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Introduction: Before You Get Started

Welcome to the Million Mile Club – You’re Now a Million Mile Secret Agent!

We’ve earned and redeemed millions of airline miles and hotel points — most of which we earned without flying in planes or staying in hotels!

We’ve flown in First Class and been pampered in luxurious hotel suites.  But we’re just as happy seeing exciting new places by traveling in coach — as long as we pay with points instead of cash! 🙂

Carlson Hotels Sold How This Impacts Your Points
You Could Scratch One off the Bucket List and Visit Iconic Spots Like the Taj Mahal in India – for Next to Nothing!

We believe everyone can use airline and hotel loyalty points to travel for free – whether it’s a trip in First Class to Thailand or a family visit to grandma in Florida.

We have visited over 30 countries in 6 out of 7 continents, and have flown on International First Class (where tickets cost ~$20,000 per ticket) to Europe, Asia, and the US, many times for virtually no money.

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Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith and His Wife Used Miles to Fly in Luxurious Singapore Airlines First Class Suites on Their Round-the-World Honeymoon

Now we want to give back.  We get an amazing feeling when y’all tell us how you’ve traveled!

So Many Folks Who Never Thought It Possible Are Now Traveling!

We’re proud and humbled to have earned the trust of ~40,000 daily readers and over 245,000 followers on Facebook!

But Before You Begin…

Be sure to read my post on the 5 Dangers of Applying for Credit Cards before getting into this hobby.  Collecting miles & points isn’t for everyone.  This may not be for you if you don’t:

  • pay your bills on time
  • have a credit score of at least ~700
  • pay attention to detail or
  • track your credit card balances

And you shouldn’t get into this hobby if you plan to take out a major loan within the next 2 years (mortgage, car, student, etc.)

If you have a credit score significantly below ~700, it is better to fix your score 1st and get into this hobby afterwards.

You can estimate your credit score for free by using the tool on   You’ll see your credit score and report.  This service can help you monitor your credit moving forward.

Expect to invest some time and effort into organization and shopping.  But the pay off is Big Travel with Small Money!

For many folks reading this blog, they’d NEVER be able to afford First Class tickets to the Maldives or a bungalow in Bora Bora.  So the time spent earning miles is worth more than they could ever earn by working overtime or at a 2nd job.

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61 and have IHG Card with 250,000 points and Delta Sky Miles at 234,000. We use these card exclusively and pay off at end of month. Planning trip to Europe fall 2018 focusing on Ireland and England. Any

If I book a flight with Southwest for May with a credit card now, can I change it to pay with my points in late January after I get my 2 Southwest cards and a companion pass?

You can cancel and reschedule but the points may not be the same as when you initially bought them. If you’re lucky points will be lower… That happens.

Do Hilton Honor points transfer to Choice Hotels as well as Starwood Hotels?

Joining the Club… Working on taking my daughter to Japan for her 21st birthday 🙂

That’s awesome! I was just there this summer and loved it.

You should check out our guide on how to book cheap award flights to Japan using transferrable points:

Hi, very good info that I hope you team will help me to get my one million miles Lufthansa.

Glad you find the site helpful!

I want to be on the club

I currently have the Chase Sapph Preferred and the Southwest premier card. Since I traveled a lot in 2018, I now have a low number of points. I would like to apply for the chase Sapphire Reserve card but then I wouldn’t need the CSP. Can I cancel the CSP after getting the Reserve card? I am a little confused about when to cancel cards.

Chase has changed their rules and you aren’t allowed to have both versions of the Sapphire card at the same time.

Here is a post with more details about the rules:

Constance Bradley

What score is needed- in order to apply for Am Ex and/or the club?

Typically you’ll need a 700 or higher to apply for the best travel rewards credit card offers

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