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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 $550 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 $250.  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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Chase Sapphire Reserve’s $1200 question

Chase Sapphire Reserve

This is fun!  Right on the heels of Citibank’s announced devaluation of their high-end Citi Prestige card, comes the rumored release of a new high-end competitor:: Chase Sapphire Reserve.  There has already been a lot of ink spilled over this rumored card, but I haven’t yet seen anyone else ask the $1200 question… The Chase Sapphire Reserve (rumored) details So far, most of what we think we know comes from mvcore on Flyertalk who reports…

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Promiscuous transfer partners

Promiscuous transfer partners

My favorite points programs, by far, are transferable points programs. These are programs where points can be transferred 1 to 1 (or better) to airline and hotel programs. This makes it possible to cherry-pick the best opportunities. If you earn points in only one loyalty program then you may find that flight awards or hotel awards are not available when and where you need them. With transferable points programs, though, your opportunities are far greater.…

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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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The best way to use Chase points to book hotels

Use Chase points to book hotels

A reader recently asked me about booking a hotel with Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  She had found a Marriott property that had good reviews and was available for a free night award for 30,000 Marriott Rewards points.  She could have transferred her Chase points to Marriott to book the room, but first she checked the Chase travel portal and found that she could pay 13,419 points for the same night at the same hotel. She…

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How to share Chase Ultimate Rewards with friends

share Chase Ultimate Rewards with friends

Chase Ultimate Rewards is currently my favorite transferable points program.  You can read my comparison of transferable points programs here.  Unfortunately, Chase will soon lose Amtrak as a transfer partner, but hopefully they’ll add a valuable new partner to make up for it. One great feature of the Ultimate Rewards program is that you can freely share your points with specific people: your spouse, domestic partner, or joint business owner(s).  This is especially helpful when…

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