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Side by Side: Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Capital One Venture

Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Capital One Venture Two of the top credit cards with our readers are the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Capital One Venture cards. TheChase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for beginners, while theCapital One Venture is popular with folks who prefer a simple rewards program. Both cards offer an excellent Continue reading "Side by Side: Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Capital One Venture"

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My Review of The Brown Palace A Historic (Marriott!) Hotel in the Heart of Denver

Meghan: My family and I recently took a fantastic long-weekend trip to Denver. We stayed at the historic Brown Palace Hotel Spa, visited the Denver Zoo and the Children‘s Museum, and ate delicious food. It was the perfect getaway, because Denver is only a ~2 hour direct flight from our home base in Missoula, Continue reading "My Review of The Brown Palace - A Historic (Marriott!) Hotel in the Heart of Denver"

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Ask an Award Booker: ‘How Can I Use My Points to Visit New York AND Quebec City?‘

Million Mile Secrets reader Caroline commented: Thanks so much for this offer! My husband and I have been collecting points but aren‘t sure how to redeem them. We‘re going to a wedding on the Jersey Shore in May, and are thinking of flying something something like: Seattle to Newark May 22; Newark to Quebec City Continue reading "Ask an Award Booker: How Can I Use My Points to Visit New York AND Quebec City?"

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Planning to Buy a Car? Here‘s How to Earn Credit Card Rewards for Your Purchase!

Jason: Considering a car purchaseand wondering if it‘s possible torack up a few thousand miles points using a credit card to buy it? In short, it is! And you can even use a credit card to make your monthly car payment too! This is great news for folks looking for ways to meet a Continue reading "Planning to Buy a Car? Here‘s How to Earn Credit Card Rewards for Your Purchase!"

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Get Rewarded for ALL of Your Hotel Stays With These Cards!

When you are trying to get the most bang for buck with your credit card purchases, it‘s not always clear which card is your best option. If you do most of your travel with one specific hotel chain or airline, it can make sense to get a co-branded credit card. Because often they offer the Continue reading "Get Rewarded for ALL of Your Hotel Stays With These Cards!"

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Discounted Delta Awards to Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe! And Buy Discounted Hotel Points

Jason: Delta is coming through in a big way today with some nice award sales! And topping up your Hyatt or Hilton account just got cheaper! 1. Delta Award Sales to Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe! Delta has some steeply discounted award tickets that look like great deals! You can get from JFK to Zurich for Continue reading "Discounted Delta Awards to Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe! And Buy Discounted Hotel Points"

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Do You Have One of the Best No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards in Your Wallet?

Best No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards When you travel internationally there‘s plenty to navigate, such as finding the next Wi-Fi spot, getting that super-confusing sign translated, or searching for the next cultural delicacy. So the last thing you need is an unpleasant surprise when you get your credit card bill and find you‘ve been Continue reading "Do You Have One of the Best No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards in Your W

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Review: The Chase Southwest Business Card Gets You More Than Halfway to the Best Deal in Travel!

Million Mile Secrets Southwest Business Card Review Increased 60,000 Southwestpoint sign-up bonus after spending 3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months 60,000 Southwest points are worth ~900 in Southwest airfare - enough for multiple flights Sign-up bonus counts towards the 110,000 Southwest points needed in a calendar year for the Companion Pass We‘re big Continue reading "Review: The Chase Southwest Business Card Gets You More Than Ha

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‘Mom, Are We Rich?‘ and Other Unintended Consequences of Miles and Points

Jasmin: My 11-year-old daughter got off the school bus with a scowl on her face. Cautiously, I inquired about how her day went. She responded: Mom, are we rich? Huh? I‘m used to all manner of random questions, but this was new. No, honey, not at all, I said, laughing and pointing to our rusty, Continue reading "Mom, Are We Rich? and Other Unintended Consequences of Miles and Points"

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5 Most Popular Credit Card Offers With Our Readers in April 2018

Jason: The summer travel season is almost upon us. So if you‘re looking to stock up on miles points, these 5 credit card offers are the most popular deals with our readers inApril 2018: This month, Million Mile Secret Agents are loving theno-annual-feeChase Ink Business Cash card! That‘s likely because of the increased bonus, Continue reading "5 Most Popular Credit Card Offers With Our Readers in April 2018"

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Chase 5/24 Rule: List of Cards Impacted (and Other Tips!)

Chase offers many terrific travel rewards credit cards, like theChase Sapphire Preferred Card(our #1 card pick for beginners). But the bank also has strict application rules, which makes it difficult to get many of their cards if you open lots of new accounts. Chase willNOTapprove youfor most of their cardsifyou‘ve opened5+ cards fromany bank(NOTcounting Chase Continue reading "Chase 5/24 Rule: List of Cards Impacted (and Other Tips!)"

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69 Flights to Iceland, and a Couple of Stay-Twice-Earn-a-Free-Night Hotel Promotions!

Jason: Today brought us a potentially nice flight sale and a couple of opportunities to earn a free hotel night! 1. 69 WOW Air One-Way Flights to Iceland Link: WOW Air Fare Sale WOW Air is selling 69 one-way flights Iceland from 13 US cities including the West Coast (Los Angeles San Francisco)! The Continue reading "69 Flights to Iceland, and a Couple of Stay-Twice-Earn-a-Free-Night Hotel Promotions!"

