We devote thousands of hours of research to help you get Big Travel with Small Money. You support us by signing-up for credit cards through partner links which earn us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.

Looking for Fun Ways to Use Your Miles & Points? Let Fellow Readers Help!

Looking for Fun Ways to Use Your Miles & Points? Let Fellow Readers Help!

Million Mile SecretsLooking for Fun Ways to Use Your Miles & Points? Let Fellow Readers Help!Million Mile Secrets Team

We devote thousands of hours of research to help you get Big Travel with Small Money. You support us by signing-up for credit cards through partner links which earn us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.

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

I enjoy hearing from y’all about how you like to use miles & points.  So I loved reading your comments from a recent giveaway!

I asked you to tell us a fun thing you’ve done with miles & points, and which credit card helped you achieve it.  And we received a lot of interesting and touching comments!

Looking For Fun Ways To Use Your Miles Points Let Fellow Readers Help
Our Readers Know How to Make Their Travel Dreams Come True With Miles & Points!

The giveaway is now closed.  But if you’re looking for ideas for how to use your miles & points, here are some suggestions from Million Mile Secrets readers!

1.   American Airlines Credit Cards

Round-trip award flights from the US to Europe cost 60,000 American Airlines miles, and just 45,000 miles round-trip between January 10 and March 14, and November 1 and December 14.

Reader Han used the sign-up bonus from the Barclaycard American Airlines Aviator Red card to visit London!

Deborah used the American Airlines miles she earned from the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard  to visit several European destinations, including a meaningful visit to reconnect with her past, and a magical trip to Croatia!

2.   AMEX Hilton

And reader Maggie used the the Hilton Honors Card from American Express to stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora!

Looking For Fun Ways To Use Your Miles Points Let Fellow Readers Help
I Visited Bora Bora Years Ago, and Still Think It’s One of the Prettiest Places I’ve Seen

Mark stayed a week in Hawaii thanks to the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express.  The AMEX Hilton Surpass card comes with complimentary Gold elite status, which lets you extend your award stay by giving you the 5th consecutive award night free!

3.   AMEX Platinum

Reader ckm got a lot of use from The Platinum Card® from American Express.  He transferred his AMEX Membership Rewards points to Delta for a flight from the US to Japan.  He experienced a few great cities, 3 amazing lounges, and even proposed during the trip!  Congrats!

4.   AMEX Starwood

Million Mile Secrets readers love transferring Starwood points to airlines.  That’s because you can transfer to most popular airlines at a ratio of 1:1.  And you’ll get a 5,000 mile bonus when you transfer in increments of 20,000 points!

Reader Dori transferred the points she earned from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express to American Airlines for a flight to Europe.

And Tiffany sent the Starwood points she earned from the AMEX Starwood card to Alaska Airlines for one of the fanciest First Class experiences in the world!

Looking For Fun Ways To Use Your Miles Points Let Fellow Readers Help
Tiffany Used Alaska Miles To Fly in an Emirates First Class Private Suite

5.   Chase Hyatt

Lots of folks have made special memories with the Chase Hyatt card!  The sign-up bonus used to be 2 free nights at any Hyatt hotel after meeting minimum spending requirements.  And now the bonus is 40,000 Hyatt points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

Readers Mike, Emanuel, and GREGZ used their free nights to stay at fun and expensive Hyatt hotels, like the Park Hyatt Milan.  Emily and I visited that hotel years ago and loved it!

And reader Cabetca used points from the Chase Hyatt sign-up bonus to stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney, one of the most expensive Hyatt hotels in the world!

Looking For Fun Ways To Use Your Miles Points Let Fellow Readers Help
The Park Hyatt Sydney Is Right Across the Water From the Sydney Opera House

6.   Chase Ultimate Rewards Earning Cards

My favorite points are Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  They’re flexible and have great transfer partners, like Hyatt and United Airlines.

Reader Kristin used Chase Ultimate Rewards points for her husband to take a last-minute flight on United Airlines for a family emergency.  She also booked a rental car through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal, and transferred points to Hyatt for a free night at a hotel near the hospital.

Points can be of great value when there’s an emergency!

Chase Ultimate Rewards points earning cards, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, also come with great travel benefits!  Reader Louie used the Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 annual travel credit to book an intra-Philippines flight to Palawan, repeatedly named the prettiest island on earth!

And reader Kristen took full advantage of the handy travel insurance benefits of the Chase Sapphire Reserve for a fun night at Marriott!

7.   Chase IHG

The Chase IHG card is also a popular card in the miles & points community!  A big reason is its annual free night at ANY IHG hotel after paying the $49 annual fee.

Reader David used his free night to stay at a Holiday Inn during a trip to downtown London!

Looking For Fun Ways To Use Your Miles Points Let Fellow Readers Help
Kathy Used Her Free IHG Night at the InterContinental Times Square to Stay in the Middle of the Fun

And reader Broc used his free night for a free stay in New York City during one of the busiest times of year.  He saved over $500 in 1 night!

8.   Chase United Explorer

A fast and easy way to rack up United Airlines miles is by signing-up for the Chase United Explorer card.  And United Airlines is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.  So if you don’t have enough United Airlines miles, you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines at a 1:1 ratio!

Reader Eric used a combination of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and United Airlines miles he earned from the Chase United Explorer to visit multiple destinations while flying in Business and First Class the entire trip!

And Peggi used the miles she earned with the Chase United Explorer card for a visit to Estonia!

Note:   If you’ve opened 5+ cards from any bank (NOT counting Chase business cards and these other business cards) in the past 24 months, it’s unlikely you’ll be approved for cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Chase United Explorer.  So if you’re new to the hobby, you should apply for those cards first!

Once you have a bunch of cards, you can use the different kinds of miles & points you’ve earned from all of them to create a whole itinerary for practically free, like Laurie!

Bottom Line

Thanks everyone for all your fun stories and tips, and showing other readers how easy it can be to accomplish your travel goals with miles & points!

Whether you’re planning a dream proposal vacation, want to visit long-distance friends, or need to take an emergency trip, everyone can find a use for miles & points.

If you liked this post, why don’t you join the 25,000+ readers who have signed-up to receive free blog posts via email (only 1 email per day!) or in an RSS reader …because then you’ll never miss another update!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

More Info

Editorial Note: We're the Million Mile Secrets team. And we're proud of our content, opinions and analysis, and of our reader's comments. These haven’t been reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the airlines, hotels, or credit card issuers which we often write about. And that’s just how we like it! :)

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry that something went wrong, repeat again!