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Reader Success Story: European Honeymoon

By: Chris Centeno

After my trip to Thailand and an upcoming proposal and wedding, I was already planning to use miles and points to plan our honeymoon.

Knowing that money was going to be spent regardless, all I really had to do was plan ahead.

We both opened a Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard which was offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 American AAdvantage miles at the time. I also opened a Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard which offered 50,000 points as a sign-up bonus and a Capital One Venture card also offered 50,000 points. We then spread the ring and wedding expenses across the four cards and immediately paid down the balance.

And just like that, we had knocked out the minimum spends and had earned the sign-up bonuses!

From there, we were off to the races. We knew we wanted to visit Paris, Barcelona, Santorini, and London. We also knew that Santorini was not the easiest place to visit with miles and points. But, it was our honeymoon and we wanted to make it work so we needed to cover the other three cities with points.

When earning the points for our Thailand trip, we actually overshot the amount of points we needed which left us with enough Chase Ultimate Rewards points for one business class flight on United Airlines for 57,500 United miles. Between travel for work and other spend on my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, we earned another 57,500 Ultimate Rewards points that we transferred to United. With that we had two business class tickets from Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG).

Off to Paris! A literal cherry on top the sundae to start us off right.

For the Paris hotel stay, we both opened the Chase Hyatt Card that was offering 2 free nights at any of their properties. We used those 4 nights to book a stay at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, which was a truly amazing hotel and would have cost us $2,428 for the 4 nights.

We needed one more night in Paris and chose to do it on the first night. We booked a room at the Wilson Opera hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower and erased that charge with my Barclaycard Arrival Plus card. We had a great balcony view of the Eiffel tower and champagne to welcome us to the room.

Next up was Barcelona. I used my Capital One points to book a flight through their portal for 120 dollars’ worth of points.

We got a little lucky (or unlucky) as I had a very unfortunate stay at the W in New York (a Starwood property) for work. Due to that stay, they deposited 80,000 SPG Starpoints into my account as a courtesy. With 60,000 Starpoints, we booked the W Barcelona for 3 nights and woke up with an amazing view every morning!

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Santorini was next on the list. I again used Capital One points to book a low-cost carrier, Vueling, through their portal for only $120 more points.

We weren’t happy with our points booking options in Santorini, so this was the part of the trip we knew was going to require some cash. We stayed at Astra Suites and it is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen.

This is why I use miles and points. We saved money everywhere else so that we were able to splurge on our honeymoon! We woke up to a hotel employee knocking on our door each morning with breakfast. How awesome is that?! And the view was amazing.

Astra Suites Santorini

I used my Barclaycard Arrival Plus to book the flight from Santorini to London, where we spent our last 2 days in Europe. The tickets were $360 I erased the purchase with the points I’d earned with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus.

We stayed two nights at Le Meridien Piccadilly, another Starwood property, in the heart of London and again used Arrival Plus points to erase one night. To take care of the other night, we use the remaining points from my Capital One card.

For the return flights, we used the American AAdvantage miles to book business class tickets. Unfortunately, flying British Airways meant a hefty carrier-imposed surcharge of about $260.

To be clear, if we had decided not to visit Santorini, this trip would’ve cost us only $271 for 10 nights in hotels and round-trip business class flights for two.

Using points allowed us to splurge on things like Michelin Star restaurants, Santorini sunset boat tours, and more wine and food than you could imagine.

From seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night, checking out some of the best restaurants and cocktail bars in Paris, Barcelona, and London, and waking up to the most beautiful view we’ve ever seen in Santorini… it was the trip of a lifetime and there’s no way we could have done it without using miles and points.

Santorini Honeymoon

All in all, here’s what the trip looked like:

  • Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG in business class on United Airlines
  • Paris for 5 nights
  • Barcelona for 3 nights
  • Santorini for 7 Nights
  • London for 2 Nights
  • London (LHR) to Chicago (ORD) in business class on British Airways

After all was said and done, we booked a $41,829, 17-day trip through Europe for $4,448 — and most of that was for Santorini. Needless to say, we’ll never forget our honeymoon.

