Change My Mind – This Is the MOST FREE 5-Star Vacation You Can Take

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

I’ve been flirting heavily with a trip to the Caribbean.  It’s a trip that trends much differently than what I’d normally plan.  But at the moment it sounds SO relaxing, and it is SO cheap.  And yes, it involves all-inclusive resorts. They key to this free trip is with: Southwest points Hyatt points Capital One …

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I Almost Forfeited My TSA PreCheck Privileges by Thinking I Was Smarter Than Everyone Else

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

A complaint I’ve heard several times about TSA PreCheck is this:   Because more people are enrolling in the program, the lines are longer.  Sometimes they’re MUCH longer than the regular ol’ security line. I too have found TSA PreCheck lines to be occasionally longer.  But I’ve got no problem with it.  TSA PreCheck is about …

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Review of the STUNNING Turkish Airlines Airport Lounge in Istanbul – Not Just Anyone Can Get In (But Here’s the Trick)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

By far the best airport lounge I’ve ever experienced has been the Turkish CIP Lounge in Istanbul. It’s a bit trickier to enter than most lounges we talk about.  You can’t access the area with a lounge membership like Priority Pass.  You can’t even buy day passes. Weirdly enough, if you know the secret, the easiest …

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The Secret Way to Avoid That Stupid $75 Fee American Airlines Charges for Booking an Award Flight Within 3 Weeks of Travel

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

Some of you may not even know about this fee, so here’s a word of caution:   American Airlines charges a $75 fee if you book an award flight within 21 days of your departure date (called a “close-in fee”). There’s no reason for the fee, other than American Airlines profiting from unforeseen crises and other …

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How Global Entry Saved Me $570 When I Arrived Late to the Airport

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

Whenever we talk about Global Entry, we’re usually reminding you that it comes with a free membership to the insanely popular TSA PreCheck program which gives you the privilege of passing through airport security without stripping down to your knickers. The primary feature of Global Entry is that it allows you to skip the giant immigration …

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Here Are the NEW Capital One Small Business Card Offers (Enough Capital One Miles for Hundreds and Hundreds in Free Travel)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

Gone is the day when you could earn up to $2,000 worth of Capital One miles with a single credit card sign-up bonus.  If you don’t want to miss enormous credit card sign-up bonuses like that in the future, subscribe to our daily newsletter. The Capital One Spark card offers have changed.  But fortunately, they still …

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Franchise Owners! Save $1000s per Year Putting Spending on One of These Small Business Credit Cards

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

You’re a small business owner.  And consequently, you’ve got a hair-raising amount of expenses each month.  Are you using the best credit card for your business spending? Think of your credit card as your employee.  Give it an evaluation, and if it’s not working hard for you, fire it.  Then hire a credit card that …

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Quick Comparison of the 4 Best Airline Credit Card Companion Passes

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

With the current amazing Southwest Companion Pass offers available right now, it’s a good time to review the different best airline credit card companion passes.  We’ll cover: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card, and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card – Companion Pass Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Platinum Delta …

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A Hasty Review of a 1,600 Square Foot Suite in Africa (Absolutely Free With Capital One Miles)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

This is a brief and long overdue review of one of my favorite hotels, The Residence Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. My friends and I booked the most expensive, opulent suite in the hotel, and the final price was ~$500.  THAT’S NOTHING compared to the price you’d pay for a similar experience in the …

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The Secret to Saving Miles on Fancy United Airlines Business Class Flights to Europe, Asia, and Beyond

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

Quick tip:   If you’re booking an international Business Class ticket with United Airlines, you’ll save tons of miles if you’re actually flying United Airlines. Like, tens of thousands of miles.  This is because United Airlines has separate award charts for their own flights and for other airlines.  They incentivize United Airlines mile collectors to fly …

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Why Capital One Miles Are Better Than Chase Points for All Hotel Stays (Except Hyatt)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

