“Mile and points are worthless by themselves.”

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“Mile and points are worthless by themselves.”

Million Mile Secrets“Mile and points are worthless by themselves.”Million Mile Secrets Team

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I’ve had a lot of fun with my interview series where I chat with mile and point experts about, what else, miles and points.

Well, Gary from View From the Wing (whom I interviewed a few weeks ago) turned the tables and interviewed me today!

I’m absolutely honored to be interviewed by Gary who is not only the most knowledgeable person on award booking and parlaying miles and points into once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but is also the most respected blogger on miles and points.

Since Darius is a relatively new blogger, but whose posts have been interesting and useful, I thought that his story would be interesting. So I asked him to share it with me.

“Interesting and useful?”  Gary says the nicest things!

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I have an Alaskan Airlines and Delta credit card that were purchased for the miles. Unfortunately we do not fly with these folks. since both have been acquired in less than one year, should I discontinue them when the fee for the year comes due. Can I transfer those points to another airline such as American or United?

Last summer I opened AmericanAdvantage Visa and AmericanAdvantage Amex cards, as well as a Bank of Hawaii Hawaiian Airlines credit card. I cancelled the Hawaiian and Amex card. I think I was able to get a credit for this year’s fee on the AA visa card. Just wondering if all the people who open new accounts to get miles ever keep them for more than 2 years. Are there any cards with fees worth keeping and actually paying for? I’m curious too as to why the listing under Miles and Points Blogs on this page are either in blue or black.

Hi Darius – I landed on your blogpost today while researching for a good basic card to have if we travel about 3 – 5 times a year (1 international and rest domestic mostly). I was looking at either Citi premier Card or American Airlines AAdvantage miles card. I am more inclined towards Citi Premier card because the other one can be used only by American Airlines which seem to be difficult to prioritize most of the times. However, I am not sure if Citi Premier card is worth $125 per year. Right now I have the citi gold card and chase ultimate rewards basic credit card. Any suggestions on which card will probably be best for me and my husband ?

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@Monika – If you’re looking for just ONE card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is hard to beat. You get double points on travel and dining, no foreign transaction fees, 40K sign up bonus and the ability to transfer points to different airlines and hotels. Here’s our review on the card.

My husband has traveled to Africa 3 times this past year to set up training centers for Pastors. We have been looking for a way to make his flight easier on the cash flow. Suggestions?

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@Lynda Bateman – You could use United or US Air miles for the flight. It is 70K for a coach roundtrip using US Air miles or 80K using United miles. Or you can contact Hans at Golden Rule Travel and he may have cheap fares for missions available —> http://goldenruletravel.com/missionary.asp?gclid=COrN6uCWybACFbEBQAod5RiGVw

How do i get in touch with Gary?

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@Gene – Check out his blog contact page.

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