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How To See The World With 120,000 American AAdvantage Miles

By: Travis Cormier

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If you’ve ever found yourself staring at your miles and points wondering where they can take you, you’re not alone. Earning miles is the easy part of what we do. Knowing where your miles can take you can sometimes be overwhelming.

Your miles aren’t doing you any good just sitting there. You need to put them to use! So, let’s look at some options for how you can use one of my favorite airline mile currencies: American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

How to Earn 120,000 AAdvantage Miles

American Airlines has two partners who provide co-branded credit cards that earn American AAdvantage miles. With both Citi and Barclaycard providing co-branded options, earning 120,000 AAdvantage miles is a breeze. The only hard part is saying the names of each credit card in one breath.

Citi has been a partner with the American Airlines AAdvantage program for a long time. The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard has a sign-up bonus that is frequently between 30,000 and 50,000 miles and even reaches 60,000 miles at times. To earn the sign-up bonus, you will be required to reach a minimum spend threshold – often between $1,000 and $3,000 – within three months of opening the card.

Barclaycard previously provided the co-branded credit card for U.S. Airways but now that American Airlines and U.S. Airways have merged, they are providing another card that earns American miles. This card is the Barclaycard Aviator Red Mastercard which often comes with a sign-up bonus between 40,000 and 60,000 AAdvantage miles.

This sign-up bonus is quite possibly the easiest you will ever get. The requirements for the sign-up bonus are to make a single purchase and pay the $95 annual fee. Any purchase. Even a pack of gum. That is all you need to get a huge chunk of American AAdvantage miles.

Between these two cards, you can earn a ton of miles and, if you time it right, you could even earn 120,000 American miles from the sign-up bonuses.

Now that you have a bunch of American miles, what can you do with them?! Let’s take a look.

Round-trip to Europe for Two

Europe is a hot travel destination for many great reasons. Wonderful history, fantastic culture, and phenomenal food span the continent. Add in the romantic aura of cities like Paris, Venice, and Florence and it is no wonder that Europe is such a popular travel destination for couples.

With 120,000 AAdvantage miles a European getaway can quickly become a reality. You can get two round-trip tickets to anywhere in Europe in economy class on American Airlines or one of their Oneworld partners.

However, there is one partner to watch out for and that’s British Airways. Flying British Airways will mean high taxes and fees for flying into London plus high carrier-imposed surcharges. You can avoid the latter by taking a flight operated by American Airlines.

AA AdvantageAs you can see in the image above, a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to London (LHR) on British Airways would result in $523.36 in taxes, fees, and surcharges for one person. You can get a cash ticket to Europe for cheaper than that!

If you really want to stretch your miles, you can book during off peak dates of January 10 – March 14 and November 1 – December 14. If you travel during these timeframes, a round-trip economy class booking to Europe will only cost 45,000 American miles per person!

If you’re starting with 120,000 American miles, two tickets during off peak dates would leave you with 30,000 AAdvantage miles which is enough of at least another one-way ticket to Europe!

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The Basics of Award Change and Cancellation Fees

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By: Julie Szpira

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Award booking can be tricky. You have to choose an airline, the class of service, and then choose your dates. If the dates correspond to a special occasion and you absolutely must travel on specific dates, you are going to want to book your flight as early as possible.  

Most airlines open their flight schedules, and their corresponding award availability, 11-12 months in advance of departure. If your dates are set in stone, booking early is a great way to secure your flights. You can then spend the time leading up to your trip planning excursions, dinners, and sunset cruises.

However, booking flights a year in advance can backfire if your plans need to be cancelled due to a job change, a move, an illness, or other life events that get in the way of travel.

