Million Mile Secrets reader, Prabha, sent an question via email:
With the Chase Freedom Unlimited card, when can I transfer the sign-up bonus of 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline partners like United Airlines instead of redeeming for $150 cash back?
Great question, Prabha!
Earning transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards points is the trick to travel flexibility! And often times, you can get more value for your points by transferring to airline and hotel partners instead of redeeming for cash back.
But to transfer Chase points to travel partners from no annual fee cards like the Freedom or Freedom Unlimited, you’ll need to have another eligible Chase card, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
Otherwise, the points you earn with the Freedom Unlimited can only be redeemed for 1 cent each for cash back or towards travel.
The Sign-Up Bonus With the Freedom Unlimited Can Be Worth More When You Have a 2nd Chase Ultimate Rewards Card! For Example, You Can Get a Free Night at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara Hotel, Which Can Cost $200+!
I’ll explain when Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to airline and hotels partners for Big Travel!
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If you collect Alaska Airlines miles (or Starwood points), you now have more opportunities to get Big Travel!
Alaska Airlines has switched to a distance-based award chart. And most folks will only benefit from the change! You can now book short-haul flights in coach for as little as 5,000 Alaska Airlines miles one-way.
Note: Your flights must be for travel within the continental US and Canada, and operated by Alaska Airlines.
You Can Now Book Cheaper Award Seats to Alaska (and Plenty of Other Places!) With the Updated Alaska Airlines Award Chart
I’ll help you understand this new distance-based award chart! And give you ideas of how to make the most of it, like adding a free one-way flight to end of your trip!
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Update: Southwest has changed their mind – for now! Hotel point transfers to Southwest will count towards the Companion Pass through March 31, 2017.
Y’all know I’m a huge fan of the Southwest Companion Pass! It’s still my favorite deal in travel. But it’s just become a little harder to get.
Via View From the Wing, Southwest changed the terms for earning the Companion Pass today, January 1, 2017. Without warning!
Effective immediately, points transfers from hotel and car rental loyalty programs will NOT count toward the Companion Pass.
The Southwest Companion Pass Is Still a Terrific Deal – but They Just Made It Trickier to Earn Qualifying Points
I’ll share the details, and show you how you can still easily earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
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Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.
Million Mile Secrets Reader, Adam, commented:
The Chase website says you can automatically receive UP TO $300 in statement credits for travel-related purchases made with the Chase Sapphire Reserve. How exactly is the $300 travel credit with the Chase Sapphire Reserve earned and applied?
Thanks for reaching out, Adam!
The Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 annual travel credit couldn’t be easier to use. When you use your card for a travel purchase, you will automatically be reimbursed, until you’ve spent a total of $300 on travel. In other words, Chase will pay for the first $300 in travel you spend each calendar year with your card!
Use The Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Travel Credit for Purchases From Airfare to Train Tickets to Parking Garages
I’ll give you all the information on this $300 travel credit to help you decide if the Chase Sapphire Reserve is worth it for you!
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The new Chase Ink Business Preferred card has a terrific 3X bonus category for travel purchases.
This is an excellent perk for folks who spend lots of money on airfare or hotels. Because you’ll earn bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which are my favorite type of points!
But travel purchases are not limited to airfare and hotels. The Chase travel category is broad and includes things like admission to a National Park and parking or metro passes.
With the Ink Business Preferred, You’ll Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on a Range of Travel Purchases, Including National Park Entrance Fees
I’ll share some expenses you might not realize earn you 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points with the Ink Business Preferred!
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I was excited to recently get The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN because of the limited time 100,000-point sign-up bonus and card perks like 50% points back on paid airfare.
But there are so many other benefits with the card like automatic elite status at certain hotel chains. And concierge services that can help you with exclusive dining reservations and much more!
Plus, I also love the card earns flexible AMEX Membership Rewards points. Because there are many ways to redeem these for Big Travel!
The AMEX Business Platinum Card Can Help Folks Get Big Travel! But The Card Has Lots of Other Perks You Can Use to Save Time and Money or Book Fantastic Experiences!
Here are 15 things you can do with the AMEX Business Platinum card!
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Million Mile Secrets reader, Reggie, commented:
My Citi ThankYou Premier card annual fee is coming due soon. I already used Citi ThankYou Points earned on this card to book flights. If I cancel the card, will my flights get canceled?
Great question, Reggie!
There will be no changes to Reggie’s scheduled flights if he cancels the Citi ThankYou Premier card.
When Reggie booked flights through the Citi travel portal, he essentially paid with a cash equivalent.
If he needs to change or cancel the booked flights in the future, he’ll deal directly with the airlines. So it won’t matter if his Citi card is active.
When You Redeem Credit Card Points for Airfare, You Can Take-Off as Planned! Even If You Cancel Your Card, There Will Be No Changes to Your Scheduled Flights!
I’ll explain why booking through credit card travel portals can be a good idea. And what Reggie should consider before canceling his Citi card!
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FoundersCard is a members-only discount card aimed at entrepreneurs. But many of the perks and discounts will appeal to frequent travelers, too!
With membership, you get elite status with certain airlines, hotel chains, and car rental companies, discounts on airfare and hotel stays, and several other money-saving benefits. There’s a hefty annual fee of $395 to join, plus a one-time initiation fee of $95.
Is FoundersCard Worth Its $395 Annual Membership Fee? It Can Be If You Make Use of the Many Perks!
I don’t have FoundersCard. But Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan does. And he’ll show you how the discounts can save you money. And share a FoundersCard review to help you decide if it’s worth it for you!
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Starting January 22, 2017, you’ll no longer be able to transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin America.
It makes sense that changes to how you earn Virgin America points are coming, now that the deal to merge Alaska Airlines and Virgin America has closed. And in January 2017, they’ll begin the process of combining their frequent flyer programs.
It hasn’t yet been revealed how or when you’ll be able to transfer Virgin America points to Alaska Airlines miles. Including the transfer ratio.
Citi Sent an Email Announcing the Removal of Virgin America as a Transfer Partner, Effective January 22, 2017
There’s still time to transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin America if you want to book an award flight. And I’ll remind you of your other options!
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Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!
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Harry is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
A big thank you to Harry for sharing his story!
Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.
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