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Chase 5/24 Rule: List of Cards Impacted and How to Get Around the Rule

Chase offers many terrific travel rewards credit cards, like theChase Sapphire Preferred Card(our #1 card pick for beginners). But the bank also has strict application rules, which makes it difficult to get many of their cards if you open lots of new accounts. Chase willNOTapprove youfor most of their cardsifyou‘ve opened5+ cards fromany bank(NOTcounting Chase Continue reading "Chase 5/24 Rule: List of Cards Impacted and How to Get Around

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All-New Ultimate Guide to United Airlines Miles: Part 3 Navigating the Award Chart

United Airlines can offer fantastic value redeeming miles for travel on United Airlines and Star Alliance partners like Air Canada and Lufthansa. Many of us on the Million Mile Secrets team prefer using United Airlines miles because they never add fuel surcharges to award tickets - even partners! But to get the most out of Continue reading "All-New Ultimate Guide to United Airlines Miles: Part 3 Navigating the Award Chart"

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Chase Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection Versus AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts

Keith: American Express and Chase each offer separate programs for booking paid stays at luxury hotels at more than 900 hotels, resorts, lodges, and spas throughout the world. When you book a stay throughAmerican Express Fine Hotels ResortsorChase Luxury Hotel Resort Collection, you can find competitive rates and enjoy extra perks like late Continue reading "Chase Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection Versus AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts"

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Targeted AMEX Offer (Up to 600 or 60,000 Points), New Benefits Coming to the Citi American Airlines Card, and a Preview of Marriott‘s Award Category Changes!

Jason: Here‘s a round-up of today‘s miles points news. 1. Marriott Releases a Taste of New Award Chart Link: Marriott Unveils New Award Categories for 100 hotels We don‘t yet know what category all the Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels will fall into when the new award chart goes into effect on August 1, Continue reading "Targeted AMEX Offer (Up to 600 or 60,000 Points), New Benefits Coming to the Citi American Airli

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Wild Monkeys, Enchanted Forests, and Bike Rides Through Town My Fave Things to Do in Kyoto

Emily:Miles and points earned from just a few credit cards can help get you to Japan or anywhere else you might want to go for a fraction of the price! My partner, Alfy, and I flew from the US to Japan round-trip for ~110 in Business Class per person. He was raised in Continue reading "Wild Monkeys, Enchanted Forests, and Bike Rides Through Town - My Fave Things to Do in Kyoto"

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Help Wanted:The Best Way to Spend a Long Connection in Iceland

Joseph: At the end of the month, I have a 20-hour connection in Reykjavik. And I need help making the most of my time. I have tentative plans, but I‘m easily swayed. I‘ve heard lots of rumors about Iceland from friends, and those things heavily influence my agenda. If any of them are inaccurate, Continue reading "Help Wanted:The Best Way to Spend a Long Connection in Iceland"

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We‘re Ranking the Best Business Credit Cards for Big Travel With Small Money!

Folks withsmall business credit cardshave lots ofwaysto earn miles points.Besides valuable sign-up bonuses, small business cards typically have excellentbonus spending categories. This means you canearn points fasterwhen making purchases for your business. So what‘s the best business credit card? Well, it depends on your business spending habits and travel goals! Having a small business Continue reading "We‘re Ranking the Best Busin

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Know Before You Go: Do You Really Need an International Driving Permit?

Jason is a Million Mile Secrets team member. Jason: My wife and I are preparing for a trip to Japan in a couple of months. And while we‘re planning on using public transportation in Tokyo, once we get out of the city we‘ll be renting a car. If you want to drive in Japan, you‘ll Continue reading "Know Before You Go: Do You Really Need an International Driving Permit?"

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Reader Question: ‘Should I (and Can I?) Get the Chase Ink Cash to Replace My Ink Bold Card?‘

If you‘ve ever been confused about bank and credit card rules, you‘re not alone! With so many great rewards cards, it can be hard to figure out if (and when!) you‘re eligible to receive a sign-up bonus. Million Mile Secrets reader Ben asks: I have the Chase Ink Bold (no longer available) and was wondering Continue reading "Reader Question: Should I (and Can I?) Get the Chase Ink Cash to Replace My Ink Bold Card?"

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Ocean-Front Dinners, Relaxing Spa Treatments, and Scenic Sugar Cane Fields Made Readers Jim & Lindsay‘s Trip a Success!

Welcome to the nextinstallment of ourReader Success Serieswhere Million Mile Secrets Readersshare how they booked a tripwith miles points to getBig Travel with Small Money! Jim and Lindsay areour newestreader success storyto showfolks it‘s possible totravel without spending a lot of money. What‘s your name and how long have youbeen involved in the miles Continue reading "Ocean-Front Dinners, Relaxing Spa Treatments, and Scenic Sugar

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Reader Question: ‘What‘s the Difference Between Delta Miles and MQMs?‘

Figuring out how to earn and use miles points can be tricky enoughwithout all of the jargon from the airlines! That‘s where we step in to help. Million Mile Secrets Reader Mike asks: I‘m confused about the difference between Delta miles and MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles). I understand that MQMs help you earn elite Continue reading "Reader Question: What‘s the Difference Between Delta Miles and MQMs?"

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My Full Review: Spend a Little to Save a Lot With the AMEX Platinum Card 60,000 Point Offer

Right now, you can earn 60,000 valuableAMEX Membership Rewards points when you openThe Platinum Card from American Expressand meet the minimum spending requirements. That‘s enough for a Business Class flight to Europe, 2 round-trip flights to Hawaii, or free nights at luxury Hilton hotels that can be worth 1000s! That said, it comes with a Continue reading "My Full Review: Spend a Little to Save a Lot With the AMEX Platinum Card 60,000 Po

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