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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Have You Flown With Southwest or American Airlines Since 2011? They Might Owe You Cash!

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Typically, we expect to spend money on travel and in return, we’re paid out in unique experiences, exposure to new cultures, and adventurous stories to bring home and share with friends.  But now it’s time to check all of your old airline receipts and flight itineraries.  Did you fly on either American Airlines or Southwest Airlines …

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Marriott Lost a Prime Hotel in Hawaii – Here’s Where You Can Use Your Marriott Points Nearby

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Going once, going twice, gone!  The St. Regis Princeville hotel in Kauai, Hawaii is leaving Marriott-Starwood after its recent sale.  The hotel was purchased by Starwood Capital (I know, leaving Starwood for a company with Starwood in its name kind of confusing) and will be affiliated with the 1 Hotel chain. Starwood Capital bought the property for …

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Keep Your Card Information Safe by Paying at the Pump With a Mobile Wallet – Here’s How to Do It With Chase Pay & Samsung Pay

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Here’s something that isn’t super fun to think about.  Security.  But it’s important to consider, especially around the holiday season.  Recently, my brother was telling me about a very sincere-sounding email he received from his boss, who was asking him to purchase $400 worth of iTunes gift cards and to send her the confirmation codes …

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American Airlines Makes Much Needed Improvement to Their Mobile App

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Here’s some good news for impulse shoppers and people who like to book award travel while they’re on the go (like me!) – American Airlines has updated their app so that you can use your American Airlines miles to book award flights on the go. When I first heard about this I thought to myself …

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American Express Deal: Get 5% Cash Back At Select Department Stores With This Offer (Targeted)

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Here’s some good news to ponder while you’re sitting in front of the fireplace sipping on eggnog and looking for holiday gifts online.  The Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express is now offering some cardholders 5% cash back when you shop at certain department stores.  This offer was sent out via email, so you’ll want to …

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Disney Has Out Done Themselves With This New Themed Hotel – I Can’t Wait to Check It Out!

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away…many of us fell deeply in love with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.  I know I did. Were you one of those kids that imagined they too could easily maneuver a lightsaber, wouldn’t hesitate for a minute when faced with the choice of going to …

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Takes 15 Seconds: Give Yourself a Chance to Win 500,000 American Airlines Miles & Other Prizes

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Here’s a question that’s always fun to think about – what would you do with 500,000 free American Airlines miles?  Would you fly your entire family to Europe first class?  Would you surprise your best friend with a three-month multi-destination adventure?  Or would you take the opportunity to pack up for a year and explore the …

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Lyft to Launch Loyalty Program – Here’s How You Can Start Saving Now

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Here’s some pretty exciting news – Lyft is about to launch a loyalty program.  This feels like a bit of a bonus, a freebie.  This news comes on the heels of the announcement that Synchrony will soon be issuing a Lyft co-branded credit card.  But I don’t expect it to be a better option for …

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Southwest Wants to Save You Time With a Clever New Boarding Process

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

It’s tough to think of a more polarizing topic in airline travel than the Southwest boarding process.  Some people love the organized structure of lining up in a very specific order based on their ticket letter/number.  “It’s so civilized,” they might say. Other people (like myself) feel like it kind of brings out the worst in …

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Delta Wants You to Know in Advance When the Weather Will Impact Your Flight – Here’s How They’re Doing It

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Delta is already one of my favorite airlines.  I’ve been accumulating miles on my Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express for several years now and it seems like there are so many ways to pick up extra rewards miles, like promotions with their partners such as Lyft.  They are almost always on schedule, the planes …

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Use a Single American Express Membership Rewards Point to Save $15 at Amazon (Targeted)

Written by Erin Lizzo @ Million Mile Secrets

Amazon.  You either love them, can’t live without them, or feel like they’re out to crush small business owners and take over the world.  Regardless of your position, there is a good chance you’ve done some online shopping at some point with one of the world’s largest retailers. Personally, I believe that Amazon has spoiled me …

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