The Sapphire Reserve Math: When to Book Travel Through Chase and When to Transfer Points?

Traditionally, the most valuable way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points has been to transfer them to travel partners for expensive premium-cabin flights, last-minute reservations and hotel stays at Hyatt, Marriott and other chains. You can also use your points to book travel directly through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, but historically points have only…

Unusual Hotels: A Car-Themed Hotel in Germany

Ever dreamed of sleeping in a Cadillac Coupe de Ville at the drive-in movies? Well, now you can, at Germany’s V8 Hotel, a spot designed to host both car and aviation lovers. Located on what used to be an airport in Stuttgart, the V8 Hotel seems fairly simple on the outside, but once you’re inside, classic-car fanatics…

5 Credit Card Perks You Might Not Know About

You’ve studied credit cards to recognize which sign-up bonus offers are best. You’ve taken extra care to understand which time of year will deliver additional points in certain spending categories. You’ve researched hotels and airlines to know where you can make the most of the stockpile of points in your account. But have you spent time comparing the small details of…

How to Turn a Luggage Delay Into a Free Shopping Spree

We’ve all been there — watching as bag after bag tumbles aimlessly on top of others already on the carousel with the same aggravating disregard for order as a monkey has playing Tetris. And as we ponder the effects of gravity and friction on luggage, we wait for the appearance of one familiar bag to snap us out of…

Exploring San Juan’s Street Art, Rainforests and Castles

Puerto Rico has so much to offer: blissful beaches at every turn, plenty of cultural tourism and El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the US. It’s an ideal spot to visit, especially for American travelers, since it’s so easy to get to from the US and super-affordable. You can often find amazing flight deals…

5 Things to Look for in a Credit Card for Holiday Purchases

It seems hard to believe, but the holiday season is nearly upon us (though if you’ve visited a retailer like Target or Home Depot recently, you could be fooled into thinking it started in October). This typically means increased spending on gifts for family members and loved ones, and for many readers, that includes swiping…

50,000-Mile Sign-Up Bonus on the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card

If you’re looking to earn some extra United miles for an upcoming award flight, this current offer could be worth a look. You can now earn 50,000 MileagePlus miles when you’re approved for the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card and spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months. The standard offer for this card…

3 Questions to Ask Before Opening a Travel Credit Card

Before you start exploring the world, you need to explore the world of travel credit cards. It’s a landscape filled with loads of tempting offers — 50,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases, two free weekend nights after spending $2,500, 30,000 miles with $1,000 of purchases and more. With so many opportunities to earn additional free…

5 Reasons to Consider the Chase Sapphire Preferred Over the Sapphire Reserve

Since it launched back in August, the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card has been the hot topic among points and miles enthusiasts. And it’s not hard to see why; this card offers a 100,000-point sign-up bonus (after you spend $4,000 in the first three months), a $300 annual travel credit you can use toward a wide variety…

Use Visa Checkout to Save up to $1,000 on Emirates Flights

Planning on booking an Emirates flight soon? Good news: The airline and Visa are partnering up again to offer between $50 (economy) and $1,000 (first class) off your next Emirates booking when you use Visa Checkout. Here’s how it works: Now through November 24, use Emirates’ Visa Checkout promotion page to book flights between October 24 and July 24, 2017. If…