Your Guide to Solo Parent Travel – Without Spending an Arm and a Leg!

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Traveling solo with your kids can be challenging, particularly when they’re young.  It’s also incredibly rewarding – from creating lifelong memories to encouraging one-on-one bonding time with your children. You don’t necessarily have to be a single parent to travel as a solo parent.  Even though travel industry trends are slowly catching up to the …

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The Best Cash Back Credit Cards With NO Foreign Transaction Fees in 2019

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

For some folks in our hobby, earning cash back instead of miles and points is a big part of their credit card strategy.  You can redeem cash back for anything, not just travel, after all! Alas, some of the best cash back credit cards add foreign transaction fees when you use your card overseas.  And …

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The Best Points Program for Beginners Has the Fewest Transfer Partners (More Doesn’t Always Mean Better)

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Put a bunch of miles and points enthusiasts in a room and ask them what the best transferable points program is, and you’ll likely get a slew of different (and passionate) answers.  Some folks are as fiercely loyal to a particular program as they are to their favorite football team! Issuers themselves brag on the …

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Reminder – Apply for These Top Hotel Credit Cards NOW Before They Go Away (Just One Day Left)

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Quick reminder, all.  You’ve only got until February 12, 2019, to apply for a couple of hotel cards before they’re retired for good. After that date, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Business Credit Card will go the way of the dinosaur with the launch of the …

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Last Chance to Apply for the Southwest Chase Credit Card Offers and Earn a Southwest Companion Pass (2-for-1 Travel)

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

This is a final boarding call for the personal Southwest Chase credit card limited-time offers, which come with the Southwest Companion Pass AND 30,000 Southwest points (worth ~$450 in Southwest airfare) after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening: Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card …

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Don’t Cancel Your Chase Credit Card – It’s Smarter to Downgrade It Instead

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

When an annual fee is due, it’s a good time to assess whether or not a credit card is worth keeping.  To decide if you should continue with a card, consider if the perks make it worth the expense, or if you have other cards that overlap benefits and spending categories.  In many cases, credit …

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The Best Hotel Credit Card With a Free Night on Your Account Anniversary

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Applying for the best hotel credit cards to earn free nights from a hefty welcome bonus and points from ongoing spend is a smart way to save money on hotel stays.  But many of us keep these cards year after year for the perks they offer, like automatic elite status, statement credits, and bonus points. …

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Getting Your Companion Pass Soon? Check Out These Amazing Southwest International Destinations for Travel Inspiration

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

If you’re not a frequent Southwest Airlines flyer, you might not know they fly to a bunch of fun international destinations, along with extensive routes within the US (soon including Hawaii). Like many of you, I applied for one of the excellent personal Southwest Chase credit card limited-time offers (which expire in just a few days …

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Still on the Fence About the Southwest Chase Credit Card Offers? Here’s How to Decide Which Is Best for You

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

If you haven’t jumped on the unprecedented personal Southwest Chase credit card limited-time offers yet, you’ve only got a few days left to do so, because they end February 11, 2019. Tons of folks have opened a card, including team member Keith and myself, because they earn the Southwest Companion Pass AND 30,000 Southwest points after …

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My New Chase Southwest Credit Card Arrived – Here’s What’s Next to Unlock the Companion Pass and Free Travel

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Isn’t it a lovely feeling when you go to the mailbox and find a nice, fat bank envelope with the unmistakable weight of a new credit card inside? My Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card arrived yesterday, and the kids and I are already chomping at the bit to meet the minimum spending requirements and …

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This Is by FAR the Best Hotel Credit Card for Family Travel

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Traveling with your family, especially if it’s large or includes young kids, is an entirely different proposition compared to a solo trip.  There’s often a lot of juggling and logistics to manage, so making sure your hotel stay is as comfortable as possible is key to making your vacation a success. Having one of the …

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Chase Credit Cards Helped Get Us an Unforgettable Long Weekend Birthday Trip to Ireland Worth $3,400+

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Last fall I booked an amazing trip to Dublin, Ireland, with my daughter to celebrate her 13th birthday.  Dublin was incredible, as was our day trip to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. We enjoyed non-stop flights on Aer Lingus, and experienced 2 different (and lovely) hotels – including an incredible suite upgrade – all …

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The Easiest Way to Get American Airlines Airport Lounge Access (And Share It, Too!)

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

If you’ve flown with American Airlines, you’ve probably encountered their Admirals Club airport lounges during your travels.  With 50+ locations worldwide, they’re a comfortable place to hang out before your flight or during a connection, with free food, drinks (including alcohol), Wi-Fi, and quiet spots to relax and work. Unlike Priority Pass Select airport lounge membership, …

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Don’t Overlook Cash Back Credit Cards (Even If You’re a Die-Hard Miles and Points Collector) – They’re an Essential Part of EVERY Traveler’s Wallet

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Many of us are obsessed with squeezing the most value from our hard earned miles and points by redeeming them for free travel.  Rewards earned from the best travel credit cards, particularly flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards and AMEX Membership Rewards, can get you to destinations you never dreamed you could afford. Some cards, …

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Smart Travelers Use the Best Hotel Credit Cards for Maximum Points. But Don’t Forget to Double Dip and Earn Extra Rewards!

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

While we all love getting free hotel stays, sometimes you have to choice but to pay for a room.  Using the best hotel credit cards to earn the most bonus points for your booking makes a lot of sense and can boost your points balances very quickly.  For example: The World Of Hyatt Credit Card …

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Yes! Just Got Approved for My First Personal Chase Credit Card in Nearly 3 Years – Southwest Companion Pass Here I Come!

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Squee!  I’m so excited – after holding off on applying for personal Chase cards for almost 3 years, I finally pulled the trigger on what’s shaping up to be the best Chase credit card offer this year.  Instant approval! For a limited time until February 11, 2019, all 3 Chase Southwest personal credit cards are …

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Here’s My Hope for a Premium Hotel Chase Credit Card (Yeah, I’m Dreaming)

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

I’ve had hotel credit cards on the brain for the past bit, especially since Marriott announced their Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program and the new or refreshed credit cards coming with the rebrand. AMEX now has a monopoly on premium hotel credit cards – they’ve got the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card (soon to …

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What Was Once Considered the Best Hotel Credit Card Will Soon Vanish (Apply Before It’s Too Late!)

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

There’s one guarantee in the miles and points world:  Things are always changing. This week brought news that AMEX and Starwood will soon discontinue the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, which was once widely considered the best hotel credit card.  It’ll no longer be available for new applications as of February 13, …

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I Almost NEVER Use American Airlines Miles the Way They’re “Intended” – Here’s What I Do Instead

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

Earning American Airlines miles is a big part of my miles and points strategy.  While I have a few paid flights a year, most of the American Airlines miles I’ve earned have come from credit card welcome bonuses and spending – for example: CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® – (I have this in …

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Be Careful: If You’re New to Citi ThankYou Points, Choose Your First Card Wisely!

Written by Jasmin @ Million Mile Secrets

There’s been excitement over the newest Citi ThankYou points earning card, the Citi Rewards+℠ Card.  While it doesn’t have the most compelling welcome bonus, it’s generated some buzz over a couple of novel perks it offers. Specifically, the Citi Rewards+ rounds up the Citi ThankYou points you’ll earn on each purchase to the nearest 10 …

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