Barclays Arrival Miles Review – The Surefire Way to Get Hooked on Free Travel

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard is a great card to open if you want to book free travel as soon as possible. That’s because you don’t have to earn the welcome bonus before you book reward travel. If you’re new to miles and points, Barclays Arrival miles are your gateway to free travel. They’re …

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How American Airlines Priority Boarding Caused Me to Board the Plane DEAD LAST

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Many airline credit cards come with a free checked bag. Even if you’ve just got a carry-on, you can check it for no charge, and walk through the airport hands free. It’s a liberating experience. I’ve made some pretty childish mistakes in my travel career. My crowning achievement was the time I sat …

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Chase Freedom Approval Tips: Why This Card Should Be in Your Daily Rotation

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Sometimes cards with no annual fee have certain perks that are better than cards with a $450 annual fee. The Chase Freedom has the ability to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points faster than any of its annual-fee counterparts. If you’re serious about free travel, the Chase Freedom should be a critical part of your strategy. …

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Is the No Annual Fee Chase Freedom Unlimited Worth It? The Answer Is OBVIOUS – I Use Mine Almost Every Day

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The Chase Freedom Unlimited is THE best card to use for any spending that doesn’t fall into a bonus category on your other cards. The Chase Freedom Unlimited is a key player in the world of miles and points. It’s one of best tools for earning our favorite kind of credit card rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards points — …

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Hotel Points Help Me Beat Price Gouging at Major Events (I Booked an $1,100 Room With 25,000 Marriott Points for the Indy 500)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Hotel rooms for major events sell out quickly. If you don’t book early, hotels will run out of rooms that can be booked with hotel awards points! Sporting events, conventions, ski season, concerts, holidays. There are endless reasons why hotels will jack up their room rates throughout the year. Demand breeds price gouging …

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Ends Next Week: Earn 100,000 Marriott Points (Up to 12 Free Nights!) With the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Welcome Bonus

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Lots of credit cards periodically have limited-time offers that give you tens of thousands of extra points. Investigate the highest-ever limited-time offers on the cards you want, and wait for them to return! The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card  is currently offering 100,000 bonus points after you open the card and spend $5,000 on …

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Chase Southwest Premier: Earn ~$900 in Free Travel With an Easy to Earn Bonus

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The bonus points you earn each card anniversary will nearly negate the annual fee when you redeem them for Southwest flights. The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card is a key credit card if you’re trying to earn the best deal in travel, the Southwest Companion Pass.  For a limited time through June 10, 2019, …

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Everything You Need to Know About Owning a Mobile Business (The Closest Thing to True Freedom!)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET:   When you have your own for-profit venture, you qualify for small business credit cards (which means you can easily earn TONS of free travel)! Small businesses and side gigs are all the rage now. I know plenty of people (including several of my teammates!) who have for-profit ventures ranging from general contracting to …

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Here’s Why 3 of Our Team Members Are Seriously Considering Getting the Marriott Bonvoy Business Credit Card — and Why Our Senior Editor Already Has It!

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: This card has the potential to give you an upgraded experience at Marriott hotels. The Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card comes with 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. That’s a significant amount of points, which can upgrade your travels in an impactful way! But …

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Here’s Why You Should Collect Bank Points Instead of American Airlines Miles

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET:  You don’t need to earn American Airlines miles to fly American Airlines for free.  There are LOTS of other ways. Do you know the difference between a “mile” and a “point”?  The line between these two terms is becoming more blurred every day. The biggest difference in MY mind between airline miles and regular …

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Beginner Tip: No Business Class Seats Available? Here’s How to Make Them Magically Appear (I Use British Airways)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET:  British Airways Avios points are some of the easiest to earn (you can transfer the welcome bonuses of 10+ cards!).  So they’re a great currency to collect for Business Class seats. I’ll be heading to the Maldives later this year.  But first, I’ll be spending a couple of weeks in South Africa. A …

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How to Calculate Hyatt Points Value: 3 Important Factors to Consider

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET:  5-star hotels aren’t the only good use for Hyatt points.  If you use your Hyatt points for low-category hotels, you’ll almost always get outsized value for your points. Hyatt points are a crowd-pleaser in the miles & points community.  You can take some NUTS vacations with them!  Plus, you can earn Hyatt points …

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One of the Biggest No-Brainers for Frequent Travelers — Hilton Aspire Benefits & Perks

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET:  This card comes with a better airport lounge membership than you can possibly buy. I absolutely love the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express.  It’s such a good deal that I actually don’t think the card is sustainable with all its benefits. The AMEX Hilton Aspire comes with a welcome offer of 150,000 Hilton …

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One Week Left: Earn 120,000 IHG Points (Up to 16 Free Nights) With One Easy Credit Card Bonus

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

‣ INSIDER SECRET: When you use this card’s bonus to book 4 consecutive award nights, you’ll get the 4th night free! Through May 1, 2019, the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card comes with a highest-ever bonus of up to 120,000 IHG points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements: 80,000 IHG points after you spend $2,000 on purchases …

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Exciting New Airport Security Tech Is Coming in a Couple Months – Is TSA PreCheck Still Worth It in 2019?

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET:  You can get an $85 TSA PreCheck membership for free if you pay with the right credit card (I’ll show you how). In just a couple months, the TSA will roll out a contraption that’ll make millions of lives much easier:  New CT scanners that will render the items in your bag in …

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From the TOP of Europe to the BOTTOM of South America (and Everywhere In-Between), Here’s Why the Limited-Time United Airlines Explorer Offer Is SO Much Better (Ends May 16, 2019)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The $95 annual fee on this card is waived the first year.  So you can try it for 11 months and cancel if you decide you don’t like it.  And you’ll not have paid a single cent! This is one of those times when a limited-time sign-up bonus opens more of the world …

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What Are American Airlines Miles Worth? Here’s Your Quick (and VERY Satisfying) Answer

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: You’ll often get WAY more value per mile (often DOUBLE) when you use them to book business-class seats instead of coach. When I encourage friends to collect rewards like American Airlines miles, the most obvious question is: WHAT ARE THEY WORTH, MAN?  JUST GIVE ME A STRAIGHT ANSWER. I feel their frustration, because pinning …

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Here Are the 4 Types of Airline Miles That Are EASIEST to Earn (and Amazing Things You Can Do With Them)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

There exist four magical airlines that make infinite vacation-taking SUPER easy: Flying Blue (the loyalty program of Air France and KLM) Singapore Airlines Virgin Atlantic JetBlue These airline miles are so easy to earn because they’re transfer partners of ALL FIVE flexible points: AMEX Membership Rewards points Capital One miles Chase Ultimate Rewards points Citi ThankYou points …

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AMEX Hilton Aspire Review: How to Get $2,500 in Travel Benefits the First Year (and $1,000+ Every Following Year)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

The Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express one of the best travel cards on the market.  It’s so good that I don’t understand how AMEX makes money from the card. It comes with a welcome offer of 150,000 Hilton points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.  It’s quite easy …

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I Made This Beginner Mistake With American Airlines Miles

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

When I first entered the miles & points hobby, I had a bucket list the length of the Sefer Torah. The first airline card I opened was the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®.  I earned tens of thousands of  American Airlines miles from that card’s valuable welcome bonus.  Not having entirely comprehended the value of …

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