Category Archives: Chase Freedom Unlimited

Keep Points Flexibility After Downgrading This Chase Travel Card

Million Mile Secrets reader, Harold, commented:

If I downgrade my Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Chase Freedom Unlimited, can I still transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Freedom Unlimited to the Chase Sapphire Reserve?

Absolutely!

On its own, the points you earn from the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each toward travel or for cash back.

But when you pair it with another eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards card like the Sapphire Reserve, you’ll have the flexibility to combine points and transfer them to terrific airline and hotel partners.

With a downgrade, you’ll also avoid duplicate benefits and save on annual fees.  That’s why after getting the Sapphire Reserve, I downgraded the Sapphire Preferred to the no annual fee Freedom Unlimited.

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Does the Chase Freedom Earn Cash Back or Points?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Gina, commented:

Is the Chase Freedom a cash back card or a points card?

With the Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited cards, you earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which can later be redeemed for cash back, gift cards, or travel.

On their own, the points you earn from the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.

But your points are worth much more and give you flexibility when you also have certain Chase Ultimate Rewards cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Chase Freedom Rewards

Combine Points From the Chase Freedom With Another Eligible Chase Ultimate Rewards Card to Book Free Nights at Fantastic Hotels Like the Andaz Maui

I’ll explain how rewards work with the Freedom and Freedom Unlimited cards.

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Best Cards to Use at Sam’s Club in 2017

Folks who shop at Sam’s Club can choose from several terrific credit cards to earn miles or cash back on purchases.

Some cards include warehouse clubs, like Sam’s Club, as a bonus category.  So it’s possible to earn bonus cash back on purchases you were already planning!

Best Credit Cards To Use At Sams Club

You Can Earn Lots of Miles or Cash Back at Sam’s Club With Certain Credit Cards

I’ll share the best credit cards to use at Sam’s Club, including several with no annual fee.

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Earn a Profit Paying Taxes With Chase Sapphire Reserve & Freedom Unlimited

I’ve written about paying income taxes with a credit card to meet minimum spending requirements or earn a big spending bonus.

But now folks with the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Freedom Unlimited cards can actually earn a profit paying their taxes.

Even with processing fees, you’ll come out ahead when you pay your taxes with the Freedom Unlimited and transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your Sapphire Reserve account to redeem for travel.

Pay Taxes With Credit Card To Earn Points

Combine the Perks of Your Chase Freedom Unlimited and Sapphire Reserve Cards to Pay Taxes and Earn a Profit When You Redeem Points for Big Travel to Places Like Santa Monica, California!

I’ll show you the math!

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5 Travel Rewards Cards for College Students

Million Mile Secrets reader, Liz, commented:

After studying abroad last semester, I’ve been bitten by the travel bug.  Although I have a very good credit score, I’m a college student and don’t spend that much, which precludes me from going for cards with sign-up bonuses that require spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

I would like to get a card to start earning rewards for my purchases and develop a credit history.  But in keeping with the number one rule of paying off my balance each month, there doesn’t seem to be a card out there for me.

Ideally, I’m looking for a travel rewards card that offers a sign-up bonus requiring $1,000 in the first 90 days and has a waived annual fee for the first year, or none at all!  Is there a card that you’d recommend for me?

Welcome to the miles & points hobby, Liz!

I’m so glad to hear Liz is interested in earning rewards for travel.  Miles and points are one of the the best ways to travel cheaply.  They’ve given Emily and I the opportunity to visit amazing destinations around the world!

As a college student, it seems Liz has done her homework about the importance of developing a credit history and not carrying credit card balances!

Credit Cards College Students

There Are Lots of Great Rewards Credit Cards for College Students Looking to Get Started in the Miles & Points Hobby!

The good news is most banks offer credit cards with sign-up bonuses that have relatively small minimum spending requirements.  And these cards tend to waive the annual fee or have none at all.  So they’re great for students on a tight budget!

I’ll share tips for beginners in the miles & points hobby.  And 5 great rewards cards for beginners which have low minimum spending requirements!

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7 US Cities to Singapore Starting at Just $328!

Via The Flight Deal, you can fly from 7 US cities to Singapore round-trip in coach starting at just $328!

I found flights from Chicago to Singapore for $328 departing October 17, and returning October 23, 2017.  This fare is valid for travel late August through early December 2017, and January through February 2018.

7 US Cities To Singapore Starting At Just 328

You Don’t Usually See Flights to Singapore This Dirt Cheap!

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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“The Less Frequented Places Are Where You Can Really Experience Culture and Get Out of Your Comfort Zone”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Johnny Africa

John writes Johnny Africa to inspire readers to travel indefinitely.  You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram, too!

Johnny Africa

My First Use of Points? A Big Trip to the Middle East! This Was Me Amongst the Martian Landscapes of Wadi Rum

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Earn Miles & Save Money in 2017 With These Cards at Costco

Trying to decide which credit card you should use at Costco?  

If you like earning points you can redeem for Big Travel (like me!), then consider cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom Unlimited.  But if you’d rather earn cash back, the BankAmericard Cash Rewards card might make more sense.

Best Credit Cards To Use At Costco Amazon 2017

I’ll Help You Decide Which Credit Card to Use at Costco. So You Can Earn Miles & Save Money on Purchases You’re Making Anyway!

Here’s a list of the travel rewards and cash back earning cards I’d suggest using at Costco.

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You Actually Can Book Many Disney World Resorts With Points

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at Mousehacking.com.  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking Walt Disney World hotels with Chase Ultimate Rewards points!

Ken and Emily:   If you’re a Disney fan, you know their amazing parks and experiences keep travelers coming back!  Many folks who visit Walt Disney World don’t consider using miles and points to offset the hotel cost of their trip, because most Disney resorts don’t belong to a loyalty program.

More seasoned travelers know they can book the on-site Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin using Starwood points.   But did you know you can book other Disney resorts with flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards?

You Actually Can Book Many Disney World Resorts With Points

If You Stay at a Disney Resort, You Can Use Extra Magic Hours to Visit the Parks Before the Crowds!

I’ll show you how to book Walt Disney World resorts with Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

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Earn Bonus Points With Hyatt’s New Promotion

Good news for folks who love earning Hyatt points!

You can earn double points on Hyatt stays, starting with your 2nd eligible stay, between April 1, 2017, and June 30, 3017.  You must register for the deal to qualify.

Signing-up is a no-brainer if you already have a Hyatt stay planned during the promotion period.  Even if you don’t, it’s worth registering, because it only takes a few seconds!

Hyatt Promotion Spring 2017

Ever Dreamed of Staying at the Beautiful Park Hyatt Vendome-Paris? You Can Earn Double Hyatt Points With This Offer, to Use for Your Next Luxurious Hyatt Stay!

I’ll show you how to register for this deal.  And help you decide if it’s worth it for you!

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