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What Chase Ultimate Rewards has over Membership Rewards

I recently wrote a post about some of the Strengths Membership Rewards has over Ultimate Rewards. Of course, Ultimate Rewards is also a terrific currency to collect and one that has many strengths of its own. Whereas some of Amex’s greatest strengths lie in partner sweet spots, Chase’s strengths over Membership Rewards mostly lie within the card portfolio itself. That’s not to say that Chase doesn’t have transfer partners with award chart sweet spots — just…

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Chase Ultimate Rewards: JetBlue Added As Transfer Partner

Chase JetBlue Transfer Partner

Chase recently lost Korean Air as a transfer partner but has today added a brand new partner: JetBlue TrueBlue. On the one hand, this isn’t particularly exciting news given that JetBlue is already a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou and Marriott Rewards. On the other hand, additional partner airlines are always welcome. It also looks like Chase is now offering the best day-to-day transfer rate. That’s because Ultimate Rewards can be…

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Hunting for the best redemption: Hyatt, UR, or Citi Prestige?

Some people get into miles & points to travel more, others to travel more cheaply, and still others to travel more luxuriously. Some are drawn into this obsession hobby for the thrill of the hunt — whether a way to stack as many points as possible on the earning side or redeeming for maximum value. Of course, it gets tricky in determining which option returns maximum value, and I’ve run into a bit of a…

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Manufacturing free nights (Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott)

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Last week, Nick and I presented our different takes on which hotel chain (Hyatt, Hilton, or Marriott) was most rewarding (here and here).  We looked at how much you’d have to stay at those hotels in order to earn free nights. That was all fine and good, but not exactly what readers wanted to know.  Many readers asked a different question: Which credit cards are best for earning free nights? To keep things simple, I…

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Chase’s new 50K offer and their evolving Ultimate Rewards lineup

Over the weekend, Doctor of Credit reported that Chase will release a new business credit card on May 20th: Ink Business Unlimited.  Like the Chase Freedom card, the Ink Business Unlimited is advertised as a cash back card, but it will really earn Ultimate Rewards points: 1.5 points per dollar for all spend. Those under 5/24 will be excited to see a new 50K offer appear.  Just like the current Ink Business Cash card, the…

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Awesome Suite Upgrade award: Park Hyatt Mallorca

A few weeks ago, I made great use of one of my Hyatt Globalist Tier Suite Upgrade awards, bumping my reservation up to a Park Suite King at the Park Hyatt Mallorca in Spain. This suite was huge and luxurious. We often feel like we wish we had one more day — but leaving this place was tough. I definitely hope to make it back again and would love to be able to score this suite on a return trip.…

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Ultimate Rewards Questions Answered

My post earlier this week about product changing to the Ink Cash card online generated a surprising number of questions via comments and social media.  Clearly, many details about Ultimate Rewards cards are unclear.  So, let me clear it all up with a brief intro to the Chase Ultimate Rewards family tree, and a series of questions and answers… Ultimate Family Tree Chase offers three families of Ultimate Rewards cards: Sapphire, Freedom, and Ink Business,…

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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

Gift Card Deals

  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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