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Two Card Trip: Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica with the Chase Ink Preferred and World of Hyatt Credit Card

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By: Travis Cormier

Editors Note: Two Card Trips is a series of articles that show how you could book a trip using points/miles earned from just two credit card bonuses. Today’s two card trip takes us to Costa Rica with bonuses from the Chase Ink Preferred and World of Hyatt Credit Cards.

Hey Travel Junkies,

Costa Rica is one of the most popular countries to visit in Central America for a good reason: your options for adventure are almost limitless in Costa Rica. Whether you’re looking to explore the rainforest, surf the waves, or watch the colorful wildlife, you will easily fill your time in this amazing country.

Thanks to some great sign-up bonuses, you can stay at a luxurious resort as your home-base for all your adventures. Let’s take a look at how you can visit Costa Rica with just two credit card sign up bonuses.

The Two Cards

With just two credit cards, you can make your Costa Rica dreams a reality.

The first card is the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card . The Chase Ink Preferred comes with 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards when you spend $5,000 in the first three months. You’ll also earn 3 points for every dollar spent on travel, shipping, internet cable and phone services, and online advertising. You’ll earn 1 point for every dollar spent on all other purchases.

Ink Business Preferred Credit Card 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More

The second card is The World of Hyatt Credit Card by Chase which has a tiered bonus offer. You’ll earn 25,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months of opening the card. You’ll earn an additional 25,000 points when you spend $6,000 total in the first 6 months.

While that is a lot of minimum spend to hit, with the right strategies, it is very doable. One great way is by paying your bills with Plastiq. When paired with your daily spend, you can quickly hit the bonuses on these two cards.

Both cards have some amazing benefits that make them compelling to keep in your wallet year after year.

The Chase Ink Preferred offers cell-phone insurance when you pay your bill with the card. I love this benefit because if my phone gets accidentally damaged, I know it will have coverage.

The World of Hyatt credit card earns a free night every year you own the card, starting with your first card-member anniversary. These free nights are great to use if you need to stay overnight in a city before your next flight.

Now that you know which two cards you need to book your Costa Rica adventure, let’s look at the fun details of the trip.

Where to Stay

You’ll be looking to stay at the Andaz Papagayo Resort. The resort is a category 4 Hyatt property which costs only 15,000 points per night.

You can check out 10xT Contributor Weston Conway’s review of the property here.

Using points to stay at the Andaz Papagayo Resort is a great deal because it’s an expensive resort if you wanted to pay cash, but by using points, you’re going to save money and get a great experience for free. For example, A quick search shows some nights in February costing $650 per night! With points, you’ll pay nothing!

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15,000 points, or $652 per night… tough choice!

Another great way using point saves you money comes from the fact that Hyatt doesn’t charge resort fees on award nights, so you won’t have any extra charges to pop-up and surprise you when you check out. Continue Reading

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Best Credit Cards: January 2019

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By: Bryce Conway – Founder of 10xTravel.com

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 credit card offers for January 2019.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonuses, 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.

Not a ton of changes this month as most cards have retained their bonuses from late 2018.

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)

And finally, I added a list of the cards to the beginning of the post for easier reading. You can simply click on “the list” or “the details” below to read more about each card.

As always, feel free to email me with questions (Bryce@10xTravel.com) about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Under 5/24:

The List

The Details

Over 5/24:

The List

The Details

 

Best Credit Cards Under 5/24

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 50,000 bonus points after $4,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Ink Business Preferred Credit Card 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Chase Sapphire Reserve Earn 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months(Learn more)
Ink Business Cash Credit Card $500 bonus cash back after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card $500 cash back after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card 60,000 points after $3k spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card Earn Companion Pass and 30,000 points after $4k spend in 3 months. Companion Pass expires 12/31/19Learn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card Earn Companion Pass and 30,000 points after $4k spend in 3 months. Companion Pass expires 12/31/19Learn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card Earn Companion Pass and 30,000 points after $4k spend in 3 months. Companion Pass expires 12/31/19Learn More
United Explorer Card 40,000 bonus miles after $2,000 spend in 3 months(Learn more)
Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 monthsLearn More
IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card 80,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
British Airways Visa Signature Card 50,000 Avios after $3k of purchases in the first 3 months, 25,000 Avios after $10k of purchases in the first year, additional 25,000 Avios after $20k spend in the first yearLearn More
Chase Freedom $150 cash bonus after $500 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Chase Freedom Unlimited $150 bonus after spending $500 in the first 3 months(Learn more)

 

 

 

Best Credit Cards Over 5/24

The Business Platinum Card from American Express Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000, an extra 25,000 points after an additional $10,000 all in the first 3 months. Terms apply.Learn More
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card 50,000 bonus miles (worth $500) after spending $3,000 in the first 3 monthsLearn More
American Express Business Gold Card Earn 4x points on 2 select business categories. Terms Apply.Learn More
Capital One Spark Miles for Business 50,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months, an additional 150,000 miles when you spend $50,000 in 6 monthsLearn More
Capital One Spark Cash for Business $500 cash back after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months, plus earn $1,500 when you spend $50,000 in the first 6 monthsLearn More
The Platinum Card from American Express Earn 60,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply.(Learn more)
Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Earn 75,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply.(Learn more)
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card 125,000 Hilton Honors points after $2,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card 125,000 Hilton Points after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card $500 cash back after $3,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More

 

The Details: Best CardsUnder 5/24

 

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred  

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Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases 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

(Full offer details here: Learn More )

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Best Credit Cards: December 2018

Disclosure: This post may contain references to products from our advertisers. We may receive compensation from products we link to. We appreciate your support. You can read our advertising disclosure here.

