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Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining Extended Through 2014

January 3, 2014

Back in April 2013, Chase announced that Sapphire and Sapphire Preferred cardholders would earn 3X points per $1 on dining purchases on the first Friday of every month through 2013. However, now that it’s the first Friday of 2014, it looks like that benefit has been extended through 2014 as well per the Chase Sapphire […]

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The Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

January 2, 2014

Since it’s a new year, I’ve already started to hear from a lot of friends and family that they are sick of seeing my amazing travels and not being able to go places themselves. So they’re going to buckle down in 2014 and get into the points and miles game, starting with applying for the […]

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Can You Recommend A Business Class Awards Flight From ORD-ICN Using Chase Points?

December 22, 2013

TPG reader Alex tweeted me @thepointsguy and asked: “I am looking to fly ORD to ICN this summer on Chase points. Can you recommend ANA business or should I search for Asiana or United business flights?” Alex tweeted me to say that he is flying from Chicago O’Hare to Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South […]

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Should I Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Hotels Ahead Of Time?

December 15, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Saianel has a question about transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points: “@thepointsguy do you recommend transferring points earned with Chase Ink Plus to any specific hotels ahead of time?” The answer is no. The beauty of Chase points is that they transfer instantly to most of their partners (sometimes IHG Rewards/Priority Club takes […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining December 6

December 5, 2013

It’s already December! And that means that tomorrow is the last first Friday of the month for earning 3X points per $1 on dining when you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards at restaurants, where they would normally only earn 2-2.14X points per $1. The bonus works at any restaurant you’d normally earn […]

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Chase Freedom 5x Category Bonuses Announced For Throughout 2014

December 4, 2013

One of the best ways out there to rack up bonus points on specific spending categories is with Chase Freedom’s quarterly rotating categories of merchants and retailers where cardholders earn 5 points per $1 up to a $1,500 quarterly cap. Last month I shared the categories for the first cycle of next year from January […]

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Earn 7X Points Per $1 and 10% Back With Hotels.com and Chase Sapphire Preferred

November 25, 2013

When it comes to booking hotel stays, you have a lot of choices in how you maximize your points and miles – from choosing the best site for the lowest prices, to paying with a credit card that earns you bonus points on hotel bookings like the Ink Bold or Ink Plus, to elite status […]

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How Do I Get To Hawaii Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Ruben tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “What is the cheapest way to fly First Class from Los Angeles to Hawaii through – or with a transfer from – Chase Ultimate Rewards points?” Ruben tweeted me this week and asked what the best way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points ,such as those earned […]

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Chase Freedom Visa 2014 5x Bonus Categories Announced

November 19, 2013

One of the best ways out there to rack up bonus points on specific spending categories is with the Chase Freedom’s quarterly rotating categories of merchants and retailers where cardholders earn 5 points per $1 up to a $1,500 quarterly cap. If you maximize the $6,000 in yearly spend, you are looking at 30,000 Ultimate […]

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Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

November 19, 2013

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using […]

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Higher Chase Sapphire Preferred Offer Still Live For Some

November 18, 2013

I’m currently in India about to board a flight to Dubai, but earlier today, Chase launched a sign-up bonus offer on the Sapphire Preferred for 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months plus an additional 5,000 points for adding an authorized user who makes a purchase in the first 3 months […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred 40,000 Point Sign-up Bonus + 5,000 Points With Authorized User

November 18, 2013

As well as announcing a 10,000 point increase for the Freedom sign up bonus, Chase has also increased the Sapphire Preferred sign up offer to 45,000 bonus points. You will receive 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months and an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user to your […]

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Chase Freedom Sign-Up Bonus Increased to 20,000 Bonus Points

November 18, 2013

Today, November 18, 2013, Chase announced even more incentive to get their Freedom card, by bumping up the sign-up offer for the Freedom Visa from 10,000 points ($100 cash back) to 20,000 points after $500 spent within 3 months. As I’ve mentioned before, the Chase Freedom card can be a great weapon in your points-earning […]

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Should I Use a Chase Sapphire Preferred or United Explorer Card to Buy Flights on United?

