Chase Adds Emirates as Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Emirates’ new 777-300ER first class is easily one of my favorite first-class products, but it’s not especially easy to book with miles — assuming you can even fly it on a route that works with your itinerary. However, this top-notch cabin just became more accessible to a huge ground of points and miles enthusiasts, thanks …

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How Far in Advance Can You Book a Flight?

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

One common criticism of airline loyalty programs is that there’s not enough award availability, especially in premium cabins on the most popular routes. The solution for some frequent flyers is to try to snag seats before anyone else by figuring out precisely when they become available. Each airline has its own policy regarding how far …

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How to Refer Friends and Earn Points, Miles or Cash Credits

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

When you think about the ways to earn points and miles, the first things that come to mind are probably hitting sign-up bonuses/welcome offers, doing everyday spending on credit cards or booking travel to earn specific loyalty program points and miles. However, you can also rack up an impressive amount of points and miles each …

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Southwest Schedule Extended: Book Your 2020 Winter Flights Now

Written by Jennifer Yellin @ The Points Guy

If you have yet to book your early 2020 vacation flights and want to score the best deal to get out of town, there is still time — if you’re a Southwest customer. Although some carriers allow you to book 330 days in advance, Southwest is one of the airlines that extends its booking window …

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Which Business Card Is Best: Amex Business Gold vs. Ink Business Preferred

Written by Madison Blancaflor @ The Points Guy

The Ink Business Preferred Credit Card has been a TPG business card favorite since its launch in 2016, and it remains one of the best business credit cards available. The mid-tier American Express® Business Gold Card was revamped in late 2018 with a reimagined rewards structure and the addition of a few perks. Both cards can …

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Man Uses Points to Fly 33 Family Members to Hawaii

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

Most of us don’t have 33 people we like enough to use all our hard-earned points on, let alone 33 family members. The same can’t be said for Sam Pratt, who recently treated himself and 33 of his closest relatives to a weeklong vacation in Hawaii, courtesy of a million Southwest points. We’ve written before about …

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Chase Is Sending Customers New Tax Forms Reporting Points as Income

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Over the past couple of weeks, Chase has sent letters to some cardholders informing them that the bank will soon be sending Form 1099-MISC for their 2018 tax return. Some cardholders are getting an amended 1099-MISC form while others are receiving a form for the first time — despite the January 31, 2019 due date …

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Best Credit Cards for Daycare Expenses

Written by Brett Holzhauer @ The Points Guy

Daycare expenses seem to be never ending for parents. The average cost of center-based daycare in the United States is nearly $1,000 per month. Of course, this price widely varies based on location. To add to this large monthly expense, some daycare centers are beginning to offer ancillary products, such as internet viewing for parents, …

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5 Reasons Chase Sapphire Preferred Should Be Your First Card

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

Official application link: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card with a 60,000-point bonus after you spend $4,000 in the first three months. Choosing your first travel credit card is a critical element in maximizing your points and miles, and a select few offer a wide array of perks that appeal to a variety of traveler profiles. Today …

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AA Awards Just Got Cheaper Using Iberia Avios

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines miles can be frustrating to use. Yet, the world’s formerly largest airline may be the best option to fly on certain routes, and prices between city pairs with limited competition can make booking with miles especially valuable. Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to top off your AAdvantage account for an award. Besides Marriott …

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Best Credit Cards for Families

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Families need many things: groceries, diapers, new shoes for growing feet, gymnastics classes, doctor’s appointments — and whenever possible, a relaxing vacation from it all. Thankfully, the things your family needs (like groceries and checkups) can pay for the things you want (like vacations or extra cash back), if you choose the right credit card. …

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Ultimate Guide to Choosing National Emerald Executive Aisle or Hertz Ultimate Choice President’s Circle

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

When it’s time to rent a set of wheels, we all want a nice (ideally fancy) ride that doesn’t cost a fortune. Two major car rental programs have launched choose-your-own-vehicle programs in recent years. The programs, National Emerald Executive Aisle and Hertz Ultimate Choice President’s Circle, give elite members the freedom to select a car, …

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Get IHG qualifying points from Chase transfer

Written by Nick Reyes @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

There used to be a loophole for earning IHG status whereby one could transfer points from a bank to Virgin Atlantic miles and then transfer 1:1 from Virgin Atlantic to IHG and the points would count as “qualifying points” for the purposes of earning elite status. That stopped working last year. However, No Mas Coach reports that transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards post as qualifying points. While that’s only really exciting if you’re somewhere close to elite status already…

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Planning a Family Trip to Vienna

Written by Devorah Lev-Tov @ The Points Guy

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it oozes Old World charm. It’s full of marble-clad buildings, impressive coffeehouses, art museums and leafy parks and plazas hugging the Danube River. There’s truly something for everyone in this family-friendly European city filled with culture and history. Visiting palaces, watching the famous …

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Crown Jewel of Award Redemptions: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Sometimes you use your points to book a hotel with a clean bed and a shower for the night — and that’s all you need. But sometimes you can get much, much more for your points. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa isn’t just a place to sleep on the south shore of Kauai, …

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Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Ink Business Preferred

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

With so many fantastic travel rewards credit cards currently available, including some with unprecedented sign-up bonuses and phenomenal benefits, you might have a hard time choosing one (or a combination) that is right for your needs. To help you sift through all the information, we publish detailed comparison posts on popular cards such as the Chase …

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The Ultimate California Road Trip on the Cheap With Points

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

California’s Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is as famous as it is expensive. A must-do road trip for its incredibly scenic vistas and seaside towns, it comes at a price. Hotels in cities like Malibu and Monterey charge as much as $500 a night, and many hotel chains also charge top-tier point redemptions for middle-of-the-road properties. …

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Should I Book Through the Chase Portal If I’m Not Redeeming Points?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Booking travel through the Ultimate Rewards portal is a popular way to redeem Chase points. While you can often get greater value by transferring your points to partner airlines, the ability to book any flight you want without hunting …

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