Here’s Why I’ll Never Share a Credit Card With My Husband

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: You’ll double your potential rewards bonus when you and your partner maintain separate credit cards. If you have someone you think is the one, take them and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all over the world, to places that are hard to reach …

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Here’s How I Made $150 in 10 Minutes by Calling Delta

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER TIP: Airlines want to keep their customers happy, and sometimes this means handing out monetary credits. Don’t be afraid to ask, you’ve got nothing to lose! There I was – a place that you’ve probably been several times before. Running through the airport in Atlanta and envying the leisurely paced walkers all around me, while …

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With a Welcome Bonus Worth $700 in Travel and Great Benefits, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus Is Worth the Annual Fee for Many

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® comes with trip delay insurance, which reimburses you for certain travel expenses that result from a delay of just 6+ hours. That’s some of the best trip delay insurance in the business on a card with one of the lowest annual fees. With so many different credit …

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Here’s Why the AMEX Hilton Aspire Card Is Worth the Annual Fee (and $2,000+ the First Year!)

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET:  This card is AMAZING for big spenders, because it’s possible to get up to 2 weekend nights at almost any Hilton Hotel.  I’ll show you how! In 2019, I’ve had two major travel realizations. The first one is that although it might seem a bit scary to commit to a credit card with …

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A Hilton Award Chart Doesn’t Exist – Here’s What They Have Instead (and How You Can Tell What Your Hilton Points Are Worth)

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Back in the good old days, Hilton used to publish an award chart that made it easy to figure out how many Hilton points you’d need to book a room. That’s how several other hotels still operate, and I personally think looking at an award chart makes the process of determining what you can afford …

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Here’s Why I Canceled My AMEX Delta Gold Card

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

You know that moment right after a breakup when you have that strange combined feeling of freedom and panic?  When you realize that you said the words and you are now actually on your own? And it’s not just another fight.  You can’t take back that conversation, that instant when you said: “this is over, …

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AMEX Delta Reserve Benefits and Perks You Might Have Overlooked

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Anyone who is currently looking to apply for the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express will notice that there’s a pretty enticing intro bonus offer right now.  This certainly caught my eye. You’ll get 75,000 Delta miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening this card …

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6 Most Unexpected Items I’ve Found Wandering Through Airports

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

When you’ve got time to kill at an airport, it’s easy to find yourself mindlessly wandering through the gift shops. From small regional airports to international duty-free shops, I’ve spent plenty of time perusing the aisles of makeup and snacks, looking for the strangest and most unexpected items.  These were the days before I acquired …

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How to Choose a Travel Credit Card (There Are 50+ Amazing Options, After All!)

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

There are so many different types of travel credit cards out there…  That’s why we devote so much time to talking and writing about them! 🙂 But with options come difficult decisions.  We can’t make that decision for you, but we can give some advice on how to think about what you’re looking for in a …

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Collecting Credit Card Points Might Not Be Right for You – Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Started

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

At Million Mile Secrets, one thing is abundantly clear – we love the challenge of figuring out how to travel for free by collecting credit card points. The concept is pretty straightforward. We’re looking at credit cards that offer something amazing when you open them, and then continue to offer valuable benefits every time you …

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Southwest Plus Card Benefits Rundown – Here’s Why I Signed Up!

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: This card has the lowest annual fee of all the Chase Southwest cards! Back in college, when I had a healthy fear of credit card debt (thanks, dad!) I owned one credit card and I kept it hidden somewhere in my closet. I had seen too many of my friends rack up tons of …

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The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card Is Worth So Much More Than the Annual Fee!

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

I’ll admit it.  I used to cringe when realizing that a credit card had an annual fee.  I mean, who wants to pay an annual fee for simply owning and using a credit card?  “Shouldn’t I be reimbursed?” I would think.  Isn’t that a huge waste of money?  What am I even getting for this fee? …

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Why TSA PreCheck is a Game Changer During the Government Shutdown

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

TSA PreCheck is looking pretty good right now. When the US Government shut down on December 22, 2018, most people groaned about the proximity to the holidays, understanding that a minor inconvenience can seem like a bigger deal during that time of the year.  I’m not sure anyone expected the shutdown to extend for over …

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Bring on the Long Layovers! How Airport Lounge Access Can Totally Change a Trip

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Last year my husband and I flew to Myanmar.  Well, to be more specific, we flew from Denver to Tokyo to Bangkok to Myanmar.  This multi-day, multi-flight voyage was daunting, especially as I’m a person who is not the biggest fan of flying. On long haul trips, I can convince myself that one 12-hour flight …

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Here’s How Southwest Saved Me Enough for a Round-Trip Flight Just on Baggage Fees Alone

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

In the era of extraneous airline charges, it can be surprisingly expensive to fly.  Yes, you can often find incredible fare sales that seem too good to be true.  For example, I’ve flown from Missoula to Denver for as little as $20 (one way) on Frontier airlines.  But once you tack on the cost of checking …

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I Saved Enough With My American Express Credit Card In 2018 for a Free Flight (And That’s Not Even Including the Miles I Earned)

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

When I was living in Missoula, Montana, Delta was one of the few airlines that operated out of our very small (but charming and efficient) airport.  So initially, I signed up for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express because of the nice welcome bonus.  With this card, you’ll currently earn 30,000 Delta miles when …

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Here’s Why I Was Happy My Chase Credit Card Annual Fee Came Due Just Before a Big Trip (Hint: The Most Valuable Perk Resets Every Year)

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

I’m currently in the middle of a three-week road trip, taking advantage of some time off for the holidays.  My husband and I (plus our dog!) are traveling from Boulder, Colorado to Santa Fe to Arizona, then we’ll continue on to camp out in the Mojave desert (with hopes of warm weather).  This is one …

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Here Are the Newest All-Inclusive Hilton Resorts in the Caribbean & A New Absurd Fee for Award Stays

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

White sandy beaches, clear blue skies and reading a good book from under the shade of a palm tree…that’s my idea of a relaxing vacation.  Oh, and let’s just raise the bar a bit – you’re staying at a luxe resort where all of the food is free.  This scenario could only be more perfect if …

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Southwest Is Making Their Flights Safer But Even Without This Change You’re Still Much Better Off in a Plane Than a Car

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

I’ve mentioned this before, but I am not my usual calm, best, sunny self when flying in a plane.  That’s because I’m usually somewhere between mildly uncomfortable to extremely terrified when in flight.  It’s a bit of a dilemma for a person who loves to travel.  I know this fear is irrational.  But…is it really?  A …

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Delta Is Updating Their Boarding Process – Here’s How to Make Sure It Doesn’t Negatively Impact You

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

It seems like recently, many of the airlines that we fly with have started to play around with new configurations of the boarding process.  Last month, I talked about Southwest’s new idea to board the plane from both the front and the back (a method that’s in practice in many other countries and seems to …

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