Best Ways to Redeem 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

In the fast paced ever changing world of travel rewards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card has stayed refreshingly consistent. While other issuers have updated their card offerings left and right, adding and removing benefits, the Chase Sapphire Preferred looks nearly identical to when it launched almost 10 years ago. It’s still a great first card for someone …

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Save $100 On $500+ Universal Studios Orlando Vacation With New Amex Offer

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Targeted American Express customers are in for some big savings on their next trip to Universal Studios Orlando thanks to a new Amex Offer. If you’re targeted for this offer, you can get a $100 statement credit on a $500 or more Universal Studios Orlando Vacation Package. Like most Amex Offers, you have to book …

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Why the Chase Sapphire Preferred 60K Offer Is a Step Up

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Official application link: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card with a 60,000-point bonus. While it’s not uncommon for credit card issuers to offer limited-time elevated welcome bonuses on specific products as a way to attract new customers, Chase has historically favored a more consistent approach with its Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. For most of its nearly 10-year …

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Should You Pick Your Airline Based on the Miles You Already Have?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

“Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Whether you’re a true road warrior or a slightly less frequent flyer, picking a single airline can be a great way to earn bonus miles and other perks if you’re able to qualify for elite status. TPG reader Eric wants to know whether …

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Earn 1% or 1x Amex Points On Grubhub Purchases With Ebates (Stack With Amex Gold Credit)

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Savvy rewards travelers don’t just pick the credit card with the best bonus category for each purchase they make, they also check shopping portals to see if they can double- or even triple-dip their points earnings. Ebates has long been a popular cash back shopping portal, and one of the easier ones to use thanks …

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How Avianca LifeMiles Is Best for Mixed-Cabin Award Tickets

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Mixed-cabin award tickets are often an unfortunate necessity, especially when traveling in long-haul international business or first class. One common example would be booking a transpacific Cathay Pacific first class flight from the US to Hong Kong (HKG) and then connecting on to another destination in Asia in regional business class (since most airlines don’t …

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The 5 Best Domestic Award Chart Sweet Spots

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

When it comes to booking international award chart sweet spots, the trick is identifying the carriers and routes that offer the best combination of award rates, in-flight experience and availability. When it comes to domestic travel, on the other hand, your options are much more limited. That doesn’t mean you can’t still score a deal, …

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How Easy Is It to Use Marriott Suite Night Awards?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

While suite upgrades might not be strictly necessary for solo travelers or those on shorter trips, it’s safe to say that snagging a comically oversized room stocked with luxury amenities is one of the most eye-grabbing benefits of hotel elite status. Marriott Bonvoy Platinum and Titanium elites have two ways to secure upgrades. The simplest …

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Do Award Nights Count for Marriott’s New Double Take Promotion?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

“Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Marriott recently announced its first quarter promotion for 2019. Dubbed “Double Take,” members can earn double base points from March 19 through June 4, 2019, beginning with their second stay after registering. Obviously this is only useful for cash …

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Credit Card Review: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

As part of its merger with SPG, Marriott made the decision to continue offering cobranded credit cards issued by both Chase (which had issued the legacy Marriott cards) and American Express (which issued the legacy SPG cards). The chips were divvied up and Chase walked away responsible for issuing the entry-level consumer (i.e., not business) …

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If My Flight Is Cancelled, Should I Rebook Myself or Wait for the Airline?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

“Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. When flights get cancelled due to mechanical problems or bad weather, it’s easy to descend into a panic. You’re now facing a whole plane full of people in need of rebooking with limited agents and available seats. However, this …

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Emirates Releasing Last-Minute First Class Award Space for Its New 777 Suites

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

If there’s one airline in the world that doesn’t need to innovate further, it’s Emirates, which won adoration from travelers worldwide with its gold-studded first class suites and onboard showers on its A380 aircraft. Yet innovate is exactly what Emirates did in 2017, with a complete redesign of the first class experience on select Boeing …

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China Grounds 737 MAX Aircraft

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Nairobi, Kenya (NBO) crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board. This was the second crash involving a 737 MAX aircraft in the last few months, and it bears a striking resemblance to the Lion Air crash that killed 189 people …

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