By: Bryce Conway – Founder of 10xTravel.com

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 credit card offers for December 2018.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonuses, 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.

Quite a few changes this month as Chase has expanded the 5/24 rule to more cards and a couple of cards have gone through dramatic transformations.

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) 

And finally, I added a list of the cards to the beginning of the post for easier reading. You can simply click on “the list” or “the details” below to read more about each card.

As always, feel free to email me with questions (Bryce@10xTravel.com) about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Under 5/24:

The List

The Details

Over 5/24:

The List

The Details

 

Best Credit Cards Under 5/24

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 50,000 bonus points after $4,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Ink Business Preferred Credit Card 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Chase Sapphire Reserve Earn 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months(Learn more)
Ink Business Cash Credit Card $500 bonus cash back after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card $500 cash back after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card 60,000 points after $3k spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card Earn Companion Pass and 30,000 points after $4k spend in 3 months. Companion Pass expires 12/31/19Learn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card Earn Companion Pass and 30,000 points after $4k spend in 3 months. Companion Pass expires 12/31/19Learn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card Earn Companion Pass and 30,000 points after $4k spend in 3 months. Companion Pass expires 12/31/19Learn More
United Explorer Card 40,000 bonus miles after $2,000 spend in 3 months(Learn more)
Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 monthsLearn More
IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card 80,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
British Airways Visa Signature Card 50,000 Avios after $3k of purchases in the first 3 months, 25,000 Avios after $10k of purchases in the first year, additional 25,000 Avios after $20k spend in the first yearLearn More
Chase Freedom $150 cash bonus after $500 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Chase Freedom Unlimited $150 bonus after spending $500 in the first 3 months(Learn more)

 

 

 

Best Credit Cards Over 5/24

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card 50,000 bonus miles (worth $500) after spending $3,000 in the first 3 monthsLearn More
The Business Platinum Card from American Express Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000, an extra 25,000 points after an additional $10,000 all in the first 3 months. Terms apply.Learn More
American Express Business Gold Card Earn 4x points on 2 select business categories. Terms Apply.Learn More
Capital One Spark Miles for Business 50,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months, an additional 150,000 miles when you spend $50,000 in 6 monthsLearn More
Capital One Spark Cash for Business $500 cash back after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months, plus earn $1,500 when you spend $50,000 in the first 6 monthsLearn More
The Platinum Card from American Express Earn 60,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply.(Learn more)
Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Earn 75,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply.(Learn more)
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card 125,000 Hilton Honors points after $2,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card 125,000 Hilton Points after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card $500 cash back after $3,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More

 

The Details: Best CardsUnder 5/24

 

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred  

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases 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

(Full offer details here: Learn More )

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus Credit Card: Our Full Review

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By: Julie Szpira

Credit cards that offer transferable points such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve or the Platinum Card by American Express are the card of choice for many travel enthusiasts.

Transferrable currency offers flexibility in the use of rewards, and some amazing deals can be redeemed using transfer partners.

When it comes to utilizing transfer partners, the redemptions can be spectacular, but can also be confusing.

If you’re looking for a simple way to reduce the cost of travel, credit cards that offer the ability to redeem points for any travel purchase can be very attractive. The Capital One Venture card is one of the most popular of this type, but the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card is the Venture card’s brother from another mother.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus Quick Stats

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus offers a welcome bonus of 70,000 miles after spending at least $5,000 within three months of account opening.  Since each mile is worth 1 cent, the bonus is worth $700.

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Since each Barclays mile is worth 1 cent, the bonus is worth $600.

The card also offers:

  • Earn 2X miles per $1 on all purchases
  • 5% miles back on redemptions
  • Chip and PIN Technology
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees

As is standard with most credit cards offering a large sign-up bonus, this card does have an annual fee. That fee isn’t ideal, however, the sign-up bonus more than makes up for having to pay an annual fee.

What is an Arrival Mile Worth?

As stated above, each mile is worth 1 cent toward travel purchases.  The miles can be redeemed for other purchases, or as a statement credit, but the highest value will be from redeeming toward travel.

Using Arrival Miles

Arrival Plus miles are redeemable for 1 cent per point toward travel purchases.  Obvious travel purchases such as flights, hotels, cruises, taxis, trains and rental cars qualify. Less obvious travel purchases, such as campgrounds, tolls, and public transit also qualify. You can even use Arrival Miles to cover tickets to Disney!

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Arrival Plus miles are redeemable for 1 cent per point towards travel purchases

Barclaycard even allows you to use miles to erase the cost of your credit card annual fee!

The redemption process is easy:

  1. Make a travel purchase of $100 or more on your card.
  2. Log into your online account within 120 days of the purchase and redeem your miles as “payment” for the travel purchase.

Arrival miles can only be redeemed toward travel purchases greater than $100 so you will need to have at least 10,000 miles in your account to erase travel purchases.

Since a purchase of at least $100 is required to be able to use miles, it’s unlikely that you’ll use the Arrival Plus to cover a bus ticket. However, you can use the Arrival Plus to load funds onto a transit pass, and then use miles to erase that purchase.

Arrival miles are a type of “purchase eraser”, wherein you can use your miles to “erase” cost of your travel purchases. Continue Reading