|Bangkok, Thailand, photo by Andrew Ingersoll|
50k Membership Rewards – Platinum American Express (I wanted this for lounge access, airline fee credit, and other benefits anyway)
100k British Airlines Miles: Chase deal
75k American Airlines Miles: Citi Deal
- Transferred most of the Membership Rewards points to Delta for bonus plus booked my girlfriend a round-trip business class on Korean Air to SE Asia this November using 120k Delta miles.
- Transferred a few Membership Rewards points to British Airways under the 50% bonus deal: Booked my girlfriend and me to Easter Island in April 2012 Business outbound, economy return (104k BA Miles + $383). Big score as these tickets are expensive! They’re priced at $2000 per person in coach.
- Used my Continental-United Airlines miles to book a one-way FIRST CLASS ticket for myself from home to SE Asia in November. I am going via Europe and flying in very good Lufthansa and Thai Airways first class.
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