Why You Should Earn & Burn Miles, Points, and Calories!

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UPDATE: The Chase Sapphire Preferred no longer earns 3X points on the 1st Friday of the month.

In our hobby, great deals are NOT going to last forever.  So enjoy them as much as you can while you can!

I loved getting 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points at restaurants on the 1st Friday of each month with my Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Enjoy 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on First Fridays Until the End of the Year!

Enjoy 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on 1st Fridays Until the End of 2015!

But View from the Wing reminds us this is ending after 2015.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Is STILL My Favorite Card

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Even though the 1st Friday dining perk will end after 2015, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still my favorite credit card.

And it’s 1 of the best cards for beginners because you get:

Note:   If you’re new to our hobby, this is 1 of the 1st cards you should consider.  That’s because Chase has changed their application rules.

If you’ve opened 5 or more credit card accounts (from any bank) in the past 24 months, it’s VERY UNLIKELY Chase will approve you for any of their Chase Ultimate Rewards earning cards, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred.


I Enjoyed My Stay at the Park Hyatt Milan!  Hyatt Is a Chase Ultimate Rewards Hotel Partner

Chase Ultimate Rewards are great for folks looking for flexibility, because they transfer to several airline and hotel partners.

The New Way To Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Airline And Hotel Partners For Big Travel

Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Are Valuable When You Transfer to Travel Partners

I’ve gotten a lot of Big Travel from the Chase Sapphire Preferred and will continue to keep it!

Live It Up!

Remember, the 1st Friday dining benefit will end after 2015.

It’s been a great limited-time offer.  But it’s NOT over yet!

You can still enjoy this perk until the end of the year.  So dine out while you can.  And I’ll remind you each month when 1st Friday is near!

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

It’s a Big World Out There!  Don’t Save Your Points as a Long-Term Investment.  Use ’em!

This is a great reminder that our hobby is constantly changing, so USE your points.  Do NOT hoard them!

And do NOT expect great deals to last forever.  Enjoy them while you can and travel when you can!

The Chase Sapphire Preferred still earns 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points for dining every day, so I’ll continue to use it at restaurants, even while abroad.  Because there are NO foreign transaction fees.

And who knows, maybe Chase will offer another promotion for Chase Sapphire Preferred members in 2016!

Bottom Line

Don’t forget, the Chase Sapphire Preferred will no longer earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points for dining on the 1st Friday of each month after 2015.  This is a nice perk, so enjoy it while you can!

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is STILL my favorite credit card because I can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel partners like British Airways, Southwest, and Hyatt for Big Travel!

This is also a great reminder to USE your points because NO great deal lasts forever!

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7 responses to “Why You Should Earn & Burn Miles, Points, and Calories!

  1. Is the no fee Sapphire card also eligible for the 1st Friday 3x dining offer?

  2. This 3% on restaurants once a month is overblown but is pushed as some major benefit repeatedly. Honestly it’s 1% back more than usual once a month. Other cards give 2% back on restaurants. Break it down. Say you spend $100 on that Fri of the month. That’s an extra 1% or $1 you get back. Multiply that by 12 and you get $12 for the year. It’s a little something but I wouldn’t get a Sapphire card just because of it. Not saying the Sapphire card is bad to get it. It isn’t. Many other benefits.

  3. Kent C very well said.

  4. I think it’s entirely based on opportunity. I too thought the 3 point First Friday Dining was really pointless until I had the fortune of hosting a large catered event. $10,000 for the caterer (which included non-food purchase… ready fine print, the vendor simply has to be a restaurant.. what’s bought doesn’t have to be food), and charged on a First Friday brought in 30k points and a free trip. I was very happy. Even my tip for the catering staff earned triple points. Ridiculous awesome.

    Something that I would add overall to the thread… in addition to First Friday being discontinued, so too is the 7% annual dividend on points earned. That perk will be missed.

  5. I’ve been bummed out because I really was counting on getting the Ultimate Reward points from the CSP for an upcoming trip to Mexico, but I certainly have applied & been approved for more than 5 cards in the past 2 years. (7 to be exact, including 3 Chase!). I thought for sure I would never be approved. On a whim, I entered a Chase branch and applied anyway. Approved!! Hyatt Zilara, here we come!

  6. Liz W you should have signed up for the Hyatt card instead if you haven’t already…2 free nights would work there!

  7. Mark O- had that one for awhile now 🙂