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Daraius Dubash and Emily Jablon 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.

Busy people don’t have time to study the constantly changing deals, strategies, and requirements.  That’s why Million Mile Secrets only has the best offers and most relevant news, including their easy-to-follow analysis that has earned the trust of over 16,000 loyal readers.

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 Daraius,
    I just got this offer from United in my inbox. What do you think about it? Is it a good deal? How does it work?We can buy as many IHG points at 0.7c / point. Does that mean I can transfer these to UA, even with a 25% bonus?

    Limited-time offer: Convert hotel points into miles and get 25% more miles

  2. Jackson Chang

    Hi Daraius,

    I am relatively new to this but started since I see that I will probably be traveling a lot in the future. I normally fly within the US and probably Guangzhou, China (CAN) and Taipei Taiwan. I have been trying to do my research in finding which airlines would be best for me. From what I have, I narrowed it down to using Delta (since I just got the gold skymiles card) and Southwest (going for the companion pass early next year) for domestic and United for International travels. I’m in the San Jose area, I prefer SJC but SFO would work if its cheaper.
    What do you think about this?

    And for hotels, I recently got the Marriott card with the 80k bonus. I think I sort of feel its a mistake since all their hotels cost so much points! But oh wells. I’m thinking of using SPG and Hyatt as my main hotels. What do you think? Do you recommend any hotels over the others?

    My approach for getting more cards was to get a new one right after I hit the minimum spending limit on my existing cards. Do you think this is a good approach?

    Also, should i subscribe with the airlines/hotels with their promos?


  3. @Elena – It’s matter of personal preference. Would you rather have a bit more comfort and service or during your flight or save the miles for your next trip?

    Either way you’ll have an amazing time in Tokyo! Enjoy your trip!

    @Vlad – If you have hotel points you don’t plan on using for hotel stays, or you were planning on transferring them to United Airlines anyway, it’s nice to have the bonus.

    But otherwise, transferring hotel points to United Airlines typically isn’t a good deal, even with this bonus.

    @Jackson Chang – Welcome to the wonderful world of miles and points! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide:

    I recommend checking Google Flights to see which airlines offer the best options from your home airport to the destinations you have in mind:

    And use Hotel Hustle or Award Mapper to see which hotel brands have the best locations for your future travel plans:

    See my post on the 2 major application strategies:

  4. Herlinda D. Lombardi

    Hi there, just wanted your advice. My parents were planning on going on a cruise to the Greek Islands in June/July of 2016. But with the current economic situation (which I don’t fully understand) should they still plan to go? They were planning on booking the cruise this month. Should they still go? If so, how would they be affected? Thanks, Herlinda

  5. Hi Darius,
    Thank you for the wonderful information. I’m a newbie to this point/rewards system. I have couple of Q’s?
    I have one card (4k$ Limit) for the past 3 years. Have 750+ FICO score. Pay all my dues at the month end. My aim is use & utilize the future points ONLY on travel (airfare & if possible hotel) mainly to Asia & Europe.
    Is AmEx PRG a good card to start off with(assuming with my credit history shouldn’t be an issue). I don’t travel wrt to my work (hardly 3-4 times nationally )?
    Is it a good thing to apply for 3-4 cards at once including the Amex (charge card)?
    Thank You

  6. scott daniels

    Darius — I truly enjoy reading your musings, and hope you can help me here.

    I am planning an all-points vacation to Hawaii. Right now, I have the hotel (Courtyard King Kam on Kona), plus coach seats on Hawaiian Air from LAX to KOA, with a return from ITO to PDX (Portland).

    I recently read (somewhere) that if you are going to fly 1st Class, you should do it on your way home (to help you unwind from the stress of the vacation :). So I am now trying to figure out how to upgrade to 1C for the ITO-PDX leg.

    According to the HA Web site, an upgrade costs 25K mi pp ow, for flights to/from N. America. Trouble is, I used all my HA points (plus the last of my AMEX MR pts), to pay for the coach seats.

    I see that I can _buy_ an upgrade on day of travel for $349 pp. Not that I’d ever want to spend that much. Is there another way, using transfers between partners, to bring my HA account up by the 50K pts I need for 2 x 1C return seats?

    I have a ton of Chase UR pts, but don’t quite see how that might help. Alternatively, I suppose I could bite the bullet and pay $698 for the two cash u/g seats, then cash in 70K UR pts for a statement credit.

    As good as I imagine 1C is, I wonder if it’s worth so many UR pts for a 5-hr flight?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much

  7. Hi Daraius,

    I realize that Chase is tightening their approvals, but not necessarily for airline branded cards. I closed two chase cards a month ago, and I would like to get the southwest business card. I have a 740+ score. Do you have any advice given the recent changes at Chase?

  8. Hi Daraius,
    I am trying to get tickets to LAX from Peru in Dec of this year…I see consistent availability in First class on LAN on BA website fro last few days. But when I call AA to book and give them flight number , they say they have no availability. i called up twice but same answer. Any idea what could be the reason? They said that those tickets might have been released to BA by LAN but not to AA. ANy guidance? Thanks, Vikas

  9. Hey Darius,

    I had a question about the age old topic of applying for Business CC. I am an auditor and I work for a large CPA firm. I have a significant amount of work related travel. The best part is that I am able to put all the expenses on my (miles earning) credit cards, and get reimbursed by my employer. Keeping that in mind – Would I be able to use this information to apply for a business credit card? (Calculate average reimbursement over last couple of years and treat that as “revenue”). Would I still call myself a sole proprietor? It goes w/o saying I’ll use my own name as “business name” and my own SSN. Among all the other benefits, I could also gain from keeping work related expenses separate from my own.


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