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Daraius Dubash and Emily Jablon (formerly married) have earned and redeemed millions of airline miles and hotel points – most of which they acquired for free and without flying in airplanes or staying in hotels.

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At Restaurant Sant Pau Near Barcelona, Spain.  Daraius & Emily Used Miles to Travel for Free on Swiss Air to Europe

Million Mile Secrets shows time-starved folks how, they too, can acquire airline miles and hotel points, and travel very comfortably to see the world, for a fraction of what they would otherwise pay for such travels.

They believe everyone can use airline and hotel loyalty points to travel for free – whether it is a trip in First Class to Thailand or a family visit to grandma in Florida.

By reading Million Mile Secrets you will learn their secrets to fly for much less,  stay in wonderful hotels for much less, and rent cars for much less than retail price.

They have visited over 30 countries in 6 out of 7 continents, and have flown on International First Class (where tickets costs about $20,000 per ticket) to Europe, Asia, and the US, many times for virtually no money.  They use their expertise and specialized tools to help their blog readers and their families travel and experience the world like they never thought possible.

Emily in Lake Como, Italy

Emily Used her Miles to Visit Lake Como, Italy

 

As a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Daraius roamed the world, as an auditor for a Fortune 500 company, to ensure that rules, regulations, and policies were enforced.  He also prepared many tax returns as a volunteer with the AARP.

Daraius now uses his ability to interpret complicated airline rules and marketing promotions – honed from mastering complex accounting rules – to make the most of airline, hotel, and rental car promotions.

But Daraius believes using your miles and points to travel shouldn’t require a degree in Accounting!  That’s why they started Million Mile Secrets.  They present the information in a helpful way that anyone can understand.

Emily was a Project Manager for General Dynamics (a Fortune 100 Company) and completed her MBA in 2014. She has worked in the Operations divisions of 2 publicly traded companies.

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Daraius has worked in the Finance, Auditing & Global Marketing divisions of Fortune 500 companies.  He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Master’s in Engineering Management from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

News outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, and Business Insider call upon Daraius and Emily for their expertise at Big Travel with Small Money.

You Dont Have To Pay To Upgrade To An Overwater Bungalow In Bora Bora

Miles and Points Can Get you an Overwater Villa at the InterContinental Thalasso Bora Bora

In his spare time, Daraius loves to plan his future travels and plot how to increase their stash of miles and points (currently over 3 million).  He loves listening to classical music, reading non-fiction (history and biography), eating good ethnic food, and taking long walks.

Emily loves to Latin dance, listen to music, spend time with friends, and help plan future trips.

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  1. Hi MMS, love this site! I just started doing this CC thing again after 5 years and I have applied for 4 cards, CSP, IHG, Marriott, and Amex Surpass, because they all had great sign up bonuses. I then applied for the Chase Ink card for my rental house which I claim on my taxes, and I was denied. Then I just applied for the new Sapphire Reserve card and was instantly approved, so what gives??? Do you think it’s still possible to get the Chase Ink business card?

  2. Hey Guys,

    There is a typo on the new posting for http://millionmilesecrets.com/2016/08/23/top-5-small-business-credit-cards-with-no-annual-fee-for-2016/#more-182699

    You list two #4’s, instead of #3 and #4.

    Thanks,

    Lane

  3. It’s time for my annual rent payment and my new timeshare payment in full, and I have the money – yet based on your page I’m going to charge these to several new credit cards and use the miles for vacations! Soooo many wonderful tips on your page, am spending about an hour a day here, what a great education.

    BTW Marriott’s 80K miles offer is up and now link from your page which says it’s not verified yet. https://creditcards.chase.com/credit-cards/marriott-premier

  4. Dale MacPherson

    Thank you for your site, although the award seating game is confusing your site helps quite a bit! I am looking to get my family of 8 From LAX to FCO with a stop over in London.
    I have found multi city award space on the first leg for as little as 28.8K mixed cabin on first leg LAX to London, but as I look for space on London to FCO the awards jump to 45K.
    Can I book this ticket and not fly the London to FCO, as if I look for London to FCO by itself it is only 15K?
    Thanks for any response.

  5. @Uamin – Sounds like a terrific trip! Here’s a post on booking Etihad award flights with American Airlines miles: http://millionmilesecrets.com/2014/04/23/etihad-award-routes/

    You should be able to find some information there. Hope that helps!

    @Jerry – For most miles and points credit cards issued by AMEX, Chase, and other banks, you’ll need to be a US resident to apply. Because you need a Social Security Number to go on your application.

