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TPG reader Alvaro asks:

“Are buying points from US Airways (with current promotion) considered travel? I know it’s not airfare but should I purchase them with my Sapphire Preferred so they fall under the travel category?”

It would be great if travel category spending bonuses like the Chase Sapphire Preferred’s 2x bonus were eligible on mileage purchases.

Great question – especially since so many credit cards these days give bonuses for travel/airfare like the 3x points you get with the Amex Premier Rewards card, and the Sapphire Preferred 2x points as Alvaro mentions. So it would be great to get those bonuses in addition to a great deal like the recent 100% US Airways bonus. However, in general buying miles and points will not count as a travel purchase since most are actually sold via third party sites like Delta is the main exception and I have had my mileage purchases count towards travel and even the Amex Platinum $200 yearly fee rebate.

However, it never hurts to ask when trying to get the point bonus. Both Amex and Chase have great customer service and from time to time when my category bonuses don’t post correctly I call and they will manually give me the extra points. While I wouldn’t bank on this for mileage purchases, it never hurts to ask!

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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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 on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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