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How JetBlue is Helping Puerto Rico, Points and Miles Checklist, October Valuations and More

Oct. 07, 2017
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How JetBlue is Helping Puerto Rico, Points and Miles Checklist, October Valuations and More
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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week.

Inside JetBlue's Incredible 'Makeshift Costco' in Puerto Rico

Get an inside look at JetBlue's "Care Center" at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). The airline quickly sprung into action after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and the center has been distributing necessities to its SJU-based employees as well as to the greater San Juan community.

7 Points and Miles Tasks to Complete by the End of 2017

We're getting closer to the end of the year, so now is the perfect time to make sure you're on track to end it in a good place in terms of your points and miles. Here's a rundown of the top award tasks you need to complete to make sure you're maximizing your loyalty portfolio moving into 2018.

What Are Points & Miles Worth? October 2017 Monthly Valuations

Find out what your points and miles are worth this month in TPG's October valuations.

First Look at Hong Kong's Brand-New Amex Centurion Lounge

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This week, Amex opened its brand-new Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). TPG reader Peter Madden was one of the first guests to arrive, and sent along some photos and impressions from his opening-day visit.

Increased Sign-Up Bonus on Starwood Amex Business Card Offers Up to 35,000 Points

Originally offered from February through early April, the increased sign-up bonus of up to 35,000 points is back for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express. But you don’t have long to jump on this offer — it's only available through November 1, 2017.

Flight Review: Southwest (737 MAX 8) Inaugural Flight From Dallas to Houston

Read TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt's full review of Southwest's inaugural 737 MAX 8 flight between Dallas and Houston.

American Express to Expand Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport

American Express is expanding its popular and often very crowded Miami International Airport (MIA) Centurion Lounge so it’ll be able to accommodate more passengers and offer more amenities.

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Save $50 When You Spend $300 or More at Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Hotels

Now through January 1, 2018, you can save $50 when you spend at least $300 on your Hyatt Credit Card at Hyatt House and Hyatt Place properties — register for this promotion so you can take advantage of the savings.

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Image of Des Moines, Iowa by Monte Goodyk via Getty Images.

American Airlines Adds Flights From Philadelphia to Several New Markets

American Airlines shared this week that it will be adding flights from its Philadelphia (PHL) hub to San Antonio (SAT) as of February 15, 2018, and then to Des Moines (DSM), Madison (MSN) and Omaha (OMA) as of May 4, 2018.

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Earn up to 1,500 Bonus Miles Through United MileagePlus Shopping

Now through October 13, you can earn up to 1,500 bonus miles when you shop through United's online shopping portal. It's a tiered bonus offer — if you spend $150, you'll earn 350 bonus miles and if you spend $350, you'll earn the full 1,500. You can sign up for the promotion here.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

1 - 10X points
10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

80,000 bonus points
Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

Annual Fee

$550

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

    80,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more