Best Metal Credit Card Is the Apple Card? Nope. This Credit Card Is. Here’s Why.

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The best metal credit card for easy-to-redeem rewards is the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card.  The much-anticipated Apple Card has been available just a couple of days now. The card sports metal construction and a nifty activation process (just tap your iPhone to the card), but the reality is, the Apple Card isn’t …

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Reader Success! Business Class Flights to Machu Picchu Thanks In Part to Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

Welcome to another Reader Success Story where Million Mile Secrets readers share how they booked a trip with miles and points. This interview has been edited for content and clarity. Janeal’s reader success story shows it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money. If you would like to be inspired by more stories like this one, take a second to subscribe …

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I Got an Amex Delta Card and You Should Too — Especially If You’re Planning a Paid Delta Flight Soon

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Being an Amex Delta cardholder unlocks the ability to redeem your Delta miles using Delta Pay With Miles at a rate of 1 cent per mile. I recently applied for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express. I did so primarily to earn the welcome bonus and for the card’s free-checked-bag perk. …

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Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Can Be Even Better Than Flying an Ultra Low Cost Carrier

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: With Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you can book travel through Chase’s travel portal at a value of up to 1.5 cents per point. That gives you far more options than earning miles from a single loyalty program. While planning a recent trip, I ended up booking separate one-ways instead of round-trip tickets for …

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Do You Know the Difference Between Hyatt Brands?

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The easiest way to (indirectly) earn Hyatt points is to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt. Can you name all 14 Hyatt brands? If not, you may be missing out on ways to use your Hyatt points. Hyatt points are easy to earn, especially because you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt …

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I Saved $800+ by Pairing Basic Economy With the Right Credit Card and Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: With a credit card that offers perks like free checked bags and priority boarding, it’s easy to outsmart basic economy and save big. Earning Ultimate Rewards points with many of the best credit cards for travel never fails me. And having a card that helps avoid baggage fees saves me hundreds of dollars every year. …

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Earn More Than One Week of Free Hotels With the Chase IHG Premier Credit Card (One of the Best in the Business)

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Don’t just get the card for the (definitely awesome) welcome bonus. It’s the ongoing perks that will save you money and points, and make the card a long-term keeper. We’ve never seen a bonus like this on the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. Right now, it comes with 125,000 IHG points after meeting minimum …

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Reader Success! $17,000 Worth of Travel to Asia for Next to Nothing Thanks to Rewards Like Amex Membership Rewards Points

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

Welcome to another Reader Success Story where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles and points. This interview has been edited for content and clarity. Chui’s reader success story shows folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money. If you would like to be inspired by more stories like this one, take a second …

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Painful Lessons I Learned About the Current Amex Hilton Limited-Time Offers

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The easiest way to find a complete list of limited-time offers is to bookmark the Million Mile Secrets limited-time offers page. Back in early June, I convinced my mom to apply for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®, when you could earn a welcome bonus of 70,000 Arrival miles (worth $700 in travel statement …

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$1,000+ Saved! My Strategy for Using Shopping Portals and Special Amex Credit Card Discounts

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: One of the easiest ways to save money (or earn miles and points) is to go through a shopping portal for all online purchases. Whenever anyone asks how I got into the miles and points hobby, I explain that it all started with an interest in personal finance. I was reading a lot …

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Reader Success! A Trip for Four to the Caribbean Thanks to Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

Welcome to another Reader Success Story where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points! This interview has been edited for content and clarity. Patty’s reader success story shows folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money. If you would like to be inspired by more stories like this one, take a second to …

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Disney to Replace Buses With World’s Busiest Aerial Gondola System — Use Miles to Fly There for Free

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: If you’re planning a trip to Disney World, be sure to check out our guide to cheap flights to Orlando. Exciting news for Disney World fans! According to Orlando Weekly, Disney World is less than two months from completing its new Skyliner transit system – expected to be one of the busiest aerial gondola systems in …

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How I Saved Nearly 40% Off a Roller Bag Thanks to Stacking Deals (And Having an American Express Credit Card!)

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Always check Cashback Monitor, a site that allows you to easily compare earning rates from just about every shopping portal out there, before making an online purchase.  My mom needed a new roller bag and knowing that I’m a master-deal-stacker, she came to me to help her find one. Having remembered that there …

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Hilton Loyalty Reaches New Record: Here Are The Benefits You’ve Won and What We Want to See Next

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: With Hilton status, you get the fifth night free on award stays. Even better, you get complimentary Hilton status with any American Express Hilton credit card (many of which are offering increased welcome offers at the moment!). The numbers are in, and according to Skift and Hilton’s recent second-quarter earnings call, Hilton is reporting that loyalty program …

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Hilton Opening 5 New Hotels Near Some of the Most Popular Outdoor Recreation Areas In the US

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: When you have any level of Hilton status, you get the fifth night free on award stays, and you get complimentary Hilton status with any Amex Hilton credit card. Exciting news for Hilton fans who’re looking for some adventure! Hilton just announced the addition of five new Curio Collection by Hilton hotels near some of the most popular …

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Tripadvisor Names the Top 25 Amusement Parks In the World (No Surprise – Disney’s Parks Rule!)

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: If you’re considering a trip to any of the top amusement parks in Florida (Magic Kingdom anyone?), be sure to check out our guide to cheap flights to Orlando. Tripadvisor has named the top 25 amusement parks in the world, with Disney’s theme parks dominating the list. According to the site, the rankings …

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Collect Capital One Venture Miles? Don’t Book Through Capital One’s Travel Portal – Do This Instead to Save Big!

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: If you don’t collect hotel points (or even if you do!), using flexible Capital One Venture miles can be a great way to save on stays at independent hotels. Like many of my personal miles and points stories, this one starts with a call from a friend. She needed help using the Venture …

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How I Outsmart Basic Economy (And Still Get a Checked Bag)

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The key to outsmarting the pitfalls of basic economy is having a credit card that offers perks like free checked bags and priority boarding. There’s no doubt that while basic economy fares are cheaper, they can also be a pain. There are a lot of restrictions, and if you don’t plan ahead you can …

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Flight Delays: Should You Take Compensation Offered or Write In a Complaint Later?

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: If you use the best travel insurance credit cards to book your travel, you can avoid having to rely on the airlines to compensate you fairly in certain situations because your credit card will have you covered. I recently received a text from a friend who’d just been deplaned from her flight from Seattle to …

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Booking a Vacation Rental? Always Compare Prices Across Multiple Booking Platforms to Save Big

Written by Meghan Hunter @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Checking for Amex Offers and for offers through a shopping portal are great ways to save on any kind of accommodation. Just recently I helped my mom and uncle plan a trip to Santa Barbara. After arranging the flights, I set out to find them accommodations. Because of the time of year, prices …

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