Ultimate Rewards

Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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What Is A Point or Mile Worth? My New Monthly Valuation Series

May 14, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. One of the questions I’m asked the most is – how much is a point or mile worth? That question lies at the heart of what we do every day at The Points Guy, […]

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Do You Earn Miles When You Book Flights With Ultimate Rewards Points?

May 4, 2014

TPG reader Sofia tweeted me this week to ask: “@thepointsguy When I buy a ticket with points through Chase Ultimate Rewards, do I still earn miles?” The answer is yes, and that’s one of the beauties of using Ultimate Rewards’ Pay With Points option. If you have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus, you […]

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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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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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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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Up to $200 Worth of Southwest Points For Buying Marriott GiftCards

September 6, 2013

Once again Southwest has teamed up with Marriott to offer Rapid Rewards members up to 12,000 bonus points for purchasing Marriott GiftCards through Southwest through September 26, 2013. Here’s how it breaks down (max purchase of $1,000): $100 = 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points $250 = 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points $500 = 6,000 Rapid Rewards Points […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers

August 20, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele follows up with his guides to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfers and American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers with this look at the airline partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – […]

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Chase Pulls Online Ultimate Rewards Purchases; Still Available Over The Phone- Worth It?

August 7, 2013

TPG follower Thomas tweeted me that he had tried to buy Ultimate Rewards points online when logged into his account with Chase but that he got a message saying the functionality was no longer available. Curious, I logged into my own Ultimate Rewards account and had to search for “buy points” in order to even […]

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Can I Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points to My Southwest Account to Qualify for the Companion Pass?

August 4, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. TPG Twitter follower Holliday is looking to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but wants to use his Chase Ultimate Rewards points to do so: “@thepointsguy to meet the Companion Pass requirement of 110,000 points, can I transfer […]

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How Can I Earn Miles From Buying My Sister’s Ticket on a Delta Flight?

August 4, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Ben will be going on a trip with his sister and is going to pay for her airfare. He tweeted me the following question: “Hey @thepointsguy any advice on how I can earn miles from buying my sister a ticket on a Delta flight? I’m taking a sibling trip with her to […]

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Maximize Monday: Triple Dipping With, Sapphire Preferred and the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal

July 29, 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 elite status considerations, to points bonuses and promos. The sticking point is that most hotel loyalty programs require you to book direct (or […]

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Can You Book Southwest Flights Through Ultimate Rewards Travel?

July 7, 2013

TPG follower Bryce tweeted me this week wanting to know if there is any way he can book Southwest flights through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, or if it makes sense to transfer those points to Southwest and book the flights through there instead. Here was his question: ‪”@thepointsguy‬‬ Hi there! Any idea if you […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points July 5

July 5, 2013

Hopefully many of you spent the holiday out and about in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, grilling on the barbecue and all those other fun things that make summer great. But just because it’s a holiday weekend, don’t forget that today, Friday, July 5, is the first Friday of the month, and that means […]

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What is the Best Current Credit Card For Home Improvement and Moving Expenses?

June 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Mark has some big changes on the horizon – with some big expenses – and wants to know how to maximize his spending either with his current credit cards, or new ones. “We are […]

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Video SRQ: Trying To Use Amex Points to Upgrade United Flights

June 9, 2013

TPG Reader Jonathan asks: “I was wondering if you had any tips on trading Membership Rewards points for either Chase Ultimate Rewards or United miles in particular. I have 75,000 American Express Membership Rewards points but I would like to score three upgrades on a United BOS-SFO flight in a couple months. My only other […]

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Video SRQ: How Does the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal Work?

June 2, 2013

TPG reader Joseph would like some clarification on how the Ultimate Rewards Shopping portal works: “I just signed up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I’m a little confused about the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. Is this like Ebates, where you try to click through from this website before making a purchase? I think […]

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Video SRQ: How to Proactively Earn Points for a Future Trip to Ireland

June 2, 2013

TPG reader RJ wants to start accruing points for a future family trip to Ireland: “My family and I (5 total) want to take an anniversary trip to Ireland in about 3 years. I want to start building up points balances now that we can leverage them (probably for airfare). I have the  Chase Sapphire […]

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How Chase is Helping Me Be The Best Uncle in the World With Their American Girl Package

May 29, 2013

I’ve written in the past about using credit cards and points  special experiences and just this week I snagged one that is going to make my 5 year old niece/goddaughter a very happy girl. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Ultimate page is offering “A Day at American Girl Place” for $255 or 25,500 Ultimate Rewards […]

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Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Virgin Atlantic As New Airline Transfer Partner

April 8, 2013

Over the weekend, Chase Ultimate Rewards announced it was adding a new airline transfer partner: Virgin Atlantic. So that means if you have a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus card, you can now transfer to Virgin Atlantic in addition to British Airways, Korean Air, Southwest and United plus hotel partners Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton […]

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Amtrak Double Days Spring Promotion – Double Points and Partner Offers

March 18, 2013

Amtrak’s Double Days promotion is back for spring. Passengers will earn double points on qualifying Amtrak travel between March 18-May 18, 2013. In order to score the bonus points, you must be a member of Amtrak Guest Rewards (sign up here) and you must register for the promotion prior to travel. Remember, if you’re a […]

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SRQ: How To Check Hyatt Award Availability Without Enough Points?

March 17, 2013

TPG reader Jason has a Hyatt question: “Is there a way to check Hyatt rewards rooms/suite availability without transferring points (for example, Ultimate Rewards points) to their program?  I transferred points into my Hyatt account and then realized the hotel I wanted didn’t have reward availability.  I just don’t want to make the same mistake […]

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Maximizing Ultimate Rewards With The Chase Ink Credit Cards

March 13, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a close look at the Chase Ink family of cards and how you can maximize their huge earning potential by educating yourself about […]

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Maximize Monday: Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

March 4, 2013

Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner. Ultimate Rewards is the loyalty points program of Chase credit cards including the Sapphire Preferred, the Ink Bold and Ink Plus, as well as the Chase Freedom and Sapphire cards. However, there are actually two types of Ultimate Rewards points. Basic cards like […]

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