Airlines recognize that award tickets might have to be cancelled. Airlines also recognize that they can profit off these cancellations, so many airlines charge award ticket cancellation fees. These are fees that airlines charge to give you back your miles. Some airlines have no fees (yay for Southwest), while others have fees up to $150 (boo to you, Delta Air Lines).

Hopefully, you will never have to cancel an award ticket. Yet, things happen, so here is a breakdown of airline fees and rules, just so you are prepared.

Domestic Airlines

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Alaska Airlines charges $125 per ticket to make changes or cancellations to award bookings if the change or cancellation is made within 60 days of departure. If changes or cancellations are made more than 60 days before departure, the cancellation fee is waived.

Any changes or cancellations need to be made prior to your flight departure, otherwise, the miles will be forfeited.

For those who have earned Mileage Plan MVP Gold or 75K elite status with Alaska Airlines, the change and cancellation fees are waived.

American Airlines AAdvantage

American Airlines charges $150 per account for the first cancelled award ticket. Tickets reinstated to the same account at the same time will be charged $25 per ticket. For example, if you booked a ticket for yourself and your friend, wholly using miles from your account, cancelling both tickets and having the miles reinstated would cost $175.  

If you and your friend had decided to book your tickets from your individual accounts, the cost of reinstatement would be $300, as each of you would have to pay the $150 per account.

This fee is waived for Executive Platinum members when using miles from their account.

American Airlines does allow for free award ticket changes, provided the origin and destination cities remain the same. This means you can change your dates of travel without a fee, but you can not change your departure or destination cities.

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5 Easy Ways to Book Award Tickets to Paris

By: Luke Sims

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Whether you’re drawn in by the rich history and romantic sites or you’ve always dreamed of stuffing your face for several days with the finest bread, cheese, and wine — my dear friend Audrey said it right, “Paris is always a good idea.”

One of my favorite trips of all time, Paris is an absolute must for any world-traveler. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to use points and miles to get there. So, sit back, pop open your favorite bottle of Cabernet, and let me bring the city of lights into focus for your next romantic getaway.

1. American Airlines AAdvantage

Using American AAdvantage miles is easily one of my favorite ways to get to Paris because of their off-peak rates for economy class award tickets and low taxes and fees.

For 60,000 American miles, you can fly round-trip in economy class between the US and Europe on American Airlines or any of their Oneworld alliance partners. Watch out for their partner British Airways as you’ll be responsible for some steep carrier-imposed surcharges.

If your dates are flexible, you can score the off-peak rate of 45,000 AAdvantage miles round-trip in economy (between January 10 – March 14 or November 1 – December 14).

Miles Needed:

  • Economy class: 60,000 (45,000 off-peak) round-trip
  • Business class: 115,000 round-trip

How to Earn American AAdvantage Miles

Although you can’t transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards points to American Airlines, there are plenty of easy ways to get the miles you need.

Perhaps the best way to earn American miles is to transfer SPG Starpoints. You’ll even earn 5,000 bonus miles when you transfer a chunk of 20,000 SPG points. You can earn SPG Starpoints with either the business or personal version of the Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards that are provided by American Express.

You can also use the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card, the Citi AAdvantage Executive card, the Citi AAdvantage Gold card, CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select card, and Barclay Aviator Red card to earn American miles directly.

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The Revamped American Express Hilton Cards

By: John Tunningley

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There’s been a lot of talk about the changes coming to the American Express Hilton Honors credit cards. Let’s take a look at what you can expect going forward.

In January, all Citi Hilton cardholders will be converted to American Express Hilton cards and existing American Express Hilton cards will be modified slightly.

Additionally, American Express will be releasing two new credit cards and rebranding one of the existing cards.

These are the changes you can expect to see:

  • Current Citi Hilton HHonors Card members will receive a new Hilton Honors Card from American Express in January
  • Current Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card members will receive a new Hilton Honors American Express Ascend card
  • Current American Express Hilton Honors Surpass Card members will be switched to the rebranded Hilton Honors American Express Ascend card

Before we dive in, it’s important to remember that Hilton Honors points are not as valuable and lack the flexibility of points currencies such as Chase Ultimate Rewards points and American Express Membership Rewards points.

