Category Archives: Sweet Spots

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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Reader Question: What’s the Best Miles & Points Strategy to Fly to Tahiti?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Ken, commented:

Could you recommend the best strategy for using miles and points to get 3 round-trip coach tickets from Los Angeles to Tahiti?  Currently, I have:

  • 106,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points
  • 70,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points
  • 15,000 American Airlines miles
  • 9,000 JetBlue points
  • 5,000 Starwood points
  • 1,000 Alaska Airlines miles

Great question, Ken!

There are a limited number of flights from Los Angeles to Tahiti, which is a popular route for folks looking to get to Bora Bora.  So this can make it harder to find good deals on award flights.

For example, Million Mile Secrets team member Keith recently spent lots of time researching this itinerary for a potential anniversary trip.  But the cash flight prices and award flights for his desired travel dates were extremely expensive, so he decided to pick a different destination.

That said, having flexibility with your travel dates and planning in advance can open up ways for reader Ken to accomplish his travel goal!

Award Flight To Tahiti

Tahiti Is a Bucket List Travel Destination! And It’s Possible to Get There Using Miles & Points

I’ll share some helpful tools y’all can use to plan award travel.  And a potential way reader Ken can book an award flight to Tahiti with the points he already has.

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Blog Giveaway: 15,000 IHG Points!

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Emily and I appreciate y’all so much for your support over the years!  So this week, we’re giving away 15,000 IHG points!

Blog Giveaway 15000 IHG Points

Stay at the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane for Just 5,000 IHG Points

I’ll show you how to enter!

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Complete List of New IHG PointBreaks Hotels: Book Starting Monday!

Yesterday I showed you a few hotels you can expect to see on IHG’s latest PointBreaks list.

Now, IHG has released the full hotel list!  You’ll pay just 5,000 IHG points per night at over 100 IHG hotels worldwide.  You can book starting Monday, April 24, 2017, for stays through July 31, 2017.

IHG PointBreaks April To July 2017

Stay at the Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach for 5,000 IHG Points per Night and Make It Your Home Base for Exploring Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands

I’ll give you the full list!  And remind you of ways to save even more booking PointBreaks hotels.

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Sneak Peek: IHG PointBreaks Hotels for 5,000 Points!

The new IHG PointBreaks list will be released tomorrow, April 21, 2017, at 12:00 pm Eastern Time!

Every 3 months, IHG runs a promotion called PointBreaks, where they offer certain hotels worldwide for just 5,000 IHG points per night.  And you’ll be able to book this new list on April 24, 2017 (Monday).

IHG PointBreaks April 2017

Stay at the Beautiful HUALUXE Nanchang High-Tech Zone in China for Just 5,000 IHG Points!

Here’s a sneak peek at the list of upcoming PointBreaks hotels!

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Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free at Disney to Save Big Money!

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 Walt Disney World resorts with the Citi Prestige card to get the 4th night free benefit!

Ken and Emily:  You can book Walt Disney World stays with Starwood points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, but some folks choose to save their points for other trips and instead put their Disney stay on a credit card.

For the 3 stays we’ve booked at Walt Disney World in the past year, we’ve used the Citi Prestige.  When you book a hotel stay of 4+ nights through the Citi Prestige Concierge, you’ll get a statement credit for the 4th night.  However, starting July 23, 2017, the 4th night free credit will be based on the average nightly cost of your stay, excluding taxes.

This a great perk, and a terrific way to save money on Walt Disney World resort stays.  We saved $1,165 on a split stay between Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club on a recent trip to Disney from this benefit alone!

Disney World Hotel Discounts 2017

A Free Night at Walt Disney World Means More Magical Views for Less!

Let’s see how to book Walt Disney World resorts using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit.

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3 AMEX Transfer Partners to Consider for Travel Flexibility

Million Mile Secrets reader, Chris, commented:

I just received the sign-up bonus from The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.  I’m afraid AMEX might try to claw my points back.  Which airline transfer partner would you recommend transferring my points to?

As long as you follow the rules for meeting minimum spending requirements, you should NOT worry about losing sign-up bonus points.

And without travel plans, I like the flexibility of keeping points in my AMEX Membership Rewards account.  Because when you’re ready to book a trip, you’ll have the option to choose from multiple transfer partners.

The best partner depends on your travel goals.  Are you traveling within the US or internationally?  And do you want a coach or Business Class seat?

Transfer AMEX Membership Rewards Points

There Are Plenty of Ways to Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for Flights! The Best Partner Depends on Your Travel Goals

I’ll share a few AMEX airline transfer partners that can get you flexibility for future travel.

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Best of Million Mile Secrets – March 2017

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

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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