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Yesterday I shared my first New York Times Travel Show presentation on Maximizing Credit Cards for Free Travel. For my second Travel Show seminar on Sunday afternoon, I expanded on that concept to include other strategies for my talk on “Travel Pointers for a First Class Lifestyle on a Budget.”

In it, I included all the information I’ve gathered over the years on maximizing credit cards in terms of earning and redeeming points as well as benefits and perks, but also talked about concepts like elite status, mileage redemption strategies and more.

Speaking at the New York Times Travel Show on Sunday.
Speaking at the New York Times Travel Show on Sunday.

I won’t include details in the text of this post itself, but you can find my entire presentation below with links to detailed posts on many of the concepts I discussed.

This was the third year I appeared at the New York Times Travel Show, and as usual, it was a blast. It’s so fun to be able to share the topics I’m passionate about with a crowd that is full of newbies and veterans alike, and I’d like to thank those of you who came out to hear me speak for making the time. I love meeting readers and talking travel, so this is always a highlight for me.

In the meantime, have a look through the presentation and the posts I link to, and then let me know if you have any other questions by messaging me on FacebookTweeting me or emailing me at info@thepointsguy.com.

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 on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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