Million Mile Secrets reader, Ray, commented:
I have enough Chase Ultimate Rewards points for one round-trip flight to Spain. But I would need to use my AMEX Membership Rewards points for a 2nd airline ticket. Any ideas how I can use points from both programs for a trip for 2 to Spain on the same airline?
Excellent question, Ray!
The trick is to take advantage of airline alliances, which let you to use partner airline miles to book an award flight.
Ray can transfer his flexible AMEX and Chase points to airline partners within any of the 3 major airline alliances – Oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance. So it’s possible to choose different AMEX and Chase airline transfer partners and still book 2 tickets on the same flight.
Book Multiple Award Tickets to Spain or Elsewhere by Transferring Flexible Points to Different Airline Partners and Taking Advantage of Alliances
I’ll share tips for folks looking to book multiple award flights with flexible points in different programs.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, Beginner Tips, British Airways, Chase, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Mile and Point Resources, oneworld, Reader Requests, Save Money, Star Alliance, Travel Tips, United Award Booking
A Million Mile Secrets reader emailed:
How do the US Bank travel credit cards work? Can I redeem points for a statement credit or only toward travel purchases?
This is a great question!
US Bank has 2 different kinds of points – FlexPoints and Altitude points. You can redeem both types of points for travel, statement credits, or gift cards. But you’ll get the most value using your points toward travel.
For example, you can earn 50,000 points with the new US Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card after meeting minimum spending requirements. The sign-up bonus is worth $750 toward travel. But you would only get $500 if you redeemed the points for a statement credit.
You’ll Get the Most Value for Your US Bank FlexPoints or Altitude Points By Booking Travel, Like Rental Cars
I’ll compare US Bank FlexPoints and Altitude points. And show an example of how many points you’ll use for a flight.
Emily and I don’t earn a commission for the US Bank Altitude Reserve card, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Airlines, American Airlines, American Express, American Express, Beginner Tips, Business Credit Cards, Business Credit Cards, Chase, Chase, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hotels, Hotels, Mile and Point Resources, Other Credit Cards, Reader Requests, Rental Cars, Save Money, Small Business Owners, Spending, Travel, Travel Tips, US Bank, US Bank Altitude Reserve, US Bank Flex Perks, Visa Signature
Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!
Jonathan is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
My Family at One of the Shared Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Pools
A big thank you to Jonathan for sharing his story!
Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.
Posted in Airline Award Booking, Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Starwood (SPG), Barclaycard, Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator, Barclaycard Arrival, Barclaycard JetBlue, Capital One, Capital One Venture, Citi American Airlines, Citibank, Credit Cards, Family Travel, Home Page, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Inspiration, Interviews, oneworld, Save Money, Success Story, Travel Tips
Million Mile Secrets reader, Amy, commented:
Is American Express Membership Rewards similar to Chase Ultimate Rewards where you earn points on each card individually? Or are AMEX Membership Rewards points pooled into one account automatically?
Fantastic question, Amy!
When you have multiple cards that earn AMEX Membership Rewards points, all of your rewards will automatically accumulate in one account.
This is different from other flexible bank points programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou where you earn points in separate accounts.
But with all 3 programs, it’s important to keep at least 1 card active to avoid losing all your flexible points.
Flexible Points Are Key to Big Travel! So It’s Good to Know How You Earn Points With Several Cards in the 3 Major Flexible Points Programs.
I’ll explain how folks with multiple cards in the same program earn flexible points with AMEX, Chase, and Citi!
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, American Express, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, Beginner Tips, Business Credit Cards, Business Platinum, Chase, Chase Freedom, Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Earn Miles, Hotel Award Booking, Hotels, Mile and Point Resources, Reader Requests, Rental Cars
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Emily and I appreciate our readers! To show our thanks, Emily and I are giving away 24,000 IHG points!
With IHG’s Share Summer Promotion, You Can Bid on Fun Experiences Like Concert Passes and Aquarium Tickets
I’ll tell you how to enter!
Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our 9,000 Starwood points giveaway!
Are You the Winner of 9,000 Starwood Points?
Find out who won!
A few weeks ago I let you know about the new The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express card that comes with a 20,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus after meeting minimum spending requirements. And has NO annual fee!
Our link no longer offers a sign-up bonus, but there’s still a way to get it!
The information for The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
We don’t earn a commission from this offer, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!
20,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points Is a Great Sign-Up Bonus for a Card With No Annual Fee. And You Can Use AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Take You All Over the World!
I’ll explain how.
Via Frequent Miler, you can fly coach from LOTS of US cities (big and small!) to Europe for ~$530+, with this huge Delta sale.
I found a flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam leaving November 8, 2017, and returning November 15, 2017, for ~$538. And a flight departing Minneapolis on August 11, 2017, returning from Paris August 18, 2017, for ~$597.
These sale fares are valid for travel from July 2017 through May 2018. Meaning you can visit Europe for cheap this summer, or plan fly for less this fall and winter!
You Can Experience Beautiful Amsterdam With Its Great Museums and Delicious Food for Under $600 From LOTS of US Cities!
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
Posted in Airlines, American Express, AMEX Business Gold Rewards, AMEX Platinum, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, AMEX SimplyCash Plus, Barclaycard, Barclaycard Arrival, Chase, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Citi Thank You Premier, Citibank, Credit Cards, Delta, Hotels, Save Money, Travel Tips
Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Travelling King
Samantha writes Travelling King to provide tips, suggestions and guides to help readers plan their travels. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Ben and Sam at Hobbiton in New Zealand
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
Posted in Airlines, Airlines, Beginner Tips, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Earn Miles, Insider Secrets, Interviews, Luxury Travel, Save Money, Travel, Travel Tips
Via Doctor of Credit, eligible AMEX Delta cardholders can now borrow Delta miles with the cards’ Fly Now, Earn Later perk.
So, for example, if you don’t have enough Delta miles for a particular award, you can use the Fly Now, Earn Later benefit to book your trip, and earn the rest of the miles you need through credit card spending over the next few months.
Check your American Express account to see if you’ve been targeted for this new program!
This New Benefit Will Make It Easier to Plan and Book Delta Award Tickets!
I’ll explain the details of how the Fly Now, Earn Later perk works. And what it means for you!