 

Hilton Honors Card from American Express

Existing cardholders of the Hilton Honors Card from American Express won’t see many changes. The big difference in benefits comes in the elimination of the foreign transaction fee which merely brings it inline with most cards offered by American Express.

The other benefits of the card include:

  • 7x Hilton points on spend at Hilton hotels
  • 5x Hilton points on spend at US supermarkets, US restaurants, and US gas stations
  • 3x Hilton points on all other eligible purchases
  • Hilton Silver status
  • Hilton Gold status if you spend $20,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • No annual Fee

 

The New Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card

The Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express is being transitioned to the rebranded Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card with a slew of new benefits included.

The biggest addition comes in lounge access with 10 Priority Pass lounge passes included each year and the ability to earn a free weekend night.

Benefits with the new card include:

  • 12x Hilton points on spend at Hilton hotels
  • 6x Hilton points on spend at US supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations
  • 3x Hilton points on all other eligible purchases
  • 10 Priority Pass lounge passes
  • Hilton Honors Gold status
  • Hilton Diamond status if you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • 1 weekend night at any Hilton hotel after spending $15,000 in a calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 yearly fee

 

The New Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

The new Hilton Honors American Express Business Card is similar to the new Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card with the addition of some bonus spend categories and the ability to get a second free night based on card spend.

These are the benefits the new business version of the card will provide:

  • 12x Hilton points on spend at Hilton hotels
  • 6x Hilton points on spend at US gas stations, restaurants, shipping purchases, cell phone services, flights booked with airlines or through Amex Travel, and spend at select car rental agencies
  • 3x Hilton points on all other eligible purchases
  • 10 Priority Pass lounge passes
  • Hilton Honors Gold status
  • Hilton Diamond status if you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • 1 weekend night at any Hilton hotel after spending $15,000 in a calendar year
  • A second weekend night at any Hilton hotel after spending $60,000 in a calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 yearly fee

 

The New Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

This new credit card will be Hilton’s entrance into the premium card market with a $450 annual fee but a list of features that draw some attention, especially for those enjoy staying with Hilton brands.

The benefits will include:

  • 14x Hilton points on spend at Hilton hotels
  • 7x Hilton points on spend at US restaurants, flights booked with airlines or through Amex Travel, and spend at select car rental agencies
  • 3x Hilton points on all other eligible purchases
  • Hilton Diamond status for as long as you hold the card
  • 1 weekend night stay at any Hilton hotel or resort per year
  • A second weekend night at any Hilton hotel after spending $60,000 in a calendar year
  • Priority Pass Select membership
  • $250 airline fee credit per calendar year
  • $250 Hilton resort statement credit per cardmember year
  • $100 credit at Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts and Conrad Hotels and Resorts when booking the “Aspire Card Package”
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $450 annual fee

 

What You Need To Know About the Hilton Cards Changes

With three new cards coming out there could be a lot of activity coming up with the Hilton rewards program. While there have been no details about what the sign-up bonuses might be for the new cards there are some interesting perks being released for each of the four card offerings.

The Hilton Honors Card from American Express offers an attractive no annual fee card with some bonus spending  categories and silver status. While no foreign transaction fees on a no annual fee card is no longer rare, this card still has some value for someone who stays at Hilton’s occasionally. If nothing else, silver elite status allows you to book five-night award stays for the price of four nights.

The New Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card and Hilton Honors American Express Business Card are very interesting for their Priority Pass lounge benefits. With 10 free passes per year you can easily make back the $95 annual fee in value if you don’t have a Priority Pass lounge membership from another card.

These two cards can give you a taste of the premium benefits for a reduced rate and with the broad categories for bonus spend on the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, spending $15,000 for a free weekend night at any Hilton property may very well be worthwhile.

