Does the Chase Travel Portal Let Me Choose Airline Seats?

TPG reader Erin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking flights through Ultimate Rewards: “When booking a flight using Chase Ultimate Rewards, are you able to choose your seat and pay baggage fees?” One advantage of Ultimate Rewards is the flexibility to book flights, hotels, rental cars and more directly through the Chase Travel Portal….

What’s the Best Way to Redeem Points for Merchandise?

TPG reader Bertie sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming points for merchandise: “I have a sizable stash of Membership Rewards and Ultimate Rewards, which I’d like to redeem for TVs and iPads for my new store. What’s the best way to do this?” One piece of advice I find myself repeating often is that you…

10 Fun Ways to Use 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

Now that the Chase Sapphire has a permanently increased sign-up bonus, it’s a better time than ever to apply for this card if you don’t already have it in your wallet. To get you thinking about ways to redeem those points, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shares 10 great flight and hotel award…

Should I Book My Stay with Ultimate Rewards or Hyatt Points?

TPG reader Brian sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking a Hyatt award stay: “I’m using points to book a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency in Nice, France. The rate is 25,000 Hyatt points per night; however, the Chase Travel Portal is also offering rooms for 25,000 Ultimate Rewards points per night based…

Q1 Chase Freedom Cash Back Bonus Includes Uber and Lyft

When Chase announced its 5% Freedom Bonus Categories for 2016, the promo’s broad labeling of Local Commuter Transportation was cause for some confusion – what exactly would be included? Would Local Commuter Transportation include popular ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft? Even so, it’d be hard to beat the current (Q4) bonus category, which includes 5% cash back with…

Chase Unveils 5x Freedom Bonus Categories For 2016

Chase Freedom’s latest cash-back promotion is officially available for enrollment, along with the announcement of 2016’s upcoming bonus categories. A couple weeks ago, a TPG Reader tipped us off to the first of 2016’s 5% cash back categories — gas stations and local commuter transportation. Starting today, Freedom cardholders can activate the bonus to earn a higher…

The Best 6 Cards for Holiday Purchases

It’s December and the holidays are creeping ever closer, so if you haven’t reached the end of your shopping list, you’ll want to do so soon. To make sure you’re maximizing your holiday gift purchases, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here with a list of the best credit cards to use….

What Are Points & Miles Worth? December Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2015

November was a big month in terms of loyalty-program news. Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood, American Airlines unveiled huge changes to its AAdvantage miles program and amidst more competition, Chase finally raised the sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred back up to 50,000 points. If anything, these announcements made it clearer than ever how…

Chase Announces January-March 2016 Freedom Bonus Categories

Update: View the current Chase Freedom bonus categories here. Each quarter, Chase Freedom cardholders have the chance to earn 5% cash back on purchases made in certain bonus categories. The current offer, which expires at the end of the year, is 5% cash back on purchases made through Amazon, Zappos and other online retailers —…