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I’ve written previously about online travel agency and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. is the clear choice, as it offers both hotels and flights, and earns the most points - 4x / $1. offers both hotels and flights

I’m cautiously optimistic that this is true, as’s terms and conditions state that flight, package and car reservations aren’t eligible for the current Ultimate Rewards portal offer of 4 points per dollar spent at (1 base point and 3 bonus points).

Booking hotels on via the Chase shopping portal earns 4x Ultimate Rewards points per $1, but though a reader tells me otherwise, the terms and conditions state that packages, flights and cars aren’t eligible for this bonus.

I’ve decided to test the waters by attempting to not only earn this 4x bonus on the booking of a Malaysia Airlines flight through’s store on the Chase shopping portal, but also to maximize my purchase by paying with my Chase Sapphire Preferred, which earns 2x points on travel.

Soon after my flight purchase, it showed up on my credit card statement as Malay Air,” earning me base rewards of 2 points per dollar – a total of 1,104.20 points for a purchase of $552.10.

I earned 1,104.20 base points for booking my Malaysia Airlines flight.

Theoretically, though, my total Ultimate Rewards haul could be 2,954 points, at a rate of 5 points per dollar spent or 5.35 for those, like me, who are grandfathered into the Chase Sapphire Preferred 7% annual dividend. In my November valuations post, I value Ultimate Rewards points at minimum of 2.1 cents a piece, so I’m hoping to get over 11% back in value for booking flight via throughout the portal.

Online shopping portals are one of the easiest ways to earn bonus points, miles, and cash back. The bonuses you earn are such low-hanging fruit that I almost never shop online by going directly to a retailer. tracks the earn ratios at major portals, but it isn’t always updated, so it be sure to double check earn ratios with specific portals before making any purchase.

The Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal used to have a wider selection of travel-purchase options, but it recently dropped online travel agencies Orbitz, Travelocity, and Priceline. However, you can still get bonuses for purchases at Expedia, Hotwire and

I’ll report back when I hear the final word on my purchase from the Chase Ultimate Rewards, but until then, have you been able to earn the 4 points per $1 – or even 5 points or above – by purchasing flights with

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
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