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card is the card to get if you’re a regular at Hilton properties. This card could be a no brainer with the $250 airline fee credit and the $250 Hilton resort statement credit.

On the other hand, if you don’t stay at Hilton properties often and would have to go out of your way to stay at a Hilton resort every year this card probably isn’t the right choice for you. While automatic Diamond status seems like a great perk (no other hotel branded card grants you top status in a tiered program), it’s important to note that their Diamond status doesn’t even guarantee breakfast at all their properties.

When it comes down to it if you’re able to make full use of the benefits this card can be a great deal but if you think you’ll struggle and go out of your way to use the benefits there are likely better options for you.

 

Bottom Line

It’s a great sign that American Express is willing to increase their perks without having to make their annual fees hundreds of dollars more. The no annual fee and low annual fee cards offer a lot of opportunities for both casual travelers and seasoned veterans alike and the Aspire will surely add more competition to the elite level cards trying to keep top paying customers year after year.

Variety is truly the spice of life and having new options on the market always creates a lot of excitement for us. Here’s to hoping you’re able to find the right option for you!

 

Keep traveling,

John

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5 Crazy Cheap Economy Redemptions You Should Book

By: Spencer Howard

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One of the toughest parts when learning how to travel by using miles and points is knowing where to start. What’s the point in earning a bunch of miles if you have no idea what to do with or even what you want to do with them?!

To help get you thinking about your travel goals, we’re going to discuss some fun redemption options you should consider utilizing to really get some value out of your miles and points.

This will be the first of a three part mini-series on some great ways to redeem your miles and points for some awesome flights. After seeing what your miles can do for you, it will be easier to decide how you want to fly.

Perhaps your goal is a luxury-filled honeymoon like 10xTravel’s own Travis Cormier. Maybe flying business class and having a lie-flat seat so you can get some sleep on long flights is your top priority. Or, maybe you want to take as many flights as possible and are totally happy stretching your miles with economy class bookings.

The first four options we will discuss include airlines that are transfer partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards. Cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points should be a top priority for beginners because of their transfer partners and the Chase 5/24 Rule. The final redemption option is a partner of American Express Membership Rewards.

Now, let’s get into it.

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Premium Credit Cards: Which One Should You Keep?

By: John Tunningley

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Ultimately, as we try out premium credit cards, we find ourselves having to make decide which one is right for us.. This isn’t an easy decision to make as the cards with higher annual fees often come packed with some of the best perks.  

So, let’s take a look at some premium credit card options and see what if they are worth a spot in your wallet.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card

The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card took the miles and points world by storm in 2016. when it was launched with a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Beyond the bonus though, it also has some great perks that make this a go-to card for many who enjoy traveling.

Here are some of the perks that it offers cardholders:

  • 3x points per dollar on travel and dining
  • $300 annual travel credit automatically credited to your statement and can be used for just about any travel purchase from rail tickets to uber rides to parking fees to airline tickets
  • Priority Pass Select membership with unlimited guest access
  • Primary insurance on rental cars
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck reimbursement
  • Trip delay reimbursement (after 6 hours)
  • Points are worth 1.5 cents each in the Chase Travel Portal
  • Ability to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel partners at a 1:1 ratio

The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card comes with a $450 annual fee.

 

The Platinum Card from American Express

One of the heavy hitters for many years and often seen as a status symbol of the elite is the The Platinum Card from American Express. This card has perhaps the longest list of benefits with many that can help offset the $550 annual fee.

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Companion Tickets and The Cards That Will Give Them To You

By: John Tunningley

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One of the best perks in the travel world is the Companion Pass offered by Southwest Airlines. Longtime 10xTravel readers will have heard all the details about it and how to get it about 100 times by now but I wanted to touch on the airlines that offer companion tickets and what credit cards offer them.

