Which Purchases Count as Travel with Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve?

Now that you can apply for the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, you may be taking a closer look at some of its benefits to determine whether it’s worth the $450. TPG covers the main features in his review, and makes a strong case for getting the card if you can maximize the bonus categories. That 3x…

Hyatt Adds Residence Club Properties to Its Standard Award Chart

Hyatt Residence Clubs are timeshare-style properties in locations across the US such as Aspen, Carmel and Sedona. While you can redeem Gold Passport points for free nights at these hotels, previously Hyatt grouped them under a separate award chart — one that apparently hadn’t been updated for more than 10 years. Now, however, the hotel…

Travel Credits Post Instantly With Chase Sapphire Reserve

Last week, Chase introduced the much-anticipated Sapphire Reserve Card, and I was fortunate enough to receive my card a couple days later. The perks are absolutely fantastic (we detail them here), and include a $300 travel credit issued each calendar year. Unlike with competing premium travel rewards cards, however, the Reserve card’s $300 credit applies…

How to Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points Between Accounts

Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program can offer some incredible value. It’s no surprise that the currency regularly appears near the top of TPG’s monthly valuations, checking in at 2.1 cents apiece in his most recent iteration. One of the best things about the Ultimate Rewards program is how flexible the points are, not only when it…

Analyzing the Value of the Refreshed Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

As we wrote about earlier this month, Chase recently made some major (positive) changes to the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card. This included an improved sign-up bonus and a number of new or enhanced perks. Back in 2014, I reviewed the card and identified a fairly limited type of traveler for whom it would be a good fit….

Marriott’s Fall 2016 MegaBonus Offers Two Earning Options

Marriott offers MegaBonus promotions multiple times per year, giving members of its loyalty program the opportunity to earn extra points and even free nights in some cases. For the fall 2016 MegaBonus announced today, the hotel brand’s changing things up a bit. Rather than offering targeted bonuses to members based on their account and status details,…

Should I Keep Sapphire Preferred If I Get Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Ben sent me a message on Facebook for help deciding between rewards credit cards: “I just recently got the Sapphire Preferred card, but now I’m interested in applying for the new Sapphire Reserve card. If I’m approved, does it make sense to keep both?” Since it was formally announced just a few weeks…

Which Airlines Allow Transfers from More Than One Program?

TPG reader Hal sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I’m trying to book a business class flight to Sydney using Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards points. Which airlines will let me transfer from both programs?” I tend to focus on earning transferable points because they give you access to multiple loyalty programs at…

Unbearable Traffic at LaGuardia, 10 Ways to Use 100k Ultimate Rewards Points, Free Uber for Students and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Have $10 Million with Chase? You Can Get the J.P. Morgan Reserve Card

Following this week’s launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, Chase has quietly rolled out an update to its Palladium Card, issued by J.P. Morgan. The updated card has been renamed the J.P. Morgan Reserve, and as the Reserve moniker suggests, the card features the exact same benefits as the Sapphire Reserve. (Note that the…