- Aug 13, 2011
I have around 200,000 “miles” on my card. What’s the best way to use these points for travel?
Is it the Sapphire Card you are promoting? There are lots of good blogs dedicated to earning points and travel. Some of these folks live Up in the Air Style. I don't travel for work, so my ability to collect points is stifled, but i like their insight. Check out doctorofcredit, millionmilesecrets, thepointsguy, frugaltravelguy, onemileatatime, mommy points, etc. There are also good threads on reddit and flyer talk.I have around 200,000 “miles” on my card. What’s the best way to use these points for travel?
The Chase Sapphire is such a great credit card. I don’t love the $450 annual fee on the reserve, but the $300 travel credit let me actually make money on the card since my office reimburses my MetroCard and that counts for the credit. 3x points on dining is amazing for me since i eat out almost every meal.Also, if you have the Sapphire Card, you are missing out if you are not pairing it with the Freedom and Freedom Unlimited Cards. Ideally, you would book travel and eat out with the Sapphire (2 pts /$), use the Freedom for the rotating 5 pt/$ categories each quarter, and the Unlimited for 1.5 pts/$ on all other purchases. These cards have no annual fee, usually a small to decent sign up bonus (plus referral bonuses), and can be linked to your Sapphire Card, which allows you to transfer the points to other travel partners or redeem right through Chase at a 25% or 50% bonus depending on whether you have the Sapphire Preferred or Reserve Card. This is the most basic points earning combo most of the bloggers recommend.
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I should have pulled the trigger on the Reserve back when the bonus was 100k pts. Now i can't justify it. I am putting almost all of my daily spend on SPG. They have Alaskan Airlines as a transfer partner, and I can use those points to book Japan Airlines out of JFK, which is a trip i am targeting for summer 2020. My next card is going to be Marriott Rewards, but I was hoping to see the 100k sign up bonus come back before applying. That's be a card i keep long term as it offers a free night in category 1-4, so I'll use it for a night at one of the Syracuse Carrier Circle Marriott's for a football or basketball game each year.The Chase Sapphire is such a great credit card. I don’t love the $450 annual fee on the reserve, but the $300 travel credit let me actually make money on the card since my office reimburses my MetroCard and that counts for the credit. 3x points on dining is amazing for me since i eat out almost every meal.
And I got the 50% bonus on chase points earned when I transferred them to my Sapphire from a regular chase freedom card.
Sorry to quote my own post, but Marriott just updated its award chart and it looks like every Syracuse area hotel under the Marriott umbrella was downgraded in category, which is good for folks who want to stay there using points. Don't forget you can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott, though it is not recommended.Not trying to step on temery's toes, as i obviously recommend to anyone who travels even a bit, to pick up a Chase Sapphire Card that temery has the link for, but wanted to make folks aware of the new Visa and Amex cards that will be issued for Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest (this August both will merge into the Marriott Rewards program).
Marriott/SPG Merger Details - Credit Cards (Marriott Premier Plus & Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card) - Doctor Of Credit
I think the SPG Luxury Card is really interesting for anyone with season tickets to SU games. The $300 resort credit is enough for one night and dinner/drinks at the SU Sheraton, while it lasts, and the bonus should cover at least a second night there, and maybe a night at the Aloft or one of the more generic Marriott properties around town. I have seasons for football, and we get to 2-3 hoops games a year. When attending late start games, i like to stay at the Sheraton. The parking and proximity to campus is a real benefit for my youngish kids.
I would add Million Mile Secrets and FlyerTalk to that list. The Miles/Points game can be very lucrative if you are disciplined enough to pay off the cards every month. Carrying a balance and playing the game can get out of hand quickly.Which card?
One Mile at a Time and The Points Guy are my favorite websites for maximizing points. Some of the stuff they do seems a little complicated for me. They usually recommend transferring credit card points to the airlines as a better value. But then you’re stuck trying to find award availability.