Ready, Set, Go!  Get a Sneak Peek of My Chase Credit Card Strategy for 2019

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Ready, Set, Go!  Get a Sneak Peek of My Chase Credit Card Strategy for 2019

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Here’s my Chase credit card strategy for 2019!  This coming year, I have a few vacations that I’d like to take, so I’m working on the miles and points to get me there.  Credit card rewards can be used to get nearly free airfare and free hotel stays.  For example, I took a round-trip flight to San Diego with my partner for just ~$22 TOTAL plus points.  And in a couple of weeks, we will be staying at the Hyatt Ziva all-inclusive resort in Mexico for 4 nights FREE!  You can also get nearly free flights and hotel stays using credit card rewards points earned from the best travel credit cards.    

These are the fantastic Chase credit cards that I’ll be using or applying for this year:

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My Chase Credit Card Strategy for 2019

1. Earning the Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of my favorite deals in travel.  That’s because you can add a designated travel companion to your ticket without using any additional points!  All you have to do is pay the taxes and fees, which is usually ~$11 per person.  And you can add your companion to flights paid for with points OR to flights paid with cash!

The Southwest Companion Pass can last for up to 2 years.  I should be getting mine in February 2019 and it will last until December 31, 2020!

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With the Increased Chase Southwest Premier Business Card Sign-Up Bonus, It’s a Great Time to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass Like Team Member Keith and His Wife

You can earn the Southwest Companion Pass by signing up, and meeting the minimum spending requirements on a combination of these Southwest credit cards.  You must apply for 1 Southwest personal credit card and 1 Southwest business credit card to receive the points needed towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass!  Check out our FAQ guide for everything you need to know about the companion pass.

2.  Getting a 2nd Chase Ink Business Credit Card

Our team member Keith recently got approved for a 2nd Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card.  I have the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, and would love to get another one this year for my other business.  That’s because it’s currently the highest Chase offer at the moment — 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points —  after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

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3.  Applying for the United Explorer Card

After Southwest Airlines, United Airlines is my next go-to airline.  That’s because Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to United Airlines for free!  I will be applying for the United℠ Explorer Card.  Beefing up my United miles balance will leave more Chase points that I can use towards flights on Southwest Airlines or to stay at Hyatt hotels!

Other huge benefits of the United℠ Explorer Card include:

  • Free checked bag on United Airlines for you and a companion when you pay for the flight with your card
  • access to more award seats

Because I have a baby, having the option of checking in a bag for free is an added perk.  Plus, I’ll get access to more award seats with the credit card!  This means cheaper flights!

4.  Getting the World of Hyatt Card

I love staying at Hyatt hotels and will be applying for The World Of Hyatt Credit Card.  My 2019 strategy includes stocking up on Hyatt points so that I can have more options when it comes to hotels.  I’d love to be able to go on vacation and stay an extra night, or bring my mom along to help look after my daughter!

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What’s your credit card strategy for 2019?  Share with us in the comments below!

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  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Earn 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent on travel and select business categories each account anniversary year
  • Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases–with no limit to the amount you can earn
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I received the bonus from the old Hyatt card January 2018 and cancelled card Dec 2018. To apply for the latest World of Hyatt card, do I have to wait 24 months from the time I got the bonus or from the time of cancellation? Thanks in advance!

How do you manage the 5/24 rule to get all these chase cards?


I vary the applications and space them out. Check out this post for details on 5/24:

I got approved for Southwest Premier Business Card on 12/27. Can I apply for a personal Southwest Card? If yes, should I apply for the Plus, Premier, or Priority?


Yes, you can apply for the personal card. Get a different “product” from the Premier business card, being either the Plus or the Priority.

Isn’t there a Chase rule where you can only get (1) signup bonus every 24 months?

George E Hampton

Need checking with award 200
Is that personal or business