November 17, 2013

TPG reader Hunt wants to maximize his points when buying flights on United: “@thepointsguy which card should I use to buy United flights: Chase Sapphire Preferred or United Mileage Plus Explorer card?” Although it might seem like the best idea when buying an airline ticket is to purchase it using the co-branded credit card – […]

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Saturday Recap: Up To 2,500 Bonus Miles At AAdvantage, 3,000 United Miles With Rocketmiles, Save 25% On Virgin America Flights And Help Rescue Dogs, And More

November 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Up To 2,500 Bonus American Airlines Miles Shopping At The AAdvantage Portal: The American Airlines shopping portal is giving you extra incentive to be generous with your holiday shopping this year with the opportunity to earn up to 2,500 bonus miles […]

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Reminder: Southwest Credit Cards 50,000 Point Sign Up Bonus Ends Monday

November 15, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here.  Offer Expired: November 18, 2013 I’ve been issuing a lot of reminders to apply for the limited-time Southwest Visa 50,000 point offers on all four of Chase’s Southwest cards because first the offer was supposed to end […]

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Chase Southwest Visa 50,000-Point Offers Still Available

November 5, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. In October, Chase was offering an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 Rapid Rewards points when you spend $2,000 within 3 months on all four if its Southwest Visas. That offer was supposed to be just for a […]

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How Do I Transfer My 50K Marriott Rewards Points To My Chase Ultimate Rewards?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader AJ tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “How do I transfer my Marriott Rewards points (50K) to my Chase Ultimate Rewards?” As you all have probably guessed, AJ is a bit of a newbie to points and miles, and the simple answer is: you can’t. With all the credit card transferable points programs out […]

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100,000 Point Sign Up Bonus on British Airways Visa is Back

November 2, 2013

Update: The 100k offer has ended. View the current offer for the British Airways Visa here. One of the highest sign-up bonuses in the travel credit card world is back – the British Airways Visa just launched a new sign-up bonus offer of 100,000 Avios. That’s double the usual 50,000 bonus they’ve been offering for […]

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New Chase Sapphire Preferred With EMV Chip Arrived In The Mail Yesterday

November 2, 2013

Being the international travelers we are, when Chase started letting Sapphire Preferred cardholders request EMV SmartChip versions of the card, all of Team TPG called in to request their new cards with chips and yesterday evening, TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen got his via UPS, so I asked him to share a picture of his […]

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Get Your Chase Sapphire Preferred With An EMV Smart Chip Today

October 31, 2013

Earlier today, my friend Howie from Frugal Travel Guy posted on Facebook about how you can call the customer service number on the back of your Chase Sapphire Preferred card and request a new card with an EMV Smart Chip (Chip and Signature) in it. Just to verify, I called up Chase and spoke to […]

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Bonus Ultimate Rewards Points – Earn 2X Points on Chase Experiences With Sapphire Preferred, 3X Points First Friday Dining

October 31, 2013

Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders can now see their Ultimate Rewards points bonuses display per transaction in their statement, so you can see exactly how many points you’re earning with each purchase and track your bonuses easier, which allowed me to see that I earned 2X points on my Chase Experiences purchases with my Sapphire Preferred, […]

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Final Reminder: Chase Southwest Visa 50,000 Point Bonus Offers End Today

October 30, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. I know people have been bombarded lately with reminders to apply for the limited-time Southwest Visa 50,000 point offers on all four of Chase’s Southwest cards, but I suspect a few of you are procrastinators like me, […]

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Changes To Chase Ultimate Rewards: Bonus Points Earned Are Now Posted In Account Activity

October 30, 2013

Update: This feature is only available for Sapphire Preferred activity at this points but will hopefully be rolled out to other cards in the near future. As you know, Chase Ultimate Rewards are some of my credit card points and I mostly use them to transfer to United or Hyatt for great values on travel […]

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