These Are the 5 Best Credit Cards to Use at Costco

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: You’ll do very well with one of these cards (an effective 4.5% back) if you have a phone that is capable of mobile payments (like Apple Pay or Samsung Pay). If there’s anything I love more than Costco, it’s getting an even better deal at Costco. You probably already know about Costco’s low …

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How to Earn Hilton Honors Points in 2019: The Ultimate Guide

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET:   You don’t even have to set foot in a Hilton hotel to earn Hilton Honors points! Hilton is one of the biggest hotel chains in the world, and has hotels in luxurious destinations like Hawaii, the South Pacific, and nearly everywhere else you can imagine.  So it’s no wonder folks want to use …

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American Airlines Miles: 7 Little-Known Tips to Using Them Effectively

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

As the world’s largest airline, lots of folks collect American Airlines miles, and typically redeem them for domestic coach award flights. While it’s straightforward to redeem your miles on the American Airlines website, there are ways to get even more “mileage” out of them!  (Forgive the pun, but I had to.) You can save miles, …

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United Airlines Miles Review: How to Earn, Redeem, & Get the Most From the Program

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

United Airlines is one of the largest in the US by fleet size and passenger volume, with a major presence in hub cities and smaller or seasonal destinations.  So having United Airlines miles can be a smart strategy for lots of folks looking to book cheap award travel. Plus, they’re a member of the Star Alliance …

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Hilton Points Review: The BEST Hotel Program for Casual and Prolific Travelers

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

Hilton is one of the largest hotel chains in the world, with one of their 14 brand locations nearly everywhere you’d want to visit.  Hotels range from upscale places like Conrad and Waldorf Astoria, to your basic Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. The Hilton Honors loyalty program is your key to redeeming free award nights, …

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10 Best Uses of American Airlines Miles to Visit Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean, & More

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

American Airlines miles can get you around the world for fewer miles than you might think, thanks to AA’s zone-based pricing.  Within each region, you’ll find sweet spots and savings throughout the year for popular destinations like Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, and of course right here at home. Lots of folks (and many of us on …

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Should You Go for American Airlines Elite Status? Here’s What You Get With Each Level

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

American Airlines is the largest airline in the US, and if you’re located near one of their hubs, flying with them might be the most convenient option.  If you fly enough, you’ll earn credit toward elite status, which gets you perks like automatic upgrades when available, free checked bags, and priority boarding. Like other airlines, …

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How to Use & Find Hidden Value With the Delta Award Chart…When There Isn’t One

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

First things first – Delta does NOT have an award chart.  When you run an award search, the price is whatever Delta says it is.  That makes it hard to know how many miles you should save for an award ticket. Delta is the best airline, as far as operations, with arguably the worst loyalty …

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How to Redeem Delta Miles & Get the Best Price on Award Flights

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

After building your collection for a while, you’ll inevitably wonder how to redeem Delta miles.  Luckily, Delta makes it easy to search for award seats directly on their homepage, without even having to log-in.  And you can book award flights on most partner airlines through the website. But there are a couple of tricks to know …

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How to Set up a Citi ThankYou Points Account – Then Access Your Points 2 Ways

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

Every card that earns Citi ThankYou points gets its own ThankYou member account number when it’s issued.  That is, its own bucket where earned points will live. There’s nothing you have to do other than set up online account access for your Citi cards.  Then, when you log-in, you’ll see your list of accounts, and …

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Drumroll Please! Here Are the 10 Best Redemptions With Citi ThankYou Points – Save on Flights to Hawaii, Europe, and All Around the US

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

Citi ThankYou points are surprisingly valuable – especially if you have a few good uses in mind.  With only 1 domestic airline transfer partner, it can seem those uses are few and far between.  Not so! I’ll share 10 of the best redemptions with Citi ThankYou points to get the biggest return and most travel.  You …

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Citi ThankYou Points Review: An Overlooked Program With a Lot of Potential & Why Smart Travelers Should Earn Them

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

Of the 3 main bank points currencies, Citi ThankYou points get the least amount of attention.  I understand why:  The program has only one domestic transfer partner (JetBlue), NO hotel transfer partners, and a limited number of cards that rack up the points. But savvy travelers love Citi ThankYou points.  Because if you know a …

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Should You Earn Delta Elite Status? Here’s What You Get With Each Tier to Help You Decide

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

Many moons ago, I had Delta elite status as a New York-based traveler.  They have the most on-time flights, and flew everywhere I needed to go, so I wanted to board early, enjoy surprise upgrades, and earn more miles on flights. If you live near an airport Delta serves, you might wonder if it’s worth your …

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What Are Delta Miles Worth? Here’s the Typical Value & Best Rewards (And One Really Bad One!)

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

If you have a stash of Delta miles, or thought about collecting them, you might wonder, “What are Delta miles worth?” And like all airline miles, your Delta miles value is variable.  It comes down to: How flexible you are with dates How easy (or difficult) it is for you to collect your miles Your personal …

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Steal Our New Citi ThankYou Points Travel Credit Card Trick — Swipe 10,000 Points!

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

Here’s a new way to get up to 10,000 of your Citi ThankYou points right back in your account!  If you have the new Citi Rewards+℠ Card and any other card that earns Citi ThankYou points, you’ll trigger the 10% points rebate on up to 100,000 redeemed points per year when you combine your accounts (you’ll have …

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Delta Miles Review: How They Work, What You Get, & If It’s Worth It for You

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

Delta is the 2nd-largest airline in the US, and arguably has the best operations.  So you might wonder if it’s worth putting your airline loyalty toward Delta, or using their SkyMiles frequent flyer program. Delta miles are easy to earn, and easier to redeem for award travel on 30+ airlines.  But the program has its …

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Is the Wells Fargo Propel Credit Card Worth It? Heck YES If You Like the 3% Categories, $300 Bonus, and NO Annual Fees

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

There’s a lot to like about the Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card:  3X points (worth 3% cash back) in several cool categories, travel and purchase protections, and NO annual fee.  Plus, a sign-up bonus of 30,000 bonus points (worth $300 in cash back, travel, gift cards, or other rewards) after completing minimum spending requirements. For non-bonus categories, you’ll earn 1 point …

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Free Checked Bags, Preferred Boarding, and More: Your Complete Guide to Citi American Airlines Select Business Credit Card Benefits and Perks

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

If you’re a small business owner and like American Airlines miles, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® comes packed with benefits that can be worth much more than its $99 annual fee (which is waived for the first 12 months!). Among them are: 2X American Airlines miles in popular categories like telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite …

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Is the Citi American Airlines Platinum Select Business Credit Card Worth It? YES – If You Like AA, Travel Perks, or Have a Savvy Card Strategy

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

Aside from an excellent limited-time sign-up bonus of 70,000 American Airlines miles after meeting minimum spending requirements, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is worth it for small business owners who like to fly American Airlines. There’s a $99 annual fee that’s waived the first 12 months.  And it’s worth keeping long-term if you: …

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Is the British Airways Credit Card Worth It? For Big Spenders and Advanced Players, Yes

Written by Harlan Vaughn @ Million Mile Secrets

I’ve had the British Airways Visa Signature® Card and used the spectacular sign-up bonus for short-haul American Airlines flights to visit family, and to near-international destinations in Mexico, like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.  And saved $1,000s over the years! Right now, you can earn 4 British Airways Avios points per $1 spent on up to $30,000 in …

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