Collect Miles

Want to begin your miles & points journey but don’t know where to start?  Need help managing miles & points you’ve accumulated?  You’ve come to the right place!

Over the years, I’ve created a list of frequently used web pages and tools which help me tremendously in earning and burning miles.  I want you to benefit from my list, too!

Earn Miles & Points Through Credit Cards

The #1 way to earn airline miles and hotel points is by unlocking sign-up bonuses on the best travel credit cards.  I keep a list on my constantly-updated Hot Deals page with links to my reviews.  You can choose the cards that match how you like to travel!

Current Airline & Hotel Promotions

There are always new limited-time offers to accelerate your progress towards Big Travel with Small Money.  Here are the latest:

Join the Free Loyalty Programs

Sign-up for these programs so you aren’t missing opportunities to earn valuable travel rewards:

Identify the Best Miles & Points for You

These charts will tell you how many miles & points you need to achieve your travel goals:

Manage Your Miles & Points

It’s difficult to keep up with lots of different travel rewards programs.  Maintain your miles & points with these resources:

Screen Capture Tool

It’s a good idea to take a screenshot of Terms & Conditions of great offers.  That way, if you don’t receive the rewards you were guaranteed, you have proof to back-up your dispute!

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Darius, you recently had a post showing the best card sign up bonuses. I think it might have even told when they were offered. I can’t find it searching your site. Can you give me the link? Is 30k the best the Starwood Amex card ever offers? Thanks!


I would first like to thank you for all the information. I am trying to save some money and a total beginner in miles churning. I signed up for Barcalay credit card and got approved with the bonus miles. It says after the 1st year , I will be charged an annual fee. How do I get rid of that fee ? Please reply

Thanks a lot


Million Mile Secrets

@Sheetal – You can downgrade to another card or cancel the card (if you’ve used the miles) if it isn’t worth the annual fee for you.

In which cities can one buy money orders in Walmart using PIN-enabled gift cards? Not in Dallas, TX area.

I run most of my utility bills on automatic payments through my Chase Sapphire Reserve card which earms one point per $. Are there any cards out there that would earn more Chase rewards points for these kunds of expenses?

I have been trying to collect enough miles on UA for a Deep Asia visit. I have a great deal of miles on my Amex Platinum Card, which are not transferable to UA Mileage Plus. Do you know if its possible to transfer Amex miles to, lets say, a hotel frequent traveler club who does have a partnership with UA, and then turn around and transfer those points to Mileage Plus?

You could transfer your Amex points to SPG (3:1). Then transfer the SPG points to Marriott (1:3) From there you can transfer points to United. The marriott to United transfer rate is pretty poor though. You’re better off transferring your Amex points to Singapore or Asia Miles programs. Or sign up for one of the Chase Sapphire cards or the United Credit card and start building up United points that way

I have been using Usemybenefits to manage my credit cards benefits as well as manage my miles & points. They have a great aggregation system that makes managing your credit card benefits very easy…and its free!!

Is there a way to convert my BA EC Avios into VA Flying Club miles or Jet Airways’ JP miles??

Million Mile Secrets

@Ankit – Not in any way which makes sense (you lose a lot in the transfer).

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