Chase Cuts Authorized User Bonus on CSP, What Card to Put Your Large Spending on, Italy’s Tax Break and More

Sep 15, 2018

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you might have missed on TPG this week.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card No Longer Offering an Authorized User Bonus

Say goodbye to Chases’ authorized user bonus of 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points, worth $100 according to our latest valuation. 

When to Use Hotel Credit Cards vs. Chase Sapphire on Large Purchases

TPG’s Brendan Dorsey expertly compared the everyday points back and valuations of Chase Sapphire and hotel cards to assess which will best maximize your big purchases.

Cefalù, coastal city in northern Sicily, Italy. (Photo by Federico Scotto/Getty Images)

Italy Hopes to Lure Retirees to Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria With Massive Tax Break

Italy’s attractive new tax cut might just pull retirees overseas.

Passengers Are Disgusting, and Other Things I Learned at AA’s Maintenance Base

TPG‘s Katie Genter toured “the world’s largest commercial aviation maintenance base,” and let us in on her non-AvGeek perspective.

A taxi drives by a phone displaying the Uber app in Barcelona on March 13, 2018. - Uber said it was back in Barcelona with 120 professional drivers after it was forced out three years ago over the suspension of its service that enables unregulated drivers to ferry passengers for money using their own cars. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Your Uber Driver May Force You to Cancel Your Ride and Pay a Fee

This Uber scam has become increasingly common and extremely frustrating.

Why I’m Breaking Up With Uber

Even though TPG’s a loyal customer of the ride sharing service — spending five figures on it just this year — he said enough is enough.

One Big Reason I’m Excited About Apple’s New iPhone XS Max

No, we’re not talking about the 737 MAX 8, but this new Apple release might just fulfill the need that some MAX 8s have surfaced: Bring your own device.

AIRPORT ORLY, PARIS, FRANCE - 2018/02/18: Air France Boeing 777-300ER taking off from Paris Orly airport. (Photo by Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Dirty Bird: Air France (777) in Economy in a Duo Seat From Boston to Paris

TPG’s Alberto Riva found some not-so-appetizing surprises on his Air France flight from Boston to Paris.

Hawaiian Will Launch the Longest Domestic Flight in the US

The flight from Boston (BOS) to Honolulu is coming to the skies next April.

(Photo courtesy Hilton Conrad Maldives)

8 Cards Currently Offering Welcome Bonuses of 100,000 Points or More

It’s prime time to sign up for these eight cards.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
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