Five amazing things to do with Mastercard’s one million miles | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

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If you suddenly had one million Mabuhay Miles, what would you do?

For one, you’d probably spend less time planning and more time traveling. You could take that well-deserved break and start flying. Solo or with family or with a gaggle of besties.

Or you could take a minute to do the math—figure out where to go, who to share your million miles with, and how often you need to fly to sate your wanderlust.

Scoring multiple travel freebies through Mastercard’s one million Mabuhay Miles could blow your mind, so let us help sort it out for you.

Take your family of 5 to Hong Kong 10 times

It’s the closest place with a Disneyland, a certified hit with the kids. There’s visiting with Ocean Park’s resident giant pandas (children love pandas, it’s a fact) Ying Ying and Le Le, then taking the tram up Victoria’s Peak for a fantastic view. And, well, you will want to shoot “groufies” with Madame Tussauds’ life-size celebrity wax figures.

Hong Kong will always be a Filipino family favorite. With 10 trips, you can just imagine how much more of the city and its treasures you can discover.


A traditional Indian lunch with rice, various curries, pickles, and vegetables at Vivenda Dos Palhacos in southern Goa, India.

Shop for everything you need at the impressive Harbour City complex, or snag local finds at PMQ’s 100 design studios and shops at Aberdeen St., in Central. Interestingly, this creative hub used to be a police headquarters.

Filipinos are inveterate foodies, so how about putting together an “eatsperience” for the family each time? Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan is filled with hip dining places. And eating like a local is a must-do, so get everyone to try out egg waffles (Lee Keung Kee North Point in Kowloon was in the Michelin Guide), egg tarts, roast goose at Michelin-starred Yat Lok, and hearty cart noodles.

If you think Hong Kong is all urban sprawl, get set for a few surprises. Go bird watching at the Shing Mun Reservoir, enjoy the long stretches of white sand and crystal-clear waters of Long Ke Wan, or view the awe-inspiring land formations at Hong Kong Geopark.

Travel to New York or Toronto 12 times

They say that the second time’s a charm. But New York and Toronto can keep you enthralled on your 3rd, 7th, or even 12th visit! Mastercard’s one million miles lets you fly to these places 12 times—that’s once a month, if you go in a single year, and enough time to soak up their big-city vibes.

You can explore the museums in New York, from the American Museum of Natural History (you can’t miss out on their prized attraction, the fourth-floor dinosaur exhibit) to the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art—the largest art museum in the world and venue of the glamorous annual Met Ball.

If you like your cuppa, head for Intelligentsia Coffee at 10th Avenue, which has been ranked number 1 for coffee shops in New York and even has typewriters for when inspiration strikes.

Canada may be a relatively young country, but Toronto could rival other cities for your affections. Relive a favorite Downton Abbey scene in the luxurious rooms of Casa Loma, Toronto’s own castle, or affirm your love for shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum, an expo dedicated to footwear from around the globe.

Oh, you can gawk at Toronto’s CN Tower in all its jaw-dropping 147-storey glory. You’re excused—it’s your first time anyway. Then get your caffeine fix at Fahrenheit Coffee, voted “Best Specialty Coffee” since 2012.

Get married or turn a year older in London, Los Angeles, or San Francisco with 14 of your closest friends

Hold your dream destination wedding in San Francisco, and make it an unforgettable affair with your BFFs. The many-storied, romantic city has delightful settings for your big day, including the opulent Bentley Reserve, and the rustic National Historic Landmark, the Swedenborgian Church.

Turning 18 or 50? Celebrate a birthday milestone by whooping it up with your friends in Los Angeles or London.

You’ve gotta love L.A., especially when your besties are with you. Make your visit at the Getty Center way more fun with a scavenger hunt adventure and get on the TMZ tour bus to check out the city’s hot spots. Who knows? You could run into a Hollywood star or two.

On the other hand, imagine traipsing in the cool and stylish city of London with your group. Spend part of your birthday having afternoon tea at Betty Blythe (they have vintage accessories for your Instagram posts), getting your nails done at Cheeky, and singing your heart out to Spice Girls at Lucky Voice in London’s Chinatown.

Go on a culinary adventure around Asia (and the U.S.) with 3 foodie friends

Asia is home to some of the world’s most delectable, flavorful, and fiery dishes, and one million miles can take you and your foodie friends around the region to discover these.

For gastronomes, Tokyo will always be top of mind. You and your friends can eat your way around the city, either by picking an area (say, Ginza and the Imperial Palace first) or focusing on the food—the ritualistic kaiseki, ramen, or famous sushi. Go for a rare experience and book at Sukiyabashi Jiro, the three-star Michelin restaurant featured in the 2011 American documentary.

If you want to eat and drink your way through Seoul, you need to do the classics—like samgyeopsal or Daegu-style short ribs—with the newer, crazier creations. Walk the streets and enter family-style Korean barbeque restaurants for great eats and a homey atmosphere. Try out the “king of new Korean cuisine” chef Jung-sik Yim’s delicate dishes, like pork belly with pickled gomchwi, in his Gangnam restaurant Jungsik.

Make your way around Bali, Beijing, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur to sample their heartiest local fare. After that, the four of you can still fly all the way to the Western Pacific Ocean and spend a few days in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, which are technically US territories, to sample Chamorro barbecue.

Daunted by long-haul flights? Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class with additional miles and enjoy the trips in comfort and style.

Travel more and travel smart—together

Get the chance to win Mastercard’s one million Mabuhay Miles and do one or more of what we have listed down. Just use your Mastercard when you travel abroad until July 16. No need to fill up a raffle entry or register; every USD50 spent in a single receipt automatically entitles you to one raffle entry.

With Mastercard giving away one million Mabuhay Miles to ten winning cardholders, you can plan your dream trip, visit several new places, or revisit your favorite destinations in the world. And because you have the option to share with friends and family, you can take your loved ones with you.

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