A recent small issue with Chase reminded me of a core strategy for collecting miles and points.
Existing Chase Ink Plus cardmembers had reason to be concerned when Chase announced a new card with lower earnings. We now have confirmation on what they’ll do with existing Ink Plus cardmembers.
The Chase Ultimate Rewards cards have been among my favorites for a few years now. The flexibility of how you can spend those points is a big part of the equation. I recommend these cards frequently to friends and family because of the ability to transfer points in small or large quantities to many airlines and hotel companies, like United Airlines, British Airways and Hyatt Gold Passport. The cards have also been historically flexible in allowing transfers of points to other people. I’ve helped out close friends in the past […]
A couple of quick updates on my post about the possible restriction of Visa and MasterCard branded gift card sales at Staples: Some Different Math on Gift Cards: I’m not a fan of buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards from office supply stores. I used to be before the fees went up. But, Shawn from Miles to Memories decided to lay out the math for a way to buy gift cards “for free”. How does he do it? This only works with a card that earns flexible currency like Chase […]
The banks are eager to attract customers right now. The best banks with the most rewarding cards are aggressively courting new customers. And yet, lots of the folks I talk to don’t have these credit cards. They have other cards, cards that just don’t earn the sort of day-to-day value the best cards do. What makes that even more painful is that the sign-up bonuses are pretty much at all-time highs.
Chase Ink cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points are my favorite cards. View From the Wing is reporting that sign-up bonuses have increased to 60,000 points from the normal 50,000. The last time Chase did this it only lasted about a week, so you should consider this sooner than later. How about a $5 trip to Chicago? Points and Pixie Dust did just that with a little bit of planning. United is sending up smoke signals about converting to a more revenue-based frequent flyer program. HT: chitownflyer on Milepoint Is […]
Boy, it’s been a crazy busy week for me. I’m just getting caught up on a bunch of reading. Part of that reading was a few posts on Visa gift cards and Vanilla reloads by fellow travel blogger Frequent Miler. Visa gift cards and Vanilla reloads were a popular way to rack up the miles using Chase Ink cards not too long ago. I got to it a bit late and was certainly disappointed when it died a quiet death. I was a bit intrigued when I heard Office Depot […]
Don’t forget to enter my giveaways for a Bubble Bum and 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points. I spend a good deal of time trying to help people I know earn more points on their everyday purchases. Maximizing those recurring purchases is the biggest source of collecting miles and points for the largest part of the population that don’t travel as a part of their professional lives. The easy items come from making sure you’re using the right credit card, since so many cards include category bonuses. Why earn 1 mile per […]
Here’s what’s going on in the world of travel on a Thursday in March: View From The Wing details 2 50,000 point sign-up offers that may be of interest to readers, the Virgin Atlantic American Express and the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card. I’m not a collector of either of these currencies, but there are good reasons to get both. American Express Membership Rewards points are definitely flexible and hold reasonable value for many travelers. Virgin Atlantic is a bit more fringe based on the fact that they’re not […]