Chase Ultimate Rewards

What If It Was Free To Buy Visa/MC Gift Cards At Staples?

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 […]

Southwest and American Airlines Union Issues, Another Fight With Orbitz and Other Things I Find Interesting On Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Apologies for the lack of content over the past few days.  This whole one-handed typing thing is slowing me down more than I expected and a lot more than I want.  Here are some things I’ve been reading with interest recently: Southwest Airlines is having union issues, which is a fairly rare occurrence for them.  If you’re only a casual observer of the airline industry, you might not even know they have unions.  The interesting thing here is that this group of employees still have a contract.  They’re negotiating for […]

Diversify Your Points And Your Planning For A Winning Vacation Strategy

Diversification is important for many facets of our lives. In travel, having different types of miles and points available is key. WIth the increased availability of one-way award flights over the last five years, mixing and matching is the best way to make your dream trip happen. Here’s a quick look at some examples of a diversified vacation.

Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Amtrak May Be Harder Than It Seems

One of the biggest benefits of Chase Ultimate Rewards points are their flexibility.  Transfers to most partners happen instantly and you can transfer in increments of 1,000 points, giving you the ability to top off accounts to achieve your next redemption. I usually focus on airline mile transfers for my Ultimate Rewards stash.  I’ve never actually transferred them to a hotel program though I’ve considered it.  I manage to generate enough hotel points from my travel and credit card spend with Hyatt and SPG.  It was an odd set of circumstances […]

When Did Your Spouse/Significant Other Take Your Obsession With Miles and Points Seriously, And Other Travel News I’m Interested In On Friday, May 23rd, 2014

One Mile At A Time covers the exciting addition of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program as a transfer partner for the Chase Ultimate Rewards cards.  I’m a bit behind reporting on this but it’s worth noting in case you haven’t heard the news yet.  I already regard Chase Ultimate Rewards as the most valuable points you can collect because of their flexibility.  They already tout United Airlines, British Airways, Southwest, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt and Marriott as partners.  Singapore is a great partner to add to this network, especially given […]

Practice What You Preach!

I realized last night that even though I talk about how great the Ink and Sapphire family of cards are from Chase, I had a glaring hole in my own wallet.  And, what a great time to realize this issue, since the Ink cards have a special of a 60,000 point sign-up bonus right now. I don’t have an Ink Plus card.  I’ve had an Ink Bold for quite some time, but I somehow overlooked the Ink Plus card.  And, I have a business that could use another card, so […]

If At First You Don’t Succeed

One of the more annoying issues with travel is the frequency with which you’ll confront employees of airlines, hotels, etc. that have no idea how their own program works.  No doubt these are big companies with lots of moving parts, but they don’t really spend a ton of time emphasizing good training programs with their front-line employees.  And most of them are reliant on computer systems that were built before I hit puberty.  I always tell people I’m trying to help use miles that it may take multiple phone calls […]