Category Archives: Southwest

Pros & Cons of Changing Your Sapphire Preferred to the No-Annual-Fee Sapphire Card

Million Mile Secrets reader Amy commented:

I had the Chase Sapphire Preferred and downgraded to the Chase Sapphire (no longer available to new applicants) card after the first year of no-annual-fee was up.  Does the Chase Sapphire offer the same travel coverage as the Chase Sapphire Preferred?

Great question, Amy!

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for beginners because it has a terrific sign-up bonus, earns points you can transfer to airline and hotel partners, and has excellent travel benefits like primary rental insurance.

The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.  While I’ve kept this card for years, some folks decide to downgrade the card to the no-annual-fee Chase Sapphire instead of canceling it, to avoid paying the Preferred version’s annual fee.

But you will NOT get all the same benefits as the Chase Sapphire Preferred!

Pros Cons Of Changing Your Sapphire Preferred To The No Annual Fee Sapphire Card

You’ll Miss Out on Valuable Perks, Like Primary Rental Car Insurance, If You Downgrade Your Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Sapphire

I’ll explain the differences between the cards and why it’s worth paying the annual fee on the Chase Sapphire Preferred!

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Folks in These 6 Cities Can Do Well With the JetBlue Cards

Earlier this year, Barclaycard introduced 3 new JetBlue cards with new sign-up bonuses and better perks.

While I’m not a JetBlue flyer, I have friends who are die-hard JetBlue fans!  They love the spacious seats, complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi & entertainment, and free snacks and drinks.

If you live in certain cities frequently served by JetBlue, the JetBlue cards could be an excellent deal for award flights within the US and to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America.

Folks In These 6 Cities Can Do Well With The JetBlue Cards

Folks in JetBlue Focus Cities Have Lots of Award Flight Options to Terrific Destinations in the US, Caribbean, Mexico, and Central & South America

I’ll share the best cities for JetBlue flights and help you decide if you should apply for these cards!

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“Hoarding Points Seems Like a Lot of Fun…but Avoid the Temptation!”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:   Wallet Hacks

Jim writes Wallet Hacks to give folks tips for achieving financial independence.

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Jim & His Wife Chowing Down on Sandwiches During a Bus Tour Through London

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Today: Activate 5X Points (5% Cash Back) at Restaurants & Wholesale Clubs With Chase Freedom

Starting today, June 15, 2016, you can activate the Chase Freedom’s 3rd quarter bonus categories, which includes restaurants and wholesale clubs like Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club!

As y’all know, I’m a foodie at heart!  So I’m excited to earn 5X points at restaurants to use toward travel!

And Chase let us know yesterday that wholesale clubs will be a 5X category through the end of 2016!

When you activate the bonus, you can earn 5X points for up to $1,500 in purchases between July 1 and September 30, 2016, for a maximum of 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points or $75 cash back. 

Today Activate 5X Points 5 Cash Back At Restaurants Wholesale Clubs With Chase Freedom

Earn Up to 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points at Restaurants and Wholesale Clubs Between July 1 and September 30, 2016, When You Use Your Chase Freedom Card

Make sure you activate the bonus, so you don’t miss out on earning extra points!

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Freedom Rings at Costco: Earn Up to 22,500 Chase Points in 2016 With 5X Bonus at Wholesale Clubs!

Great news!  The Chase Freedom card is extending the current 5X bonus at wholesale clubs, like Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s, through the end of 2016!

That means you can earn up to 22,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points total ($225 cash back) for spending $1,500 each quarter through 2016 for items you were going to buy anyway!

Freedom Rings At Costco Earn Up To 22,500 Chase Points In 2016 With 5X Bonus At Wholesale Clubs

Earn 5X Bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards Points (5% Cash Back) at Warehouse Clubs Like Costco Through the End of 2016 With the Freedom Card!

Here’s more about the extended bonus and how to get the most from the deal!

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