Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Category: Chase

Aug 24

Chase Sapphire Reserve: Up to $1,500 Sign-Up Bonus

I wasn’t going to bother writing about this card, mostly because I have written too much about credit cards recently, but I got enough questions about it that it seemed worthwhile. And, let’s face it, being able to say “up to $1,500” sounds kind of cool. Chase Sapphire Reserve The card in question is the Chase …

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Jul 26

Bits And Pieces from around The Industry

Double Starwood Points at Tribute Hotels So the cool new thing for hotel chains to do these days is to pretend that they aren’t chains. Of course, given the nature of the product, that’s not always an easy thing to do. So many of the major chains are creating “sub-brands,” or boutique hotels within a …

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Jul 22

Are Bank Credit Card Points The Way To Go?

I’m normally not a big fan of having points just for the sake of having them (unless you got those points for free). There’s no need, for instance, to apply for a United Airlines credit card if you are never going to fly them. Thus, do you need Chase Ultimate Rewards points or Citibank ThankYou …

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Jun 26

Tidbits from around The Industry

Not A Good Day To Be A British Airline Think you lost some money in the market on Friday? It could be worse. You could be a British airline. With Brexit having been approved, investors lost faith in the British Pound, as well as  the region’s economy and consumers’ ability to get around it (to …

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May 23

Delta Improves Elite Benefits, Marriott And Chase Shoots for Small Businesses

Delta Remembers Their Elite Members Over the past few years, Delta has slowly been transitioning its rewards program from a mileage-based one to a revenue-based one. In other words, the customers who got the biggest rewards were the ones that spent the most money, as opposed to those who flew the most miles (which I …

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Apr 26

A Marriott Promotion for New Members

I write a lot about promotions for members of existing programs, but what if you are new to one? Marriott’s current “You Can Fly” promotion is a decent start. The Terms YCF offers new members up to 35,000 bonus points based on the number of stays that you have (one check-in and check-out, no matter …

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Apr 02

Highest Ever Hilton Amex Offer and a Darn Good Southwest Chase Card

The Hilton Surpass Card – 100,000 Points Apparently, the card bonus wars aren’t over among issuers, as Hilton raises the bar to six figures. Through May 4, The Surpass Card from American Express is offering 100,000 to sign up and spend $3,000 within your first three months as a cardholder. I’ve never seen a bonus …

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Jan 16

Reader Question: Transferring Points between Airlines

Reader Question: Can I apply for the British Airways credit card, transfer the points to Alaska and use those points  to fly Emirates? Thanks for the question. The short answer is no, since it is very difficult to transfer points directly between airlines. But there are other options out there. There are a number of …

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Nov 17

A Hotel Merger; A $500+ Credit Card Sign-up Bonus; Booking Delta Comfort+

I’ll be traveling for the next few days. The time between posts may be longer than usual. There’s one benefit to airport lounges that is vastly underrated: Listening to all the business people holding “confidential” meetings, negotiations, etc. over their cell phones at the top of their voices. It never gets old. Marriott to Acquire …

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Nov 02

Should I Pay an Annual Fee for a Credit Card?

Reader question: I’ve got a couple of cards with annual fees (AF), but I get similar benefits on no annual fees (NAF)? Thanks for the question! The answer is probably not. I find annual fees to be an anachronism, started in a period when having a credit card wasn’t as common and was more like …

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