Now that the sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred has increased to 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements, it’s a good time to look at how this card stacks up against cards with a similar bonus.
The Citi ThankYou Premier also has a 50,000 point sign-up bonus, and both cards have a lot in common.
So which card is better for you? As always, it depends on your travel goals and how you like to use your points!
Apples or…Cupcakes? Deciding Between the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Citi ThankYou Premier Might Not Be Such an Obvious Choice! ;)
Let’s compare the cards and see how both can get you Big Travel with Small Money!
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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is now offering 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you complete the minimum spending. This is the largest publicly available sign-up bonus I’ve ever seen for this card!
And you can easily turn this into 55,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points!
Adding a Friend or Family Member to Your Chase Sapphire Preferred Could Be Worth an Extra 5,000 Points Towards Your Dream Vacation
I’ll explain how to earn this bonus and tell you about 3 other benefits to adding an authorized user to your account.
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I love my Chase Freedom card because it has rotating 5X points categories. For instance, right now (through December 31, 2015) you earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points at Amazon.com.
I’ve kept this card a long time because of these ongoing bonuses and because there’s no annual fee!
So I’m excited that Chase has bumped up their welcome offer for new Freedom cardholders to 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (worth $150 in cash back.) It was previously 10,000 points.
$150 in Cash Back Is Great, but You Could Get Much More From the 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points You’ll Earn!
But I don’t use my Chase Ultimate Rewards points for cash back, I use them for Big Travel with Small Money! I’ll show you how you can too.
I’ll explain why I love this card and how you can get the most out of the points you’ll earn for signing-up!
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Marriott recently made several positive changes to their loyalty program. And now Chase has increased the sign-up bonus on the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier card to 80,000 Marriott points after completing minimum spending requirements.
That can get you Big Travel at Marriott hotels, like 2 award nights at the fancy JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, a Category 8 hotel.
The regular offer is for 50,000 Marriott points. But there are a couple of differences you should be aware of with this new offer. The annual fee is NOT waived the 1st year, and the minimum spending requirement is $1,000 more than the normal offer.
You Could Use 80,000 Marriott Points for 2 Nights at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
I’ll help you decide which 1 you should apply for!
Emily and I don’t receive a commission for the 80,000 points offer. But no matter what, we’ll always tell you about the best deals!
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1. 4 New Positive Changes to Ritz-Carlton Award Program
Last month, I told you 4 changes were coming to Marriott’s award Program. And Ritz-Carlton has followed suit.
Here’s a look at the new perks:
- Points Advance – Book an award stay before you have the points, as long as you earn (or buy) the points to cover the full cost 14 days before check-in.
- Points Sharing – Share your Ritz-Carlton points with ANY Ritz-Carlton or Marriott member (up to 50,000 points per year). Once per year you can go over the 50,000 point limit right before a specific redemption, only up to the amount needed for a specific stay, rounded to the nearest 1,000 points.
- Cash + Points – Starting in 2016, you can use a combination of points and cash to book each night of your stay
Get More Nights by Booking Cash and Points Awards at Ritz-Carlton Hotels
So it’s now easier to earn Ritz-Carlton elite status and get the additional points you need to book awards by sharing and a points advance. Then next year, you can stretch your points for more stays at Ritz-Carlton using cash + points!
Note: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton are essentially the same frequent-guest program (just with different branding and marketing), so you can use your Ritz-Carlton points to stay at Marriott hotels, and vice versa.
Ritz-Carlton Is Making It Easier to Get the Points You Need for an Award Stay at Resorts Like the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
I love to see reward programs add features that benefit their members!
2. AMEX Offers Now More User Friendly
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