Signing-up for credit cards through partner links earns us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.
Scott is a Million Mile Secrets team member.
Scott: One of my happiest discoveries as a Million Mile Secret Agent was that adult beverages I bought at bars and nightclubs very often counted as “restaurant” purchases. Why does that matter? Because certain credit cards offer 2X or 3X points at restaurants. And that gives you a nice boost toward your next travel adventure!
So when you go out this weekend, remember to use a card that earns bonus points!
I’ll be using my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card because it earns 2X points on dining. (It’s our favorite card for newbies). Team member Keith would choose his Chase Sapphire Reserve because it earns 3X points on restaurant purchases.
What Will I Do With All My Hard-Earned Points From Hard Liquor?
I haven’t yet picked my next trip, but I’ll likely be headed back to Europe. I love transferring my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines and then flying on their partners like LOT Polish and TAP Portugal. Chase Ultimate Rewards points (whether I use them for award flights or for flights with no blackout dates in the Chase portal) were a big factor in how I was able to make 4 trips to Europe in 2017.
Yes, It Works for Overseas Alcohol Too!
When I’m out of the country, I also use my Chase Sapphire Preferred during a night out because there are no foreign transaction fees and you still get your 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points at restaurants.
It’s a Visa so it’s accepted nearly everywhere. One other thing I’ve found (that I wouldn’t have thought of) is that a fancy looking, somewhat-weighty metal card impresses some people. So just something to consider while taking out your card to buy drinks for people who are drawn to shiny metal objects.
Have a great weekend!