    @Julie – Thanks for reading! The revenue and income requirements for small business cards can be different from personal credit cards. Here’s a post with helpful tips for applying for a small business credit card: http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/09/13/how-to-qualify-for-a-small-business-credit-card-and-why-you-should-get-one/

    I’d also recommend calling Chase to see if they can give you some help in getting the Chase Ink card.

    @Lane – Thanks for letting us know! It’s been updated.

  6. Joseph Robinson

    Hello my wife and I have been married a year on September 17. Due to me having surgery right before we got married and a death in the family, I was not able to give her a wedding ceremony or a honeymoon. With us having 4 kids we cant go but so far for our anniversary but I am work with family and friends to surprise her with a weekend getaway. I have been collecting SPG points when traveling with my job in which I collect 8000 points. In order for me to make this weekend a success I need to have a total of between 14,000 to 20,000 points. Is it any way possible you can help me achieve the best weekend I can give my wife? Thank You!

  7. I read your post on using Virgin America miles to book Singapore Airlines awards. Has something changed lately with the availability the agents see? I found dates on Aeroplan and ANA that they could not see in July 2017. Do I just need to wait longer? It’s within 330 days.

  8. MMS, I see responses coming back for all questions but mine. Did I ask the wrong thing? or did you not understand question?

  9. @Joseph Robinson – I’m not sure how I could help. Perhaps you could get 1 night free with your existing points and pay for another night?

    Wishing you the best after your hard times.

    @bxw11 – I’d suggest calling again, and hopefully you’ll get a representative that is better at searching for award seats. 😉

    @Dale – Please send along your questions again! I must have accidentally missed them earlier. Thanks!

  10. Thank you for your site, although the award seating game is confusing your site helps quite a bit! I am looking to get my family of 8 From LAX to FCO with a stop over in London.
    I have found multi city award space on the first leg for as little as 28.8K mixed cabin on first leg LAX to London, but as I look for space on London to FCO the awards jump to 45K.
    Can I book this ticket and not fly the London to FCO, with out any penalties , as if I look for London to FCO by itself it is only 15K?
    Thanks for any response.

  11. Want to travel Business class Orlando to Budapest or Prague June 2017 for me and my husband, river cruise, Have 135k delta and 100 k aa miles,,, Hilton 150K and Marriott 17k. Would consider buying coach and using points to upgrade.
    Any suggestions?

  12. 25 Aug 16 Here is my plan for SWA Companion Pass for Jan 2017. I have say 60k miles worth of Marriott points I can transfer to SWA (wait until 2 Jan to do the transfer). Also I will apply for the SWA Cr Card about 18 Nov. Get the card and change the “cut off date” to 3rd of the month. Check on line to be sure it got changed. Not charge much on the card until mid DEC and then charge the $3,000 spend between then and 29 DEC – causing the bonus to show up on the 3 JAN cut off and into SWA about 6 JAN and get the CP about 9 JAN.

    Does that sound like a safe plan??

  13. Hey! Love the site. Over the past year I’ve accumulated approximately 250k chase ultimate reward points with your help. I’ve opened the Freedom card, Sapphire, and was just approved and waiting for the Reserve care. I want to go on a 1-2 week vacation somewhere international (Asia, Japan, or Europe) and was wondering where you think those points would go the furthest while still maintaining a luxurious level of accommodation.

  14. Hi!
    I’m beginner, I found a lot of info for this website but I don’t really understand everything
    I have 60000 miles with Chase + 30000 miles with Amex
    It’s enough to for me to book ticket to Vietnam. However I can’t find the way to combi chase&amex points to book ticket
    Please help me!!!

  15. Please compare the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Capital One Spark Miles for Business cards.

    About only one-third of my CC spending is for travel and dining. Assume I can spend the minimum required to get the sign-up bonus. The two miles for every dollar spent on the Capital One card might make more sense than the CSP card. The Annual Fee for the Capital One card is also lower after the first year than CSP. I have not yet been able to determine how I can use the FF miles on Capital One to buy travel. The website does not explain that well. Thanks!

  16. My wife and I are trying to get to Athens Greece 1st class next year and are trying to work out the best possible scenario so I thought I would write in to see what recommendations you would have based on our current points situation…

    First of all, we are in San Antonio Texas so we could fly out of San Antonio, Austin, Houston, or Dallas to have more and better options. Here are the current points we have:

    AA Miles Wife: 85,900
    AA Miles Me: 77,300

    Delta Wife: 40,000
    Delta Me: 8,500

    Ultimate Rewards: 32,000 & growing

    Starwood Points: 48,000 & growing

    We do not leave until next September (2017) but want to ensure we have 1st class tickets reserved. I have played with American and British Airways a bit flying from Austin to Heathrow, then to Athens but wanted to see what and how we could get the best bang for our buck since we have not considered other airlines we are not familiar with.

