Category Archives: Sweet Spots

Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 5: Best Ways to Fly to Canada & Alaska

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline and hotel partners when the time comes.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  

The AMEX Membership Rewards program has 20 direct airline and hotel partners.  Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well!  This means you’ll have several choices when planning flights to Canada or Alaska!

Or you can keep it simple and use AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal and effectively get up to 2 cents per point.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To Canada

Is Alaska on Your Bucket List? You Can Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Get You There!

I’ll show you the best ways to use American Express Membership Rewards Points for flights to Canada & Alaska!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With AMEX Membership Rewards Points: Part 4 – Best Ways to Fly to Hawaii

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline partners when the time comes.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  

The AMEX Membership Rewards program has 20 direct airline and hotel partners.  Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well!  You can use AMEX points to book award flights on every airline that flies from the US to Hawaii!

Or you can keep it simple and use AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal and get a fixed amount per point.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Hawaii Flights

AMEX Membership Rewards Points Are Extremely Versatile for Folks Looking to Fly to Hawaii!

I’ll show you the best ways to use American Express Membership Rewards Points for flights to Hawaii!

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Book Virgin America Awards With Alaska Airlines Miles!

If you have Virgin America points, you now have more opportunities to get excellent value from your rewards!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can now book Virgin America award flights with Alaska Airlines miles!  This is a big deal, because folks with Virgin America points can now redeem their points with 2 very different “award charts”.

Book Virgin America Awards With Alaska Airlines Miles

You Now Have 2 Options for Redeeming Your Virgin America Points!

I’ll help you decide if booking Virgin America award flights with Alaska Airlines miles makes sense for you!

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5 Ways to Earn 7,500 Chase Points With Freedom This Quarter

If you make the most of the Chase Freedom 5X bonus categories this quarter, you’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points!  That’s enough for a free night at Category 1 Hyatt hotels.  Or for certain flights on Southwest or United Airlines.

Through March 31, 2017, you can earn up to 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your Chase Freedom at gas stations and commuter transportation when you activate the bonus by March 14, 2017.

So I put together a list of ways to help you earn the most points!

5 Ways To Earn 7500 Chase Points With Freedom This Quarter

Earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Uber, Lyft, and Taxis This Quarter!

Here are 5 ideas for earning 7,500 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points this quarter.

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How to Use Fewer Miles for Short Flights With New Alaska Airlines Award Chart

If you collect Alaska Airlines miles (or Starwood points), you now have more opportunities to get Big Travel!

Alaska Airlines has switched to a distance-based award chart.  And most folks will only benefit from the change!  You can now book short-haul flights in coach for as little as 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles one-way. 

Note:   Your flights must be for travel within the continental US and Canada, and operated by Alaska Airlines.

How To Use Fewer Miles For Short Flights With New Alaska Airlines Award Chart

You Can Now Book Cheaper Award Seats to Alaska (and Plenty of Other Places!) With the Updated Alaska Airlines Award Chart

I’ll help you understand this new distance-based award chart!  And give you ideas of how to make the most of it, like adding a free one-way flight to end of your trip!

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How to Use the United Airlines Award Chart

For folks looking to get Big Travel with Small Money, using United Airlines miles to book award flights can be incredibly valuable!

United Airlines has a simple award chart with easy-to-understand pricing.  And because United Airlines miles are easy to accrue, many of these award flights are very accessible.

The United Airlines tool is one of my favorites for booking award flights.  Because it is straightforward and easy to maneuver.  And I love using United Airlines miles to book flights on United Airlines’ Star Alliance partners because they have competitive prices and don’t impose fuel surcharges.

How To Use The United Airlines Award Chart

Use Your United Airlines Miles to Fly With United Airlines or One of Their Star Alliance Partner Airlines

In this post, I’ll show you how to understand the United Airlines award chart and how to use your United Airlines miles to get Big Travel with Small Money!

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You Can Now Book Korean Air SkyTeam Partners Online!

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

Good news for folks who use Korean Air miles!

Via View From the Wing, you can now book Korean Air SkyTeam partner award flights online, without having to call their customer service agents.  This is a more efficient process, which will be a big time-saver!

You Can Now Book Korean Air SkyTeam Partners Online

Book an Award Seat to Hawaii Online for Just 25,000 Korean Air Miles!

I’ll show you how to book Korean Air SkyTeam partner awards online!

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Do You Know These Secret Ways To Book Cathay Pacific Award Flights?

Update:   Cathay Pacific has extended the transfer bonus until February 28, 2017!

In this post, Million Mile Secrets contributor Andy digs into the limited-time 30% transfer bonus from hotel points to Cathay Pacific!

Andy:   I explained how Cathay Pacific’s great redemption scheme and liberal routing rules allow folks to see more places on the same ticket.  And until December 31, 2016, you can get a 30% Asia Miles bonus for transferring your hotel points.

Specifically, folks with Starwood points can do very well!  Because you can transfer Starwood points to Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific) at a good ratio.

Do You Know These Secret Ways To Book Cathay Pacific Award Flights

Cathay Pacific Has Great Options for Seeing Multiple Places on the Same Award Ticket

Many folks have complained about how hard it is to redeem a Cathay Pacific award.  So Million Mile Secrets contributor Andy set out on a mission to find out if Cathay Pacific deserves this reputation.

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50,000 Mile Citi American Airlines Card Without 24 Month Restriction!

Possible good news for folks who have opened or closed a Citi American Airlines credit card in the past 24 months!

Via Rapid Travel Chai, there’s a Citi American Airlines Platinum Select application floating around Reddit.  And it doesn’t have the restrictive language we’re accustomed to seeing alongside Citi credit cards.

According to the link, you’ll earn 50,000 American Airlines miles by completing $3,000 in minimum spending in the first 3 months of account opening.  And there’s no mention of not being approved for the bonus if you’ve opened or closed a Citi American Airlines card within the past 24 months.

That said, there’s no guarantee Citi will honor the bonus for folks who already have or had the card in the past 24 months.

50000 Mile Citi American Airlines Card Without 24 Month Restriction

Escape the White Stuff This Winter With a Trip to the Canary Islands – Just 45,000 American Airlines Miles Round-Trip in Coach Between January 10 and March 14, and November 1 and December 14

Emily and I don’t earn a commission from this card, but we’ll ALWAYS tell you when a great deal pops up!

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Last Chance! Starwood Point Transfers to Virgin America End in ~1 Week

If you’ve been considering transferring your Starwood points to Virgin America and then to Alaska Airlines to take advantage of the favorable transfer ratio, you only have ~1 week left.

Via View From the Wing, you’ll no longer be able to transfer Starwood points to Virgin America starting January 6, 2017.

And you won’t earn Virgin America points for Starwood stays effective the same date.

Last Chance Starwood Point Transfer To Virgin America End In 1 Week

Transfer Your Starwood Points Soon to Virgin America, Because the Partnership Is Ending January 6, 2017

I’ll explain what’s changing and help you decide if you should transfer Virgin America points to Starwood.

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