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Freedom vs. Freedom Unlimited

Freedom Unlimited

Last year, I detailed my plan for increasing my Chase Ultimate Rewards point balance.  The reason for focusing on Ultimate Rewards?  I’m a huge fan of transferable points programs, especially Ultimate Rewards.  Chase has several very useful transfer partners, but the one I transfer to the most, by far, is Hyatt.  By keeping a large Ultimate Rewards point balance, awesome hotel stays are always easy to secure. Examples of great Hyatt stays (in which I…

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The best credit cards for restaurants, Amazon.com, and movies

best credit cards for restaurants

Update: This post includes offers that were valid at the time of publication, but have since expired. Please click here to see the best offers currently available. The Citi Forward card currently offers 5X Citi ThankYou points per dollar on restaurants, music, movies, and books.  As of June 4th 2016, though, the bonus will go down to 2X points per dollar in those categories.  I had previously used my Forward card as my single go-to card for restaurants,…

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Chase point transfer rules made simple [Infographic]

Chase point transfer rules

My favorite points programs are transferable points programs.  These are programs that let the account holder transfer points to their choice of a number of airline and hotel programs.  See: A quick guide to transferable points programs.  My favorite transferable points program is Chase Ultimate Rewards… Membership Rewards vs. Ultimate Rewards vs. ThankYou Rewards. Which is best? SPG vs. Amex, Chase, and Citi transferable points programs. Which is best? Complex Chase point transfer rules In…

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Chase Freedom Unlimited assumptions and analysis

Chase Freedom Unlimited

UPDATE: The Points Guy has learned more from Chase.  All of the assumptions in this post appear to be true!  Chase Freedom Unlimited will coexist with the original Freedom card; It will have no annual fee; and it will earn Ultimate Rewards points. Over the weekend, Angelina Travels revealed what appears to be a new credit card from Chase: Chase Freedom Unlimited.  Supposedly this new card will be introduced sometime in March (i.e. soon!). Click…

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Sapphire Preferred 50K to 60K, and Freedom 15K offers coming soon

Sapphire Preferred 50K

Via an inside source, I’ve learned that Chase plans to offer increased signup bonuses for the Sapphire Preferred and Freedom cards.  The expected go-live date is November 16, but sometimes deals like these appear a bit sooner in some channels, such as through Chase’s refer-a-friend program. Both cards earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  With a premium card like the Sapphire Preferred card, points are transferable to a number of airline and hotel programs.  For more…

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How to see which purchases qualify for Chase Ink and Freedom bonus categories

I feel like a dummy.  I’ve struggled with this for years.  Chase Ink cards are great because the earn valuable Ultimate Rewards points and they offer a number of 2X and 5X bonus categories.  However, it has always been tough to figure out whether purchases you thought would earn a bonus really did.  The Chase Ink billing statement shows overall how many base points were earned and how many bonus points were earned, but it…

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Chasing Ultimate Rewards: My revised strategy

In the March 2015 post “Chasing Ultimate Rewards,” I detailed plans to earn approximately 210,000 Ultimate Rewards points per year without paying credit card annual fees.  Since then, things have changed.  Chase’s new, tougher, application approval process has become well documented.  According to many reports, Chase no longer approves applications for cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points if the applicant has applied for many other cards recently.  For details, please see Doctor of Credit’s post:…

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Chase Freedom Bonus Increased to 20,000 Points ($200)

Update: The increased bonus is also available through the Chase website and other channels. Chase has an increased offer on their Freedom card through their referral website. Select current cardholders can refer their friends and earn 5,000 points. Their friends will earn: 20,000 points ($200) after spending $500 in the first 3 months. 2,500 points ($25) after adding an authorized user who uses the card within the first 3 months. Offer expires June 24, 2015 This…

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