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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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IHG Cyber Monday Deals Live Until Friday (Buy Points at a Big Discount!)

If you missed the Cyber Monday festivities, there’s still time to get some nice deals!

IHG is running Cyber Monday deals through Friday, December 2, 2016, at 8:00 pm Eastern time.  You can book lots of hotels at discounts of up to 30%.  You can also book discounted Points & Cash rates!

4 Top Hotels In Mexico The Caribbean And South America Where You Can Stay 3 Nights With Ritz Carlton Card Bonus

Stay in San Juan at a Discount With IHG Cyber Monday Week Sales!

I’ll show you some of the deals still available, and how to maximize them!

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We’ll Always Tell You the Best Offers — Top 10 Cards That Earn Us No Commission!

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

Emily and I always tell our readers the best credit card offers – even if it means we don’t earn a commission.

I will always list the best credit card offer I’m aware of, even if it’s not my affiliate link.  And I’m always grateful when readers bring better offers to our attention!

We'll Always Tell You The Best Offers Top 10 Cards That Earn Us No Commission

We Want You to Achieve Your Travel Goals More Than We Want to Earn a Commission

I’ll list the top 10 cards that do NOT currently earn us a commission but DO earn you Big Travel with Small Money!

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5 Hotels for Friends Traveling Together With the 100,000 AMEX Hilton Surpass Bonus

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

Ask your friends if they want to take a vacation soon!

Because with the limited-time highest ever offers on the Hilton Honors Card from American Express and Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express cards, you can get free award stays at Hilton hotels for city fun, beach vacations, and outdoor activities.

Perfect for a friends-only vacation!

5 Hotels For Friends Traveling Together With The 100,000 AMEX Hilton Surpass Bonus

Get Ready to Unwind on the Beach, or Plan a Relaxing Vacation, With Hilton Points! Bring a Friend Along for the Ride!

I’ll give you fun ideas about how to use Hilton points for a getaway!

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Review of the New Charles Schwab AMEX Cards

Just when you thought you’d run out of AMEX cards to apply for with their 1-bonus-per-lifetime rule

Two new American Express cards are now available from Charles Schwab, but to apply you need to have an eligible Charles Schwab brokerage account.

The Schwab Investor Credit Card From American Express is a cash-back card which has a sign-up bonus of $100 after completing minimum spending.

And the American Express Platinum Card for Schwab earns AMEX Membership Rewards points, with a sign-up bonus of 40,000 points after meeting minimum spending.

Review Of The New Charles Schwab AMEX Cards

Charles Schwab and AMEX Have Teamed up to Offer 2 New Cards – but You Must Have a Charles Schwab Investment Account to Apply

Emily and I don’t receive a commission for these offer but we’ll always let you know about interesting deals!  I’ll share the details and help you decide if you should consider these cards!

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Why Now Is a Great Time to Get the Southwest Companion Pass (2 for 1 Flights!)

Update:   After March 31, 2017, transferring hotel points to Southwest no longer counts towards the Companion Pass.  But here’s how to earn Companion Pass points when booking paid nights at hotels.

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

The Southwest Companion Pass is my #1 favorite deal in travel!  Because a friend or family member can fly with you for almost free on paid and award tickets for up to 2 years!

Now’s a perfect time to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass because if you earn the Companion Pass in 2016, it’s valid for the rest of this year and all of 2017. 

And it’s easy to earn the Companion Pass now, because there are increased sign-up bonuses on all 3 Chase Southwest cards!

Why Now Is A Great Time To Get The Southwest Companion Pass 2 For 1 Flights

Share the LUV by Flying 2-for-1 With the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ll remind you how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  And show you how to make the most of it!

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Act Soon! 75,000 Mile Citi AAdvantage Executive Sign-Up Bonus Ends October 27, 2015 [EXPIRED]

Update:   The card offer in this post is no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Via One Mile at a Time, the increased 75,000 mile sign-up bonus on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® will end October 27, 2015.

This is a very good deal!  Normally, the sign-up bonus on the card is 50,000 American Airlines miles, although in the past it’s been as high as 100,000 American Airlines miles after meeting minimum spending requirements.


The Sign-Up Bonus on the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Is More Than Enough for a Round-Trip Coach Ticket to Asia

So you’ve got less than a week to apply for this card!

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Can Folks Who Don’t Do a Lot of Spending Still Earn Big Travel?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Garrick, commented:

Would you be able to provide strategies and insight into collecting miles at different income levels?  Many cards are touted as great, but require spending of $20,000+ a year.

For young people like myself who don’t come anywhere near that, do you have any recommendations for cards or programs to stick with?  Based on my yearly spending I feel like it would be best to stick to 1 program such as AMEX Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Garrick, you’ve come to the right place!  Million Mile Secrets is all about how folks like you can get Big Travel with Small Money.

Can Folks Who Don't Do A Lot Of Spending Still Earn Big Travel

You Don’t Need to Be a Big Spender to Make Your Travel Dreams a Reality!

Let’s take a look at how folks who don’t do much spending can still save thousands of dollars on travel!  And I’ll explain how to decide which cards to start with.

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The Barclaycard Arrival Plus Is Back – but It’s NOT as Good a Deal

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

I wrote earlier this month that the Barclaycard Arrival Plus was changing.  At the time, Barclaycard temporarily closed the card to new applicants.

You can now apply for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus again.  But it’s NOT as good as it was before!

That said, it still comes with a 40,000 Barclaycard Arrival mile sign-up bonus after completing minimum spending requirements.  That’s now worth ~$420 (previously $440) in statement credits for travel purchases of $100 or more.


You Can Still Get Big Travel From the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, but It’s NOT as Good as It Once Was!

Let’s look at the changes and see whether it’s worth applying for (or keeping) the card.

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Save Points (and Money) Using the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal

My favorite use of Chase Ultimate Rewards points is transferring them to airline and hotel partners for Big Travel with Small Money.

But sometimes you’re better off using points to book airfare through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal.

Right now, there are great sign-up bonuses on the Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Cash cards.  And you can use Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned with these cards to book discounted travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal.

Save Points And Money Using The Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal

Save Money (and Points!) When You Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Book Airfare and More Through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal

Let’s see when it’s a better deal to use points to pay for airfare instead of transferring them to airlines!

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