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Great Value Transferring Ultimate Rewards

Introducing a new resource page: Chase Transfer Partners. This page lists all of the options for transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel loyalty programs. The page is divided into sections: Best Transfer Partners, Other Transfer Partners, and Indirect Transfer Partners. The Best Transfer Partners list includes a brief summary of why I consider each transfer to be worthwhile. The Other Transfer Partners list includes an explanation of why I don’t recommend these…

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Amassing Ultimate Rewards

  As you can see in the images above, my wife and I have a nice stockpile of Ultimate Rewards points.  We often transfer points to Hyatt for award or points + cash stays, or to various airline programs when booking flights.  We can also move points to my Chase Sapphire Reserve account in order to get 1.5 cents per point value when booking travel.  In this way, points needed to book airfare or hotels…

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[EXPIRED] $10 instant rebate on Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Depot / Office Max

This week, Office Depot/Office Max is offering a $10 instant rebate on the purchase of $50 on select gift cards. Qualifying cards include American Eagle Outfitters, Groupon, Fandango, Catherine’s, or Mastercard. You can mix and match different denominations and types, but most readers will probably be interested in the Mastercard gift cards. The Offer $10 instant rebate on $50 worth of select gift cards Qualifying gift cards include: American Eagle Outfitters, Groupon, Fandango, Catherine’s, or Mastercard Key…

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Super credit card duos. What’s in your wallet?

In the past I’ve analyzed the heck out of cards to come up with the best credit card combinations based on earning rates, annual fees, redemption value, etc.  Today, I’ll take a more casual look at my favorite credit card duos.  I like cards that have great perks and earn great category bonuses.  And I prefer cards that earn transferable points (points that can be transferred to airline and hotel programs).  A big plus is…

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10% back on Hotel or Car Rental Bookings with Chase

Chase is offering Freedom and Freedom Unlimited cardholders 10% cash back on up to $2,500 in hotel and car rental bookings made through the Ultimate Rewards portal.  The terms say that you must pay with your Freedom or Freedom Unlimited card.  The 10% cash back is total and does not stack on top of the typical 1%/1.5% earned on those cards. It’s always nice to save a few bucks, but don’t forget to compare with…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Cracking the Bulk Fare Code! How to Tell When a Flight is a Bulk Fare

bulk fare

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   A few weeks ago I shared how the bank rewards programs, such as Chase’s Ultimate Rewards and Amex’s Membership Rewards, were quietly selling bulk fares via their travel portals. Bulk fares can be problematic, though they’re not always bad news. In fact, they can be extremely useful in certain circumstances. For more info, see my post “Bet You Didn’t Know: Is Chase Using Bulk Fares for Sapphire Reserve Tickets?” The problem…

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Ultimate Rewards 5X Everywhere (almost)

5X everywhere

Ultimate Rewards has long been my favorite transferable points currency.  Compared to its rivals, in my opinion, Ultimate Rewards offers the best options for point transfers, purchasing travel with points, and cashing in points for those who prefer money over travel.  And, of course, the addition of the new Sapphire Reserve card has made the Ultimate Rewards “ecosystem” even better… Ultimate Rewards also has the best options for point earnings, such as: Ink Plus or…

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The Sapphire Reserve Couple Conundrum

Sapphire Reserve Couple

Don’t tell my wife, but I’m kinda in love with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.  Yes it comes with a hefty $450 annual fee, but for anyone who spends a decent amount of money each year on travel, the card’s annual $300 travel credit effectively brings the annual fee down to $150.  That’s tolerable considering that the card offers 3X points for travel & dining, 1.5 cents per point travel value, Priority Pass Select lounge membership…

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