Best of Million Mile Secrets – February 2016

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Best of Million Mile Secrets – February 2016

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1.   I shared the big news that Chase may soon change their application rules for airline and hotel cards.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
Starting April 2016, It May Be Difficult to Get Approved for ALL Chase Cards If You’ve Opened ~5+ Accounts in the Past 24 Months

2.   I showed you how to save points and earn the Southwest Companion Pass with Marriott 5-night Hotel + Air packages.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
Get Lots of Southwest Points (Enough to Earn the Companion Pass!) and a 5-Night Marriott Stay With Hotel + Air Packages

3.   I let you know that Starwood and Marriott announced price changes for award nights at many of their hotels.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
Many Starwood Hotels Are Increasing in Price, but Some, Like Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran, Will Require Fewer Points for Award Stays

4.   Do you know the smart way to use Citi ThankYou points at Hilton hotels?

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
Savvy Travelers Know How to Make the Most of Their Citi ThankYou Points for Hilton Hotel Stays

5.   I shared 10 things I wish I knew about miles & points when I was starting out.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
The Best Use of Miles & Points Is for Travel That Makes You (and Your Loved Ones) Happy!

6.   Find out my current favorite cards for Big Travel with Small Money!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
Planning a Dream Trip? My Favorite Big Travel Cards Can Get You There!

7.   The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier card increased its bonus to 80,000 Marriott points after meeting minimum spending requirements.  And I showed you top Marriott hotels Europe you can book with the bonus!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
Visit Paris, London, Venice, and More With the 80,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus From the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Card

8.   It’s that time of year again!  Do you know how to meet minimum spending requirements by paying your taxes?

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
If You Have to Pay Taxes Anyway, Might as Well Meet Minimum Spending Requirements and Earn Big Travel in the Process!

9.   I explained how to earn $435 in cash back by meeting just ~$1,000 in minimum spending requirements with no annual fees.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
Big Bucks for Small Spending! If You Like Cash Back, 3 No-Annual-Fee Cards With Just ~$1,000 in Spending Can Get You $435

10.   I let you know AMEX suddenly changed the rules for getting the bonus their small business cards more than once.

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - February 2016
You Can Now Earn the Bonus on AMEX Small Business Cards Just Once per Lifetime

Bonus:   There were lots of cheap airfare deals this month!  I let you know about hot fares to top destinations like Australia, Hawaii, Iceland, London, Paris, and Stockholm.  And many of us earned a ton of IHG points by participating in the Priceless Surprises promotion.

These deals are now expired, but follow me on Twitter and Facebook, so you never miss another cheap fare or hot deal!

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I am posting this question in this page even though it is not relevant. I was not sure where to post. So my apologies up front.

I am planning for an India trip in 2017 and we are a total of 3 travelers. I am planning to book all 3 tickets using miles and if we get lucky a business class one way. For an economy class booking I estimated that I need 235K United or transferable points if I travel through Air India [United and AI are partners]. I currently have

1. Chase Freedom [10 K remaining after some travel this year using the UR points]

2. Chase Sapphire [50K remaining after some travel this year using the UR points]

I was planning to get a United credit card when they offer 50K points and have a trip scheduled to India this year via Air India and hoping to gain some miles there [approx 10K]

That leaves me with 120K points and am short by 115K[I can buy AI through UR portal at a lower than 85K rate also] So the actual deficit could be around 105K. Can you help me in creating a strategy to achieve the goal? I am not an avid spender. My wife is a stay at home Mom and hence can’t enroll into many credit cards and we don’t have any business to apply for Business credit cards. Any help to close the gap will be greatly appreciated.

@Samuel – I’m reviewing them very soon. We will be in touch – thank you for applying!

@Lydia – You can get a Chase card again as long as you hadn’t received the bonus in the previous 24 months AND you don’t have the card currently open. So it goes by when you receive the bonus.

You can always try to call Chase and ask them!

Good luck!

This question might be asked by someone else. However, if anyone can help to explain more to me, I would be greatly appreciated. For the rule set by Chase of not applying for churning the same credit card within 24 months, 24 months start to count from the date when I receive the promotion offer, or from the date when I cancel the card? Is there a way to find out the date when I close the account somewhere if I don’t keep a record on hand? Thank you!


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