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Best of Million Mile Secrets – August 2016

Best of Million Mile Secrets – August 2016

Million Mile SecretsBest of Million Mile Secrets – August 2016Million Mile Secrets Team

1.   After weeks of anticipation, I broke the news to you that the Chase Sapphire Reserve application was officially live!  And gave you a review of the card, too.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
You Can Use the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s 100,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus to Fly to Paris and Visit the Eiffel Tower Like Emily and Her Mom. And Still Have 40,000 Points Left!

2.   I shared the exciting new offer of 3 complimentary nights when you sign-up for the Chase Ritz-Carlton card and complete the minimum spending!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
The New Chase Ritz-Carlton Card Sign-Up Bonus Could Be Worth ~$2,100 If You Stay 3 Nights at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Which Normally Costs ~$700 per Night!

3.    Did you know you there are 6 Chase credit cards NOT affected by Chase’s new strict application rules?

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
The Tougher Chase Application Rules Don’t Apply to ALL Chase Cards! You Can Still Get the Chase Hyatt Card and Earn 2 Free Nights at Any Hyatt Hotel Like the Park Hyatt Sydney!

4.   Emily spoke with her Chase banker about the Chase Sapphire Reserve.  And was able to get a lot of helpful information!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
If You’ve Had Lots of Credit Cards in the Past 24 Months, Applying for the Chase Sapphire Reserve in a Branch Could Increase Your Chances of Approval

5.   I informed you of the changes coming to United Airlines award bookings on October 6, 2016.  There will be increased change fees, and more restrictive stopover rules.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
Want a Free Stopover in Europe on Your United Airlines Award Flight to Asia? Then Book It Before October 6, 2016!

6.   I wrote a series on the best phone for international travel!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
I Switched to Google’s Project Fi for an Easy and Affordable Way to Stay Connected to Family & Friends

7.   Million Mile Secrets team member, Keith, wrote a series on how he took a $53,000 honeymoon at an ~87% discount, and told you how you can do it, too!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith and His Wife Liz Finished Their Around-the-World Honeymoon Trip With a Flight in Singapore First Class Suites

8.   I helped you to choose the best Chase transfer partner for your North American flight!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
Emily Transferred 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to United Airlines for a One-Way Ticket to Kauai!

9.   I shared the news about Citi’s new rules restricting sign-up bonuses to once per “brand” every 24 months.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
Citi’s New Rules Restrict Folks From Getting More Than One Card of the Same Brand in 24 Months

10.   I listed the hotel brands that offer studio or suite rooms as a standard award room, so even folks without elite status can book suites with points!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - August 2016
Do You Know Which Brands Offer Suites or Studios for the Price of a Standard Award Room?

Bonus:   There were lots of great deals on flights this month!  I let you know about cheap flights to top destinations like HawaiiViennaDublin, and the Caribbean.  These fares are now expired, because great deals like these don’t last long!

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