  17. Hello if my husband and I have global entry, can our minor daughter get the same privileges?

  18. Hi Daraius – Great website and such helpful tips and tricks. Love reading your honest trip reports too.

    Need some quick advice: Have upcoming flights this weekend on Alaska and Hawaiian and Virgin America. Most of our miles balance lies between AAdvantage, Chase Sapphire, and Citi ThankYou. Smaller balances exist with BA, Virgin America, Delta, JetBlue, Turkish etc. Given that scenario, where would you advise its best we bank the miles?

    I don’t see my wife and I going to Hawaii often but we do travel to Europe and Asia frequently. Within the US, we frequently travel from SFO, OAK to NY/PHL. Looking forward to your thoughts!

  19. Do Chase Ultimate Rewards ever expire?

  20. Thanks to your site, my husband and I are just getting into the travel credit card scene. We’ve been longtime advocates of the cash back cc, but wanted to give this a try. Already we’ve got the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Chase Freedom (to maximize those UR points), and the JetBlue Plus cards (we love flying Jet Blue, though not really loyal to anyone airline). We are hoping to be approved for the Sapphire Reserve (application still pending). Should we add a hotel loyalty credit card next (we’re not loyal to any one chain either)? What would you recommend we do next to broaden and diversify our portfolio?

  21. @Tess, I would recommend the Chase Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott card.
    You get free nights each year for the annual fee.

  22. @Dale – If you skip the London – FCO leg, the rest of your ticket (if it’s round-trip) will be cancelled. And if you check bags, they’ll likely go to FCO. So I’d proceed with caution.

    @Nancy Rice – Check out my post on the best ways to get to Europe with miles & points:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/02/10/top-5-cheap-ways-to-get-to-europe-using-miles-and-points/

    And how to book American Airlines and Delta award flights to Europe:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2012/02/04/american-airlines-award-travel/#more-8811

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/06/25/use-delta-miles-to-get-to-europe-even-from-the-west-coast/

    @SAPMAN – In theory that should work! But if you don’t need to use the Companion Pass right away, I’d suggest allowing for a little more wiggle room with your dates. But do whatever you’re most comfortable with!

    @Sam – Thanks for reading! And congrats on earning so many Chase Ultimate Rewards points! For hotel stays, I love transferring points to Hyatt because they have so many fantastic hotels throughout the world. Here are some ideas for Hyatt hotels in Europe and Asia:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/11/30/5-great-european-hotels-to-book-with-hyatt-points/

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/12/03/5-luxurious-hyatt-hotels-in-asia-australia/

    Check out our Trip Reports for a few ideas: http://millionmilesecrets.com/mile-and-point-resources/trip-reports/

    @Tan Nguyen – Thanks for reading the site! For help with booking award flights to Vietnam, I’d recommend reading our award booking guides or looking into an award booking service.

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/mile-and-point-resources/airline-award-charts/

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2013/01/15/award-booking-service/

    @Paul H. – One major difference is the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is a personal credit card and the Capital One Spark Miles is a small business card. Keep in mind small business credit cards come with less consumer protections than personal cards. Here are my reviews on both cards:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/11/16/now-50000-points-best-bonus-ever-for-chase-sapphire-preferred/

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/05/21/capital-one-spark-cash-for-business/

    @Shane Walls – Because you mostly have American Airlines miles, you’ll likely want to look for options with these miles. You’ll also be able to transfer your Starwood points to American Airlines! Here’s a guide to booking American Airlines award flights:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2012/02/04/american-airlines-award-travel/#more-8811

    @Pam – Your daughter would have to apply for Global Entry separately to have the same privileges as you and your husband.

  23. @Jackson, thanks for the recommendations. Looks like we wont be able to get anymore Chase cards after the Chase SR. Any cobranded hotel cards with similar benefits that are not a Chase card?

  24. Amex Platinum took back 100K points for buying gift cards from Simon Mall after 3 months. Earlier they were showing points and taken back after 3 months so we do not have time to use Platinum Credit Card for any other purpose to reach minimum spending. Can you advise what we can do. They are giving points for Cards Purchase only they removed 100K bonus that also after 3 months. I was keeping points in account to use when I need. Now learn to transfer immediately as soon as points are available. They have even not bother to inform us about this deduction. I lost complete trust on Amex Platinum Card. I have to audit every time to make sure points are credited properly.

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