Category Archives: Chase Sapphire Reserve

“You Can Dive Into This Hobby and Change Your Life for the Better”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  All the Right Points

Evan shows All the Right Points readers how to earn and burn points and miles for premium travel and luxury hotel nights.

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All The Right Points

Checking out the Queen of the Skies (British Airways 747-400)

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Won’t Last! Deep Discount Tickets to Europe

Via Miles to Memories, you can get up to 20% off tickets to Europe with Norwegian Air’s St. Patrick’s Day fare sale!

I found a flight from Newburg, New York to Bergen, Norway departing September 21, 2017, and returning September 25, 2017, for ~$273.

The valid travel dates for these sale fares vary, depending on which European city you’re flying to.  For example, for tickets to Ireland and Scotland, you can get up to 20% off flights between April 18, 2017, and October 28, 2017. 

Norwegian Air Sale

Save Big on Your Trip Across the Pond With Norwegian’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale

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

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Everything to Know About TSA PreCheck

If you enjoy standing in long lines, removing items from your carry-on, or pulling off your coat in record speeds, this post is not for you!

For the rest of us, TSA PreCheck can be a huge time (and stress!) saver during our visit to the airport.  A membership to TSA PreCheck means you won’t have to remove your toiletries or computer from your bag.  Or take off your jacket at security checkpoints.

And TSA PreCheck lines are often (but not always!) much shorter than the regular security lines.

TSA PreCheck Application

TSA PreCheck Can Save LOTS of Time at Airport Security Checkpoints

I’ll tell you everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck!

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Starts Today: Register for New 5X Categories Next Quarter

It’s time to get ready for next quarter’s rotating category bonuses with the Chase Freedom.

From April 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017, you can earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) when you use your Chase Freedom card at grocery and drug stores on up to $1,500 in combined spending.

If you spend the $1,500 maximum in bonus categories, you’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($75)

But you don’t get this bonus automatically!  Today is the first day you can register for next quarter’s bonus.  So remember to activate your card by June 14, 2017.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for the Chase Freedom, but we’ll always share the best deals with our readers!

Chase Freedom Bonus Categories

You Can Register for This Quarter’s Bonus Categories Starting Today!

I’ll show you how to get the most out of this bonus!

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This Online Rent Payment Service Is Back! Should You Use It to Earn Miles & Points?

Late last year I let you know that you could no longer pay rent through RadPad.  But via Doctor of Credit, RadPad’s rent payment service is back!  

That’s good news for folks looking for ways to meet minimum spending requirements or earn extra miles, points, or cash back.  Because RadPad is an easy way to pay your rent using a debit or credit card.

Pay Rent RadPad

Paying a Fee to Use RadPad Might Make Sense If You’re Trying to Meet a Card’s Minimum Spending Requirements

I’ll explain what this means for you.  And how you can use RadPad to earn Big Travel!

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Save Twice as Much on Your First Airbnb Stay!

Never used Airbnb before?  Here’s a chance to save Big Money on your first booking!

Via Canadian Kilometers, Airbnb has doubled its referral bonus, from $20 to $40.  So you can save even more if you’re new to Airbnb.

Double Airbnb Referral Bonus

I Stayed at This Modern Airbnb During a Trip to Visit My Mom & Sister in New York City

I’ll show you how to take advantage of this deal!

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Don’t Leave Southwest Points on the Table When You Rent a Car!

Lyn blogs about Southwest Airlines at GotoTravelGal.com.  And  she offers her free “Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass” to help you quickly and easily earn the amazing Southwest Companion Pass, which lets 1 person fly nearly free with you for up to 2 years.  

So I’ve asked her to share some tips on how to earn Southwest points when you rent a car.

Lyn:   Renting a car is a common activity for travelers who want an independent mode of transportation at their destination.  

Whether you’ll be sight-seeing around a US National Park, driving along the Pacific Coast highway, or just want the freedom to stop at the grocery and explore a destination on your own time, car rentals can come in quite handy.

Did you know it’s quite easy to earn Southwest points every time you rent a car?  But NOT all the points you earn will qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Southwest Points Car Rental

We’ve Got Tips for How to Earn Southwest Points on Your Next Car Rental!

I’m going to show you the current bonus point offers from Southwest, explain a few caveats to help make sure the deal is right for you, and walk you through how to book your Southwest car rental.

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How to Earn 4 Free Starwood Nights per Year With Chase Freedom

Did you know you can use bonus points you earn with the Chase Freedom card for up to 5 free Starwood nights per year, if you have another Chase card like the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Business Preferred?

This could be a strategy some of y’all haven’t considered!

How To Earn Free Starwood Stays

Dream of Visiting the Pyramids of Giza? I’ll Show You How to Use the Chase Freedom Card for 5 Free Nights at the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa in Cairo!

I’ll show you how to earn free Starwood stays with the Chase Freedom card!  And remind you of other ways to earn and use Starwood points.

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How to Get the Most Value for Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Booking Southwest Flights

Million Mile Secrets reader, A.J., commented:

In many cases, I’ve found better value by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest for award flights, rather than using points from my Chase Sapphire Reserve to book through the Chase travel portal.

Can you explain when it’s a better deal to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Southwest flights through the travel portal?

Fantastic question!

The value of your points for a Southwest award flight varies depending on your travel dates and destination.

It’s possible to sometimes get more value for your points by transferring them directly to Southwest.  But some folks prefer to use points from the Chase Sapphire Reserve to book through the Chase travel portal.

Because you earn points like a regular paid flight, get credit toward A-List status and the Companion Pass, and don’t have to pay any taxes or fees out of pocket.

Chase Points Southwest Flights

Before Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Book Your Next Southwest Flight, Run the Numbers to Make Sure You’re Getting the Most Value!

I’ll show you how using Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Southwest flights can get you different values depending how you book.

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3 Tips for Primary Insurance Coverage With Car Rentals Over 31 Days

Million Mile Secrets reader, Ana, commented:

What’s your recommendation for primary auto rental insurance if I pay using the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve card and the rental period is longer than 31 days?

The Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve cards are great choices to pay for car rentals.  Because you get primary insurance coverage for collisions and damage.

But with these 2 cards, the coverage only applies to rentals of 31 consecutive days or less in the US and most foreign countries.

To get around the time limit, I’d recommend returning your car and renting another one.  This way, you’ll restart the clock for insurance coverage.

3 Tips For Primary Insurance Coverage With Car Rentals Over 31 Days

Having Primary Auto Rental Insurance With the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve Is a Great Perk.  But It Only Works on Rentals of 31 Days or Less

I’ll share tips for getting coverage on long car rentals!

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