In my conversation last week with the gang at Internet Brands, we got to discussing the best cards for readers these days to fly to far off lands free or as close to free as possible.
As I rattled off in my aging and decaying brain the offers from the other banks and co-branded credit cards, it became as clear as a bell that Chase has really taken over the market for airline cards with the Sapphire Preferred card, Ink Bold card and Ink Plus card. In a two month time span with good credit and the ability to meet the minimum monthly spend, you can amass a nice pile of Ultimate Rewards points and because of the transfer options available, transfer them to Korean, United, or British Airways for some nice long haul premium cabin flights.
With the ability to get one personal and one business card per month, month one you can generate 90K points with a Chase Sapphire card and Ink Bold card and follow up a month later with an Ink Plus card for another 50K if your scores are right. I’ll know next month if I can hold both the Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa and Mastercard simultaneously when I apply March 17th. I’ve read conflicting reports. The Chase airline cards have fallen from grace with me for now. I don’t need the Mileage Plus cards as long as the Ultimate Rewards program stays as structured. And I don’t have a Southwest Airlines airport anywhere near me.
It’s time to call on Citi, Barclays, American Express, and all the other card issuers if they are reading.
Chase is indeed running the show here and our travel challenges for long distance flights in either coach or premium cabins, must recommend Chase products for the foreseeable future.
Competition is a good thing here in America. I hope the co-branded cards and other card issuers will start to up their game to compete for the airline miles crowd.
The hotel programs are heading in the wrong direction with devaluations on all fronts. Let’s hope that they too notice the example set by Chase, asking for our business with good solid offers, will filter back into the hotel loyalty programs once again.
Deal of the Day
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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