July 14th, 2010

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This one may be targeted, but if you have at least 5 more Starwood stays to come this year, you should definitely try signing up here.

Basically, you get a choice of what bonus you want for hitting 5 stays.
My options are:
1) 4,000 Starwood points
2) $50 Starwood gift certificate
3) 25% off award redemption for category 1-5 award stay

Not sure which one I’ll choose- definitely either 1 or 3. I can rule out #2 immediately, because I value 4,000 points at at least $80. Not sure whether the 25% off an award stay will be useful, because I generally use Cash and Points. The good thing is that I have until 12/31/10 to decide.

This is a nice, random promotion that is combinable with their quarterly promotions, including their currennt Free Weekend Night promo going on now (one free weekend night for every 3 stays).

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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