As a stipulation, it’s important to note that if you see a card offering a companion ticket it is not the same benefit as the Southwest Companion Pass. These tickets are only available for a single flight and, in some cases, there is still a charge for the ticket.

Now, let’s dig into which co-branded airline credit cards offer a companion ticket:

Beautiful Companion Flight

Bank of America Alaska Airlines Credit Card

Alaska Airlines likes to brand their companion ticket. In particular, you’ll often hear them call it their “famous companion fare”. Now, in the points and miles hobby, many people are aware of their companion fare but calling it “famous” might be overselling it a bit (especially when just about all of us prefer the Southwest Companion Pass mentioned above).

Typically, the way Alaska Airlines’ companion fare works is that each year you keep their co-branded Bank of America credit card, you will receive a discount code to book a companion fare for $99 plus taxes and fees.

This companion fare can be used on any itinerary on Alaska Airlines or Virgin America. The only stipulation is the travel must be booked (not flown) before the certificate expires. Both you and your companion can earn miles and you can even book it for a friend and their companion as long as your name is the one listed on the credit card used to pay for the tickets. Continue Reading

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Best Credit Card Offers – November 2017

By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

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Every month I share a post with what I believe are the top credit card offers on the market according to the 10xT staff. Today we are going to take a look at the best offers for November 2017.

There are quite a few changes this month as many cards have upped their bonuses for the upcoming holiday season.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonus, cardholder perks, ongoing value, and any fees they may charge. And while the best offer for you will vary depending on a number of factors, I am going to rank the top offers based on the order in which I think they should be chosen by the average person.

If you’ve ever watched the NFL Draft before, consider this list my version of “Todd’s Big Board”. It’s simply the best overall cards available without regard to a specific points/miles need.

I also divide these top credit offers in to two lists, one for those of you who are over 5/24 and one for those of you who are under.

(If you don’t know what the Chase 5/24 rule is you’re going to want to give this a read)

As always, feel free to email me with questions about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Here we go!

 

If you are under 5/24, here are the best cards available right now:

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred

Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • 5,000 bonus points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months
  • 2 points per $1 spent on dining and travel, 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
  • Trip delay and primary rental car insurance
  • $95 annual fee, waived the first year 

Commentary:

Once again, the Chase Sapphire Preferred comes in at #1 overall because of its incredible signup bonus, reasonable annual fee (that is also waived for the first year), and the amazing value of the points it earns.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are widely considered to be among the best points in the industry thanks to their ability to be transferred to multiple airline and hotel partners. This gives you a ton of options for redeeming your points no matter where you want to travel.

You can also redeem Ultimate Rewards to book travel via the Chase travel portal at a value of 1.25 cents per point, meaning the 50,000 bonus points offered by this card are worth a minimum of $625 when redeemed to book travel.

Transferring them to Chase’s many transfer partners can provide the highest redemption values if you know where to look.

One of the best examples of this is round trip to Hawaii for just 25,000 Korean SKYPASS miles. Meaning that the 50,000 point signup bonus from this card could score you two round-trip flights to Hawaii.

Note that Chase has imposed new restrictions on the Chase Sapphire cards that limit your ability to get multiple versions of them. [More details on that here].

 

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The Basics of Partner Award Bookings

By: Travis Cormier

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Hey Travel Junkies,

You’ve earned your points, picked your destination, and now you just need to figure out how to get there.

If you’ve gotten stuck on this step, you’re not alone. Understanding airline partners is a tricky part of the award booking process, but can be one of the best ways to get the most out of your miles and points.

Let’s dig into the airline alliance and partnerships, how they work, and go over some of the biggest alliances and partnerships.

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What are Airline Alliances?

Airline alliances are agreements between airlines to cooperate in transporting passengers which can make international travel much easier.

There are three major airline alliances including Oneworld, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam. Each is comprised of airlines from around the world. A couple airlines – Alaska Airlines and Etihad Airways – also have large networks of individual airline partnerships. Continue Reading