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Earn Big Miles & Points With These 7 Quick Small Business Ideas

Folks with small business credit cards have lots of ways to earn miles & points thanks to many terrific bonus spending categories.

This is especially helpful for folks who are impacted by tougher credit card application rules, which limits the opportunity to earn new card sign-up bonuses.

So spending a lot in bonus categories is the next best way to increase your points balances!  And many bonus categories are common for small business owners, like advertising, office supplies, and shipping.

Earn Miles And Points With A Small Business

Spending for Your Small Business on Certain Credit Cards Is a Great Way to Earn Miles & Points, Especially in Bonus Categories!

Keep in mind, earning points with a small business takes time!

I’ll share a few quick small business ideas which can earn bonus miles & points!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 9: Africa

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline partners when you’re ready to book.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  

The AMEX Membership Rewards program has 17 direct airline partners.  Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well, which gives you many choices for flights to Africa!

Or you can save time and points by using AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To Africa

Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for a Flight to Beautiful Cape Town, South Africa

I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for flights to Africa!

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My 6 LEAST Favorite Ways to Use AMEX Points

There are lots of ways to use American Express Membership Rewards points.  Like transferring them to travel partners, or for statement credits.  You can even use your AMEX Membership Rewards points for store gift cards!

But be careful when deciding how to use your points.  Unless you have no interest in using your points for travel, it’s best to avoid certain redemption options.

Because you’ll get better value when you transfer your AMEX Rewards points to certain travel partners or use them for airfare through the AMEX travel portal.

Using AMEX Membership Rewards

You Can Use Your AMEX Membership Rewards Points for Amazon Purchases…But SHOULD You?

Here’s a list of the 6 least valuable ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards points.

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Hilton Announces New Upscale “Tapestry Collection” Brand

Good news for Hilton HHonors rewards members!  There will soon be more hotels you can use with your points.

Via One Mile at a Time, Hilton has introduced their 14th hotel brand, the “Tapestry Collection“, which will launch in the fall of 2017.  Hilton says these hotels will be “approachable and familiar,” and “refreshingly uncommon.”

Hilton Announces New Upscale Tapestry Collection Brand

Business or Pleasure? Hilton’s New Hotel Collection Doesn’t Have a Very Clear Role in the Hilton Portfolio

I’ll share what I know about this new hotel brand!

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Emirates Will Soon Begin Non-Stop Flights From Newark to Athens

There’s a new and interesting way to get to Europe coming soon!

Via One Mile at a Time, Emirates will launch a new route on March 26, 2017, between Newark and Dubai, with a connection in Athens!

Emirates Will Soon Begin Non Stop Flights From Newark To Athens

Fly One of the World’s Best Airlines Non-Stop From Newark to Athens Beginning March 26, 2017!

I’ll let you know what this means for folks in the miles & points community!

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Ultimate Guide to Big Travel With American Express Membership Rewards Points Part 8: India & Middle East

You get lots of travel flexibility with AMEX Membership Rewards points.  Because if you don’t have set travel plans for a future trip, these transferable points give you the option to choose from multiple airline partners when you’re ready to book.

Folks in the miles & points hobby know earning transferable points, like AMEX Membership Rewards points, are the best way to get Big Travel.  

The AMEX Membership Rewards program has 17 direct airline partners.  Plus, you’ll get access to other indirect partners as well, which gives you choices for flights to the India, which is one of my favorite travel destinations!

And you’ll have great options for travel to the Middle East too!

Or you can save time (and potentially points) by using AMEX Pay With Points to book flights through the Membership Rewards travel portal.

American Express Membership Rewards Points For Flights To Middle East

With AMEX Membership Rewards Points, You’ll Have Lots of Flight Options to India!

I’ll show you the best ways to use AMEX Membership Rewards Points for flights to India & the Middle East!

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Last Chance for Best-Ever AMEX Business Platinum 100,000 Point Bonus

If you’ve been considering the limited-time 100,000 point offer on the The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN card, here’s your last chance to apply!

To earn the bonus, you must apply by January 25, 2017.  It’s meant for small business owners, so don’t be intimidated if you don’t have a big company.  You can apply using your social security number.

This is the highest public offer I’ve seen for this card.  And because folks with this card will now effectively get 2 cents per point when using Pay With Points for ticket purchases through the AMEX travel portal, the sign-up bonus alone is worth $2,300 in paid airfare!

American Express Business Platinum

100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points Is More Than Enough For a Free Flight to Europe!

Plus you’ll get perks like an annual $200 statement credit for airline incidentals and free Hilton Gold elite status.  It really is a fantastic deal.  I’ve added the AMEX Business Platinum to my wallet!

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Perks of Having the Southwest Companion Pass & AMEX Business Platinum

Million Mile Secrets reader, Jim, commented:

I have 90,000 Marriott points and 180,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points.  I am debating between getting the Southwest Companion Pass by redeeming my points for a Marriott Hotel + Air package.  Or getting The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN to use the Pay With Points perk for Southwest flights.  Which should I choose?

I’d do both!

Jim currently has enough points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air Package, which will earn him the Southwest Companion Pass, 120,000 Southwest points, and a 7-night certificate at a Marriott Category 1 to 5 hotel!  But all of his AMEX Membership Rewards points would be gone!

So he can also get the AMEX Business Platinum card before January 25, 2017, and earn up to 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

Then, he’ll have the flexibility to use these points for Southwest flights or transfer to other terrific AMEX partners in the future!

Companion Pass AMEX Business Platinum

Use the Perks of the Southwest Companion Pass and AMEX Business Platinum Card to Get the Most Big Travel With Small Money!

I’ll explain the perks of having the Companion Pass AND the AMEX Business Platinum card!

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Better Travel Portal for Business Class Airfare: Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Gail, commented:

Which gets you better value when booking airfare in Business Class or First Class: using the Pay With Points perk with The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN or using the Chase travel portal with the Chase Sapphire Reserve?

Excellent question, Gail!

On the surface, folks with the AMEX Business Platinum card get more value per point when redeeming AMEX Membership Rewards points for Business Class or First Class airfare.  Because using the Pay With Points perk, you effectively get 2 cents per point.

But it’s easier to earn points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve because of the card’s fantastic 3X bonus on travel and dining purchases.  Plus, you get 1.5 cents per point through the Chase travel portal, which is still good deal!

You’ll also use fewer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at the time of booking, compared to redeeming AMEX Membership Rewards points for the same flight!

Business Class Airfare With AMEX Or Chase Points

You Can Book Lie-Flat United Airlines Business Class Seats Using Points From the AMEX Business Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve

I’ll compare the pros and cons of redeeming points through bank travel portals for Business Class airfare!

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National Parks Family Road Trip: Part 5 – Tips for Family Travel & Camping With a Baby

Planning a family trip or taking your baby camping for the first time?

Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan, who recently returned from a 2,500+ mile road trip through some of the top National Parks in the US.  I’ll let her tell you about it!

Meghan:  Thank you Daraius!  My husband and I love adventure, and with a new(ish!) baby in tow, we decided it would be a great idea to take a road trip to fantastic National Parks like Yosemite, Death ValleyRed Rock Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  Especially because our daughter is still light enough to carry in a backpack. 😉

Camping With A Baby

Here Are Tips to Keep Everyone Smiling on Your Next Family Vacation

I’ll share with you the tricks we learned from traveling with a baby.  And tips on making your next family vacation a success!

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