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St. Augustine wrote, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

I am writing Million Mile Secrets to help you read – for free –  many of the pages of the enchanting and bewitching book that is our world!  What I call Big Travel with Small Money.

Miles and points have given me for free – experiences like seeing the Taj Mahal in India and Carnival in Rio,  wandering in Europe and Asia for 3 months,  flying in International First Class, staying in expensive hotels, visiting 30+ countries, and seeing my friends and family often.  And research shows that wonderful experiences, like traveling, not only makes us wiser, but also happier (in fact, more happy than material possessions).

I am addicted to airline miles and hotel points.  I think of miles while driving to work, while sleeping, and even while in the shower.  I once drove 250 miles to open 2 bank accounts which gave me 50,000 Continental Airline miles.

Why? Because they provide me with wonderful experiences which I otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.  And because I love, absolutely love,  searching for ways to interpret complex terms and conditions to my advantage  (That’s why I was a good auditor!).

I got started in this hobby by stumbling upon Flyertalk while searching for cheap air tickets  (and later progressed to  Milepoint and other blogs).  There are great blogs and resources (see the links in the right column of my blog)  for learning about “Travel Hacking” or how to take advantage of mile and point promotions to travel for less.

My goal with Million Mile Secrets is slightly different from the other wonderful resources out there.

I want to provide time-starved readers, who don’t accumulate many miles via paid travel, with the most actionable content so that they, too, can start collecting miles and points and enjoy special travel experiences with their loved ones.

This information will be organized in an easy-to-find format on Millionmilesecrets.com,  so that with a little reading, you, too, can enjoy wonderful travel experiences at the price that’s right for you!

You can expect one or two posts a day, but with only the most relevant content so that you too can quickly  accumulate miles and points. My blog posts will:

1) Share my spreadsheets to help keep track of your miles and promotions.

2) Share my checklists so that you too can use the many steps and resources to book the cheapest hotels or get the best price for rental cars.

3) Provide you with the most objective reviews of credit card sign-up bonuses and travel promotions.

4) Explain in simple terms what a particular promotion or credit-card  can do for you!

Thanks for stopping by!    Please leave a comment, or send me an email at daraius@millionmilesecrets.com with any questions, thoughts, or feedback!

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Hi D,

Thanks so much for doing this. It’s a new concept but very exciting. Do I have to read every blog post to learn the system? Can’t you write a beginners e-book that shows what to do to get started without ruining your credit score along with the spreadsheets and whether or not you cancel cards before you get dinged with annual fees? And how many cards do you possess and do you try to keep them all going? I don’t know where to begin.

Thanks Kendra

Just saw your interview by Gary and liked your tone. I added your blog to my favorites.

Topic I would like you to search: How to make (almost) sure when you buy a W fare on United in order to use the SWU, now GPU, that you will get upgraded? On a trip to Asia, to buy W fare is between $500-600 more expensive that the cheaper fare, but sometimes, and more frequently, you pay for nothing as the number of Business class seats has diminished drastically with the new lie flat beds, even when you are 1K and 1MM. Almost never now can you get an instant upgrade confirmation when buying the ticket, and even when you are flexible on dates checking the # of seats available on the United website on a particular day is very unreliable weeks or months in advance. And this will likely get worst with more 1MM or 2MM coming from Continental, where it was easier and faster to become 1MM.

Maybe one bit of solution: recently, I bought a CO not upgradable ticket to Asia and managed to have the supervisor write down that I will not pay a change fee ($250) if I change for a higher fare if an upgrade becomes available, but I am not sure United would accept the same waiver and of course you have to call evey 3 days or so to check if upgrade has become available. Any advice? Thanks.

I’m curious to see your spreadsheets – that would be really helpful to me – are they still in the works?

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@Mile – I’m still working on them!

I just started my quest to accumulate miles as a way to fund travel for my family of four (I’m thinking Thailand, my kids are thinking Russia) and am thrilled to happen upon your site. It’s a great resource. Both these trips are out of our budget until I can make this work. You mentioned spreadsheets – am I missing them or are they still in the works? Also, can you address shopping portals? Again, thanks for spending your time to educate us newbies!

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@Lynn – Thanks for the kind words! Both Russia and Thailand are great places to visit. The AA 75,000 mile offer could give you and your husband 225,000 miles each in 3 months which is enough for all 4 of you to visit Thailand or Russia in Business Class!

I did mention spreadsheets, but you’re right – they are still in the works. I wrote about shopping portals in my post here.

Just stumbled across this blog. I read all the top points blogs, and this quickly became my favorite. Love your writing style and the topics you have covered have been extremely interesting. I really hope you continue, you’re doing a great job!

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@Jay – Thanks for the very kind words. I’m here to stay 🙂

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