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TPG reader Daniel tweeted me to ask about finding a hotel in Jerusalem:

@thepointsguy – “Do you have any rewards hotel recommendations in Jerusalem? I can only see Waldorf/Hilton and Crowne/IHG.”

I’ve never been to Israel, but I really would like to visit in the future. There are plenty of options in Tel Aviv, but your options are limited when it comes to rewards hotels in Jerusalem. You really have three to choose from (the two that you mentioned, plus one other):

The Waldorf-Astoria Jerusalem.
The Waldorf-Astoria Jerusalem.

Hotel rates in Jerusalem aren’t crazy high, especially if you visit in the winter, so another option is to use points earned from a credit card like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard, which lets you use points to wipe eligible travel expenses from your statement. You could stay at a boutique hotel and redeem your Arrival miles at 1 cent apiece to cover the cost.

Similarly, you could use points from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Citi Prestige or Citi ThankYou Premier Card. You’ll get 1.25 cents per point for redeeming Ultimate Rewards through Chase Travel, or 1 cent per point when you redeem points for hotels through the ThankYou Travel Center. That’s not great value, but it may be worthwhile to keep your hotel points and use them in a market where the prices are much higher.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email 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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