As much as I love Traverse City, it is very expensive to fly from. I’ve looked at Alaska, Singapore, Sydney and not only are the prices outrageous but upgrades are unavailable. Now as world problems go, this is a non event, but I’m getting a little discouraged. And it has got to be an all or nothing thing. I’m either adding 40K EQ miles or none at all. I can stay right where I am, but would love to have those systemwide upgrades available for next year’s travel. I’ve always been a proponent of proper, prior, planning and this is an example of that philosophy. I don’t even know that I need SWU’s, but want to have them available if I need them.
Europe is out of the price range that makes economic sense and my next target is Hawaii. Let’s see what it has to offer.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The Sapphire Preferred offers 2x points on dining and travel, and no foreign transaction fees, making this the go-to card for travelers.
This card accumulates Ultimate Rewards points, which are very valuable for transfer to United and Hyatt. Overall, this card is a great choice for maximizing earnings on dining, travel, and every day spend.
- Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
- 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
- Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95