Absurd as it may sound, Capital One miles can make a lot more sense than Chase Ultimate Rewards points in a few areas of the miles & points hobby. One of those areas is paid hotel stays.  There are multiple reasons for this. The current best option for earning Capital One miles in a hurry …

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Easy 2,000 American Airlines Bonus Miles – Even Your DOG Can Do It

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

Rover is a fantastic solution for travelers who can’t bring their dogs along with them while they travel.  It connects dog owners with sitters and walkers, helping you find the perfect temporary dwelling for your puppy.  And American Airlines is sweetening the deal by allowing you to earn miles for every reservation. You’ll now earn …

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PSA: The AMEX Centurion Airport Lounges You Plan to Visit Might Be Closed

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

The best airport lounges in the US are widely considered to be AMEX Centurion lounges.  You have access to these lounges if you have one of the following cards: The Platinum Card® from American Express The Business Platinum® Card from American Express American Express is hard at work expanding and renovating their beloved Centurion Lounges.  …

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I Traded My Capital One Miles in for a Night in a Castle – The Service Was So Amazing They Actually Put Together a Comic Book With My Friend’s Son As the Hero!

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

You can do some pretty fabulous things with Capital One miles. Namely, you can do pretty much ANYTHING with them, as long as it’s travel related.  For example, you can reserve: Airfare Hotels (including boutique and independent hotel, and Airbnb) Ground transportation, like car rentals, bus tickets, rail lines, Lyft, and Uber Online travel agencies and …

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My TSA PreCheck Membership Is Expiring This Year, and I Ain’t Paying for It Again – My Simple Plan to Receive Another 5 Years for Free

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

I’ve had TSA PreCheck for the last 4 years, thanks to my Global Entry membership.  It’s saved me countless hours at airport security over the years for 2 reasons. 1.   I don’t have to: Remove my toiletries from my carry-on Remove my computer from its bag Take off my jacket, shoes, belt, etc. at security checkpoints …

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American Airlines Has Added 5 New Flights to the Bahamas – Why You Should Care

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

American Airlines is now flying to more destinations in the Bahamas! I’ve never been myself, but I’ve heard plenty of mixed reviews about the Bahamas (from tropical wonderland to dispiriting 3rd-world country).  Either way, it’s an area you’ll not forget!  American Airlines has added new flights to: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, where you can swim with pigs …

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The Best Airline Credit Card for the Ongoing Benefits – No Other Airline Card Is Even Close

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

When you think of the best airline credit card, you usually concentrate on the one with the biggest and baddest sign-up bonus. For example, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, which comes with a bonkers offer of 30,000 Southwest points and a COMPANION PASS (bring a friend for free every single time you fly) valid …

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How to Fly on American Airlines with Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, Even Though They’re Not Partners (It’s Often a BETTER Deal!)

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

You might have noticed that American Airlines is NOT a Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer partner. Still, that doesn’t mean Chase Ultimate Rewards points aren’t useful for award flights on American Airlines!  There are several ways you can fly for free on American Airlines with points you earn from: Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card – Best …

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You Can Still Get $500+ in Free Travel Even If You Have NO POINTS and You Depart Next Week – It’s What Makes Capital One Miles Truly Spectacular

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

Have you got upcoming travel plans, but procrastinated on opening a miles & points credit card that would have saved you hundreds of dollars?  Capital One miles can solve this problem. If you’ve got at least a couple weeks before your departure, it’s not too late.  Folks who do NOT have a stash of miles & …

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Tough Rules Coming Soon to AMEX Centurion Airport Lounges – AMEX Platinum Cardholders Take Note!

Written by Joseph Hostetler @ Million Mile Secrets

If you have one of the following AMEX cards, this news affects you: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express The Platinum Card® from American Express That’s because these cards come with the ultra-rare benefit of free access to AMEX Centurion airport lounges, widely considered the best domestic airport lounges in existence.  And the number …

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