from flights to activities to accommodations.

Lyn:  New York City is one of my favorite places.  I love the buzz and energy of the city where there is literally always something going on, and it seems everyone is going somewhere important!

I’ve been visiting the Big Apple since I was in high school as a dancer and my love of the city lives on.  🙂

Last summer, we took our boys to the city for the first time and enjoyed a completely different experience, traveling as a family.

Planning A Family Trip To New York City With Southwest Points

New York City Is a Great Destination for Families!

I’ll show you how we got Big Travel for Small Money in New York City along with some tips for families.

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New Flying Blue Promo Awards: 4 Cities to Europe (and Beyond!) for 25% Off

Via View From the WingAir France and KLM have released their June 2017 Flying Blue Promo Awards.

Starting June 1, 2017 (tomorrow), you can book discounted award flights for travel August 1 through August 31, 2017, or September 30, 2017, depending on your origin city.  You will get discounts on award flights between Europe and North American cities including Boston, Chicago, and New York.

Even if you’ve never flown Air France or KLM, you may have points that transfer to the program.  I’ll explain!

Flying Blue Promo Awards June 2017

Flying Blue Makes Europe More Affordable With Promo Awards!

Here’s what you need to know about Flying Blue Promo Awards.

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Changes Coming Soon to This Card’s $300 Annual Travel Credit

Have you been considering the Chase Sapphire Reserve?  You might want to apply soon if you’d hoped to make the most of the $300 annual travel credit.

Via Travel After Work, Chase has changed when you’re eligible for the annual $300 travel credit.  Starting May 21, 2017, new applicants will receive their $300 travel credit after each cardmember anniversary, instead of each calendar year.

Changes Coming Soon To This Cards 300 Annual Travel Credit

The Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Annual Travel Credit Can Be Used for Nearly ANY Travel Purchase, From Hotels and Flights to Taxis and Uber!

I’ll explain how this will affect new cardholders!

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Readers Reveal Their Favorite Uses of Starwood Points

I enjoy hearing from y’all about how you like to use miles & points.  So I loved reading your comments from a recent Starwood giveaway!

We asked how you use Starwood points to get Big Travel.  And we received a lot of enthusiastic responses!

Best Uses Of Starwood Points 2017

Planes, Trains, Hotels, and More! No Matter Your Travel Goals, Starwood Points Can Help You Achieve Them

The giveaway is now closed.  But if you’re looking for ideas for how to use your Starwood points, here are some suggestions from Million Mile Secrets readers!

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What Are the Differences Between Using British Airways or Iberia Avios Points?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Gabriel, commented:

Is there a difference between using British Airways or Iberia Avios points?

And reader Lori asked:

Is there any other way to get activity in your Iberia account other than moving AMEX Membership Rewards points?

British Airways and Iberia are part of the same company.  The points you use for award flights on both airlines are called Avios.  But the airlines have different award charts and redemption rules.

Generally, Iberia Avios points can be more valuable than British Airways Avios points for short-haul partner award flights in the US.

For example, you can book a round-trip award flight less than 600 miles on American Airlines for 11,000 Iberia Avios points.  That’s 4,000 points cheaper than if you book with British Airways Avios points!

British Airways And Iberia Frequent Flyer Programs

You Can Save Thousands of Points by Booking an Award Flight Through Iberia Instead of British Airways

I’ll share some differences between the British Airways and Iberia frequent flyer programs.  And how you can earn points in both programs!

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