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Sunday Reader Question: Deciding Between Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Starwood American Express

January 27, 2013

TPG reader Mark is in a situation where he needs to decide which card is best for his upcoming increase in travel: “I am trying to decide between getting the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and the Starwood Amex.  I am going to start traveling and entertaining a lot for work so the idea of the 2x […]

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Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car Rentals

January 21, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on car rentals. For many travelers, rental cars can be an unexpected huge expense, so it makes sense for road warriors to use a […]

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Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards: My Ink, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Freedom Gameplan

November 6, 2012

Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now reduced to 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. The Chase Freedom card sign-up bonus is currently 10,000 points with $500 spend within the first 3 months. Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer […]

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Upgrading on Korean Air Using Ultimate Rewards Points

October 25, 2012

Last week while I was  booking award tickets on Korean Air using Ultimate Rewards points, a friend of mine told me that he would be flying from New York JFK to Seoul this past Saturday. Originally, he had a flight on hold in business class for a round trip fare of $8,484.90, but in an unlucky […]

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Is Chase Cracking Down on Ultimate Rewards Transfers?

October 24, 2012

Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner. Recently, Flyertalkers have reported having their Ultimate Rewards credit card accounts shut down and their points taken away for transferring points among Ultimate Rewards accounts as well as to frequent flyer accounts not belonging to them or their spouses. This […]

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New Chase Ultimate Rewards Shop With Points on Amazon.com – Good Value?

October 24, 2012

Chase cardholders who earn Ultimate Rewards with their credit cards recently learned about a new partnership between Ultimate Rewards and Amazon.com that lets them link their two accounts and use points to pay for purchases directly on Amazon.com at a rate of 1 cent per point. The following cards are eligible for the Pay with […]

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My Experience Booking Award Tickets On Korean Air Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 23, 2012

Booking an award ticket through Korean can be a grueling process as I experienced this past week – necessitating several phone calls, a scanner and even a fax machine. However, being able to book some premium award tickets on Korean was definitely worth the effort. Here’s what I had to do. I wanted to book […]

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Catch The Points Guy Recap Week 2: Madrid

October 5, 2012

For the second week of “Catch The Points Guy” on the Chase Sapphire Facebook page, I headed to one of my favorite international destinations: Madrid. As you’ll see in the posts over on the campaign page, to get from Miami to Madrid, I transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to my British Airways Executive Club account […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Best Strategy- Chase Ultimate Rewards vs Starwood Amex vs Hyatt

September 16, 2012

This week TPG reader John asks a question comparing the value of Ultimate Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest points as well as the Starwood and Hyatt programs: “Do you value Ultimate Rewards points or Starwood points more? Would it be beneficial to use Ultimate Rewards points for airline awards and Starwood for hotel or Ultimate Rewards for […]

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Chase Ink Bold: Which Card Is The Best for You?

August 20, 2012

Credit card companies have a special ability to confuse customers by naming multiple card products similarly while tweaking the benefits of each offering, sometimes just minimally. To the average consumer, it can be very difficult to figure out the best product for their particular needs. Chase just recently revamped their Ink Bold business card offering […]

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Maximize Your Points With Back to School Shopping

August 16, 2012

Back to school shopping can be a major expense, but if you play your cards right (literally) you can rack up a ton of miles and points by leveraging online shopping portals. What are these portals? Basically online retailers pay a commission to websites to refer them business – so these portals are simply intermediary […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Travel Points and Miles Business Credit Cards

July 31, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are the quickest and easiest way to rack up miles and points, especially if you open business credit cards in addition to personal cards. Most issuers will let you get a business credit […]

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Destination of the Week: Cape Town, South Africa

July 13, 2012

Though much of its history has been plagued by hardship and controversy, in the wake of its World Cup hosting success (and a star turn on The Bachelor), South Africa has quickly become one of the top jetsetting destinations in the world. That’s why for our Destination of the Week, we’d like to take you […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: How to Use Miles for the Best First Class Products

May 8, 2012

On Friday, CNN published a list of the best first class cabins in the sky with contenders from all over the world. Interestingly enough, no US airline made the list. But what good is a list of amazing first class cabins if you don’t know how you can fly in one of them without paying […]

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Maximizing Ultimate Rewards Points With Chase Checking Accounts & Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Bold Combo

April 2, 2012

Update: The Chase Freedom card no longer offers a bonus of 10% on all purchases plus a 10 point per transaction bonus. Instead, both of those benefits have been replaced with a 10% annual bonus at the end of the year on all purchases. The current sign-up bonus is 10,000 points with $500 spend within the first 3 months. Update: The Chase Sapphire […]

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Maximizing Spend Bonus Categories With Chase Freedom and Sapphire Preferred Combo

March 28, 2012

Update: The Chase Freedom card no longer offers a bonus of 10% on all purchases plus a 10 point per transaction bonus. Instead, both of those benefits have been replaced with a 10% annual bonus at the end of the year on all purchases. I’ve written before about the potential points bonanza from combining spending bonus categories on both the Chase Freedom […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Now A Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner

March 26, 2012

Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner. Today, Chase Ultimate Rewards announced today that it has added a new transfer partner, Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Sapphire Preferred and  Ink Bold cardholders will be able to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Ritz-Carlton at a 1:1 ratio and then redeem those […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Which Program is Better: Amex or Chase?

March 11, 2012

The following Sunday reader question comes from TPG reader Jason: I’m fairly new to *serious* point collecting and just finished my first app-o-rama.  I got lots of great cards from Amex, Chase, & a few other banks.  From what I’ve read on your site, it seems Chase is really giving Amex a run for their […]

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ExpertFlyer Adds Award Availability for Korean Air, Iberia, Icelandair and Updates United/Continental

February 29, 2012

As you know, ExpertFlyer is one of my favorite tools for finding seat availability and award seats on flights, now it’s even better thanks to a few recent additions to the award availability it shows. Korean Air Awards Perhaps the biggest news is that ExpertFlyer is now showing business class award space on Korean Air […]

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Destination of the Week: Ski Trip To Park City, Utah

January 6, 2012

Welcome to a new TPG feature series: Destination of the Week. You earned the points, now it’s time to burn some of them by heading to fantastic destinations all over the world. Every Friday TPG Managing Editor Eric will be bringing you another great destination that you can get to and enjoy using all those […]

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Southwest Now A Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

January 6, 2012

Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner. Well, the big day is finally here. As of yesterday, Southwest is now officially a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. Sapphire Preferred and certain Ink Bold cards will be able to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest at […]

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Ink Bold 50,000 Point Offer Ending, New Card Benefits Added

November 23, 2011

The Ink Bold with Ultimate Rewards card, which currently offers 50,000 points when you spend $5,000 within 3 months, is the Chase Sapphire Preferred business card equivalent. This means you can use these Ultimate Rewards points to transfer instantly at 1:1 ratios to United, Continental, British Airways, Korean Airlines, Hyatt, Priority Club, Marriott and Amtrak. This sign-up […]

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Maximize Your Points and Miles This Holiday Shopping Season

November 21, 2011

One of the easiest ways to rack up a ton of points is by shopping online. Airline and credit card shopping portals make it very easy – all you have to do is click their simple link to your retailers website and they’ll automatically kick you back a certain number of points (usually based on […]

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Update on the Stamps.com Chase Ultimate Rewards 2,500 Point Bonus

September 23, 2011

Like many of you, I got the “oh we messed up” email from Stamps.com today stating that Chase should have never been offering incentives for new Stamps.com members via the Ultimate Rewards Mall. I’m not sure what really happened, but I am hopeful that Chase does the right thing and honors the points. After all […]

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